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Brown Hotel

335 West Broadway, Louisville, KY - (502) 583-1234
Posted By Sally Youngblood on 11/7/2011 7:48:00 AM
Twenty years ago when we lived in California, I received a cookbook of famous Kentucky restaurants and their signature recipes, and discovered the Hot Brown from the Brown Hotel. I made Hot Browns from the recipe book and was hooked.

Visiting the Brown Hotel and having a Hot Brown at the source became a wish on my bucket list. Twelve years ago we moved to western Kentucky and I finally crossed that wish off my list two years ago. We dined at the hotel cafe/grill for lunch. Our waiter knew what we wanted (we must have looked like tourists) without our asking. The service was great, the atmosphere very pleasant and relaxed, and the Hot Brown was everything I expected and more.

As mentioned by the Sterns, there are versions of the Hot Brown throughout Kentucky, and I have tried a few of them and was very disappointed. For the real deal you have to go to the Brown Hotel and it is worth the drive into Louisville.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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The hot brown I was served in November 2007 had thick rectangular blocks of turkey meat and the tomatoes were cut in sections rather than sliced.
"The hot brown I was served in November 2007 had thick rectangular blocks of turkey meat and the tomatoes were cut in sections rather than sliced. "
Cliff Strutz





The Brown Hotel has been Louisville's downtown luxury hotel since 1923.  Shortly after, the first hot brown sandwich was created here.
"The Brown Hotel has been Louisville's downtown luxury hotel since 1923. Shortly after, the first hot brown sandwich was created here. "
Cliff Strutz


The Kentucky hot brown is formally known as a sandwich, but there is no way you can pick it up with your hands:  utensils are essential!
"The Kentucky hot brown is formally known as a sandwich, but there is no way you can pick it up with your hands: utensils are essential!"
Michael Stern



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