Hillbilly Tea

(Now Closed)
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant and Tea Room$$$$
Central Business District, Louisville
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  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 8, 2014
    Despite having only opened in 2010, this downtown cafe—which focuses on "organic teas, mountain-inspired tea cuisine and tea hooch"—is as quintessential Kentucky as it gets. [Eater 18 Member]
  • Eater
    EaterApril 23, 2013
    Despite having only opened in 2010, this downtown cafe—which focuses on "organic teas, mountain-inspired tea cuisine and tea hooch"—is as quintessential Kentucky as it gets.
  • Kayleigh H.
    Kayleigh H.September 10, 2014
    Had the ham and sweet potato hash with fried eggs and the basil tea - recommended by the server and was the perfect post wedding/ pre flight to NYC brunch. Liked sitting upstairs, too.
  • Top Tier Travel
    Top Tier TravelMay 5, 2012
    If you love Chai, this is the place for you. Their chai is my favorite. Every time I come into town for the Kentucky Derby, Kyle (the marvelous manager) loads me up with as much Chai as I can carry!
  • Sheryll
    SheryllAugust 3, 2012
    Every dish is amazing here! And the staff is awesome. If you get a chance to have the bourbon bread pudding, savour every moment. Delish!
  • Karin
    KarinJune 10, 2014
    Such a cute place and great tea soda! The tea plank was sort of strange... Don't really recommend it but the soup was amazing!
  • Metromix L.
    Metromix LouisvilleMarch 28, 2012
    This new place is where you go for all your favorite teas. They even have a tea called Awesome. There is also a full menu of lunch items, including barbecue and burgers. Read more
  • Jason M.
    Jason M.June 21, 2013
    Try the White Bean And Sage Fritters - To make a good fritter is impressive. These are light, flavorful, & savory. The home made tartar makes it over the top.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 11, 2013
    There's a heavy dose of hipster irony, sure, but the menu transcends gimmicks; there's fine food coming out of this hillbilly kitchen. We love the catfish sandwich!
  • Yelena S.
    Yelena SharoninaApril 23, 2013
    Wide choice of good tea! Breakfast is delicious. Cookies with tea are super tasty (especially camomile one). Interior, atmosphere and stuff are awesome!
  • Mike S.
    Mike SmithMay 3, 2014
    Hidden gem. Definitely gives off the hipster vibe but the food is amazing. Menu changes regularly based on seasonal ingredients. Try the friend cod!
  • Katherine F.
    Katherine F.November 3, 2013
    This place is ADORABLE! The food was amazing and the servers were fabulous! Highly recommend for brunch!!
  • City Saver
    City SaverApril 2, 2013
    Use your Louisville City Saver coupons to receive two offers for a free breakfast OR lunch menu item when a second breakfast OR lunch menu item of equal/greater value is purchased (up to $10 value).
  • James M.
    James Mills IIMay 14, 2011
    Catfish, awesome, string beans, awesome, cheese plate, awesome, corn pone, awesome, tea, awesome, etc. People working there were so "southern hospitality". Will be returning often.
  • E.M. H.
    E.M. HughesSeptember 2, 2012
    Soooo good!!! I had the roasted half hen and it was delish!! The teas are great. I had the iced green matcha tea, just sublime.
  • Louisville
    LouisvilleNovember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Louisville Visitors Center at 4th & Jefferson Streets is offering discounts for University of Louisville basketball fans. On game day bring in your tix to save 25%. Open M-S 10A-5P & Sun. noon-5P.
  • Miles & Smith R.
    The duck burger topped w/ bacon is delicious and their sweet potato fries are a perfect compliment to add a little sweet to your salty.
  • Kaity F.
    Kaity FischerMarch 24, 2013
    The biscuits and local honey are unreal. For a safe choice go with the chai tea - nothing too adventurous but it's awesome.
  • louisville.com
    louisville.comFebruary 1, 2012
    "Teas with names such a "good earth," "gunpowder," "big Earl's" and "forest berry" are among the highlights on this Appalachian-inspired breakfast-lunch-dinner menu."
  • Jennifer D.
    The outside seating is great. Expect a slower pace atmosphere as well as slower service. Food is delicious but slightly pricy considering portion size
  • Elmer W.
    Elmer WangMay 14, 2013
    I'm a big fan of the Morning Dew Tea. Can't go wrong with the eggs. the poached eggs were so fluffy and delicious.
