Downtown Louisville Ky
- 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?)
I love that hotel!
Don't miss Lilly's in Louisville. Please have the chicken pot pie. It is magnificent!
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....
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.
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.
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.
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!
813 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206
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.