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azhiker Mar 19th, 2007 06:09 PM

Louisville downtown - places you shouldnt miss?
We are heading off to Louisville,KY for a wedding memorial day weekend. We are arriving Wed night and leaving Sunday. Sat and Sunday will be filled with wedding activities and such. We are staying downtown and have opted not to rent a car. We are experienced travellers who love to explore cities from a locals perspective. Could someone give me a couple great restaurants to try? At least one in the $10/entree range and one in the $40+/entree range? Also, cool other places to visit in the city that you wouldnt find elsewhere?

Gekko Mar 19th, 2007 06:48 PM

At the high-end, <b>Vincenzo's</b> in the Humana building is excellent. At the lower end of dining, visit the entertainment area called <b>&quot;Fourth Street Live&quot;</b> where you'll find many options of varying quality (the Maker's Mark restaurant is my favorite of the bunch).

Unfortunately, there is little or nothing in downtown Louisville that you won't find elsewhere. The Frazier Museum has an amazing collection of arms &amp; armor.

For an &quot;only-in-Louisville&quot; experience, you'll need to take a taxi to the Derby Museum at Churchill Downs.


yk Mar 19th, 2007 09:09 PM

We enjoyed our tour of the Louisville Slugger Museum, where you can learn how baseball bats are made.

the_scarecrow_in_oz Mar 20th, 2007 12:39 AM

If you were....are....or will ever be a baseball fan, the tour of the Louisville Slugger factory and museum is a must.......... and something you won't find in any other city.

Go to Churchill Downs and place a bet on a 20 to 1 longshot.

LLindaC Mar 20th, 2007 04:09 AM

Welcome to Louisville. For the cheaper alternative, try Melillo's on Market:

While I agree that Vincenzo's used to be the best, they've slipped a lot IMO. Check for second and third opinions. I think the best restaurant in the city now is Seviche.
Another really great place is L&amp;N Wine Bar and Bistro

For things to do, I put together a comprehensive &quot;go list&quot; on Trip Advisor&quot; complete with links. I wrote it over a year ago, I would take Lilly's and Vincenzo's off there:

LLindaC Mar 20th, 2007 04:12 AM

OOps....takr a look at 21C Hotel- it's a hoot. Their restaurant, Proof on Main is very good. The Brown Hotel used to have an acclaimed restaurant, but the chef just left and management changed. The Oakroom in the Seelbach Hotel has maintained the quality.

dsgmi Mar 20th, 2007 07:29 AM

For breakfast you might take a cab to Lynn's Paradise Cafe The food is terrific and the place is fun and funky.

Gekko Mar 20th, 2007 08:25 AM

Of course! How could I have forgotten about the Louisville Slugger Museum!

And my last meal at Vincenzo's, under the same brother team as when it opened, was extraordinary as always. It is not the newest kid on the block, but in my opinion it is still the best.

Wine aficionados should <i>definitely</i> dine at L&amp;N .. it's list &quot;by the glass&quot; is amazing!

dusty56438 Mar 20th, 2007 12:49 PM

Walk down to the riverfront. Take a riverboat cruise on Belle of Louisville.

If you decide to rent a car, these are all within an hour's drive:

Joe Ley Antiques in Louisville

Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville


Lincoln's birthpace


Horse farms near Lexington (a little more than an hour from Louisville)

carolyn Mar 20th, 2007 12:59 PM

A new breakfast place closer to downtown is Toast on Market in the 700 block of East Market Street. The review in the newspaper had a color photo of their lemon souffle pancakes with blueberries. It's pretty inexpensive. I went once but had an omelet--huge, and tasty.

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