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BEST LOUISVILLE EATS - HIGH END, MODERATE, LOCAL

Some good recs. below! Lynn's has closed and it was mostly a tourist trap anyway.
Very good and inexpensive Mexican and Latino: Mayan Café (local ingredients, creative), Mojitos (very good tapas for the price), Havana Rumba (more sandwiches than Mojitos, also very good). For more expensive and more elegant Latino dining, go to Seviche on Bardstown Rd.

Jack Fry's is still excellent and you need reservations even for lunch (most days). Jack's/Equus in St. Matthews is casual but still excellent and creative food; the owner also has Corbett's further east (very elegant, expensive, quite good). Lily's is still good but can be very noisy around some tables since the bar is in the middle of one dining room. Proof is still good although there is a new chef. Relish is a wonderful value for lunch and dinner and run by the previous owner of Jack Fry's (it's close to downtown on River Rd.). Clover Lane in St. Matthews has fine (meaning the food is very good and also elegantly served) dining, great service, and you can actually hear what other people at your table are saying. For cheap but very good Asian, consider Vietnamese Kitchen, Nam-Nam, and Simply Thai. No very good Chinese or Indian, sad to say. Coal's has the best pizza imho and also very good salads.

Woops . . . almost forgot Lee's Magnolia and his new Milkwood at Actor's Theatre. Magnolia will be a little precious for some, and others say it's not as first-rate as it used to be; still, it's one of the best restaurants in this part of the South.

Jun 22, 2013
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Louisville, KY - Mexican

I have lived in the Louisville area for more than 20 years and have never heard of the restaurant. However, we do have a number of very good Mexican and Latino restaurants. Let me know if you'd like recs.

Jun 22, 2013
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Louisville

Sunergos has a wide range of coffee, and we think the best freshly roasted coffee in Louisville.
There are many more gems not mentioned. See other sites.

Jan 26, 2012
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Downtown Louisville Ky

Update: the Mayan Gypsy has become the Mayan Cafe (Market St., downtown); it's excellent.

Nov 21, 2010
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Louisville, KY - long report

Oh, well, if Lynn has been on a celebrity cable show, the restaurant must be fantastic! Irony is alive and well in the midwest.

Nov 21, 2010
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Louisville, KY suggestions for visiting SW hound

Mayan Cafe is a very reliable and inexpensive excellent lunch or dinner! They use mostly local produce, poultry, bison, and beef.

May 02, 2010
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Louisville, KY suggestions for visiting SW hound

Added later: Asiatique and Napa River not quite as good as they used to be. Mojitos a great Latin addition: mostly tapas and great value.

May 02, 2010
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Best dinner in Blacksburg, VA?

We will be overnight at Blacksburg. Suggestions for the best dinner. Money no object. Love local vendors and any cuisine is fine.

Feb 28, 2010
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Louisville, KY - long report

Another obsessive update: very good-great new places: Wiltshire on Market (very small menu; very good and often local food); Mayan Cafe (also on Market downtown) just gets better and better (Mexican, South American; also great use of local foods including beef, chicken, and bison); Cafe Classico on Frankfort (wife is chef, husband runs the restauarant) is an attractive, inexpensive, and always dependable very good-excellent meal [open only on limited nights as is Wiltshire]. Corbett's in now doing small plates in their basement and bar. Mojitos remains cheap and great as does its mother restaurant, Havana Rumba.

Llindac's suggestions right on target above but there are changes: Mellio's and Nio's closed and L & N Wine Bar's food is less good than it used to be (from my perspective and I haven't been for a year). Z's has great fish but is expensive; e.g., my husband was charged $35 for a single small piece of sole. What we do at Z's is eat in the bar and esp. at lunch: it's quiet, very attractive, and the same food for a very reasonable price.

Feb 28, 2010
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Wine Tasting/Tours

We really, really like the Inn at Vaucluse. Great owners, terrific range of rooms (often of historic interest), and great food. They have dinner available on Fri. and Sat. and often wine dinners with Linden wineries. Fantastic place--look at the raves on Tripadvisor.

I've finished marinating the chicken breast in yogurt...now what?

Nigella Lawson's tikka recipe is good but do NOT expect it to look anything like the picture in the nytimes. Bogus. It' good, but not that good. However, the red onion, tomato salad is very good (use beets in winter).

May 04, 2009
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Louisville, KY - long report

Just an update: The excellent restaurants cited above are still great and (amazingly) still in business. In addition to Vietnam Kitchen, I'd emphasize Basa Modern Vietnamese (wonderful buy esp. since it's open for lunch now).

Apr 20, 2009
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Louisville, KY - long report

Still really good to excellent: Jack Fry's and Lily's (Bardstown Rd.); 211 Clover Lane and Jack's/Equus (St. Matthew's); Proof and Mayan Gypsy (downtown); Havana Rumba and Mojitos (the Holiday Manor and St. Matthew's area); Corbett's: An American Restaurant (**** restaurant w/affordable bar and porch food). Sullivan's Cooking School's Winston's Restaurant on Bardstown Rd. is still excellent but only open on weekends. North End Cafe (Clifton): excellent breakfast often w/good local ingredients.

Vietnam Kitchen still a great buy for inexpensive food. The
Oakroom (when its chef returns in the future) will be an expensive great
option. Z's Fusion downtown is promising: we had one really good and
one mediocre meal.

Come back Inn: don't bother. Lynn's Paradise Cafe: not bad food but mostly just hype.

Mar 01, 2009
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Downtown Louisville Ky

Still really good to excellent: Jack Fry's and Lily's (Bardstown Rd.); 211 Clover Lane and Jack's/Equus (St. Matthew's); Proof and Mayan Gypsy (downtown); Havana Rumba and Mojitos (the Holiday Manor and St. Matthew's area); Corbett's: An American Restaurant (**** restaurant w/affordable bar and porch food). Sullivan's Cooking School's Winston's Restaurant on Bardstown Rd. is still excellent but only open on weekends. North End Cafe (Clifton): excellent breakfast often w/good local ingredients.

