I spent the afternoon in Louisville last week. I was there for work, but I carved out some time in the early afternoon to seek out a unique spot for a late lunch. After I asked for suggestions on Twitter, a friend recommended Hillbilly Tea, and I was just a few blocks away so I headed there.
The vibe inside was eclectic and felt thoughtfully curated. A mix between a farm house and a city loft, the seating was mismatched but cohesively defined the spaces. An open drink station at the far end of the room created the feeling of being in someone's house for lunch, which I particularly liked.
The menu proudly boasted local food vendors and a huge selection of teas. Each of the menu items felt authentically Kentucky yet a little modern. Listed side by side were the (extremely juicy) hamburger that I ordered and a vegetarian forest mushroom pot pie. Definitely a little something for all tastes.
The chair hanging on the wall, alone and above my visual line, sort of summed up the whole experience for me. It was fun and unexpected yet warm and welcoming. I'd definitely go back, especially for the vast tea selection and the spicy sweet potato soup (which isn't pictured because I ate it so quickly). I brought home a chocolate cupcake sprinkled with fresh rosemary for my husband; between bites he said it was delicious.
You can visit Hillbilly Tea at 120 S. 1st Street in Louisville Kentucky. During the week they serve breakfast and lunch and on the weekends also have a dinner service.