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2008/10/12 22:42:23 (permalink)

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I'm heading south for the winter and will be stopping in Louisville to visit grandson at Bellarmine. I'm looking for something different. My last visit, we went to the Paradise Cafe~great!~ and had a Hot Brown downtown...not so much. Had a good burger at Heilman's (sp?) right off the campus and a nice Indian dinner on Bardstown Rd.
Any suggestions for us? We are all adventurous eaters and love our roadfood! Thanks
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    Twinwillow
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    RE: Louisville 2008/10/12 23:14:26 (permalink)
    Al-The-Mayor, you're the expert in this part of the country.
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    RE: Louisville 2008/10/12 23:24:28 (permalink)
    ginny's diner on frankfort is a great roadfood type of
    place. great burgers
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    RE: Louisville 2008/10/13 07:22:25 (permalink)
    Just outside of Louisville on U.S. 60 near Shelbyville is Claudia Sanders' Dinner House. They serve the pan-fried version of Kentucky Fried Chicken. My guess is that this is the non-pressure cooker version of the recipe that Duncan Hines first encountered when he ate at Sanders Cafe in Corbin, Kentucky in 1939. Claudia Sanders Dinner House used to be on this site, but it has been taken down lately. The Mayor wrote the review and took the pictures. They are closed Mondays.
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    RE: Louisville 2008/10/13 17:47:13 (permalink)

    You don't say how long (how many meals??) you will be in Louisville??
    Here is a link to one of the better reviewing writers in Louisville. While he likes Wines, while I don't , His comments on most of the restaurants are pretty accurate.

    http://www.louisvillehotbytes.com/?page_id=233

    BTW--Ginny's Diner burned a couple of months ago and has not been rebuilt.

    Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville is a nice place for dinner. Genteel is the word for that place. We like it and the Chicken Liver Dinners. The Family Style veggies are out of this world...The Fried Chicken is better than the normal KFC, but not by much.
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    RE: Louisville 2008/10/14 12:48:54 (permalink)
    OK for good Thai food.. Thai Smile 5 on Preston hwy is wonderful.. best thai in the city, for sushi, Sapporos on Bardstown Rd can't be beat, for great steaks at a great price Palermo Viejo on Bardstown rd is great, you like Vietnamese, Vietnam Kitchen serves the best on 2nd St in the Iroquis Shopping Center, Korean... Koreana on Preston St.(it's in a shopping center with a ton of other ethnic places, you'll see a BP station and a Popeye's Chicken), for great Mexican (real Mexican) there is La Tapitia on 2nd and Central, you'll probably be the only Anglo there.. it's awesome and very Roadfood worthy, inexpensive... .hope this helps
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    RE: Louisville 2008/10/14 14:44:01 (permalink)
    May I piggy-back onto this thread? My husband and I are flying into Louisville in mid-November, arriving about 6:30 p.m. on a Friday, and driving from there to Beaumont Inn Harrodsburg for the weekend.

    We went to the Brown Hotel a few years ago and had the Hot Brown in what was then the Thoroughbred Lounge. They've apparently converted that into a private dining room, so now the dining options for dinnertime are limited to the expensive (with a dress code) English Grill, or the Lobby Bar.

    We'd like to have a Hot Brown in Louisville or environs before driving on to Harrodsburg. We've been to Claudia Sanders Dinner House. Agree the vegetables are good. I like chicken livers, but my spouse doesn't, and neither of us thought the chicken there was as good as at Beaumont Inn.

    I know folks here love Lynn's Paradise Cafe, but it looks a little frenetic for our tastes.

    Are there other suggestions for dinner on Friday night between Louisville and Harrodsburg? Just as a point of reference,we'll be eating at the Beaumont Inn for Saturday dinner and Sunday noon, and at Pleasant Hill (Shakertown) Sunday night. Don't know for sure what we'll be doing on Saturday during the day -- in the past, we've driven to Glendale and eaten at the Whistlestop, to Bardstown for Talbott Tavern, and a variety of places in the Lexington area, including as far afield as Hall's at the River and a BBQ place in Versailles (the name of which escapes me).

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    RE: Louisville 2008/10/14 15:05:53 (permalink)
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    I don't know if I would necessarily consider it Roadfood and it has been several years since I have been there, but you should consider Old Stone Inn in Simpsonville.
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    RE: Louisville 2008/10/14 15:36:42 (permalink)
    Thanks. We had Easter lunch at the Old Stone Inn probably 12 years ago. I know it changed ownership since then, at least once.

    I'm not sure it is still in operation -- if anyone knows about that, please advise.

    Another place I'd like to try is Science Hill Inn, but I think it is now open only for lunch, Tuesday-Sunday.

