Best Bets in Louisville, Kentucky

by Michael Stern
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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.

For Derby Pie and countless other fabulous pies and cakes, the Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen is a gem. Kentucky’s 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.

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 the Moonlight Bar-B-Q.

1

Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen

Cake and pie-eater's heaven in Louisville, Kentucky: a huge variety of chess pie, seasonal fruit pie, Shaker sugar pie.

2

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.

3

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.

4

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.

5

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.