There are more than 2,000 restaurants in Louisville, and ICUEE veterans have learned that many compare favorably to the best dining places in much larger cities.
Julie Rakowski is president of Convention Connection in Louisville, and one of her most important jobs is to see that her clients eat well during their stay in Louisville. She has a list of recommendations.
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Artemisia,, 620 E. Market St., 583-4177, contemporary continental cuisine and live jazz in a Victorian building in the heart of Louisville’s art zone. Bourbons Bistro, 2255 Frankfort, 894-8838. An upscale, down-home menu based on Kentucky favorites, many with Bourbon accented sauces. Limestone Restaurant,10001 Forest Green Blvd., 426-7477, popular East End spot serving favorites that include lobster, freshwater shrimp, and braised beef short ribs. Volare, 2300 Frankfort Ave., 894-4446. A good selection of high-end traditional Italian-American with a somewhat retro attitude; the pricing and the service befit a somewhat fancier place. Bristol Bar and Grille, 1321 Bardstown Rd., 456-1702, a local favorite for nearly 30 years, this comfortable spot offers a wide selection of really-good food, including steaks, chops, and seafood.
Jack Fry's, 1007 Bardstown Rd., 452-9244. Four-star dining at Jack Fry's is the norm. Every morsel is terrific and service is flawless. August Moon, 2269 Lexington Rd., 456-6569. Four dozen entrees are broken into categories including "Signature" dishes, seafood, beef, chicken and pork, and vegetarian, plus Malaysian-style curries, spicy ginger-garlic, sweet-and-sour dishes, and rice and noodles. Avalon,1314 Bardstown Rd., 454-5336. Fresh American cuisine with a discreet Southern accent accompanied by an extensive wine list. Buck's, Mayflower Hotel, 425 W. Ormsby St., 637-5284. A good variety of choices ranging from familiar American dishes through a melting pot of international culinary inspiration. The English Grill,Brown Hotel, Fourth and Broadway, 583-1234.
Entering this elegant establishment is to walk back in time. The bill of fare changes periodically but it usually has at least one game dish and one vegetarian dish, along with a short list of red meat, poultry and seafood dishes. The Oakroom,Seelbach Hotel, 500 S. Fourth Ave., 585-3200. Another elegant restaurant in a historic hotel and one of the city’s best restaurants with a creative menu featuring local produce and ingredients, including 14 main course house specialties. Equus, 122 Sears Ave., 897-9721. The menu changes seasonally, it is typically split almost evenly between appetizers-- many of them sufficient for a light main course and entrees, an eclectic selection that can be described as creative American cookery with international touches. John E's,3708 Bardstown Rd., 456-1111. A comfortable setting in a historic Buechel home with good American-style fare at reasonable prices make this a good place for a get together. Lilly's, 1147 Bardstown Rd., 451-0447. Innovative dishes based on Kentucky and Southern heritage using fresh produce that changes with the seasons. Lynn's Paradise Cafe,984 Barret Ave., 583-3447. The look and feel of a ‘50s diner with huge portions of hearty American food. Napa River Grill,3938 Dupont Circle, 893-0141. A faithful representation of a California wine-country eatery with California-style entrees containing a hint of Pacific Rim fusion. Pat's Steakhouse, 2437 Brownsboro Rd., 893-2062. High-quality beef and old-fashioned hospitality make this the best steak house in town. Entrees include a good selection of aged prime steaks and fried chicken. Porcini, 2730 Frankfort Ave., 894-8686. A rustic neighborhood place with an appetizing and varied Northern Italian menu including fish and veal dishes and a selection of red-meat choices that go well with hearty Italian red wines. Vincenzo's,150 S. Fifth St., 580-1350. The menu reflects the European heritage and training of the owners with more than 30 entrees subdivided into seafood dishes, meat and poultry courses and Eurospa menu heart-healthy" dishes. Z's Oyster Bar & Steakhouse,101 Whittington Parkway, 429-8000. The extensive menu offers steaks and chops and guaranteed-fresh seafood with a seafood selection that changes daily, depending on availability. Mark's Feed Store,11422 Shelbyville Rd., Middletown, 244-0140. Located in a former feed store, Mark's offers the highest quality hickory smoked pork and chicken, served with rich, silken yellow mustard-based South Carolina barbecue sauce.
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