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    RE: Louisville 2008/10/14 15:44:23 (permalink)
    rumaki - we ate dinner at the Brown Hotel one Sunday evening after a visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum. The downstairs casual restaurant was closed. but we got a hot brown in the fancy, white tablecloth room at the same price as it was downstairs It was fancy and we were casual, but we felt welcome. Interesting menus on the wall of Christmas dinner at the Brown Hotel during the early thirties. Lobster and roast beef for about $3.
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    RE: Louisville 2008/10/14 23:12:57 (permalink)
    The old stone inn is still there and running, we have the judges eat there when we fly them in for dog shows...
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    RE: Louisville 2008/10/15 08:13:49 (permalink)
    BoomBozz Pizza is very good, as is Pesto's Italian restaurant. The King Fish is also good for a casual seafood meal. If you go to the casino across the river in Indiana, beware of the food!

    Andrea
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    RE: Louisville 2008/10/15 08:40:00 (permalink)
    If you're traveling through Lexington, try the Columbia Steak House downtown on Limestone.

    http://columbiassteakhouse.com/

    Get the Tenderloin of beef (their specialty). It's 8 oz., broiled, and been drenched for a couple of days in garlic butter before it's served. $14.99

    Only drawback: they are closed on Sundays.
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    RE: Louisville 2008/10/15 11:46:39 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Louis

    If you're traveling through Lexington, try the Columbia Steak House downtown on Limestone.

    http://columbiassteakhouse.com/

    Get the Tenderloin of beef (their specialty). It's 8 oz., broiled, and been drenched for a couple of days in garlic butter before it's served. $14.99

    Only drawback: they are closed on Sundays.



    I second the Columbia's if your trip down South takes you through Lexington. Also, the Atomic Cafe which is also downtown.

    Andrea
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    RE: Louisville 2008/10/17 22:06:20 (permalink)
    Mike Lennings....great food, not fancy. Not sure of the location, but I'm sure if you asked, about anyone would know where it was. Highly recommended! Fantastic fish, chicken and great onion rings
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    RE: Louisville 2008/10/21 18:05:33 (permalink)
    Mike Linnig's is one of the restaurants listed in the roadfood restaurant database. Go to Restaurant Search, choose Kentucky, and the details will pop right up.

    The Sterns also reviewed Mike Linnig's in their October 2008 Gourmet magazine column.

    Now -- what about Kaelin's? It's featured on the roadfood homepage this week. It would appear to be reasonably convenient to the airport. Has anyone been there lately?
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    RE: Louisville 2008/10/21 18:40:41 (permalink)
    rumaki-
    The reason Kaelin's is on the front page is that some of my photos have just been added.

    I ate there just this Summer. Not a big fan of their cheeseburgers, but their Hot Brown, fried pickles and green beans were all quite good. I really want to go back and try their fried chicken.
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    RE: Louisville 2008/10/21 21:25:25 (permalink)
    Thanks for all the suggestions. Kaelin's was great! The fried chicken was juicy,hot and crisp. Grandson loved the mini-cheeseburgers.
    I really liked Lynn's Paradise Cafe....yes, a little funky, but the food was good. We had the Hot Brown,fried chicken and a nice diner salad with chicken,brie,cranberries (for me) and a very generous pour on the wine.Looking forward to visiting the rest on the list when I return in the Spring.
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    RE: Louisville 2008/10/22 08:50:05 (permalink)
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    Thanks for letting us know where you ate. I am looking forward to trying that fried chicken at Kaelin's someday.
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    RE: Louisville 2008/11/18 18:10:09 (permalink)
    Dear group: I just returned from my weekend trip to Central Kentucky.

    I wanted to report that I loved the fried chicken at Kaelin's. I ordered the half chicken dinner, which was supposed to be the standard assortment: leg, thigh, breast and wing. The kitchen gave me a wing, leg and two breasts. I was delighted, because I prefer white meat. The chicken was delicious. I would have it again! I had green beans and mashed potatoes and gravy as my side dishes. Loved the green beans. The potatoes themselves were good, but the gravy had some flavor in it -- I can't describe it, exactly, but it seemed to be some sort of additive or "base" -- that I didn't care for. The roll that came with the meal was also fine -- not outstanding, but fine. My husband had a "dressed" cheeseburger (without onion) which he enjoyed very much. He enjoyed the french fries less -- said they were too greasy for his taste. Next time, he'd ask to substitute a different side dish. We also had a huge "half order" of fried pickles. They were very salty. Most likely an acquired taste. The service was outstanding.

    We stayed at Beaumont Inn, and had Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch buffet there. This is an old favorite of ours -- I've been going to Beaumont Inn since I was a small child. As ever, the chicken was very good, as were the side dishes (I chose green beans and mashed potatoes, as well as the corn pudding everyone gets). The salad was sort of weird -- a lettuce wedge served with slivered almonds and something else -- maybe dried cranberries? I forget. Anyway, it was supposed to come with ranch dressing, but I asked for blue cheese as a substitute. It was fine, but I prefer the tomato aspic and seasoned cottage cheese, which is not on their fall menu. My husband had the country ham, which is what he always has, and my brother had the veal liver, which he said was outstanding. Incidentally, my brother ate at the Old Owl Tavern on the premises on Friday night before my husband and I arrived. He had what he described as a "mountain" of delectable fried chicken livers.

