Posted By Sally Youngblood
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.