Food & Drink

Louisville’s 8 Best Bacon Dishes

Published On 05/18/2015 Published On 05/18/2015
Courtesy of Chris Witzke
North End Cafe
Lindsey McClave/Thrillist
Reed Johnson
Lindsey McClave/Thrillist
Courtesy of Down One Bourbon Bar & Restaurant
Mussel & Burger Bar
Lindsey McClave/Thrillist
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1. The Brown Hotel 335 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202 (Downtown)

Louisville’s iconic sandwich, the Hot Brown, had its cheesy, glorious birth back in the ‘20s at The Brown Hotel, when Chef Fred K. Schmidt created the turkey-bacon-Mornay sandwich as a midnight snack for hotel patrons. Check out the glamorous Lobby Bar, which has a wide variety of bourbon and serves up excellent cocktails. Sip on the bar’s classic Mint Julep as you make yourself at home on one of the brocade silk couches, all while the hotel pianist performs for you.

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2. North End Cafe 1722 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 (Clifton)

The North End Cafe, aka the brunch spot of your dreams, dishes out modern American and Mexican dishes for breakfast all day long in a minimal, industrial space. Aside from morning staples like corned beef hash and biscuits and gravy, North End serves a solid selection of lunch and dinner offerings like goat cheese quesadillas, reuben sandwiches (vegans, there's a version for you, too), and smoked pork loin.

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3. Nord's Bakery 2118 S Preston St, Louisville, KY 40217

Do yourself and everyone else in your social circles a favor and opt for the maple bacon long john and a pretzel donut, which is a midwest specialty that tastes nothing like those things that make the cast of Seinfeld thirsty.

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4. Against The Grain Brewery 401 E Main St, Louisville, KY 40202 (Downtown)

Damn good beer and damn good barbeque are the hallmarks of downtown Louisville staple Against the Grain, located right at the famous Louisville Slugger field. Since opening their doors, the creative brewing team at Against the Grain have created over 100 unique beers that are so good they've evolved from local brewery to national beer distributor. With a full range of beer types, from light session ales to hop-full IPAs and smoky stouts, Against the Grain has a beer for every drinker. And if you don't drink, then chow down on their house-smoked barbeque, with favorites like brisket and pulled pork sitting alongside vegetarian options, like a signature chickpea sloppy joe, more adventuresome than just another salad.

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5. Ann Marie’s Bacon Bar 10301 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville, KY 40299

A gratuitous love of pork is the foundation of this Louisville resto, with nearly every dish on the menu bacon-infused, it’s practically impossible not to fulfill your piggish cravings at Ann Marie’s Bacon Bar. So whether you order a classic BLT, the bacon-wrapped meatloaf, or the Bacon Sampler featuring four varieties of house-cured bacon, you're bound to leave happy.

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6. Down One Bourbon Bar & Restaurant 321 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202 (Downtown)

Down One’s bourbon list is so large it is divided into eras: Pre-Prohibition, Post-Prohibition, and Modern. And their “Get Splashed” wall is the perfect photo opportunity for the bourbon lover.

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7. Mussel & Burger Bar 9200 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville, KY 40299

This expanding franchise of Louisville offers up, as its name suggests, a rare combination of seafood and burgers. The fare here is as laid-back as a local dive with burgers, of course, mac & cheese, and nachos among many other staples, but they're all approached with Cordon Bleu sensibility and therefore taken up a few notches with add-ons like braised ribs, gooey Monterey jack cheese, and soft, airy brioche.

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8. Stevens & Stevens Delicatessen 1114 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204 (Highlands)

This Highlands deli is one of the best sandwich crafters around. It features an extensive menu of sandos, soups, salads, breads and just about anything else that could appease your lunchtime hunger. Pro tip: go with the BLT with Benedictine.

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