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Restaurant Review of North End Café – Highlands location

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Restaurant Review of North End Café – Highlands location
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The Bottom Line

With a reputation for quality dishes, The North End Café uses many locally sourced ingredients. Its menu includes all day breakfast, savory sandwiches and delicious dinners. Originally with one location on Frankfort Ave., North End has now branched out. They are bringing the same menu to another neighborhood: The Highlands. The new dining room on Bardstown Rd. is more subdued than the Frankfort Ave. location, but the food is just as satisfying.


  • Extensive menu
  • Local ingredients are used when possible
  • Menu items for all ages
  • Parking in back


  • Over attentive service
  • Some dishes less flavorful than others
  • Carpeted floors


  • Price Range: $10-30 per person
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Casual atmosphere
  • Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Full bar

Guide Review - Restaurant Review of North End Café – Highlands location

The North End Café Highlands location isn't as charming as the one on Frankfort Ave. Three dining rooms are linked together and the rooms are bright and cheery with pastel green walls, but the carpeted floors and lack of wood leave the space more sterile looking than the original location. It feels designed to an older clientele and is lacking the funky fun of the Frankfort Ave. dining room.

Thankfully, the menu on Bardstown Rd. stays true to North End's reputation. With an abundance of options, the all day breakfast includes omelets, cornmeal pancakes, smoked trout hash or fruit, granola and yogurt. Lunch features vegan reubens, grilled vegetable salads, grilled salmon or cheeseburgers made with natural grass fed beef. Dinners take it up a notch with curry sauté, roasted chicken, or wild mushroom lasagna. Much of what is offered is mouth-watering and satisfying.

Our server was excited to assist us, maybe too much so, but I did appreciate his knowledge of the menu and wine list. We ordered the curry sauté with shrimp (it can be served with chicken, tofu or shrimp) and a rib eye sandwich. Or drinks came quickly as did bread from the local favorite, Blue Dog Bakery.

The curry was spicy, which I prefer, and had a nice amount of creamy coconut milk to balance off the hotness of the curry. Plenty of vegetables and basmati rice made the dish colorful, filling and flavorful.

We ordered our rib eye sandwich medium, and the meat was cooked well, but the sandwich itself was lacking. There could have been more caramelized onions or roasted peppers; it was a bit too heavy on meat and bread. With an option of chips, potato salad or coleslaw, we opted for the slaw. It was fresh and crisp with a nice amount of dressing, but didn't score high on originality.

Rather than order a desert, we selected the fruit, granola and yogurt from the breakfast menu to round out our meal. Appealing with a nice blend of fruit colors, the dish was exactly as expected. The yogurt sugared with a tinge of vanilla flavor paired nicely with the sweet crunch of granola.

Overall, some dishes are better than others, but with a menu as large as North End's, that is to be expected. Décor wise, I prefer the Frankfort Ave. location, but if you live in the Highlands, the Bardstown location couldn't be more convenient. Whether you are looking for a breakfast taco and a cup of coffee (under $10) or are interested in a seafood dinner and a cocktail ($20 and up), North End Café is a solid choice.

North End Café – Highlands location
2116 Bardstown Rd.
Louisville, KY 40205
(502) 690-4161

Mon. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tues.-Thurs. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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