Top 8 Dining and Food Options Close to Spalding University’s Campus

Quick-And-Easy Bites in Downtown Louisville

Stop Door Dashing! And dash to some of our best independent and small eateries near campus. 

Whether you are local or a newbie to the area, we’ve got you covered on quick-and-easy bites in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. 

1. Ollie’s Trolley
Location: 978 South Third Street (3rd & Kentucky)

Ollie's Trolley

Our second favorite “Ollie,” next to our mascot Ollie the Eagle, is Ollie’s Trolley. Ask any native Louisvillian and he or she will tell you their fond memories of good ole Ollie’s Trolley! “It’s a fun nostalgic place that takes you back to your childhood,” says Deanna Kirby, Housing Program Assistant. “You have to try an Ollie Burger!”

A cheap and grab-and-go option close to campus! You won’t be disappointed. Burgers, hot dogs, fries– come and get it.

(502) 583-5214
Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

2. Dizzy Whiz
Location: 217 St Catherine St, Louisville, KY 40203

Dizzy Whizz

Let’s travel back in time to the 1950s! Dizzy Whizz is an old-fashioned dine-in or drive-in diner with a variety of options. For a nostalgic experience, order a double-decker burger, fries, and a cold coke delivered car side. This cash-only establishment won’t break the bank.

Monday – Thursday
6:30am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday
6:30am – 11pm
Noon – 9pm

3. Safier’s Mediterranean Deli
Location: South 4th St, Downtown, Louisville, KY


Olive a good deal, what about you? If you are looking for an inexpensive and walkable option, this restaurant hits the spot. The Middle Eastern fare…A 5-star Yelp favorite in Louisville!

You’ll get a lot of food to save for leftovers, too. You feta believe it!

Weekdays 10:30 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 8:30 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Free Delivery Weekdays, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

4. Old Louisville Co-op
Location: 316 W Ormsby Ave, Louisville, KY 40203

Old Louisville Co-Op

This coffee space has all the perks! The Old Louisville Coffee Co-op is a queer worker-owned community with late-night hours. What sets this place apart from other coffee shops is their commitment to sustainability, diversity, and community. “One of my favorite things to order is the cocoa and toast combo. They make all their flavors from scratch and put a lot of care into every drink,” says Jackson Kinkead, Social Media and PR specialist. “They also have small music shows! I highly recommend everyone to check this place out.”

Come on by to this supportive, diverse, and sustainable coffee co-op! For the early birds and night owls, there’s something for everyone.

Closed Mondays
8 am-11 pm Tuesday – Thursday
24 hours Friday and Saturday (Friday 8am – Sunday 11pm)

5. Mi Casita on 4rth
Location: 520 S 4th St #100, Louisville, KY 40202

Mi Casita on 4th

Taco about a good time! If you need an upgrade from Taco Bell but don’t want to break the bank, come check this place out.

A few blocks further down 4th is Mi Casita which translates to My Little House. For an authentic Mexican feast with affordable options, say “hola” to your new favorite Mexican restaurant.

Sunday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Monday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

6. Sicilian Pizza & Pasta
Location: 627 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202

Sicilian Pizza & Pasta

In Sicilian Pizza, we trust! A fun pizza place with interesting toppings you can’t get it anywhere else, such as the “Hot Brown” pizza and “4th Street Bourbon” pizza. Another perk is local delivery is until 2 a.m! You can also have the pizza delivered to all downtown hotels. Come grab a slice of ‘za!

Monday 10:30AM–11PM
Tuesday 10:30AM–11PM
Wednesday 10:30AM–11PM
Thursday 10:30AM–11PM
Friday 10:30AM–11PM
Saturday 10:30AM–11PM
Sunday 4–10PM

7.The Cafe
Location: 731 Brent St STE 102, Louisville, KY 40204

The Cafe

We’re shifting into soup mode. As we manifest fall weather, head on down to The Cafe for the best soups, salads, and sandwiches with unique flavors. The sun shines bright on the “Stephen Foster” sandwich and other Kentucky favorite’s such as the “Hot Brown.”

Open Every Day, 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
Brunch 8 a.m.–5 p.m. | Dinner 5–9 p.m.

8. College Street Cafe at Spalding University
Location: 731 Brent St STE 102, Louisville, KY 40204

College Street Cafe at Spalding University

Last but not least the College Street Cafe! The easiest and fastest choice for our students-on-the-go or a break in between classes. The menu offers a range of options, from fish to tacos, pasta to sandwiches, chicken to burgers.

Thanks to incredible chefs Brian and Omar for their feel-good meals and welcoming dining hall experience. It’s a great place to meet staff, faculty and students! Be sure to check the holiday schedule and inclement weather updates on the Spalding Dining Hall Services page.

The College Street Cafe is open to the public and accepts cash or card. Students can use their university meal plan to save money, get a big meal, and get “grab n go” snacks.

Fall 2022 Schedule:
LUNCH: Monday – Saturday*, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
GRAB and GO: Monday – Thursday, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
DINNER: Monday – Thursday, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
BRUNCH: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
*Saturday service includes soup of the day, salads and sandwiches

That wraps up our Top 8! We hope you get the chance to try some of our favorites and explore more on your own. Other nearby options include: Logan Street Market, D. Nalley’s, Daisy’s Breakfast Tacos (you’ll find her bike cart on 1st and Main Street at 8 am-9:30 am), and Wild Eggs.

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