Kentucky was neutral during the Civil War; she didn’t take sides. So something unique about Louisville is that it was sort of the northern-est city in the South and the southern-est city in the North. That rare combination might be the reason there is such an array of dining options, or the best of both worlds. Eating in Louisville is a treat, no matter what you are hankering for. But one thing is for certain: You are not going to leave hungry.
No matter how much of a foodie you consider yourself to be, you have to know that sometimes a big, juicy burger or a huge crispy piece of fried fish, isn’t going to come from a place with a Maitre’D. So on those days, you head for the Dizzy Whizz Drive-In in Old Louisville, or to Mike Linnig’s Place, where you can crunch into that fish you’ve been dreaming about.
Every state claims to have the best barbeque, and of course Kentucky can run with the best of them. Hickory smoked meats with made-from-scratch sauces is what gets Mark’s Feed Store on the list of best barbeque restaurants year after year.
Although the Mayan Empire has not been around since the 16th century, the Mayan people and their recipes still exist today. The Mayan Cafe can give you a taste. But if you are looking for fine dining, Louisville has their share. For high-end Italian, try Vincenzos downtown. Kentucky’s only AAA Five Diamond restaurant, The Oak Room is in The Seelbach Hotel, and The English Grill is in the historic Brown Hotel right around the corner. If you want a little more casual fare, try J.Grahm’s Cafe at The Brown, it has some history right on the menu. At Louisville’s Come Back Inn, you will find authentic Italian-American cuisine, in what appears to be a corner diner. What they lack in sparkle, they make up for in flavor, serving size and price. It is a Louisville favorite along with Wagner’s Pharmacy, which is located right across the street from the horse barns at Churchill Downs. After all these delicious dining choices, you’re going to need something sweet. If you need an assortment of chocolates and caramels, Muth’s Candies is your place. If you are more in the dessert mode, then stop in one of the nine locations of Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen, you’re sure to be close to one of them.