Food & Drink

The 7 most iconic dishes & drinks in Louisville (and where to get them)

Published On 10/01/2014 Published On 10/01/2014
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1. The Brown Hotel 335 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202

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. Jackknife Cafe 1201 Story Ave, Louisville, KY 40206

This trendy lunch spot is one of the best in Butchertown for a lunch sammich, especially their BLT, and ESPECIALLY especially if you get it with their outstanding Benedictine spread, which is a simple but necessary condiment/dip made with cream cheese, cucumber, and green food coloring.

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3. Harvest 624 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202

You know you're in for a fresh meal at Harvest, because the walls are adorned with large photos of the various Kentucky farmers who grow and raise the ingredients you’ll find on your plate. The team here knows a thing or two about fried chicken, crafting a buttermilk-soaked, battered, and fried breast and thigh served over a savory hoecake, drizzled with creamy gravy and topped with spicy greens. It’s heaven on a plate. And if you're not in the mood for chicken, they also have one of the best burgers in Louisville: a local beef patty topped with tomato jam, triple-cream brie, and lettuce on an addictive pretzel bun.

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4. Bunz Burgerz 969 1/2 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204

It is a little small, a little dive-y, but totally underrated. Bunz has been a Baxter Ave late-night staple for years -- with their thick, all-beef patties, generous additions of fried eggs and bacon, and special Bunz sauce.

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5. Down One Bourbon Bar & Restaurant 321 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202

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.