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LaLa Jan 1, 2008 06:42 AM

I am going to be staying at The Brown for a couple of days this month...any not to miss places to eat (or anything else?)

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    chickstein Jan 1, 2008 07:01 AM

    I love that hotel!

    Don't miss Lilly's in Louisville. Please have the chicken pot pie. It is magnificent!

    1. Lightsuprooms Jan 1, 2008 05:27 PM

      Well at the Brown .. have the Hot Brown it's a given, also you could eat at the Seelbach, it's not that far from the Brown..I agree with Lilly's but what are you looking for? and what price range....

      1. mamaciita Jan 4, 2008 04:32 AM

        The Mayan Cafe on Market is my favorite: www.themayancafe.com.

        RAW is interesting (on 4th Street, near the Seelbach). We had an awesome seared ahi/soba noodle salad there that was almost too pretty to eat--and tasted just as good.

        Near downtown on Frankfort Ave are basa and Veranese. We just had a stellar dinner at basa.

        L & N Wine Bar and Bistro is consistently delicious.

        There are many, vastly varied, great places to eat. Check out www.louisvillehotbytes.com for reviews, etc.

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        1. re: mamaciita
          LaLa Jan 8, 2008 06:09 PM

          I was thinking maybe proof on main...of course a hot brown at the hotel. I really need maybe a dive too just in case we don't feel like putting on the airs one night.

          1. re: LaLa
            mamaciita Jan 9, 2008 04:24 AM

            Will you have a car?

            The Come Back Inn on Swan Street at Breckenridge is a great little, local, neighborhood Italian place. In Germantown, not far from downtown.

        2. Lightsuprooms Jan 11, 2008 05:38 AM

          a great dive of a place is Vietnam Kitchen... great vietnamese food.. try the summer rolls, the Pho, the catfish in claypot, the stringbeans with meat.. and the avocado shake... If you like Mexican.. try La Tapitia on Central near Churchhill downs.. it's true mexican, When I go I'm the only Angla in the place.

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          1. re: Lightsuprooms
            TipsyMcStagger Jan 23, 2008 06:19 PM

            Is the La Tapitia on Preston Hwy the same ownership as the one on 3rd St (near Churchill)?


            1. re: TipsyMcStagger
              TipsyMcStagger Jan 24, 2008 10:13 PM

              Drove by today...looks like the Preston Hwy location is closed.


              1. re: TipsyMcStagger
                TipsyMcStagger Jan 25, 2008 01:46 PM

                Disregard that last post. I was looking at the building across the parking lot. There is a (quite large) La Tapatia location on Preston Hwy just north of Blue Lick Road.

                The taco's were inexpensive (about $1.50 each) and very tasty. Great authentic cheap eats find!


                1. re: TipsyMcStagger
                  Lightsuprooms Jan 28, 2008 09:18 AM

                  they are owned by the same family and the tacos are awesome.. they also have a great mexican shrimp cocktail and their tortas..sandwiches,, are excellent as well

                  1. re: Lightsuprooms
                    fresh Mar 1, 2009 04:12 PM

                    Still really good to excellent: Jack Fry's and Lily's (Bardstown Rd.); 211 Clover Lane and Jack's/Equus (St. Matthew's); Proof and Mayan Gypsy (downtown); Havana Rumba and Mojitos (the Holiday Manor and St. Matthew's area); Corbett's: An American Restaurant (**** restaurant w/affordable bar and porch food). Sullivan's Cooking School's Winston's Restaurant on Bardstown Rd. is still excellent but only open on weekends. North End Cafe (Clifton): excellent breakfast often w/good local ingredients.

                    Vietnam Kitchen still a great buy for inexpensive food. The
                    Oakroom (when its chef returns in the future) will be an expensive great
                    option. Z's Fusion downtown is promising: we had one really good and
                    one mediocre meal.

                    Come back Inn: don't bother. Lynn's Paradise Cafe: not bad food but mostly just hype.

                    1. re: fresh
                      fresh Nov 21, 2010 01:24 PM

                      Update: the Mayan Gypsy has become the Mayan Cafe (Market St., downtown); it's excellent.

          2. Sarah McC Feb 25, 2011 07:34 AM

            In town for a conference and staying at the Hampton Inn on E. Jefferson. Had dinner at the Mayan Cafe, based on recs from this site and hotbytes. Truly delicious dinner.
            I was dining alone and wanted to try a few different things, so I stuck to smaller plates. The seasonal salad with pears, bacon, local goat cheese and blood orange vinaigrette. Bright dressing, creamy cheese, sweet fruit and BACON.
            Had the Charro soup with white beans, chicken, chorizo and jalapenos. It lacked much spice and had a lot of chicken. But clean flavors and warm, stomach-pleasing broth.
            Tamale with shredded beef topped with a luscious mole.
            A side of the lima beans- I don't have a clue what was in them, but they were addictive.
            Finished with a simple bread pudding swimming in a Mexican chocolate sauce.

            Really, just a beautiful meal. Wish I could come back with friends and order some larger dishes to share. The ribeye and scallop dishes (at the next table) looked amazing.

            I'm a Brooklynite, used to a foodie community obsessed with local produce and seasonality. Mayan Cafe hit it, spot on!

            Mayan Cafe
            813 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206

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              XX_with_gusto Mar 7, 2011 07:17 AM

              Thanks for the recommendations. I'm staying at the Galt House later this month, and I won't have a car. Anything good within walking distance? Wouldn't mind a rec for a place for a nice meal, but nothing too bank-breaking if possible.

              I've got about 5 days to figure out, and my cohorts and I are on a budget, so I'd definitely be interested in the taco trucks and hot dog stands and small ethnic places -- the holes in the wall. On the other hand, we didn't come to Louisville to find the world's greatest Korean, so someplace with some solid 'down-home' cookin' would be dynamite as well. And/or a good bbq joint. If it's uniquely Louisville, all the better; we tend to like to visit local establishments.


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              1. re: XX_with_gusto
                craig_g Mar 9, 2011 06:00 AM


                Are you coming for the tournament or just there coincidentally? Your name suggests the former:)

                1. re: craig_g
                  XX_with_gusto Mar 9, 2011 06:49 AM

                  Haha. Tournament, of course.

                  edit: playing the Silidor Pairs or Reds and then the Open Swiss.

                  1. re: XX_with_gusto
                    craig_g Mar 9, 2011 07:16 AM

                    Sounds like we won't overlap, as I'm just going for the PP and Vanderbilt, but I'll report back in this thread about options compatible with the schedule.

                    1. re: craig_g
                      XX_with_gusto Mar 9, 2011 09:16 AM

                      Thanks, and GL.

                      1. re: XX_with_gusto
                        CookieLee Mar 9, 2011 03:53 PM

                        More Bridge players are reading over yr shoulder!

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                          thndrstm Mar 14, 2011 07:26 PM

                          I am going too, looking forward to trying the Mayan Cafe, should be able to get there via the shuttle.

                          1. re: thndrstm
                            thndrstm Mar 14, 2011 07:41 PM

                            Anyone know whether the $39 pre-theater special at the Seelbach is worth it?

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