Have a Hot Brown at the Historic Brown Hotel This January
The hot brown is a world-famous dish. The ham, the bacon, the sauce -- it's a savory, tasty treat that's been featured on cooking shows, travel shows and restaurants around the world. But it was born right here in Louisville, at the historic Brown Hotel. Sure, you may have had a hot brown before. But have you ever had a hot brown from the place that invented it?
Invented in the 1920s for late night dinner guests who worked up an appetite on the dance floor, the hot brown is a Louisville institution and a long-standing specialty of the Brown Hotel.
The Hotel is one of Louisville’s landmarks. Built in 1923, it's on the National register of Historic Places. Over the years, many celebrities, royalty and politicians from around the world have stayed at the Brown. The list includes the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Crawford and President Harry Truman, to name a few. The Brown offers a few dining options, depending on where you want to eat your hot brown. J. Graham’s Cafe is known as the home of the original hot brown. It’s famous for its lunch buffet, and it’s open every day from 7 am to 3 pm. Be there from Tuesday through Friday for lunch, or stop into the Sunday Brunch Buffet from 9 am to 2 pm.
Walk Around Phoenix Hill
After you indulge in a decadent hot brown downtown, head just a few blocks east to Phoenix Hill. This is one of Louisville’s oldest and most lively neighborhoods, famous for its fun nightlife, funky arts district and always-happening entertainment district. You'll see lots of hip young people and busy professionals near the main streets of Phoenix Hill. This is where you'll be tempted to stop and shop in the many locally-owned businesses in the neighborhood. And if you happen to work up a new appetite during your explorations, no problem. Phoenix Hill has plenty of places to get a bite to eat.
When you see the residential areas of Phoenix Hill, you'll see more Louisville history. A lot of this part of Phoenix Hill is part of the National Historic District, so you'll see lots of memorable architecture. There are many shotgun homes here that contribute to the overall historic, hip vibe of the neighborhood. It's a perfect place to walk when you want to burn off the calories of a decadent lunch or brunch, and you'll find out why it's a perfect place for so many to live.
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