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Original Eats

Louisville’s obsession with food comes from a long line of culinary delights created right here.

Even though rumor has it that the cheeseburger got its start here, locals will tell you that the cheese-smothered gourmet open-faced turkey sandwich called the Hot Brown reigns supreme in Derby City. It was invented at The Brown Hotel in the early 1900’s and is still served there today, along with many restaurants in town. We also lay claim to Benedictine and the Old Fashioned, but love all tastes of the South like burgoo, pimento cheese and beaten biscuits. For more about Louisville’s love and history of food, check out www.culinarylouisville.com.

It is a sure bet you’ll want to get out and taste that Louisville food scene and there are plenty of choices. From only-in-Louisville menu items to international delights, come often and come hungry. The Whiskey Row area features side by side restaurants from the Troll Pub Under the Bridge to a Barbeque and Raw Bar at Doc Crows. The NuLu District boasts exclusively local restaurants with a variety of cuisines, most of which have a farm-to-table background like the city’s first farmer-owned restaurant Harvest, the cool and trendy Garage Bar, down home sophistication at Hillbilly Tea, and chocolatier-meets-Parisan café at Ghyslain on Market. All are within easy walking distance or a ZeroBus downtown circulator ride of the convention center.

If you’re looking for something more familiar check out 4th Street Live! This is Louisville’s premier entertainment district and includes a Hard Rock Café, TGI Friday’s, Gordon Biersch and plenty of nightlife. Everyone is talking about Louisville’s bomming culinary scene. Check it out!


  • One of the “Best Foodie Getaways around the World” – Zagat
  • Louisville was a finalist in Bon Appetit magazine’s “America’s Foodiest” towns.
  • Wagner’s Pharmacy named one of the best breakfast places in America by Esquire.
  • The English Grill is among the Top 10 American Dining Destinations – Esquire.com
  • Thrillist ranked Louisville #16 on “40 Biggest Cities, Ranked by Food” and NuLu #13 on the “18 Best Food Neighborhoods in America.”
  • Corbett’s and Lilly’s are two of the nation’s Top 100 restaurants – OpenTable
  • 610 Magnolia, MilkWood, Proof, and Seviche were included in Southern Living’s 100 Best Restaurants in the South.
  • Holy Grale’s sliders are some of the Best in America – Food & Wine Magazine