Lucky enough to be headed down to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby this year? If so, then you've got some great eats waiting for you. Here are 5 Top Bar and Restaurant Picks in Louisville to help you plan ahead: 1. Start your journey off at historical Baxter Station, a member of Louisville's Urban Bourbon Trail and an authentic local spot. Boasting 24 beers on tap and an extensive list of bourbons and whiskies, Baxter Station also has delicious food. Order a few appetizers to start your night. Don't miss the Homemade Potato Chips or the Bison Sliders.
2. Head along the Urban Bourbon Trail for dinner at Proof on Main. Â Housed in Louisville's 21c Museum Hotel, Chef Michael Paley serves farm-forward cuisine to diners at Proof. The Country Ham Wrapped Pork Shop is a must try, and if you're there in time for fiddlehead and ramp season, order the Tonnarelli. Finish your meal with the Lemon Pie or Chocolate Dipped Cannoli.
3. The next morning, plan for Brunch at Blue Dog Bakery and Cafe, which bakes authentic artisan bread. You can't go wrong with any of the choices, from Orange-Scented Brioche French Toast to Poached Eggs on Prosciutto. Pick up a loaf of their crusty artisan bread for an afternoon snack while you watch the races!
4. After the winning horse and jockey have been crowned, head to Lilly's for dinner. The menu is seasonally-influenced, making for fresh, delicious fare. Between Lilly's own organic garden and produce, meat, and dairy products from local farmers, the quality and care for the food really shows. Lilly's menu is packed with tasty options, be it Catfish Spring Rolls or Stonecross Farm Pork Two Ways. And don't forget dessert! Wild Turkey Bourbon Pecan Gelato combines the best of the south with a topping of Maple-Lacquered Broadbent Bacon. And for an extra decadent addition, order Courtney's Caramel Cake with Caramel Sauce & Vanilla Ice Cream.
5. Head home with a ham from Finchville Farms. Cured with only salt, peppers, and brown sugar, these hams are nitrate-free and have an authentic taste beloved for over 60 years. Stop by the farm on your way out of town to take home a taste of Kentucky.