Louisville: Nord’s Bakery Offers a Neighborly Donut
Near the University of Louisville’s campus is the traditional Nord’s Bakery. Now more than dozen years old in its own right, Nord’s is carrying on a tradition begun by the Kleins decades earlier. It’s a local shop owned by local folks.
Nord’s is on an unassuming street corner at South Preston and Atwood, and Nord’s itself is unassuming. It has the look of a place that has always been in that spot, organically growing there for years instead of a prefab structure imposed from the outside.
I was running a bit late to meet a friend on a Saturday morning, arriving around 8 AM. Things were slow at the time, with no real wait to order. I wanted to try their basic glazed donut, and although tempted by the bacon maple long john, I opted for a butter cream donut instead. Two donuts and a coffee were under $3, if memory serves. Don’t tell anyone at Nord’s that they could charge more.
What Nord’s gives you, despite a great value, is a fantastic donut. Both donuts were rich and soft. The butter cream pulled me off to butter cream heaven while I was eating it. They weren’t so rich that I didn’t want to go back and get more.
The emphasis here is on the donuts rather than the coffee. The coffee isn’t fussy, but it’s good. I can appreciate a place focusing on what they’re in business to do—donuts—while avoiding what has become a ridiculously complicated coffee landscape: Have a great donut and good cup of coffee and leave with some change in your pocket.
On the way out the door I thought about grabbing a coffee refill, but the earlier quietness had been pushed aside by a teeming line of eager donut buyers. That line probably also saved me from a bacon maple long john. The locals knew a good thing, and generally when the locals like it you will, too. If you want a true neighborhood bakery experience, Nord’s has your donut.
2118 S Preston Street
Tuesday – Friday: 6 AM – 5 PM
Saturday – Monday: 6 AM – 2 PM