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Breeders Cup 2018

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30 BREEDERS' CUP #BC18 BARS BITES Mussel & Burger Bar NEAR CHURCHILL DOWNS Wagner's Pharmacy 3113 S. Fourth St., 375-3800 Iconic lunch spot across from Churchill Downs. This diner has been serving breakfast and lunch to visitors and Derby greats since 1922. Try the Derby sandwich. El Molcajete 2932 S. Fourth St., 638-0300 This small eatery is easy to miss, but hard to forget. El Molcajete is one of the best places in the city for authentic Mexican food. Try the Mariscada A La Mexicana, a seafood paella. DOWNTOWN 8 Up Elevated Drinkery and Kitchen 350 W. Chestnut St., 631-4180 Enjoy some unique views of downtown at this upscale rooftop restaurant atop the Hilton Garden hotel. They serve an eclectic mix of everything from spaetzl to cauliflower steaks. Proof on Main 702 W. Main St., 217-6360 Proof is well-known for its innovative cocktails, and its seasonal menus are crafted using Kentucky Proud ingredients. Be sure to show up early to enjoy the adjoining 21C Museum with a cocktail while you wait for your table. Merle's Whiskey Kitchen 122 W. Main St., 290-8888 Enjoy some live country or bluegrass music while you sip on one of the bourbon flights or pours from a staff- selected barrel. Try their award-winning fried chicken or crowd favorite "dunked" cuban sandwich. Porch Kitchen & Bar 280 W. Jefferson St., 671-4246 Nestled in the ground floor of the Marriott hotel, this eatery serves upscale southern classics in a tastefully designed atmosphere, complete with stools resembling bourbon barrels and horse-themed gallery artwork. Try the beer-battered seafood and chips. Bar Vetti 800 S. Fourth St., 883-3331 A modern Italian eatery just south of Broadway making fresh pasta dishes and wood-fired pizzas. Start your meal with flaming hot fried chickpeas. Against the Grain 401 E. Main St., 515-0174 A microbrewery and a smokehouse, this is the place to be if you love beer. This local brewery is a multiple-times winner of the Best Brewery in Louisville Magazine's Best of Louisville ® awards. Pair the smoked brisket with one of the seasonal beer offerings. Jeff Ruby's 325 W. Main St., 584-0102 You'll find more than excellent prime steaks at this iconic Louisville steakhouse. Jeff Ruby's also serves a wide variety of surf with the turf, including a raw bar with oysters, bacon-truffle glazed scallops, and even sushi. Vincenzo's 150 S. Fifth St., 580-1350 This restaurant has been serving authentic pasta and Italian dishes for decades. Try their fresh pasta with seafood or, if you're feeling adventurous, the Champagne Dinner: a five-course meal prepared by Chef Agostino Gabriele. Bob's Steak & Chop House 400 S. Second St., 313-6711 Enjoy award-winning steak and wine at the Omni's steakhouse. Al J's 140 N. Fourth St., 589-5200 Located on the third floor of the Galt House, Al J's resides in its conservatory, a glass-domed room modeled after London's Crystal Palace. Enjoy sipping bourbon while admiring the 30-foot-long aquarium. Down One Bourbon Bar 321 W. Main St., 566-3259 Bourbon, brisket, beer and bluegrass: That's the Down One motto. If the weather's nice, you can enjoy your cocktail under magnolia trees on their below-street-level patio. If it's not, you can eat your barbeque in their speakeasy, on a lush velvet seat. Old Seelbach Bar 500 S. Fourth St., 585-3200 Take a leather-covered seat in this fully restored 1900s bar on the ground floor of this historic hotel. Try a pour of one of the bar's single barrel selections. Doc Crow's 127 W. Main St., 587-1626 Located on Whiskey Row, Doc Crow's offers upscale Southern classics, from coastal seafood dishes to elevated barbeque. Try the shrimp and cheddar grits. The English Grill 335 W. Broadway, 583-1234 Located in the sumptuous Brown Hotel, the English Grill is the home of the hot brown. With dark oak paneling, detailed ceilings, and equestrian paintings, it's the perfect place for a Breeders' Cup date night. OLD LOUISVILLE Buck's Restaurant and Bar 425 W. Ormsby Ave., 637-5284 Just a couple of blocks from Central Park, Buck's is located in the heart of Old Louisville. Take a stroll through the country's largest Victorian preservation district and then have a meal in the garden-like atmosphere of Buck's, decorated with white flowers. Try the maple bourbon glazed pork chops. 610 Magnolia 610 W. Magnolia Ave., 636-0783 Reservations are required for this restaurant featuring Southern Fusion cuisine. Under James Beard finalist chef Edward Lee, the menu changes weekly and dishes are crafted based on what's available in their greenhouse. NULU/BUTCHERTOWN Harvest 624 E. Market St., 384-9090 Enjoy the best of Kentucky at Harvest, which sources as much of its produce from local Kentucky sources. Try the Louismill Rye Gnocchi, with grains freshly-ground in town. Mayan Cafe 813 E. Market St., 566-0651 A Nulu staple for over 20 years, Mayan Cafe serves authentic Yucatan Mexican food. Be sure to order a side of the crowd- favorite lima beans with your meal. Rye 900 E. Market St., 749-6200 Proudly farm-to-table, Rye serves delicious meals from Korean braised short ribs to pork schnitzel. Start your meal with a cheese board. Butchertown Grocery 1076 E. Washington St., 742-8315 Butchertown Grocery describes their food as "honest on the plate," serving everything from pastas to a 55-day dry-aged prime ribeye. You can also eat your meal in their upstairs lounge area, called Lola, for a more casual feel. Copper and Kings' Alex&nder Bar 1121 E. Washington St., 561-0267 Burnt out on bourbon? Head over to Copper and Kings' newly-opened bar for some craft apple or pear brandy and gin. As any good Louisvillian will tell you, there are more good restaurants, bourbon bars and breweries in this town than you can shake a riding crop at. Here are a few you might want to check out during Breeders' Cup week (all are in area code 502):

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