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In the past, the streets of Louisville’s Butchertown neighborhood teemed with livestock headed to slaughterhouses, creating a less-than-inviting place. That all changed about twenty years ago when the Bourbon Stockyards closed, rendering it little more than a ghost town. Recently, cheap rents have lured food-centric visionaries to this gritty, industrial district to pursue their culinary dreams, breathing new life into the area. Today, those same blocks buzz with some of the city’s trendiest restaurants and food artisans, and the predominant aromas are of wood-fired pizza, freshly-baked bread, and roasting coffee beans. Some of the must-eat places include Naive, Pho Ba Lu, and Red Hot Roasters Retro Bakery. These restaurants give you the perfect taste of everything Derby City has to offer. Although it might be what it's known best for, Lousville's alcohol scene has more to offer than Bourbon. Some places to put on your sippin’ tour include Copper and Kings, the Champagnery, and Sergio’s World Beers.

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Snapshot: Louisville’s Butchertown

Cheap rents have lured food-centric visionaries to this gritty, industrial neighborhood to pursue their culinary dreams

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The Getaway: 21C Museum Hotel Louisville

Boutique hotel meets contemporary art gallery

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In the Field

New Inspiration Strikes in Louisville

Chef Anthony Lamas shares how he used downtime in quarantine to make impactful changes to his restaurant, Seviche, and welcome guests back with renewed inspiration.

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Central Kentucky Bluegrass Bites

Samantha Fore takes us on a culinary tour through Eastern Kentucky, sharing the diverse bites, from noodles to burritos, savored along the way.

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At the Table

Derby Day Menu from Jonathan Searle

Proof on Main's Executive Chef Jonathan Searle shares tried-and-true recipes that cross the finish line on Derby Day in the Bluegrass State.


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Mushroom Levain

This recipe for an earthy hearth loaf of mushroom bread from BK17's Sarah Owens [...]


Baptist Spike

Baptist Spike, a three-liquor infusion so named for its rollicking success with the supposed [...]

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