Louisville January 28, 2018
These 10 Iconic Foods In Louisville Will Have Your Mouth Watering
Louisville is an iconic city, so it is no surprise that it has some pretty iconic food too. From our famous fried chicken to the oft-mispronounced burgoo, Louisville is home to tons of great dishes that keep visitors (and locals, and TV crews…) coming back for more. Here are ten of the most iconic foods in Louisville, and why we love them.
1. Hot Brown
No list about famous Louisville food would be complete without a mention of the Hot Brown. Invented at the Brown Hotel for guests coming from an all-night dance party, this open-faced turkey sandwich has been made world-famous by dozens of appearances on
Food Network and Travel Channel food shows.
2. Fried Chicken
Louisville was the home of Colonel Sanders, the king of fried chicken. Whether you get it from KFC, Indi’s, or your mama’s kitchen stove, Louisville fried chicken is the best fried chicken.
Burgoo is a stew that can be made with nearly any kind of meat and vegetables you have on hand. What makes this stew unique is that it is very community-oriented; often, schools or local residents will hold events in which all of the visitors bring something to add to the stew and have a friendly get-together while it cooks.
4. Derby Pie
You can’t talk about Derby City food without mentioning Derby Pie. This insanely delicious dish is basically a pecan pie on steroids. Made with pecans or walnuts and melted chocolate on a crispy crust, this pie is worth waiting all year for!
5. Louisville-Style Pizza
Louisville-style pizza was reportedly invented at Impellizzeri’s Pizza Parlor in the late 1970s. It includes two layers of toppings and two layers of cheese. Yum!
6. Henry Bain Sauce
This savory sauce invented at the classy Pendennis Club in Downtown Louisville is a great accompaniment to steaks and other meats.
7. Modjeska Candy
It's hard to pronounce, but even harder to put down! This handmade candy is created by wrapping caramel around marshmallows. It was invented by a star-struck candy maker in 1883, who named the candy after seeing a visiting Polish actress named Helen Modjeska star in a play.
8. Beer Cheese
Cheeses made with various locally brewed beers are quite famous in Louisville. Eiderdown restaurant in Butchertown is especially famous for this dairy delight.
9. Ice Cream
Louisville LOVES ice cream. There are ice cream shops spread all across the city, with one of the most iconic being the Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen. Most of these shops hand-churn their goodies, which makes it all the more delicious.
10. Bacon on a Stick
Not everything has to be fancy! Against the Grain restaurant in Downtown Louisville is world-famous for this treat that is just as fun to hold as it is to eat.
Have you eaten any of these iconic dishes? Is there anything missing from the list? Share your suggestions in the comments below!