Small Italian restaurant in a converted train depot, or thereabouts. ;) There doesn't seem to be many people at this place, but I thought the food was really good. The place was nicely decorated and all, but I dunno. Give it a try... maybe it's because it's not on a main route.
California Pizza Kitchen: California Pizza Kitchen
Well, I realize this is a chain, but we just got one here and I had never eaten there until the other day. The pizza was excellent... wood oven, I love that stuff. Anyway, it's kind of a chic ambiance. The pizzas all looked good, as well as their other items, like salad.... oooh, and dessert.. I'll have to get one one of these days. Check it out, it's really good pizza for lunch (or dinner I suppose).
Favorite Dish: Carne Asada Pizza
Bucca di Beppo: Bucca di Beppo
Everything here is absolutely excellent!! From my experience, this is pretty authentic Italian cuisine. It's served family-style, which means you better not go here alone! But seriously... the salads with gorgonzala cheese are excellent, as is the garlic bread, and their Tiramisu is wonderful. Also, the main dishes... chicken marsalla and such.... mmmmmm. The prices are reasonable once you consider how many people one dish will feed. Also... get some Chianti... it is also very good here. Ah, the pizzas are great too.. they're very thin with big toppings and some olive oil to pour over it.
Also, the ambience is especially different. You are first taken through the kitchen on the way to your table, and once at your table, you can look at the myriad of pictures, souveneirs, wine bottles, and other tacky knick-knacks hanging from the walls.
Lynn's Paradise Cafe: Lynn's Paradise Cafe
Extremely eclectic restaurant that supposedly serves great, unique food. Alright, to be honest, I was not that impressed with the ambiance, the food, nor the long wait that can traditionally be expected outside this restaurant. HOWEVER, it is raved about by most people here, so I thought I'd include it for reference. Also, Lynn is a very learned chef, from New York I believe, but I could be wrong. Anyway, check this place out at your discretion. ;) I went there for breakfast (cheese grits weren't bad).
The service here is wonderful, waiters always seem to know when to be around and when not to be. Makes for a wonderful evening for dinner and a bottle of wine, great way to unwind after a long day.
Favorite Dish: Any of their daily specials, Chefs concocts some wonderful dishes. Try one of the farm raised venison dishes.
Amici Cafe: Decent Italian in Old Louisville
A relaxed cafe/restaurant with good Italian food. Recent reviews are mixed, although still worth a try. The artichoke and tomato soup gets raves.
The Mayan Cafe: Locavore Mexican
Really good food, not your usual Mexican fare. The dishes are a mixture of traditional and modern with an emphasis on local and fresh drawn from the Mayan culture in Mexico.
The Magnolia Bar: It's MAG!!!
Dark and funky and a mainstay of the Old Louisville community. Read the website for the full effect. Its jukebox is rumored to be the best in the city.
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3rd Avenue Cafe **CLOSED**: Tasty lunch in a friendly setting **CLOSED**
Alas now closed, this establishment was kitschy and eclectic and served tasty casual food. And you could have your picture taken with Elvis. LOL
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Quarter Poel Lounge
This bar is near Churchill Downs, but seems kind of seedy. It may be the location, and I've never been inside, but I do want to go sometime.
I have never sat at this restaurant, but I have eaten their food. While it was very good, it, by nature, was greasy. But, I'd go again any day.
Note the juxtaposition with Papa John's.... mmmm pizza
Lynn's Paradise Cafe: Paradise, under one roof...
What a place. The food is quite good. It's well-prepared, fresh and hot.
Well, Louisville has many...
Well, Louisville has many excellent restaurants. I think my favorite is the Vietnam Kitchen, serving real Vietnamese food.... mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...
Real Vietnamese food, and not expensive.
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