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    Josh’s Taverne and Grille: Besides the complimentary breakfast, go to....

    by lmkluque Updated Sep 16, 2012

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    There were several restaurants to choose from throughout the complex. Since I arrived later in the evening I was happy to find one of the restaurants open for business and had a lovely meal. This restaurant was open 24 hours and I was not the only one from our flight who wanted to eat, the place was packed! Still, as with the desk clerks, the foodservers here were efficient and the cooks did a great job getting the meal out in a timely manner.

    Next morning we had breakfast and even though the restaurant was very busy we weren't made to feel rushed.

    Crossbow, the 24 hour cafe has since closed. Chaucers has also closed and hopefully another restaurant will set up shop soon. At the moment it's just Josh’s Taverne and Grille at the Drawbridge Inn. Luckily, there are many, "nearby restaurants" in the area to choose from and you can always get room service.

    Favorite Dish: The meals were very good, so I'd say order what you'd like but if you're there at dinner time order the Prime Rib Dinner!

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    Patti's 1880 Settlement in Grand Rivers, KY: Have a dish of vacation with your meal

    by JREllison Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Patti's specializes in real country cooking, but don't get in a hurry, people seem to linger a little longer here at Patti's. Take a walk through the gardens, water wheel, light display or if your inclined visit the wedding chapel.

    Favorite Dish: Hands down its the inch thick pork chop!

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    De'Sha's- Lexington

    by Krumlovgirl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a great place for regional food in a beautiful, Victorian setting. My mom likes the Kentucky Hot Brown and claims that it's the best to be found. I personally like the shrimp. For brunch you can have a great Hawaiian chicken salad, complete with little banana nut bread muffins. We almost never make it to Lexington for brunch unless we've spent the night at the Radisson or Hyatt. If you eat there during the week it's nice to walk around Victorian Square afterwards. They have some neat little shops and it's a good way to walk off heavy food.

    Favorite Dish: The famous Kentucky Hot Brown (what my mom always orders):
    A Kentucky tradition. A lunch portion of sliced breast of turkey smothered in a rich cream sauce, topped with cheddar cheese, crisp bacon and tomatoes broiled to a golden brown. It's rich, so be warned!!

    Coconut Chicken:
    Strips of chicken in a coconut breading, served with honey mustard sauce for dipping. Not really comparable to Atomic Cafe's coconut shrimp though.

    Golden Fried Shrimp:
    Select shrimp, butterflied and lightly breaded then deep fried. Served with cocktail sauce and steak fries. This is pretty good. Had it a couple of times. My friend Bobbie Sue claims it's the best she's ever had.

    deSha's Sampler:
    Sampler includes potato skins, stuffed banana peppers, and coconut chicken. I'd go for this if you weren't sure what you wanted. The stuffed banana peppers are pretty good, too.

    Filet Mignon:
    Certified Angus Beef tenderloin filet char-grilled in a garlic butter with sauteed mushrooms and a Cabernet bordelaise. But then again, I love filet mignon so I am a little biased.

    Also noteworthy: the stuffed mushrooms.

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    BOB EVANS: GOOD SENIOR'SMENU

    by LoriPori Written Nov 10, 2010

    Right next door to our Super 8 Motel was a BOB EVANS so we just walked over and had dinner there.
    We chose from the Senior's Menu. Hans and I both had grilled chicken ($7.29) which had a small portion of grilled chicken. Hans chose broccolli florets and I had corn. We both had baked potato with sour cream and butter. The meal also came with banana nut bread which was absolutely yummy.

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    Boone Tavern, Berea, KY: Good Food, Nice Staff

    by paulapes Updated Oct 29, 2008

    Historic Inn and Tavern -- named for Appalachian hero Daniel Boone -- is located in College Square in the center of Berea where the old Dixie Highway intersects with Berea College campus. It was built in 1909 to house visitors to the college.

    Boone Tavern works in tandem with Berea College utilizing the Student Labor Program to staff the hotel. Many of the waiters and waitresses are Berea College students. Students work 10-15 hours per week while attending classes. Since 1855, all of Berea's 1500 students are employed in one or more of the 140 work areas at the college.

    All of the staff we came in contact with were very nice, pleasant and happy to help. Overall a very nice place to eat, and I imagine it must be a great place to stay overnight too.

    Favorite Dish: I had the Tavern House Salad, which was very good. It had nuts and dried cherries along with the usual lettuce, etc. I had ordered it with chicken, but someone goofed and forgot the chicken, which was okay because the salad filled me up anyway. When told about the lack of chicken, they adjusted the bill, so no problem there.

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    Jim's Seafood: Best Food in Frankfort

    by Dester Written Jul 5, 2008

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    Surprisingly fresh seafood from the Gulf daily. Nice view of the River and quaint, smple atmosphere. Everything I've had here has been great.

    Favorite Dish: The fried green tomatoes are excelent here and all the food is fresh and hot.

