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Where to eat during long weekend in Louisville?


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Where to eat during long weekend in Louisville?

gkm23 | | Feb 13, 2012 07:30 PM

My wife and I are driving up from Nashville to Louisville for a short vacation from March 8 - 11. I have a list of restaurants I'm thinking about and/or have been recommended to me by others. I'm having some difficulty narrowing it down, so I figured I'd ask for thoughts that any of you from Louisville could add. We're leaving on the 8th after I get out of work around 3:30 pm, so I'm anticipating an arrival around 7 (barring too much traffic) and hoping to have dinner in the city that night. We will, of course, be having dinner on Friday and Saturday as well. We will be having breakfast/brunch and/or lunch Friday - Sunday. Knowing us, I suspect it will be one or the other each day. We'll be staying downtown, close to "Museum Row" and will have a car, so driving isn't a big problem. We're willing to take cabs if that's a viable option, but we'd certainly like to walk when we can. As far as dinner the first night, I wasn't planning on making reservations, since I don't know the exact time of arrival. I'm not sure how many options that leaves me, but I was hoping perhaps Doc Crow's would be an option, or potentially Garage. Hammerheads looks interesting as well, but would certainly be another (short it appears) ride in the car. My suspicion is all 3 will have a crowd and may require a long wait, but are any of these particularly worthwhile/feasable? For the other two nights, I've been wanting to try 610 Magnolia for quite some time, so I'm hoping we can do that. No reservation yet...think I'm too late? If so, I have some backups in mind, and one would be our 2nd dinner too: Mayan Cafe (I'm leaning heavily towards this one for one of our meals), Seviche, Proof on Main, Basa, Jack Fry's, The Blind Pig, Eiderdown. We're breakfast/brunch people more than lunch, but will do either depending on time. I've been looking at Hillbilly Tea (bonus points for location near hotel), Toast on Market, Harvest, and Wild Eggs (less appealing given distance, but might be reasonable for Sunday before getting back on the highway). Garage actually looks intriguing for brunch too. Mayan Cafe seems like a good lunch option if we don't go there for dinner, maybe Proof on Main too. Lynn's Paradise Cafe was recommended, but it seems a bit gimmicky to me. Is this the case, am I off-base on that? Ramsi's Cafe on the World was also recommended, and looks a little more interesting. So....any thoughts as far as what I might be missing? Or recommendations on definite do-not-misses? How about dinner Thursday, is there a better option than the three I listed, or a best option out of those three? Also, how is parking?...I noticed few of these seem to have private lots. Hopefully that's not too rambling...thanks in advance for the help!

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