These 9 Kentucky Restaurants Dish Up The Most Unique Hot Browns

There’s perhaps no dish more quintessentially Kentucky than the hot brown. Originating at Louisville’s eponymous Brown Hotel in the 1920s, this open-faced turkey-and-cheese melt was created by Chef Fred Schmidt as a comforting and hearty midnight snack for the hotel’s tired musicians and performers. A century later, the hot brown has become one of the most iconic dishes in the Bluegrass State… and every Kentuckian’s surefire cure for a hangover! While this dish can be found all throughout the state, there are some restaurants that have taken the hot brown to another level, creating unique variations that are just as delicious and crave-worthy as the original. These nine Kentucky restaurants dish up the most unique hot browns in the state, and you’ll definitely want to try them all!

What’s your favorite way to enjoy a hot brown? As a pizza or a panini? Or are you a traditionalist? Share your favorite place to grab a hot brown in Kentucky in the comments below!

Address: The Brown Hotel, 335 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202, USA
Address: the freight house, 330 S 3rd St # 102, Paducah, KY 42003, USA
Address: Kentucky Derby Museum, 704 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208, USA
Address: Patti's 1880's Settlement, 1793 J H O'Bryan Ave, Grand Rivers, KY 42045, USA
Address: Sicilian Pizza & Pasta Downtown, 627 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202, USA
Address: Biscuit Belly - Nulu, 900 E Main St #101, Louisville, KY 40206, USA
Address: Parkette Drive-In, East New Circle Road, Lexington, KY, USA
Address: Otto's, 521 Main St, Covington, KY 41011, USA
Address: Bluegrass Brewing Company, 654 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202, USA