    On Saturday, we went to the Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola History in Elizabethtown (which has a fabulous collection of memorabilia put together by the family that used to own the bottling plant), and had Saturday lunch at "The Caboose," a branch of the Whistle Stop in Glendale. We haven't eaten at the Whistle Stop in several years. They used to have a great hot brown. I don't know whether they still do. In any event, the hot brown at "The Caboose" was not very good -- processed deli-style ham and turkey roll, with a gloppy bright yellow cheese sauce and a sprinkling of bacon bits. At the Whistle Stop, they used a superior cheese sauce that was broiled to finish, and much more appetizing. However, the pies -- especially the brown sugar cream -- are excellent at The Caboose, just as they were at the Whistle Stop. And, my brother enjoyed his cheese broccoli soup.

    On Sunday night we ate at the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill. This was the best meal I've had at this place (I think we've eaten there 3 or 4 times previously over the years), and certainly a highlight of our trip. You start the meal with a basket of mini corn sticks that are addictive, and a relish tray with, among other things, excellent homemade pickled okra. (My husband loves the okra so much that he asked for extra. The waitress brought him a plateful, and we ended up taking the leftovers back home to Minneapolis.) I chose the "gelatin salad of the day" as my first course, which was cranberry gelatin and very refreshing. I had fried chicken, green beans and mashed potatoes. Very good fried chicken -- it might even be pan-fried, though I'm not sure of that. The entree also comes with watermelon pickle and pickled beets, and good yeast rolls. My brother had the fried catfish; my husband, the roast pork. They both had the tomato-celery soup, which they liked a lot, as their first course. In short, we all loved our meals and were too full for dessert.

    All in all, it was a delicious weekend. Thanks again for all the suggestions.

    And buffetbuster -- go to Kaelin's and try the fried chicken!!! It is so convenient to the Louisville airport -- this will be a "must" stop for us in the future.
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    Re:Louisville 2011/06/22 14:34:32 (permalink)
    I am just wrapping-up less than 48-hours in Louisville (sorry, Al, flew in-and-out) and could only break out of the corporate group think for two meals but boy were they memorable. Succinctly, they included both breakast here...
     
     
    984 Barrett Avenue
     
    (Already well-covered both on this site as well as on the Food Network. That all said, yes, it's as good as they say and, yes, I ordered the 430,000-calorie, Bobby Flay-beating French Toast made from the restaurant's thick-cut cinnamon-swirled bread swirled with a bourbon sauce dotted with pecans and decorated with fresh cut strawberries. [I actually had to say "no" to the normally accompanying chocolate sauce and whipped cream.] Two-words: Pure Bliss.)
     
     
    ...and a highly-recommended
    dinner here...
     
     
     
    127 West Main Street
     
     
    Doc Crow's hasn't yet been mentioned on this site (which is understandable as it just opened four months ago) but my group of five was delighted with our dining experience last night at this southern comfort food oasis (housed in the city's Whiskey Row Lofts). The place, whose menu "offers a sprawling assortment of goodies that caters perfectly to the pan-Southern belly" (Courier-Journal, 3-19-11), features more than five dozen bourbons, a wide-ranging of smokehouse products including ribs, pulled pork, brisket and turkey as well as fresh oysters prepared at least three different ways.
     
    Our entrees spanned from soft shell crabs to pork barbeque and to the smoked turkey. All were rich, smokey and awesome. The side of beans, alone, were outstanding and featured more shredded pork than actual beans. Not a bad thing, at all. And desserts? Only one of us ordered such (the dessert menu, alone, is pretty impressive) but let me tell you what she ordered: “Wilber’s Sundae” -- a concoction featuring "brown butter praline ice cream with Bourbon caramel ribbon atop cinnamon pork rinds sprinkled with candied bacon topped with a Bourbon cherry." Oh, and for just five-bucks.
     
    Book your plane tickets to Louisville today, people. 
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    Re:Louisville 2011/06/28 16:10:37 (permalink)
    Sorry I missed you, Kurt, but i understand a tight schedule.  Glad you joined the multitudes who have made LYNN's PARADISE CAFE what it is today.
     
    The whole low number area on Main and Market St's downtown is pretty new and definitely going up-scale rapidly. Last Fall's Opening of the YUM Center (the U of L basketball Arena) right on the river across from those restaurants has really exploded in business and evening 'traffic.  It is giving the downtown area a new business cycle !  Glad you liked it.
     
    Maybe next time  you won't leave your poor old friend sitting on his porch in his rocking chair with a bottle of Knob Creek and a straw !!!!! 
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