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Top Choice Landmark in Louisville

Churchill Downs

On the first Saturday in May, a who's who of upper-crust America puts on their seersucker suits and most flamboyant hats and descends for the 'greatest two minutes in sports': the Kentucky Derby, the longest-running…
Top Choice Barbecue in Lexington

County Club

This smoked-meat sanctuary occupies the former storage garage of a Sunbeam bread factory. Though the service is best described as hipster aloof, the wares – a burger, brisket on rye, siracha-lime smoked chicken wing…
Top Choice Modern American in Lexington

Table Three Ten

Prohibition-era cocktails? Check. Farm-to-table cuisine? Check. Hipster wait staff? Indeed. Everyday farmers pull up in old pickups hauling baskets of rabbits, hens, pork shoulder and veggies, the raw material from …
Top Choice Modern American in Louisville

Decca

A beautiful space with a cork-and-wood floor, fountain-strewn patio and gorgeous Laguiole cutlery opened by a chef from San Francisco (albeit a Southerner by birth). Kentuckians were skeptical, but Annie Pettry wooe…
Microbrewery in Lexington

Country Boy Brewing

True to its name, Country Boy – all trucker hats, taxidermy and camo – delivers the best beer in the most authentically Kentuckian climate. Up to 16 taps are devoted to their own experimental concoctions, brewed wit…
Top Choice Southern US in Louisville

Hillbilly Tea

An excellent-value little diner off Main St, it specializes in Appalachian food with a modern twist, which means you may find smoked catfish served over smashed potatoes, cornish hen over brussels and parsnips, and …
Modern American in Louisville

Proof

Arguably Louisville's best restaurant. The cocktails ($8 to $15) are incredible, the wine and bourbon 'library' (they're known to pour from exclusive and rare barrels of Woodford Reserve and Van Winkle) is long and …
Top Choice Mexican in Louisville

Mayan Cafe

Check your visions of piñatas and mariachis at the door – Chef Bruce Ucán's subtle farm-to-table Mexican mainstay is a journey about flavor, not patriotic pomp and circumstance. Impossibly-fresh, sustainably-produce…
Pub in Louisville

Holy Grale

One of Bardstown's best bars is housed in an old church, with a menu of funked-up pub grub (blistered shishito peppers, red curry mussels) and a buzzworthy beer list dependent on rarer German, Danish, Belgian and Ja…
Top Choice Southern US in Bluegrass Country

Holly Hill Inn

This winsome 1845 Greek Revival estate, nestled beneath the oaks, houses one of the best restaurants in Kentucky. The married chef-owners serve a simple but elegant multicourse brunch or dinner of wholesome soups, h…