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Nov 9, 2010 07:31 AM

Louisville on a budget

I'll be passing through Louisville and wanted to know what I can't miss on the cheaper end of the scale. (Most of the L'ville posts seem focused on fine dining.) I'm from the East Coast and would love some local favorites. No strong dislikes to avoid.

I have a $50 per diem. I'm willing to scrimp on one meal to splurge on another, but $50 just isn't that splurge-y, you know?

I'll be staying a little North of the UL campus.

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  1. Mark's Feed Store BBQ has 3 locations but one is just E of UL Campus. Wagner's Pharmacy has been serving reasonable chow for breakfast or lunch for 80 years just S of the UL campus near Churchill Downs. Derby Cafe in the museum at Churchill Downs serves a reasonable lunch Monday/Saturday. Get a hot brown before you leave town. Cottage Cafe is E of the UL Campus and serves old fashioned comfort food for lunch and dinner. Third Avenue Cafe is a fine neighborhood cafe just N of the UL campus that serves good reasonable comfort food for lunch and dinner. There's outdoor seating also. Lynn's Paradise Cafe is a institution in Louisville that serves good country food for breakfast, lunch or dinner located just NE of the UL campus.

    Mark's Feed Store BBQ @ 1514 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, KY. 502 - 458 - 1570.
    Wagner's Pharmacy @ 3113 South 4th Street, Louisville, KY 502 - 375 - 3800.
    Derby Cafe @ 704 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY 502 - 634 - 0858.
    Cottage Inn @ 570 Eastern Parkway, Louisville, KY 502 - 637 - 4325.
    Third Avenue Cafe @ 1164 South 3rd Street, Louisville, KY 502 - 585 - 2233.
    Lynn's Paradise Cafe @ 984 Barret Ave., Louisville, KY 502 - 583 - 3447.

    1. I would recommend the Mayan Cafe as one of your splurge meals... excellent mexican/mayan food

      Mayan Café
      813 E. Market St.

      I agree with all of Littleman's recommandations and would add Vietnam Kitchen, not too far from U of L...
      Vietnam Kitchen
      5339 Mitscher Ave.
      (502) 363-5154
      but they are closed oddly enough on weds.

      China Inn right near the uni is excellent for thai food,
      Cardinal Shopping Center
      1925 S. Fourth St.
      (502) 636-2020
      looks like a fast food place and is.. but great thai food.

      Vietnam Kitchen
      5339 Mitscher Ave, Louisville, KY 40214

      1. Lynn's Paradise Cafe is indeed very good, but the best meal that I've had in Looville was at Erika's German Restaurant - 9301 Hurstbourne Park Blvd, Louisville, KY, 40220

        Erika's German Restaurant
        9301 Hurstbourne Park Blvd, Louisville, KY 40220

        Lynn's Paradise Cafe
        984 Barret Ave, Louisville, KY 40204

        1. I heartily second the recommend of Mayan Cafe for your splurge and Vietnam Kitchen for your cheap eat. Excellent Louisville stand-by's. (China Inn however is just MSG-laden junk food, in my opinion, but if that's what you're feeling, who am I to knock it?)

          Vietnam Kitchen
          5339 Mitscher Ave, Louisville, KY 40214