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The Best Restaurants in Louisville KY

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Take a good look at Louisville, where you’ll find just the right ingredients of fun and food to compliment your trip.



  • Begin a culinary voyage in Louisville at Lynn’s Paradise Café. Start with Paradise pancakes, Bourbon French toast or a Fried Green Tomato BLT and end with a Bourbon Ball Milkshake. The zany décor will have you smiling almost as much as the Southern food does!


  • After brunch, tour Louisville Stoneware just up the street and see the craftsmanship and charm of this local tradition. You may find yourself going home with handcrafted kitchen staples like plates, platters and mugs or pick-up a souvenir that’ll remind you of Louisville’s food traditions like a Mint Julep Cup or Hot Brown Platter (bonus, the recipe is hand painted on).
  • Head over to the nearby Highlands neighborhood to browse some of the eclectic shops, where along the way your epicurean adventure continues. Stop at one of the funky local coffee shops like Quills, Day’s Espresso or Heine Brothers. Visit Amazing Grace Whole Foods. Pick-up a homemade chocolate chip cookie at Kizitos. Sample locally made cheese while shopping for a bottle of wine at the Wine Store. Check out the overwhelming selection of bourbons at Old Towne Liquors.


  • For dinner you must try a Louisville tradition, the world famous Hot Brown, an open-faced turkey sandwich with bacon and a delicate Mornay sauce. The original was created at the Brown Hotel and they still serve it today. Many restaurants also serve it, with their own twist such as Come Back Inn’s Italian version and Amici’s with its seafood version.



  • Your food adventure continues with a hearty breakfast at Toast on Market, a new addition to Louisville and already a local favorite. Try the Bread Pudding or Lemon Soufflé pancakes to get your day started. NuLu’s Market Street is home to many galleries and boutiques. Visit Flame Run Gallery to see stunning contemporary glass art, and down the street, wander through Joe Ley Antiques for everything from vintage toys to carousel animals to 19th century loveseats. Stop by CakeFlour for an all natural, organic and locally produced cupcake or candy. Pop into Muth’s Candies for a Louisville treat of a soft marshmallow surrounded in caramel – it’s a Modjeska.


  • Lunch is at the Mayan Café, where the Yucatán cuisine will wow your palate. You must try the tok-sel lima beans or the grilled cactus. Take a quick drive to the Butchertown Market where you’ll find an array of home décor, jewelry and Bourbon Barrel Food products.
  • Planning a picnic at one of our local parks? Then on your way back into the heart of downtown you’ll want to visit Creation Gardens where the local chefs hand pick their produce, spices and gourmet foods. Home chefs are welcome!


  • A visit to Kentucky would not be complete without sampling a little of its homemade produce – bourbon. Treat yourself to dinner at one of downtown’s Urban Bourbon Trail stops. On the menu you’ll find a wide range of choices including bourbon tastings and cocktails as well as foods like the “Old Fashion” Pound-cake Pudding or “A Study in Chocolate”.
  • For a special treat book a trip on “City Taste Tours of Louisville”. Their “Brew Ha Ha” tour is a favorite! Expect to be charmed and thrilled by the food and walk away with a fun and interesting overview of what Louisville is all about.


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