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Explore the 5 top spots in Louisville's Highlands Douglas neighborhood

Explore the 5 top spots in Louisville's Highlands Douglas neighborhood
Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen | Photo: Anthony A./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on October 14, 2019.

Spending time in Highlands Douglas? Get to know this Louisville neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from an ice cream spot to a video game store.

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in Highlands Douglas, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results.

1. Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen

PHOTO: Shannon M./YELP

Topping the list is bakery Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen, which offers ice cream, frozen yogurt, desserts and more. Located at 2525 Bardstown Road, it's the highest-rated business in the neighborhood, boasting 4.5 stars out of 180 reviews on Yelp. 

The handed-down recipes are still used to make scratch desserts and fresh churned ice cream. Look for Dutch apple, blueberry and chess pie, along with banana splits and a brownie sundae on the menu. Sugar-free chocolate and vanilla ice cream are also available.

2. Panchitos Ice Cream

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Next up is Panchitos Ice Cream, a spot to score ice cream, frozen yogurt and tacos, situated at 2245 Bardstown Road. With 4.5 stars out of 85 reviews on Yelp, it's proven to be a local favorite. 

On the menu, look for the signature dish mangonada, a mango sorbet with chamoy, tajin and mango chunks. Also try the nachos and Cheetos con queso. (See the menu here.)

3. Great Escape

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The bookstore Great Escape is another much-loved neighborhood go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 36 Yelp reviews. Head over to 2433 Bardstown Road to see for yourself.

Check out this store for video games, movies, comic books and toys. Fan collectibles and stereo equipment are also on offer.

4. The Bard's Town

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The Bard's Town, which has earned four stars out of 69 reviews on Yelp, is a theater and traditional American eatery at 1801 Bardstown Road. 

With a Shakespearean-themed menu, dine and see a show, or just meet for drinks. There's the signature Bard burger, an 8-ounce patty with provolone and bacon, and the To Bean, or Not To Bean, a made-from-scratch black bean burger. (Check here for the full menu.)

5. First Watch

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Finally, there's First Watch, a local favorite with 4.5 stars out of 34 reviews. Stop by 2225 Taylorsville Road to hit up the national chain's local outpost for breakfast and lunch fare next time you're in the neighborhood. 

A pot of Project Sunrise coffee and a complimentary newspaper greet guests at this eatery. On the menu, look for the chikichanga, made with whipped eggs, chicken breast, chorizo, cheese, green chili, onions and avocado, all rolled in a flour tortilla. For lunch, try the roast beef and havarti sandwich on Parmesan-crusted sourdough. (See the full menu here.)


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