What to Do and Eat in Louisville

Over 1,200 people will be traveling to Louisville for the AAHPM Intensive Board Review Course, and the burning question on everyone’s mind is … where am I going to eat? Or is it… what am I going to do? Actually, with the packed schedule of educational sessions, food is more likely to be something of an afterthought. There are many dining options available beyond the nearest McDonald’s or room service, however, so be sure to take advantage of the amazing variety of restaurants to experience while in Louisville. With recommendations ranging from casual cafes to fine dining, several AAHPM members who are locals have graciously shared their favorite restaurants and attractions in the area.

So, where are you going to eat? Below are the favorites from our members.

American Cuisine:

The historic Brown and Seelbach hotels downtown have great food. The Hot Brown at the Brown Hotel is legendary and you can have cocktails in the lobby, where there is usually a pianist.

21C Museum Hotel restaurant, Proof

Jack Fry’s on Bardstown Rd is one member’s choice for the best restaurant to represent Louisville.

Hillbilly Tea Restaurant & Tea House


Bluegrass Brewing Company Brewery & Restaurant

Garage Bar


Ghyslain Bakery

The Blind Pig

Impelleizzeri’s Pizza

Wick’s Pizza Parlor

Bourbon’s Bistro

Café Lou Lou

Equus & Jack’s Lounge

Coal’s Artisan Pizza

Eddie Merlots

Jeff Ruby’s



The Silver Dollar Saloon

Great flavors from around the world:

Havana Rumba– Cuban

Mayan Café– Mayan food from the Yucatán peninsula

Seviche– Latin

el Mundo– Mexican

Sapparo– Sushi

The Irish Rover– Irish pub

La Coop– French Bistro

Majid’s– Middle Eastern

Simply Thai– Thai

Rami’s Café on the World– International Cuisine

Volare– Italian

Procini– Northern Italian

Veranese– Italian

Mozz Restaurant– Italian

Desserts & Sweets:

Please & Thank You

The Comfy Cow Ice Creamery

Sweet Surrender Dessert Café

Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen

Muth’s- make sure to try the toffee!

Things to do while you are in town:

July 13-15, 2012 is the 10th Anniversary of the Forecastle Festival. This three day Art and Music fest was ranked one of the Top 31 Coolest Tours and Festivals by Rolling Stone.

21C Museum Hotel was voted the #1 hotel in America and it has a contemporary art museum inside of it.

Visit the Louisville Slugger Museum and catch a game at Slugger Field, where the minor league Louisville Bats are playing at home. Then visit Against The Grain Restaurant & Brewery which is located at the Louisville Bats Baseball Stadium.

Tour the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs

Stop by the Muhammad Ali Center and Frazier History Museum.

Waterfront Wednesdays are at the riverfront, are free and they feature live music.

The Kentucky Center is showing Circus Circus.

Catch an Indie film at Baxter Ave Theatre.

Take a stroll through the exhibits at the Kentucky Museum of Arts & Crafts.

The Vernon Club offers traditional bowling lanes.


The Bardstown Rd area is vibrant and young.

Frankfort Avenue is more family-oriented with ice cream shops, restaurants, and stores.

Nu Lu is very close to the Convention Center and is a must with eclectic shops and galleries.

Butchertown Market is home to a collection of shops that showcase the incomparable styles and flavors of Louisville.

For more information on all that Louisville has to offer visit the CVB website.

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