Saturday, January 10, 2009

Who knew?.......Amazing restaurants in Louisville

When I moved to Louisville and opened my bed and breakfast almost 15 years ago, I had no idea that the city was fifth in the US for conferences or that it was filled with amazing restaurants! Of course, both of these facts are major advantages for Innkeepers and their businesses, as well as for business and leisure travelers.

However, it is the restaurants which seem to generate the strongest reactions from visitors. They are surprised and impressed with the mere number of them, the creative and widely varying cuisines found in each, and the extremes to which the owners and chefs will go to please their customers.

I have guests who come into town, after having done their research, with a list of restaurants they want to visit and why. For example, lots of visitors have heard about Lynn's Paradise Cafe and want to go there......and Jack Fry's .......and, Lilly's. I have been to all three and, let me tell you, they are very different from each other.

Lynn's is a unique experience, as you can see on this video: . Is it any wonder why travelers would be curious about this restaurant? And, the owner is as unique as the restaurant.

Lynn's Paradise Cafe
Jack Fry's offers a totally different ambience. Moody, sophistocated and upscale, this restaurant is one of my favorites. It reminds me of the little intmate places with soft tinkling pianos (think Bobby Short) you can find in New York or Chicago. I would also group Buck's, which is in walking distance of my Inn, into this category.

And, I can't leave out Lilly's. Owned by Kathy Cary, Lilly's is a charming Kentucky bistro often touted by local food columists. "If an American city is fortunate, it will have a signature restaurant, an eatery combining a sense of place with the best local flavors. To be truly outstanding, it will have a worldview, too, drawing on many culinary traditions. For over two decades, our city has been lucky indeed to have its own such quintessential restaurant. Lilly's says Louisville." (Susan Reigler, Courier Journal)

There are many more fine restaurants here , too numerous to mention. They run the gamut from steak house to vegetarian; from American cuisine to Asian fuse.; from easy-on-your-budget to expensive. But they all are extraordinary


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