Hurst Discount Drugs harkens back to simpler times, filling glasses with summer-certified eats from its old-fashioned soda fountain. The shop boasts a menu brimming with creamy treats and classic American fare, and it dishes out frozen delicacies by the scoop ($1.79), double scoop ($2.89), or perfectly sculpted dodecahedron. Frosty floats ($2.89) enliven taste buds with a fusion of ice cream and soda, forming foaming combinations with Pepsi, root beer, and Sierra Mist. While sitting atop a row of red barstools, duos can dig into the banana split ($4.99) or excavate sprinkles at the bottom of a dual-strawed shake ($3 for a regular). The red-walled eatery also slings a selection of savory dishes, including bacon cheeseburgers ($4.29) and chili dogs ($2.29), allowing patrons to refuel before meandering through the drug store's gift shop and purchasing enough U of K memorabilia to get an honorary doctorate in devotion.
Boone's Butcher Shop cures, cuts, and packages fresh meat daily, stuffing the grocery bags of eager carnivores with an array of fresh beef, pork, lamb, game, and sausages. In addition to custom-processing its patrons' catch, since 1946 the shop has cooked up its own savory concoctions, including homemade breakfast sausages ($2.39/lb.), and a bucket of house-made chicken salad ($19.25) for watering houseplants. With Boone's "Pick Five" deal ($19.99), customers can choose five items from the more than 80 selections in the store. Link together links of homemade bratwurst ($3.79/lb.) and Italian sausage ($3.79/lb.) to form a delicious waist-belt along with five-pound packages of hamburger patties ($15.95) that come in your choice of five sizes, to coincide with varied bun shapes and ketchup designs.
A third-generation family pharmacy established in 1952, Butt Drugs keeps regulars coming back with an old-fashioned soda fountain and friendly service. Treat-seekers and rogue dentists can pick up a variety of gourmet confections, such as homemade marshmallows covered in caramel—known as modjeskas ($8/lb)—or tuxedo espresso beans covered in white and dark chocolate ($8.95/lb). The shop's own line of novelty apparel lets fans show support for a local institution and amass raised eyebrow glances by donning an "I Love Butt Drugs" T-shirt ($9.95) or hooded sweatshirt ($18.95). With a reliable pharmacy and cheap cups of fresh hot coffee ($0.35) at the barstool-lined soda fountain, many locals make Butt Drugs a regular daily stop.
Thorntons independently distributes gas while keeping clean convenience stores filled with snacks to help drivers stay awake, nourished, or quenched. Power depleted, flex-fuel-friendly cars, trucks, vans, or tail-finned Zeppelins with E-85 Flex Fuel, a renewable fuel source that minimizes earth-detrimental emissions.
As a family-owned-and-operated business, Mike Best’s prides itself on serving the Louisville community fresh, hand-cut meats as well as cooked foods and smokehouse items. Cold-cut deli sandwiches include the Braunschweiger ($3.25), ham salad ($4.25), hard salami ($4), and pimento cheese ($3.50), and can be sliced in half and paired with a cup of soup ($4.50). Specialty sandwiches offer a more tantalizing taste of options like the Reuben (specially grilled corned beef on rye with sauerkraut, Swiss, and Thousand Island or hot mustard, $6.25); barbecue wrap (mild or spicy pulled pork and homemade slaw in a flour tortilla, $5.25); and grilled ham and cheese on white, wheat, or rye ($5). For the indecisive, daily plate lunches ($8) are a solid bet, with options such as fried chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans (Thursday), and meatloaf with green beans and mac 'n' cheese (Monday). Mike Best’s also offers an assortment of handmade sausages, soups, and sides such as steamed cabbage and deviled eggs.
The Highland Fish Market and Wine Shoppe has been shelling out cold sea satisfactions for the past fifteen years. The market displays both live Canadian hard-shell lobsters (reg. 18.99/lb.) and fresh or frozen alligator-tail meat by the pound (reg. $13.99). The fridges also hold live Virginia littleneck clams (reg. $6.99/lb.) and handmade Maryland crab cakes ($3.50 for 2 oz.), the handy companions of handmade roasted-red-pepper sauce ($2.99). Ring shrimp around cocktail dishes or dresses with peeled and de-veined large shrimp available raw (starting at $11.88/lb.) or cooked (reg. $12.88/lb.). The fresh, wild Boston haddock (reg. $14.99/lb.) and fresh, wild, river-caught king salmon (reg. $21.99/lb.) delight with a flurry of flaky bites, and the fresh yellowfin tuna (reg. $24.88/lb.) remains chilly and primed for at-home knife work performances.