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    The Brown Hotel: two words: Hot Brown

    by mcferreri Written Jun 7, 2008

    The Hot Brown one of the original late night drunken snack. Conceptualized in the 1920s as nourishment after a hard night of jitterbugging at the Brown Camberley Hotel in Louisville, KY, the Hot Brown was to take the munchies to a different level.

    Imagine an open faced turkey sandwich with a rich Mornay sauce covering it and topped with cheese, pimentos and bacon. Now that's a nightcap!

    You can have this original taste of history at it's place of origin, the beautifully restored Brown Hotel in Louisville. If you decide to go for lunch, reserve time for a nap afterward.

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  • Bubs Cafe: amazing homecooking!

    by kykisses Written Oct 22, 2007

    the best breakfast around Elizabethtown. The burgers are made the old fashioned way, big hand pattied, and fully dressed. The deor is just as old fashioned, gas pumps and pedal cars, old bicycles as well. I love this place!

    Favorite Dish: The chili and bacon cheese burgers are my fav!

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    My Old Kentucky Dinner Train: A small tour of real Kentucky

    by Dester Written Sep 9, 2007

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    What makes the meal so special is the scenery passing by while you dine, which is prepared right on board in the kitchen car. Served are a variety of entrée choices, including vegetarian dishes, plus a selection of delicious desserts. Cocktails and premium wines are also available.

    Favorite Dish: I've tried the Kentucky Hot Brown and the tilapia which are both very good, but the prime rib is excellent.

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    Lilly's: Lilly's---Louisville's Gourmet

    by pabertra Updated Dec 8, 2006

    Lilly's is a Kentucky hot spot, most notable because it is Chef Kathy Cary's gourmet playground. The restaurant has received nationwide acclaim being featured in Racheal Ray's magazine, Bon Appetit, The NY Times Editor's book of 40 great restaurants, and USA Today. Did I mention the Chef was a nominee for the James Beard Best Chef of the Southeast?

    Why all the acclaim? Well step into this eclectic bistro and glancing over the menu you'll see tons of fresh, local ingredients infused in the entree selections, from fresh gruyere cheese made across the river to Kentucky Bibb lettuce grown in the restaurant's own garden.

    If you aren't sure stop in for a weekday lunch for a taste of the gourmet goodness for half the dinner pricetag!

    Favorite Dish: A friend and I grabbed lunch with cocktails here:

    The bread with olive oil is DELICIOSO!

    Candied Apple Martini $9--strong, not enough apple flavor...not all that great

    Pear Martini $9--pure alcohol, once again shy on the pear liquer.

    Calamari--We special ordered this w/ caesar dressing, it usually comes on a salad, but
    the calamari is fried right! A very rare treat!

    Fish of the Day---Tortilla Crusted Trout $15
    Didn't care for the tortilla crust or the fact the skin was left intact and was supposed
    to be eaten....otherwise OUTSTANDING!

    I will be back in fact Lilly's just soared to my top 5 Favorite Louisville Restaurants!

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    Bristol Bar & Grille: Bristol Bar & Grille--Local Louisville Landmark

    by pabertra Updated Nov 16, 2006

    This Louisville restaurant opened its doors in 1977 in the Highlands along Bardstown Road. It now has 5 locations including a cafe located inside the Speed Art Musuem. The fare at this Louisville landmark is typical steaks, pasta, fish, burgers, salads, and sandwiches. The place is best known for its elaborate Sunday brunch complete with fried chicken for that southern flair.

    Favorite Dish: HOUSE SALAD - $3.95
    Nothing to write home about, pretty wimpy salad!

    THERESA’S SWEET CHILI LINGUINI - $11.95
    pasta tossed with cream & Thai chili sauce topped with blackened chicken strips. Too sweet for my tastes! Wouldn't order it again!

    CHARBROILED 10 oz NEW YORK STRIP - $19.95
    with Henry Bain sauce, served with a baked potato, my date commented this was really fatty!

    Overall not the best, but I'd be willing to try it again. I've heard great things about the Green Chili WonTons, Southwest Chicken, and Buffalo Steak.

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    Napa River Grill: Napa River Grill--Cheaper than a trip to CA

    by pabertra Written Nov 16, 2006

    Napa River Grill is a moderately upscale restaurant serving Northern California fare alongside one of Louisville's more extensive wine lists. The restaurant is a 5 time winner of Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence and has won several "Best of Louisville" awards, including Best New Restaurant, Best Restaurant Decor, Best Caesar Salad, and Favorite Restaurant.

    The interior is laden with a ski-lodge ceiling inside, the Grill is decked out in vinous colors that could be described as "Chardonnay" and "Pinot Noir." Hard floors, high space and hard edges, softened only by white tablecloths and mustard-color napkins, make for an edgy and rather noisy scene, with adequately spaced tables in two rooms surrounding a large central bar with a striking primitive-style wine-country mural and a massive wine rack that reaches to the ceiling.

