Best Places to Eat in Louisville, Kentucky

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Where to Eat in Louisville

If you’re in Louisville, Kentucky, for the Derby (or any other reason), Roadfood has a few essential eateries to recommend for the best local, authentic meals. Below are our favorite locations to eat and drink in and around Louisville, Kentucky.

Pies, Sandwiches and a Beer Garden

For Derby Pie and countless other fabulous pies and cakes, the Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen is a gem. Out in the suburbs, the Cottage Cafe is a treasure trove of world-class cakes (plus hot browns and Benedictine sandwiches.) The legendary hot brown sandwich was invented at the Brown Hotel, and is still great there. Mike Linnig’s Restaurant is the place to go for a grand beer-garden fish-camp meal.

Chicken and Mutton

A rich taste of local color can be sampled with a short trip out of town. North over the river is fried chicken at Joe Huber’s Family Farm Restaurant, or west to Owensboro you’ll find superb smoke-cooked mutton at Old Hickory Bar-B-Que and the Moonlight Bar-B-Q

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Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen

The Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen is sweet tooth's heaven in Louisville, Kentucky: a huge variety of chess pie, seasonal fruit pie, Shaker sugar pie.

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Brown Hotel

The Kentucky hot brown was invented in the '20s by the Brown Hotel, which serves a classic: toast topped with turkey under sizzling cheese sauce and bacon.

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Mike Linnig’s Restaurant

Outdoor dining by the Ohio River make Mike Linnig's of Louisville a good-weather destination for fried seafood and beer. Indoor dining is fun, too, year around.

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Joe Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant

All you can eat Indiana Fried Chicken is at its best is Huber's glory -- along with biscuits and apple butter and farm-country side dishes.

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Moonlite Bar-B-Q

Owensboro, Kentucky considers itself the BBQ capital of the world. Among the best restaurants in town is the Moonlite, where mutton is king on a vast buffet.

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Cottage Cafe

Out in the Louisville suburbs, Cottage Cafe is home of hot browns, Benedictine sandwiches, and world class cakes for dessert.

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Old Hickory Bar-B-Que

Exemplary western Kentucky BBQ at Owensboro's Old Hickory includes off-the-pit mutton, pork, ribs & chicken. Plus burgoo, beans & banana pudding.