Lynn's Paradise Cafe: The Most Eclectic Restaurant Ever
Lynn's is definitely one of the most intersting places to eat in Louisville, KY. I highly recommend their Brunch menu, but beware the wait may be long, but worth it!
If you happen to visit around August, check out Lynn's Ugliest Lamp contest at the State Fair!
Reservations accepted for any size party at any time.
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse: Ruth's Chris Steakhouse atop the Kaden Tower
An excellent, if rather pricey, restaurant. The best part is the great view of the city from atop the Kaden Tower. This unique Frank Lloyd Wright design is controversial; most people either love it or hate it.
Favorite Dish: Hard to say. Everything is good.
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Woodford Reserve Bar & Grill: Good Airport Eats
Located in the Airport, the Woodford Reserve is a clean restaurant with a good selection of food (and bourbon). They offer a variety of snacks and entrees in a casual environment. The Large Leather chairs are awesome to relax in with a nice bourbon. If you have some extra time at the airport, check this place out.
Favorite Dish: I opted for the Crab Cakes which were excellent. Along with the crab cakes I took the rice which was good and the vegetable of the day was broccoli and appeared to be fresh and steamed.
Oakroom at the Seelbach: 5 star dining
This is Louisville's only 5-star restaurant, and if you are willing to spend a little money (read: a lot) and dress for the occassion, I would highly reccommend this place! This is definitely fine dining by anyone's definition of the term. The food is wonderful, as to be expected, and the service is extremely attentive, but not bothersome. The decor is very much oaken with fine adornments and such... anyway, just extremely good food. Most of the chef's dishes are based on regionally available food, using Bourbon, of course, in many a dish. Likewise, there's a very extensive wine list.
Bazo's: Baja Tacos in the 'ville
I missed Baja fish tacos when I returned to KY from California. Luckily, these guys did too, and decided to do something about it. Bazo's is located in St. Matthew's and features the fish tacos as well as shrimp tacos. Burritos and Chicken/Steak tacos also available. The salsa bar has extra hot salsa for the brave few.
Favorite Dish: Baja fish tacos of course! Great white sauce and served traditional style w/ cabbage and breaded fish. The white queso is bueno as well.
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Cardinal Hall of Fame Cafe: U of L Sports Memorabilia
My very first night in town a few weeks back after a long drive down from Fort Wayne, we didn't really want to search too long and hard for a place to eat. So as I usually do if I don't have anywhere specific in mind, I will ask the person at the front desk of the hotel what they would recommend that is close by. Whenever you get a young person (someone under the age of 30) at the desk, they will always start by rattling off the near by chain restaurants. I usually stop this "chain pitch" before they get started, but she started straight on until I said how about something local and not a chain. She then directed me to the Cardinal Cafe about 1 1/2 miles from the hotel and even gave me a coupon for a free appetizer.
2 co-workers and myself went in and sat in 1 of 2 dining areas they had. Usually when a place is average I don't really remember too much what I ate and in the case of the Cardinal HOF Cafe the food was fine, just not very original or memorable.
Anyway, the next night a bigger group was in town and guess where they wanted to go? The Louisville HOF Cafe, so day 2 in Louisville and I've only eaten at 1 place. The next week the group again wanted to go here. Again, because I wasn't paying but the local manager was I again went along for the chance to talk about war stories from days past.
Don't get me wrong, the place is ok, just not a place I would go back to 3 out of the first 4 nights in town. They have a lot of interesting sports history pictures and other assorted memorabilia from the University of Louisville which is right down the road. A unique feature is that they have large TV's scattered throughout and then small TV's at every little booth if you choose to sit there.
Check out the website below if you want to see the menu selections.
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Irish Rover: Best Fish-n-Chips Around.
The historic Clifton-Crescent Hill neighborhood of Louisville is one of the coolest areas of the city. Right on Frankfort Ave. is one of the best restaurants. The Irish Rover is much like the old-time Irish pubs, the owner comes direct from County Clare, Ireland and all of the food is exceptional.
Closed on Sunday
Favorite Dish: I personally like the fish and chips and scotch egg, but also tasted the burgers which are great. Whenever I go to Louisville this is where I eat.
Lynn's Paradise Cafe: Phabulous and Phunky
This is a great breakfast place in the Highlands in Louisville. The entrance is a gift shop with all kinds of crazy fun stuff, leading into a huge dining room. The decor is eclectic, bright hodgepodge with a tall ceiling and lots of tables. The service is friendly and fast.
Favorite Dish: The biscuits are brick-shaped, HUGE, hot and covered with a dark crunchy topping. I went into carb shock but it's pure heaven. The cheese grits are creamy and delicious.
Pig City BBQ: New BBQ Place that's top notch
As a self-certified BBQ restaurant guru, I've been in plenty of BBQ places around the country. You better visit Pig City BBQ before some big chain snatches them up and messes the whole concept up.
They smoke with cherry wood, so it's not bitter tasting smokey meet. The pulled pork had a lot of smoke, but somehow wasn't dried out. It actually had my bun a little soggy!!!. They had 4 good sauces and 2 great sauces (KC and Texas hot). The ribs were super tender and not dry, which i can't figure out how they do that since they aren't slathered up in a bunch of sauce (they are memphis style). The brisket is Texas style REAL brisket and was cut-with-a-fork tender.
