Restaurants in Louisville, KY

Louisville’s annual Kentucky Derby puts the national spotlight on derby pie, burgoo, and mint juleps. Year around, the city offers a plethora of good eats. Among them are the hot brown sandwich, invented and still served at the Brown Hotel, blue-ribbon pies at the Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen, and the unique local specialty known as a benedictine sandwich, a specialty of the Cottage Cafe over in Middletown.

Louisville’s Most Famous Dishes

5 layer cake: 5 flavors, 5 colors


Slender wedge of clear chess pie is topped with a strawberry and whipped cream

Chess Pie

A basket of six hot donuts: plain, powdered sugar, cinnamon


Mountainous sandwich holds pastrami, egg, French fries, cole slaw, and a tomato at Primanti Brothers in Pittsburg, PA


Louisville’s Best Restaurants

Chick’n & Mi




Shirley Mae’s Cafe


Cottage Cafe


Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen


Deep fried frog legs at Mike Linnig's Restaurant
Mike Linnig’s Restaurant


Brown Hotel - Hot Brown Sandwich
Brown Hotel


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