Roots Restaurant

There are plenty of restaurants to dine at in the city of Louisville. Of course, when it comes to cuisines, there a a handful of restaurants in the city that represent each one. For example, if you're looking for Italian food, you can visit places like the Old Spaghetti Factory or Vincenzo's. If you're looking for Asian cuisine, you needn't look further than Sapporo's or Cafe Mimosa, both located on Bardstown Road in the Highlands. When it comes to strictly vegetarian eats, though, it can be hard to find a place that has a tasty, completely meatless menu. Many restaurants offer a few vegetarian options, but very few specialize in this style of cooking. With this conundrum in mind, Roots restaurant was born.

As soon as you walk into the restaurant, located at 1216 Bardstown Road near Grinstead, your server will inform you that everything on the menu is vegetarian. Some may cringe at the idea, but looking at the menu may surprise you. Roots serves tapas-sized portions of vegetarian dishes, so it's recommended that you order at least two for a full meal. The word 'tofu' might frighten you, but a good number of dishes at Roots contain tofu, and each one is delicious. The trick to tofu is combining it with other yummy flavors. Any chef will tell you that tofu itself is tasteless--but, when combined with a rich sauce or other bold ingredients, tofu soaks up the flavors like a sponge. Combined in a bowl with a number of seasonal vegetables and rice, you'll be shocked by how little you miss chicken.

Roots also focuses on providing its diners with a wide menu of teas. From oolong to herbal, if you have a favorite tea, Roots more than likely offers it. You can either take your cup of tea warm, or, if it's a summer month, chilled in a icy glass. Since Roots is so clearly focused on offering healthy, natural options, don't expect to find any hyper-sweetened teas--sweeteners can be added to the teas on request, but generally all of the teas are sugar free.

If you're looking for a guilt-free place in Louisville to eat, Roots is certainly a place worth checking out. Even if you're the most diehard carnivore, their natural, fresh dishes may have you raving about tofu to all your friends. If interested in visiting Roots restaurant in the Highlands, check out their hours on their website ( and plan a visit!

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