  • Logan S.
    Logan SandovalJune 9, 2013
    Want hipster haven....come here. Beards, cut off jeans, weird tattoos and buddy holly glasses galore. BUT pork & pone....mind blowingly good.
  • Chanda G.
    Chanda GloverJanuary 10, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The bacon wrapped fish will change your life. You haven't eaten in Louisville until you've eaten at Hillbilly Tea.
  • Mathew B.
    Mathew BallardApril 12, 2013
    Try the Bazooka Tea - Iced Chamomile Tea. Not too sweet with a great aroma. It kinda taste like bazooka gum.
  • Brittney H.
    Brittney H.October 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The skillet pancake with chai butter and the scrambled tofu and scone is my favorite breakfast in Louisville.
  • Alison B.
    Alison Byrne FieldsOctober 12, 2014
    Bourbon breakfast is yummy. Waiters are as well.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren M.August 2, 2013
    Really outstanding experience. Watermelon salad and bourbon bread pudding were perfect.
  • JJ
    JJJuly 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Bean & sage fritters are the best appetizer. Perfect pairing with yogurt sauce.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MagerApril 12, 2015
    Try the crawdad fritters and asparagus soup. The kale salad and tea cracklins make it a good morning.
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PaulMay 12, 2014
    Great food, cool atmosphere and attentive service. Definitely check this place out.
  • Kenisha T.
    Kenisha ThompsonJanuary 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Eat everything here! Love the fishcakes, bison, beet salad - you name it, I love it!
  • Ferret
    FerretFebruary 20, 2013
    Small serving sizes by some standards but the food is very tasty. Tea selection a bit thin but this is more of a hipster hangout than a tea house in my opinion.
  • jbrotherlove
    jbrotherloveOctober 7, 2013
    Whatever you order, add the Roasted Sweet Potatoes as a side. Trust me.
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie SuraSeptember 4, 2011
    Try the smoked tofu for breakfast it comes with a very rustic rosemary scone and honey
  • Brian L.
    Brian LoveJanuary 11, 2014
    Steak and Eggs and the Smoked black tea. Best brunch in quite a while. They have MOONSHINE...whaaat??
  • Danielle L.
    Danielle L.October 6, 2014
    Try the Tea Plank, it'll give you a sample of their great foods!
  • Greg R.
    Greg ReynoldsJanuary 5, 2015
    The duck burger is really good, but can be kind of messy. Also, try the bright green tea.
  • Jason Y.
    Jason YovanoffOctober 25, 2012
    Best brunch in louisville. No liquor license though, so no red snappers.
  • Francesca C.
    Francesca CatalanoMarch 28, 2012
    Breakfast is so good. Every meal I had the rest of the day was just disappointing.
  • Brian D.
    Brian DeisMarch 3, 2012
    Billy box is usually best thing on the menu, but accompany it with some remedy tea
  • Ashleigh B.
    Ashleigh BrockMarch 28, 2012
    So good I'm back for breakfast! Antique store feel, friendly staff, and fresh ingredients.
  • Michael J.
    Michael JonesAugust 3, 2013
    Interesting food choices. Loved the Cream of Wheat pancake'
  • Levi B.
    Levi BeckleyDecember 14, 2011
    Go Boy Tea is a must!!!!! Carter I want the Yerba Mate Back in a traditional Bombilla Please and Thank You:)
  • Carol P.
    Carol PietroJuly 20, 2013
    Staff very friendly and helpful. Ask about the teas and enjoy!
  • Louis K.
    Louis KatzSeptember 14, 2014
    Nice teas , great look , so far good service I'm liking it
  • Mathew B.
    Mathew BallardApril 12, 2013
    Try the Bbq Tofu Burger - #vegetarian #bbq #smokey
  • Kaitlyn G.
    Kaitlyn GreerDecember 16, 2012
    Looking for a unique, yummy place for breakfast? Look no further! If u like chai check out the Smokey Mountain Chai!
  • Zeb Y.
    Zeb YokoOctober 13, 2013
    Great food, tea, and a friendly place!
  • Ce
    CeApril 21, 2013
    Cute and friendly spot to relax.
  • Mathew B.
    Mathew BallardApril 12, 2013
    Try the Broccoli Cheddar Bake - Tasted like a bonfire. Which was a good thing.