And then we tried the KC style burnt ends. They are the only place in know in Louisville where you can get them. WOW.
Chicken was so-so. We've eaten there about 10 times since they opened.
My wife loves the sides, especially the cheesey potatoes and real deviled eggs.
And guess what? no farm baskets with paper, they had plates and silverware, and the bathrooms were WAY upscale for a bbq place.
If you visit Louisville and have to have good bbq, this is your spot.
Favorite Dish: Chicken wings as an app, pulled pork was smokey and moist and brisket. but i'm a guy...so i love all the meats.
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Jack Fry's: Jack Fry's is Louisville's Best/Most Fun Restauran
Located on Louisville's hip and hopping Bardstown Road, Jack Fry's is THE place for dinner. I travel to Louisville for business every couple of months, and it's always the first place I think of when it comes time to make plans. Jack Fry's is small, sometimes loud (they had live music the last time i was there, but i don't think they have it every night), but ALWAYS fun. For a restaurant in Kentucky I'm always shocked how good the seafood is.
Favorite Dish: I am not a red meat eater, so I can't speak on that stuff, but friends have raved about the Pork Chops. I have to say I cannot get enough of their seafood, especially the amazing scallops.
21C's Proof on Main: Good, not great
One of the draws of Proof on Main is its attachment to 21C Museum Hotel, noted as one of the top hotels in the country, and, as the restaurant's name implies, is located on Main Street in downtown Louisville.
I get the feeling that this restaurant is very impressed with itself. It is attached to a hotel that displays some bizarre and interesting art, and it seems that this is a "see-and-be-seen" joint, especially on weekend nights.
All that said, the staff is typically friendly and, especially early in the evening, (on a week night) is happy to accomodate infants and kids (hopefully well-behaved ones). The decor of the restaurant is fairly basic when compared with the museum and hotel, but its simplicity is elegant.
The service on our visit was without fault. It was neither overly-attentive nor lacking, and the server had a good grasp on the menu and drink offerings. Our server was impressed with my order of straight bourbon (Pappy Van Winkle, I believe) and was further impressed by our order of the bone marrow appetizer. That's not tooting our horn, but may suggest that those particular items were not often ordered, despite their more elegant or gourmet nature.
The food itself probably holds a better reputation that it deserves. An eater used to the chain restaurant fare would consider Proof to be superb, yet those with a more qualified palate might have looked at the marrow as simply trying to be gourmet. Similar to the way wrapping food in bacon is an attempt to elevate the main ingredient by making it feel richer or more decadent, the bone marrow seemed to do the same for the menu and did not fully reflect marrow's true culinary potential.
The cucumber soup was not as expected. Again, this was an attempt by the chef to be clever and different and exemplifies the problem with Proof- they haven't quite hit the food flavor ("deliciousness") mark as well as they might have hit the inventiveness mark for a Louisville restaurant). Yet, the soup, amounting to a thin cucumber puree with toasted bread crumbs and grape/cherry tomatos worked pretty well.
It should be of note that we can't recall what we had for entrees- not exactly the effect for which a stellar restaurant should shoot, but indicative of the overall disappointment we felt in Proof's menu considering its many positive reviews.
One of our desserts was a plum pudding, which was nothing like the heavy, British style of pudding and more a fresh plum fruit pudding. The taste was good, but it just wasn't as expected.
Keep in mind that the dishes described may not be on the menu if and when you visit, but they are presented to represent the restaurant's style.,
As you've probably gathered from this review, we weren't exceedingly impressed with Chef Michael Paley's restaurant. He clearly holds promise, but we didn't feel that the food was up to par with the concept or quality of the hotel and Proof felt like more of a place for people to begin to appreciate gourmet foods than a place for true foodies to get their fix, a place for people to feel like they're eating top quality. Unfortunately, it just wasn't up there with the best.
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Palermo Viejo: Wonderful Steaks
This is a small restaurant holding only abourt sixty people. All steaks are frree range all natural. Every steak is cooked on a one of a kind charcoal grill. They make their own pasta and sausages. It is a wonderful restaurant that makes you feellike you are in Europe.
Favorite Dish: The Filet was fantastic. you can get it as big as you like but the minimum is 6 oz. Get the french fries which are tossed in garlic and parsley.
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Nermana's and Djuli's: Bosnia
Louisville has at least two Bosnian restaurants, Nermana's (on Frankfort Avenue) and Djuli's (in the Iroquios Manor Shopping Center-near the Vietnam Kitchen).
I haven't been to Djuli's, but the food at Nermana's is quite good. They also sell Bosnian preserves and chocolates. MMMMM
Favorite Dish: I haven't yet had verything on the menu, so I can't say... better do some more research!
Cuban food, excellent Cuban food.
The Cuban owner runs around all evening working the floor along with four waitresses. Busy, quality, well decorated, and located near the Vietnam Kitchen!
Favorite Dish: They have some awesom plates here... I've only been once, so I don't yet want to give a favorite.
Buck's is absolutely one of...
Buck's is absolutely one of the best and my favorite. It is now open for lunch.
Atmosphere, music, service, setting, history Bar, price, and gemutlichkeit !
Favorite Dish: Lunch: Stir Fry
Dinner: Soft shell crabs and Henvy V
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