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Regional Kentucky Foods and Delicious Recipes

Louisville’s food heritage is full of mouth-watering originals and regional classics. These are the foods that have shaped Bourbon City’s culinary landscape for generations.

The foods that have come from in and around Louisville and our special region in the Ohio River Valley, as you are about to discover, are a cuisine style all their own. Louisville’s foodways have long relied on the local farming community and a unique mix of influences from cooks from long ago to now. Some are adoptions of Kentucky’s culinary cannon and several are the city’s own inventions.

We’ve collected more than a few for you to try below. Of course, the best way to enjoy them is while you’re here. That way you can sample all the fresh, local ingredients and each chef’s own unique spin on the dish. But you can also try your hand at each one at home. We’ve included some of the most popular local recipes. Even some of the original ones. So give them a try. For the full Louisville effect, you might want to have a sip or two of your favorite Kentucky Bourbon nearby. Bon Appetit Y’all.

Bourbon & Biscuits

Channel your inner Kentucky chef or mixologist and try your hand at some of Kentucky's signature dishes & drinks. Join hosts Stacey and Jessica in their hometown of Louisville as they teach you how to make their favorite recipes and Bourbon cocktails in this monthly video series.

See the most recent seasonal recipes and drink pairings here.

Seelbach Cocktail

A classic cocktail of Bourbon & bubbles

The Hot Brown

Louisville's most famous dish is a local legend and a decadent delight.

Beer Cheese

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Kentucky's "Syrup"

Pimento Cheese - The Pâté of the South

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Mint Julep

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Hammin’ It Up

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Henry Bain's Sauce

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Derby Pie ®

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The Old Fashioned Cocktail

Learn to make Louisville’s official cocktail with a shot of history.

Beaten Biscuits

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The kind you eat, not drink


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Fried Chicken

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Bourbon Balls

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