Friday, February 10, 2012

Louisville Travel Guide

Today, I wanted to share a travel guide for folks heading into Louisville for the NFMS next week.  Having grown up in the Louisville Metro Area, I always love the opportunity to sneak back home for a few days to hit some of my favorite places.

Remember the Bridge and Avoid Traffic
First and foremost, Please make sure you are aware of the Bridge debacle currently ruffling feathers throughout the area.  In the late summer, the Sherman Minton Bridge was closed because of some cracking in the structure of the bridge.  Officials closed the bridge immediately after discovering the cracks and construction has been underway for several months in a hope to get traffic flowing again.  Unfortunately, the bridge is not going to be near complete by next week and thus anyone traveling east on 64 from Indiana will have to make their way to 65 and across the Kennedy Bridge.  It is my suggestion to avoid traveling back and forth across the bridge unless you absolutely have to.  The commuting times for residents of Southern Indiana have increased exponentially as they have to cross on the Kennedy or 2nd Street bridges now.  If you can't avoid traveling across the bridge, I suggest you allow plenty of time and consider alternative routes away from 65.

I am biased and could go on for hours about places to eat, grab a brew or have some fun, but I tried my best to limit my suggestions so as to not bore you all.  If you want further suggestions, my email is at the bottom of the post and please feel free to write me.  

Unique eats in the Derby City-These places carry a strong feeling in my heart and a reputation that far exceeds the city!  Stop by and enjoy the amazing atmosphere that some provide while eating some first class cooking.


Lynn's Paradise Cafe  
984 Barret Avenue  
Louisville, KY 40204
M-F 7am-10pm/ Sat-Sun-8am-10pm
Lynn's is hands down one of the coolest eateries in the country and Louisville calls it home.  I strongly encourage you to visit Lynn's for Breakfast or Lunch

W.W. Cousins
900 Dupont Road 
Louisville, KY 40207
Cousins is a burger buffet and was voted one of the Best of Louisville. The burger buffet is great, you place your order, receive your burger and make your way to the toppings bar.  With over 40 different toppings you can pack your burger with all of the fixings you desire.  Cousins also features a bakery that makes delicious cookies and pies that you will want to have to cap off the meal! 

Baxter's Station
1201 Payne Street
Louisville, KY 40204
The Courier Journal named this restaurant one of it's top 20 and for good reason.  Come on aboard this train for a great fish sandwich that is truly second to none.  Butch Krieger "Voice of the NFMS" has made this selection as the place you want to eat while in the Ville!  Baxter's Station provides a very unique eating environment, while serving you amazing food!

Cunningham's
630 South 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Located just off the heart of downtown is this local secret!  I love the fish at Cunningham's but you can get just about anything on the menu and it will please your appetite.  Butch recommends the Hamburger Steak smothered in Mushrooms and Onions. If you are aiming for a great dinner before some exciting pulling action make your way to Cunningham's!

Other great restaurants to consider:
Impellizzeri's Pizza (Downtown)
Wick's Pizza (Bluegrass Pkwy)
Cardinal Cafe (At the Fairgrounds)
The Old Spaghetti Factory (Downtown)
Makers Mark Lounge (4th Street)


Bars- It's NFMS Week so there is no doubt that you will be looking for a place to go enjoy a few cold ones.  The first thought of course is 4th Street Live as you simply can't go wrong in finding something there to enjoy your time and a beverage. Whether it's Howl at the Moon or one of the clubs, mark your agenda for 4th Street! If 4th Street is not your style, the following bars may be more your pace as you can typically enjoy a good brew, while visiting with your friends!
 




Molly Malone's Irish Pub- 933 Baxter Ave. 
O'Shea's- 956 Baxter Ave-
Bluegrass Brewing Company- has three locations and will provide a more quiet setting for you to talk amongst your peers.  One of the locations is on 3rd just passed the 4th Street Live Location.
 

Fun and Site Seeing
Bluegrass Indoor Karting-
2520 Ampere Drive  Louisville, KY 40299 
Folks there isn't much more fun then going go karting with your friends.  These little monsters scoot and I have the inside scoop to know that some of this weeks competitors in the NFMS will be hitting up this facility for a little racing to rev up their minds for competition.




Churchill Downs
700 Central Avenue
Truly one of the most historic and storied settings in all of sports is within a few minute drive of Freedom Hall.  I strongly encourage you to jog over to Churchill Downs if you haven't before to truly take in the beauty of the facility.  You may even see a future Derby winner doing a shakeout run on the dirt!


Louisville Slugger
800 West Main Street
Located right downtown is the home of Louisville Slugger!  The tour their is great and they often send you home with a small version of their world famous bats.  Enjoy as you get to see the process unfold from start to finish!

Others to Consider that are unique to the Ville:
The Muhammad Ali Center (Riverfront Downtown)
Yum Center (Downtown) The new home of the Louisville Cardinals
The Science Museum (Downtown)








I hope you will consider visiting some of these attractions when you arrive in Louisville.  As always thank you for following Miles Beyond 300!  It means the world to me that the pulling community has taken to the ideas and stories we have been able to share over the last few months.  If you have a topic you would like to see us dig into, please email milesbeyond300@gmail.com.

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