    Favorite Dish: My date & I went all out, here's what we had:

    Ancho Calamari--$8.50
    Served with banana ketchup & marinara...nothing special to note here...could take it or leave it

    Napa Salad--$4.25
    Chiffonade of iceberg and romaine lettuce, julienne cucumber, carrots, diced tomato, red onion, hard-cooked egg...try it with the delicious blue cheese or homegrown basil based dressing.

    Ranchers Aged Rib Eye--$34.95
    Oven seared well marbled USDA Prime 22oz. bone-on rib eye, roasted garlic mashers and onion rings. YUMM!!!

    I had some for of halibut cooked with chickpeas, which I note is no longer on the menu...it is a good thing as I wasn't too impressed by it.

    Gold Rush Chocolate Decadence--$5.95
    Creamy flourless chocolate torte, incredibly rich for the true chocaholic

    Autumn Harvest Carrot Cake-- 6.25
    House-made cinnamon ice cream, caramel sauce, candied pecans, note you must ask for cream cheese icing....the ice cream was delicious~!

    Overall this was a decent find for a Louisville Original restaurant. I'd like to try again and choose a better entree next time.

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    Seviche Latin Grill: Seviche--The Best Seafood in Louisville!

    by pabertra Written Aug 7, 2006

    Seviche is a hot new Latin restaurant along the infamous restaurant row (Bardstown Road). The avocado colored exterior demands to be noticed as does the slightly refined mustard interior. A quaint patio invites people watching and on the weekends is the place to see and be seen. The restaurant was voted the Best New Restaurant in Louisville and chef Anthony Lamas was named to Bon Appetit's Best of The Year list.

    It becomes obvious why there is so much fanfare when you try some of the delicious food here. Seviche also spelled as "Ceviche" or "Cebiche" is seafood that has been marinated and cooked by the citric acid in citrus juices. The menu has over 10 types of seviche that make delightful appetizers.

    In addition the entrees range from macadamia crusted sea bass to Brazil's most famous dish feijoda, to filet for the non seafood lovers among us.

    This is hands down my new favorite restaurant in Louisville and I highly recommend dinner here if you're in town!

    Favorite Dish: My mom came to visit from Indy and here's what we tried

    Shrimp Seviche--($3)
    You can opt for a spoonful of seviche, but I wish I had gone with a full order when I discovered how wonderful it was. The shrimp was accented with tomato, onion, and avocado, with hints of cilantro.

    Huachinango y Camarones--($27)
    Pan roasted Florida Snapper topped with an jumbo aji amarillo rubbed tiger shrimp topped with roasted tomatillo sauce and crispy grilled leeks. TO DIE FOR!

    Filete Al Poblano--($29)
    Creekstone Farm Black Angus tenderloin with smoked poblano topped off with a blue cheese demi glace. This was one of those items they put on the menu to appease the non fish lovers and since this is a seafood place I would say this was just okay.

    Overall everything was DELICIOUS and I will be returning regularly to try more of the menu!

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    Goose Creek Diner: Goose Creek Diner---Hole In the Wall w/ Live Jazz

    by pabertra Written Jun 22, 2006

    Goose Creek Diner is a hole in the wall where locals congregate to get all the heart stopping fixings. The interior is loud and rather tacky with bright oranges and purples along with cinder block walls. The one truly surprising feature the diner has is a brunch with live jazz on Sunday afternoons. It is also a place where you can try a Kentucky Hot Brown.

    Favorite Dish: The average entree never exceeds $10 here, but brunc is the exception mostly because you are paying for the live jazz more than anything.

    Sunday Brunch--$12.95

    Not too impressed with the selection. Fresh fruit, made to order omelettes, alongside the usual fixings of green beans, turkey, etc. The one standout was the hot brown casserole.

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    Lemongrass Restaurant: Lemongrass---A Mediocre Mix of the East

    by pabertra Written Jun 5, 2006

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    Lemongrass offers an eclectic blend of Chinese, Thai, & Vietnamese fare in a low budget type atmosphere. They have several lunch specials for $5.50 and the house specials hit a still low $10.95. In a place that offers 3 different kinds of food I made the mistake of opting for the Chinese, which was uninspiring. I've heard better things about both the Thai & Vietnamese so take this with a grain of salt.

    Favorite Dish: Chicken & Broccoli Lunch Special---$5.50
    A heaping pile of "fried rice" that didn't taste fried at all alongside wonderfully
    crisp soy sauce soaked broccoli & a very scant amount of chicken.

    Moo Goo Gai Pan Lunch Special---$5.50
    The same rice as above with mixed veggies in the traditional clear sauce that
    had an overly strong buttery taste.

    Both of these were served with egg rolls, which was nothing more than some cabbage wrapped & fried. if I come back here I won't be eating the Chinese!

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