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3940 Shelbyville Rd, Saint Matthews, KY 40207
+1 502-896-4438
07:00 - 18:00
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Sun 06:00 - 13:00
Mon - Fri 07:00 - 18:00
Sat 06:30 - 17:00
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Louisville, Kentucky
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54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

The baked goods at Plehn's are second to none. Runny butter kutchen is the best. Cookies are fabulous. Bear claws are so good. They have a varied deli selection. Chicken salad and soups. Need a joke cake? They make a pooh cake with tissue and flies on it. And it tastes great. You must order this ahead of time.

Thank ritadugan
Louisville, Kentucky
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100 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Great bread, pastry, cookies, pies, soups, sandwiches . Always have seasonal cookies and special order icing. You will find speciality breads that are not made anywhere else in town (to the best of my knowledge). Always a line but well staffed with fast service. >80 years of great service to the local community Highly recommended!!

Thank sfmurphy12016
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82 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

This place is great. My father in law has been eating here since the 1950s. Plehn's butter rolls with country ham are a thing to behold. My favorite part about KY besides Bourbon and college hoops.... horse racing too I guess. Great for breakfast and lunch.

Thank Jasper S
Louisville, Kentucky
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41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

This bakery has been a local favorite since 1924 and will not disappoint your sweet tooth. Whether you want breakfast, lunch, cookies, breads/buns, decorated cakes, danishes, doughnuts, ice cream or other sweet treats this full service bakery can satisfy your craving for something tasty. Wonderful people and friendly service.

1 Thank derbyfan2016
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58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

In the heart of St. Matthews is the oldest bakery in the city, Plehn's bakery. It has many good features. There is an old fashioned soda-fountain style counter where you can get soup and sandwich or coffee and donuts. As a bakery, there are many types of pastries and donuts. I love the pecan and chocolate pastries. Also the cherry... More 

Thank EyeGuy2
Louisville, Kentucky
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34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

My wife ordered "bride and groom" cookies for our daughter's wedding. She had seen some from another company at a previous wedding and described it to the staff at Plehn's. When we arrived on the eve, eve of the out of town wedding, the cookies were not pretty at all and looked like someone just clunked the icing on top.... More 

Thank Mark B
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

Absolutely the best pastries and donuts around. They also have a nice selection of deli type items as well ( soup, ham salad etc). Wonderful cakes as well.

Thank Michelle S
Louisville, Kentucky
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59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

We are fortunate to have this old time jewel here in our midst. They are a true classic and always good. Their donuts are better than anywhere else in town that we have found. They make truly beautiful cakes of all sorts.

Thank trwint
Louisville, Kentucky
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

Plehns is consistently good! We have gone there as long as I can remember. Great for cookies, cakes, and donuts. Decent lunch also.

Thank smmosley35
Louisville, Kentucky
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

I grew up with the owners family. Been a customer for 50+ years. My favorite are chocolate crullers and thumbprint cookies.

Thank edweyler

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Open Hours
06:00 - 13:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
06:30 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3940 Shelbyville Rd, Saint Matthews, KY 40207
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Saint Matthews
  • Phone Number: +1 502-896-4438

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?