Vietnam Kitchen still a great buy for inexpensive food. The
Oakroom (when its chef returns in the future) will be an expensive great
option. Z's Fusion downtown is promising: we had one really good and
one mediocre meal.

Come back Inn: don't bother. Lynn's Paradise Cafe: not bad food but mostly just hype.

Mar 01, 2009
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Great Eating in and Around Lexington

Huh . . . I'm a Louisvillian and born in Baltimore. There's really good Ky food, but folks the food is just edible if expensive in Jonathan's.

Mar 01, 2009
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Louisville, KY - long report

Revisions added in late August 2008: 1) Corbett's An American Place, a relatively expensive and excellent far East-end restaurant has opened (owner of Equus and Jack's); it's excellent and very fine service; if you don't want to pay the tarrif, then you can eat quite well on their front porch. 2) for whatever reason, Asiatique is not as good as it use to be. 3) Mojito has opened in the Brownsboro/St. Matthews area, and it has fantastic, reasonable tapas. Storefront place but really, really good. It impresses our friend from NYC and Chicago.

Aug 26, 2008
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Stratford restaurant picks

Many thanks for the update! We're taking our annual pilgrimage in a week and your comments are very useful.

Jul 19, 2008
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Maryland / Baltimore- what are your favorite differences?

Jim--Thanks for asking, but the farm is in Hampstead--not culinary heaven. We will be going to Nick's Seafood for hard shell (atmosphere, for once, does count) and take suggestions from the board on crabcakes--that is, unless my dad insists on making his, which are still first rate at 94. Susan

Maryland / Baltimore- what are your favorite differences?

Hey, many thanks to baltimorejim and whitemarshjohn! We still have a family farm in Maryland but don't get there often. My 94 year old Dad will be especially grateful for your help. Now if you come to Louisville, look for recommendations from fresh. Thanks, Susan

dungeness vs. blue crab

Blue crab definitely! It's not really close.
Please help. I'm a transplanted Baltimore native who is planning her father's 94th birthday in the Baltimore area. His one driving desire: the very best hard shell crab (steamed and a good weight and spicy). Help! I know Ocean Pride in his Timonium neighborhood. What would be better--a drive anywhere in MD is no problem. Many thanks!

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Jun 03, 2008
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Maryland / Baltimore- what are your favorite differences?

Please help. I'm a transplanted Baltimore native who is planning her father's 94th birthday in the Baltimore area. His one driving desire: the very best hard shell crab (steamed and a good weight and spicy). Help! I know Ocean Pride in his Timonium neighborhood. What would be better--a drive anywhere in MD is no problem. Many thanks!

Stratford restaurant picks

Bijou, from our perspective, is the best, more creative dining in Stradford. Woolfy's is quite good in St. Mary's.

Dec 20, 2007
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Louisville... [Moved from Midwest]

Just ate at the renovated Winston's, the restaurant at Sullivan Cooking School on Bardstown Rd. Very, very good, but only open Friday noon, Fri. night,
Sat. night, and brunch on Sat. and Sunday.

Dec 20, 2007
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Louisville... [Moved from Midwest]

Not better--just different. Incidentally, Seviche has a new restaurant on Goose Creek Rd. Both are outstanding. We love tapas so we go to Mojitos more.

Dec 20, 2007
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Help for St. Simon's Island, GA around holidays 12/07; we love seafood and local ingredients.

Beteez et al, We're on St. Simon's now. We have tried Coastal Kitchen (lunch), and it's the best place that we've been too. Great shrimp and grits, very well seasoned crab cake (too little crab for me--but I am from Maryland). We enjoyed the location on the bayside of the island: water view. We'll try to get into Delaney's today (crowded before). We went over to Jeckyll and really enjoyed the relatively undeveloped island (only something like 65% can be developed as most of it is owned by the state). Since there were so few choices for dinner we ate at the Jeckyll Beach Club, a fascinating historic location to visit. Dining room is beautiful and the first courses (salad and crab cakes) were not bad, the mains were pretty bad (e.g., I am pretty sure that both the scalloped and mashed potatoes came from a box. Duck cremated.) Still it was a beautiful sunset view. Get the sunset special if you go for dinner; better yet, get a sandwich from the Beach Club's little ice cream/sandwich shop. They're really good . . . esp. enjoyed on the beath. More later. Thanks for all suggestions!

Dec 20, 2007
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Where to eat in Wilmington, DE

Thanks, all, for the Domaine Hudson suggestion. We had a great dinner there--thanks for your suggestions.

Dec 02, 2007
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First timers to Stratford Theater Festival: suggestions?

Oh, I forgot: we've loved Woolfy's around St. Mary's the last two years.

Dec 02, 2007
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Louisville... [Moved from Midwest]

Updates on my own pics:
1) Asiatique is not as good as it used to be. The kitchen is off and they aren't responsive to the problems. Also, Azaleas is closed. Napa River Grill is moving in the near future but to another East-end location.
2) Everything else is still quite good.
3) Great new additions: Mojitos (Brownsboro, East-End area), excellent tapas and Spanish/Cuban food; Proof (downtown: cool, great art, still great price range).

Dec 02, 2007
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Help for St. Simon's Island, GA around holidays 12/07; we love seafood and local ingredients.

Jerm--Many thanks--we'll try Coastal Kitchen!

Dec 02, 2007
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Help for St. Simon's Island, GA around holidays 12/07; we love seafood and local ingredients.

Many thanks for the suggestions in the St. Simons area!

Dec 02, 2007
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