  • Kay T.
    Kay TownsendJuly 31, 2014
    It was wonderful !! Friendly, food was excellence !! Fun place !
  • Metromix L.
    Metromix LouisvilleJanuary 31, 2012
    Winner of Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant in Metromix Louisville's Best of 2012 contest Read more
  • Stephanie K.
    Stephanie KappelJune 9, 2014
    No brunch during the week days (besides Friday) do plan accordingly :(
  • Chanda G.
    Chanda GloverMarch 7, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    I'm working my way through every item on the menu. Everything is good.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SmoklerSeptember 30, 2014
    Downstairs men's room has a vintage musket hanging above the toilet. Ya know, because.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin McKayApril 1, 2014
    Great tea. Food tasted good (lunch). Burger overcooked. Expensive for what it is, though. No kid's menu.
  • Zombie
    ZombieSeptember 29, 2014
    Hunter Stew is hearty and amazing!
  • Elly W.
    Elly WallaceApril 3, 2015
    Bourbon Pudding? More like Bourbon Good-ing 🙌.
  • Phay B.
    Phay BayMay 26, 2013
    The Scotch Eggs are to die for!
  • Metromix L.
    Metromix LouisvilleJanuary 15, 2012
    Nominated for Best Farm-to-Table in our Best of 2012 competition! Vote now through Jan. 29th. Read more
  • Mary L.
    Mary LeSeptember 23, 2010
    Great tea list, menu and desserts! Try the bourbon bread pudding!
  • Veronica L.
    Veronica LorenzenNovember 6, 2010
    The whole menu is amazing! Get the BillyBox for a super deal!
  • Francesca C.
    Francesca CatalanoMarch 28, 2012
    Staff is super nice. Closes early on mon-wed at 5pm
  • Ross G.
    Ross GrahamOctober 28, 2012
    Love this joint. Hit it every time you're in Louisville.
  • Elbridge B.
    Elbridge BarkerMay 23, 2013
    The white bean fritters rock!
  • Jamie
    JamieAugust 16, 2014
    Save room for the Bourbon Bread Pudding.
  • Nicolas W.
    Nicolas Wendl🎥July 27, 2013
    Wow super chill manager and good food.
  • Mathew B.
    Mathew BallardApril 12, 2013
    Try the Bbq Tofu Burger
  • Tammy V.
    Tammy VoisineMarch 9, 2015
    The Harvest Moon chai tea toddy warmed my heart!
  • Brenda M.
    Brenda McKinleyNovember 23, 2014
    Oooo order a glass of wine sooo cute
  • Nikayla E.
    Nikayla EdmondsonDecember 2, 2014
    Meat loaf & roasted sweet potatoes
  • Mathew B.
    Mathew BallardApril 12, 2013
    Try the Corn Fried Tofu
  • Lewis
    LewisApril 15, 2012
    Instagram something... The place is filled with nostalgia!
  • Kenisha T.
    Kenisha ThompsonMay 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    3 words: Chai Chess Pie
  • Juliet M.
    Juliet M.March 27, 2014
    Good earth tea. Yum.
  • Lindsay J.
    Lindsay JonesFebruary 24, 2014
    A lovely place but not for those in a hurry.
  • Laura J.
    Laura JerusApril 5, 2012
    Homemade Soda is great!!!
  • Brandon S.
    Brandon SmithMarch 29, 2012
    Great lunch spot. Kentucky soul food.
  • Holly R.
    Holly RudolphOctober 2, 2010
    Tea platter + sorrel and potato soup, just perfect.
  • Michael F.
    Michael FFebruary 5, 2011
    Bison Chili is top of the list!
  • Chris C.
    Chris CombsJune 2, 2013
    I submit "The Deluxe"...who's with me?
  • Jason B.
    Jason BarnettJuly 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Eat anything here. It's delicious and the staff is super nice.
  • Lora K.
    Lora KingAugust 15, 2012
    Try the bread pudding!
  • jamie g.
    jamie grimesAugust 12, 2014
    Hbt sour! Booze!
  • J.C. R.
    J.C. RutledgeAugust 15, 2012
    Great place to eat!
  • Kimberly C.
    Kimberly CissellNovember 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The trout is amazing!
  • Kimberly C.
    Kimberly CissellNovember 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Savor sweet potatoes... So good!
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