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Lunch spots in Louisville near St James Court

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Hi, we'll be in Louisville on Sat Oct 6th for the St James Court Art Festival. Does anyone know of any good, chowish places to have a nice lunch in walking distance from the festival? We'd like somewhere where we can sit and relax for a while over a nice lunch. Thanks!

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  1. I live just a few blocks from St. James Court--we go nowhere during the festival. It's like Derby. We stock up on liquor and food and entertain everyone that passes! The best lunch spots are Carly Rae's on Oak at 1st St., Third Avenue Cafe at Third & Oak, and Amici at 315 East Ormsby. Carly Rae's is the furthest walk but they have a lovely outdoor patio and pretty good bar food. Third Ave. is about 1/2 vegetarian and the tomato basil soup is to die for. They have stuff for carnivores, too. Amici is supposed to be Italian but they served a panini to me on Texas toast when they first opened so I'm not sure what's going on there, but others say they have improved greatly. For a great burger or tuna steak or chicken breast sandwich, go to the Granville Inn on Third St. They are a college bar with great food and cheap beer. If you are staying for dinner Buck's at 4th & Ormsby has great food, a little pricey but never disappointing. Their crispy fish is excellent and the atmosphere is lovely. If you want to get breakfast/lunch before the festival, Toast on Market is downtown but great breakfasts (lemon souffle pancakes that will make you cry) and lunch. They are only open until 2. I could go on and on so if you are staying somewhere in town let me know and I'll make more suggestions. Louisville is a hidden gem when it comes to food, whether it is fresh/local, ethnic, fine dining, or a chili dog. Have a great visit!

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    1. re: louisvillegirl

      I agree with all of Louisvillegirl's advice... just be prepared for the crowds...