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These 10 Restaurants Serve The Best Hot Brown In Kentucky

The Kentucky Hot Brown is a famed dish in the Bluegrass State. It is an open faced turkey sandwich initially created by Chef Fred K Schmidt in 1926 at the Brown Hotel in Downtown Louisville. This delicious turkey treat is a unique variation of the English dish, the Welsh rarebit. The chef made it as an alternative to the egg and ham late night sandwich for guests. He wanted The Brown to stand out, and that is exactly what happened after guests tried this amazing dish. It starts out with toast tips, or toasted bread depending on where you go. The bread is piled high with turkey, bacon and a few tomatoes. Then, it is covered in a mouthwatering Mornay Sauce. Some establishments use a simple cheddar or American cheese sauce instead of the Mornay. Occasionally one will find a place that adds pimentos, or sautéed mushrooms instead of (or with) the tomatoes. Personally, I prefer the Mornay and tomatoes instead. There is even a version where canned peaches are used… but it could be just a rumor, as I haven’t found anywhere that serves it that way.

Here are 10 restaurants to enjoy a mouthwatering Kentucky Hot Brown:

The Bluegrass State has a fantastic variety of southern foods, but the Brown Hotel’s signature sandwich made a wonderful impression on all who have enjoyed it since 1926. These restaurants and diners are just a few that serve the delicious open face meals. I looked though quite a few towns and didn’t see Hot Brown getting any attention, despite the fact that it melts in your mouth. Thus, I call out to you, the readers, to spread the word of the Hot Brown all across the state. Where is your favorite place to enjoy a Hot Brown, and is there anything unique about it?

Jenn Shockley
I am somewhat a cliche'. I grew up running around barefoot on a farm in Kentucky. I love writing, art, sunshine, all animals and my incredibly patient husband, who tolerates my "crazy animal lady" side.