An Actually Useful Guide to Louisville, Kentucky


This is Spilling the Beans, where plugged-in baristas give us the lowdown on where to go, what to do, and what to eat (and drink) in their hometown. In this installment, Ethan Shepherd of Please & Thank You shows us around Louisville, Kentucky.

We’re going to Louisville, Kentucky—and Ethan Shepherd, manager of the beloved chocolate chip cookie heaven-cum-record shop-cum-coffee shop Please & Thank You, is showing us the ropes. When he was just 15 years old, Shepherd got his start as a barista at Heine Brothers’ Coffee in Louisville. These days, you can find him running between the two Please & Thank You locations he manages in the city’s NuLu and Portland neighborhoods—or sipping on bourbon in the city’s hippest bars. From where to stay and what to do, to where you should be drinking and eating (at all hours), let Shepherd be your guide to one of the South’s best-kept secrets.

Let Ethan Shepherd of Please & Thank You be your guide to Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: Ethan Shepherd

Where should we stay?
If you’re on a big budget, I’d recommend staying at 21C, a hotel-slash-art museum downtown. It’s centrally located, cool, and the rooms are really nice—it’s just a neat place. If you’re on a tighter budget or want something more low-key, stay at an Airbnb in the Highlands, NuLu, or Crescent Hill.

Where should we grab breakfast?
Well, you can come to Please & Thank You, of course. There’s also a breakfast spot here called Wild Eggs; I’d get the chorizo biscuits and gravy and a house-made cinnamon roll. Those are spectacular. If you like bagels, there’s also a small spot in Crescent Hill called Nancy’s Bagel Grounds that’s really delicious.

Best cup of coffee?
I would go to Quills …read more

Source:: Bon Appetit