9. Derby Dinner Playhouse is a great place to catch dinner and a show. They also offer children’s shows earlier in the day. (See LFF’s review here)
8. Ollie’s Trolley is a great place to stop by and grab a quick burger in the summertime when you’re hanging out downtown. My kids love the trolley building and they don’t seem to mind eating in the car since the food is so good.
7. Belle of Louisville offers sightseeing cruises in the summer time, and you can either choose the southern-style buffet with fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, and other Southern staples, or you can buy hot dogs and chips from the snack bar and sit in the open air on the top deck. (Read more about the Belle here)
6. Kingfish on River Road is a great place for a casual Sunday lunch with family or a low-key summertime dinner on the river with the kids. They have a playground and a mini golf course, so you can take your time savoring those hush puppies while the kids wear themselves out.
5. Louisville Food Trucks are always there when you need them, and you can even book them for your own event. There’s something novel about buying your lunch from the window of a food truck, and my kids can’t seem to get enough.
4. My Old Kentucky Dinner Train is a fun option for kids who are really into trains, because you actually get to go on a train ride while you’re dining. I wouldn’t recommend this for kids who are too fidgety or young to sit still that long. (See LFF’s review here)
3. W.W. Cousins is a Louisville institution. My grandfather has been taking me there since I was a little girl, and we still have lunch there at least once a year. My kids love it because they get to choose as many toppings as they want, which usually ends up being all the different types of pickles and some ketchup. It’s a great way to give them choices in a controlled environment. And now they have a new location in the south end, as well. (See more info from LFF here)
2. Japanese Steakhouses are something we only recently discovered. Our kids were so impressed by all the activity going on around them; it was no problem at all to keep them entertained. Once our chef started cooking, my kids kept exclaiming, “More fire!” Here’s a list of Japanese Steak Houses in Louisville:
-Sapporo (Not all locations have a hibachi table)
1. Pizza King in New Albany is a place you need to check out if you haven’t already been there. A train brings your drinks to your table. How cool is that? (Check out LFF’s review here)By guest contributor: Maggie