Dining Suggestions for Louisville, Kentucky:
Bourbons Bistro: Located three miles from downtown Louisville on historic Frankfort Avenue, the restaurant offers one of the largest selection of bourbons in the U.S. as well as a number of entrees that use the spirit in creative and delicious ways. Try the Bourbons Baked Salmon, which is rubbed with Dijon mustard, encrusted with pecans, finished with a bourbon orange molasses, and served with a roasted shallot asparagus risotto.
Toast on Market: A great spot for breakfast, in particular. (I highly recommend the lemon soufflé pancakes).
Wallace Station: Located near Lexington and Three Chimneys Farm, this down-home eatery is popular with locals and is a great stop for a sandwich and cup of soup, finished off with a homemade cookie.
Lodging in Louisville
The 21c Museum Hotel: This Lousville showplace skillfully blends genres. It includes more than 9,000 square feet of gallery space for 21st century works of art (admission is free to the public) as well as 90 hotel rooms. Despite the “museum” in its name, the hotel has a playful vibe and is famous for its Red Penguins, which were commissioned as a public art project at the 2005 Venice Biennale. Sculpted of red plastic, the four-feet tall birds migrate through the building. The hotel has been honored with a host of awards.
Travelers will also enjoy its gourmet restaurant, Proof on Main. The chic eatery is part of Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Trail and features inventive American food with Tuscan influences.
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