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Traveling through Louisville in April, where to get a great Hot Brown easily from I65

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1. Re: hot brown

J. Graham’s Café or The English Grill in The Brown Hotel (corner of 4th & Broadway) is where the Hot Brown originated. English Grill is fine dining. J. Graham's on the first floor is the more moderately priced option.

brownhotel.com/files/290/JGs_Lunch_Menu-3-30…

Jack's Lounge/Equus (A little further from I-65, but the Hot Brown gets great reviews)

courier-journal.com/article/…

The Cafe on Brent (only open until 4pm - closed on Sundays) You would take one of the downtown exits & head up Broadway. Probably a 7 minute drive. http://www.thecafe.ws/thecafe/main.html

The Bristol (downtown location would probably be the easiest from I-65)

www.bristolbarandgrille.com/menu/downtown/

KT's (directly off the I-64 Grindstead exit #8. Coming south on I-65, you would divert to I-64 east for a couple of miles. It would be an easy move. After eating, you would jump back on I-64 west & follow it back to the I-65 south intersection. Takes about 5-7 minutes)

http://www.ktsrestaurant.com/menu.html

Troll Pub Under the Bridge (downtown near The Yum Center)

http://www.trollpub.com/menu/

The WhistleStop in Glendale Ky (about an hour south of Louisville on I-65)

http://www.whistlestoprestaurant.net/

There are other places in Louisville that serve Hot Browns. Some were just too far off of I-65 to mention. Note: Beware of any restaurant that deviates from the original Hot Brown recipe. Some places like to put their own spin on the original classic. Other places will take short cuts and you'll get Cheese Wiz on top instead of Mornay Sauce. I believe all of the places I mentioned above make it the correct way and have received good reviews from locals.

BTW, Lynn's Paradise Cafe has closed if you find yourself googling Louisville Hot Browns and stumble across a mention of Lynn's.

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2. Re: hot brown

Wow, Seagrover thank you for all the info. Enjoyed HB @ Brown Hotel years ago. Is that the easiest from I65?

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The Whistle Stop is actually pretty easy from I65 and is, in my opinion, -the- best hot brown. I've never even anything there that isn't great, and their pies are literally award winning.

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Any of the places I mentioned are pretty easy from I-65 except Jack's/Equus.

If you want to go to The Brown Hotel, you would get off of at the "Brook St./Jefferson St." exit. I believe it's the second exit after you cross the I-65 bridge over the Ohio River.

The exit is a little confusing. When you hit the exit, it splits and you have two choices.....either "Brook St." or "Jefferson St." It happens quickly, so get ready to move into the appropriate lane.

You'll want to go to "Jefferson St." Follow it about 3 blocks to 3rd St.

You'll take a left onto 3rd St. and drive about 5 blocks to Broadway.

Take a right onto Broadway and go one block to 4th St.

You'll see The Brown Hotel on the corner of Broadway & 4th.

Take a right onto 4th St. and just past The Brown Hotel is a connected parking garage (on your right). There may be some metered spots, but the parking garage will probably be the easiest.

I believe the "walk-across" from the parking garage to The Brown Hotel is on the 2nd floor of the garage. It's marked in the elevator.

When you get inside The Brown Hotel, you'll have to go down to the 1st floor to get to J. Graham's Cafe. The English Grill is on the 2nd floor. You'll see it on your left as you enter from the garage walk-across.

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5. Re: hot brown

Seagrover, we'll be in the area and looking forward to having my first Hot Brown. Can you tell me what makes it the original Hot Brown recipe? We'll be in Lexington but may eat in Louisville also.

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Here's the recipe and a little history from The Brown Hotel.

www.brownhotel.com/dining-hot-brown.htm

Some of the important components......

It MUST be topped with Mornay sauce. Some place will short cut with some other type of cheese sauce. The worst being something akin to Cheese Wiz.

The bottom layer must be toast. Not Focaccia bread, not tortillas etc. Just toasted, white bread. Period.

Turkey is the meat that should be used inside the "sandwich." Some places will try to put their own spin on it by using other types of meat. It should be turkey. Not pastrami, not roast beef, not ham....and no combo of other items. Only turkey.

You should also never find any sort of seafood in your Hot Brown. There's a great restaurant in the area that serves a "Not Brown." Which involves seafood. And I understand that it's quite good. However, it's not a Hot Brown and therefore, they call it a Not Brown.

Some restaurants might try to add chilis or somesuch to spice it up. Again, the chilis shouldn't be there.

The two remaining ingredients that you should find in your Hot Brown are tomatoes and bacon on top (usually criss-crossed on top).

Note: It's a pretty heavy dish. Unless you're really, really hungry, I wouldn't order much more than a salad on the side.

Enjoy!

PS - Looks like Ramsey's in Lexington offers a Hot Brown. However, the sauce looks a little orange to be Mornay and the description includes ham. That said, I've enjoyed many meals at Ramsey's, so you might want to try your luck.

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7. Re: hot brown

It sounds like a cross between two of my favorite lunches (which I haven't had in YEARS.) There was a White House casserole with turkey, mornay sauce, Parmesan cheese, white toast and bacon. Gimbels department store used to have them. Then I've had a Hot and Cheesy with bacon, turkey, ham and tomato with a cheesy sauce. I think we need to try several different versions to see which we prefer, right?

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Fyi.... The Hot Brown topic comes up frequently on the local food forum. Here are a few of the threads. Be advised that some of the restaurants mentioned in these threads have since closed. Among them...Lynn's Paradise Cafe, Brownings etc. Additionally, menus may have changed ...So be sure to double check before heading out to any of the places you see mentioned.

Looks like the links below aren't automatically clickable. You'll have to cut & paste into your browser.....

http://forums.louisvillehotbytes.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=565&p=5084&hilit=hot+brown#p5084

http://forums.louisvillehotbytes.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=10238&p=92949&hilit=hot+brown#p92949

http://forums.louisvillehotbytes.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=6243&p=62283&hilit=hot+brown#p62283

http://forums.louisvillehotbytes.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=4448&p=42731&hilit=hot+brown

http://forums.louisvillehotbytes.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=17349&p=132478&hilit=hot+brown#p132478

http://forums.louisvillehotbytes.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=14870&p=119561&hilit=hot+brown#p119561

http://forums.louisvillehotbytes.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=12286&p=105386&hilit=hot+brown#p105386

http://forums.louisvillehotbytes.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=3669&p=34960&hilit=hot+brown#p34960

Edited: 01 March 2013, 23:18
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Well I got so excited about the Whistle Stop after going to their website. But sadly, they're closed Sunday and Monday, when we'd be in the area. This is the THIRD thing I've wanted to do that's closed when we'll be in the area. I wish we could move our dates, but it seems unlikely.

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10. Re: hot brown

Brown Hotel is famous for that, Lynn's is good unfortunately..it is closed. You can try toast on market too, I think they have the same thing but call it differently but I think hot brown is a bit too big for me in the morning lol

Regards,

Mini M