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Kentucky: A road trip through the state - Part 2 - Orlando / Florida Guide

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As we stayed a few days in Louisville at both the start and end of our trip we had time to check out a few different types of restaurant. Listed below are some places that we tried and were recommended to us.

Proof on Main is a culinary challenge and may not be to everyone’s taste. It opened in 2006 and is located within the 21c Museum Hotel. The museum galleries spill into the dining room where rotating contemporary art exhibitions offer an unusual setting to enjoy the carefully prepared dishes.

The Mayan Café has been at East Market St long before the NuLu neighbourhood shot to national attention for its wide range of places to eat. It was a pioneer of the farm to table movement with the Chef cooking seasonal dishes inspired by his Mayan homeland.

The Vietnam Kitchen is one of those places you would never find unless you were told about it. The Vietnam Kitchen can be found in an unassuming strip mall nestled between a laundromat and bar in the Iroquois neighbourhood. Many locals will travel here for the wide variety of noodle bowls and vegetarian dishes that are available.

Back in 1933, Jack Fry' s opened what at the time was the start of the fine dining scene. Southern flavours are highlighted but using classical French techniques. The place is apparently full most of the time which means that it not the quietest of places to eat, but then you do go for the food. The large number of photos lining the walls leaves no doubt that you are in horse country. If you happen to be around when the Kentucky Derby is due to be run then do not bother going here as it’s booked years ahead.

Get a taxi here so that you can enjoy one of El Mundo’s claims to fame. It’s the strength of their margaritas along with their authentic Mexican food. El Mundo opened for business in Frankfort Ave nearly 20 years ago. If you' re willing to wait you can ask for a table on the back patio. Just be prepared for the roar of the train that goes flying by close. It makes for a unique dining experience but one that you probably will not want to repeat.

Pat' s Steakhouse has been around for 50 years on Brownsboro Rd and is the Louisville' s signature steakhouse. This is an old fashioned type of restaurant however it also serves a lot more than just steak. Frog legs and pan-fried oysters are just as readily available and they are as well known for their variety of side dishes. All the food is served family style.

If you take a trip to Churchill Downs racecourse then Wagner' s Pharmacy is almost a must do for breakfast or lunch. It’s been a meeting place for horse world since 1922. The food is simple and homemade but it’s an experience that you can talk about for a long time.

The Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot or FABD as its known locally can be smelt long before you reach its doors. Two large smokers use the low and slow method to grill up some of the very best barbecue in the state.

Now that you are not hungry it’s time to look at some of the other attractions around the town.

The next section of our trip continues in part 3

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