On the Road Review: The Brown Hotel

The Lobby Bar at The Brown Hotel

The Lobby Bar at The Brown Hotel

When you look up places to eat in Louisville, KY the Brown Hotel is always at the top of the list.  The hotel originated a sandwich that has become the official dish of Louisville, the "Hot Brown".

The Hot Brown is made by starting with two pieces of texas toast in the bottom of an oven-safe crockery dish.  It is then covered with two large chunks of roasted turkey.  A roma tomato is cut in half and placed on each side, then the entire plate is covered with a wonderful mornay cheese sauce (in this case made with a Pecorino Romano).  To finish it off it is crossed with two slices of applewood smoked bacon and shredded cheese before being placed under a broiler for 3-5 minutes until shredded cheese is that wonderful bubbling brown that we all love.

I have eaten hundreds of sandwiches in my time, but this is my new favorite.  Fortunately, Carrie agrees, and was even the one to suggest that making these become our new Thanksgiving tradition.  I'm not going to argue with that!

The Original Hot Brown, from The Brown Hotel, Louisville, KY

The Original Hot Brown, from The Brown Hotel, Louisville, KY

A trip to Bourbon Country requires a cocktail!  Carrie went with the Brown Hotel's signature "Kentucky Cocktail" (Ale8one ginger ale with Makers Mark bourbon), and I had one of the best Old Fashioneds I have ever tasted.

A trip to Bourbon Country requires a cocktail!  Carrie went with the Brown Hotel's signature "Kentucky Cocktail" (Ale8one ginger ale with Makers Mark bourbon), and I had one of the best Old Fashioneds I have ever tasted.