A gourmand’s paradise, Louisville is where nationally known restaurants and chefs are commonplace, and many people come to town purely to sample the cuisine.
Chef Edward Lee/610 Magnolia
One must-stop locale for locals and visitors alike is 610 Magnolia, where Chef Edward Lee brings his Korean-American background to the menu. Lee visited Louisville during Derby Week more than 10 years ago, and within a year had taken over at 610 Magnolia. A James Beard semifinalist, Lee has appeared on Food Network’s Iron Chef America.
Louisville became home for Anthony Lamas in the early 1990s, and by 2005 he’d brought his Latin heritage to the table at Seviche. The honors and accolades have been nonstop, including mentions in USA Today and Esquire, while Lamas himself has been a James Beard semifinalist twice and won the Food Network’s Extreme Chef competition.
Dean Corbett/Corbett’s: An American Place
The city’s antebellum history meets its current cooking scene at Corbett’s, which is housed in the 1850 Von Allmen Mansion. Corbett has been in town since 1982, and his four-star ratings have appeared everywhere from local newspapers to publications such as Food Arts, Southern Living and Wine Spectator. He also is a member of the Honorable Order of the Golden Toque, the nation’s highest honor for chefs.
Shawn Ward/Jack Fry’s Restaurant
For more than 30 years, Shawn Ward has been creating unique, innovative dishes. He took over at Jack Fry’s Restaurant in 1995, and the rave reviews were quick to follow. His recipes have appeared in Bon Appétit, Southern Living, the Los Angeles Times and many other regional and national publications.
Claudia DeLatorre/Cake Flour
Dessert may be an afterthought for some foodies, but it’s front and center at Cake Flour, which boasts a dazzling array of all-natural treats.
After wrapping up her education at the French Culinary Institute, Claudia DeLatorre set up shop in Louisville. Her green approach to the culinary arts means not just the freshest ingredients, but also everything from eco-friendly paints and building products to compostable cups, utensils and packaging.
Lynn Winter/Lynn’s Paradise Café
If you’re of the belief that breakfast is the day’s most important meal, there’s no better place to kick off your day than Lynn’s Paradise Café. A local favorite for 20 years, Lynn’s has been featured on the Food Network’s Throwdown with Bobby Flay, as well as in the pages of USA Today, Southern Living and more.
From street cart to national honors, the Mayan Café is one of Louisville’s best "worst-kept secrets." Rave reviews are justly applied to the Mayan cuisine created by Chef Bruce Ucán, who relies heavily on local producers for his ever-changing menus.
The English Grill
C’mon, you know you want one. The Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville is famous for its legendary Hot Brown, an open-face turkey sandwich with bacon and a Mornay sauce, which is still served up daily in the English Grill.
Proof on Main
The art’s the thing right along with the food at Proof on Main, where Chef Michael Paley blends the flavors of Italy and the American South. The food is created from local ingredients, and the bar stocks more than 50 of Kentucky’s finest bourbons. The food, not to mention the art-driven décor, have popped up in Food & Wine, Esquire, GQ and Wine Spectator magazines. And all this is found housed in 21C, which has been named one of the "top 10 hotels in the world" for three years in a row.
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