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Downtown Louisville is blessed with a dozen outstanding restaurants. The three hotels each have a few. Fourth Street has several more. And another group are a few blocks east or west of Fourth Street.

To appreciate Louisville cuisine, you have to begin with four foundations. You must eat a Hot Brown where it was created, in the Brown Hotel. If you've never had one before, order the Petite Hot Brown the first time. It's a more manageable portion. You still may have a hard time finishing it. The Hot Brown was created by Fred Schmidt in 1926. It's a takeoff of traditional Welsh rarebit: an open faced sandwich of turkey, ham, bacon, cheese, paprika, parsley, tomatoes, toast and creamy Mornay sauce, baked until the bread is crisp and the sauce begins to brown. It's a very filling entree best eaten with a Woodford Reserve Double Oak On The Rocks, shaken not stirred, or with a classic Brown Hotel Old Fashioned (bourbon, sugar, bitters, orange slices, Ale 8). The other Louisville classic is Burgoo, a stew of hickory smoked Venison, Turkey, Squirrel, Rabbit, Corn, Okra, Tomatoes, Cabbage and Potatoes. Pork, Chicken, or Lamb are often substituted for the meats although they're less historically correct.

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The Brown Hotel contains three restaurants : the English Grill, Lobby Bar Grill, and J. Graham's Cafe. All three are quite classy and offer various items from the same core menu. They all offer the famous Hot Brown, but they serve many other entrees : Filet Mignon, Crab Cakes, Shrimp & Grits, Scallops and Pasta Primavera. They offer two Salads, six Appetizers, four Desserts, and outstanding Bourbons and mixed drinks.

The Brown also serves fine breakfasts and lunches, either via room or table service. For Breakfast, the Fruit Plate, Belgian Waffle and Breakfast Sandwich (scrambled eggs, avocado, bacon, white cheddar and crispy golden brown potatoes) are outstanding. There's also the traditional Oatmeal, Eggs, Bacon, Sausage and Coffee.

Especially around holidays, Derby Week, State Fair, Basketball and Football weekends, or Valentine's Day, you definitely need a reservation.

Down at the Seelbach, J. Gatsby's (photo right) has still not recovered from the Pandemic. It no longer serves lunch, brunch or dinner, and the only breakfast option is a $20 breakfast buffet. Since very few people eat $20 worth of food for breakfast, this has had the effect of driving guests to other breakfast restaurants on Fourth Street. This is sad because this restaurant has a lot of history. In addition to the Presidents, British royalty, athletes, musicians, actors and actresses, celebrities and even Al Capone who ate here, novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald was a frequent customer. They changed the name to Gatsby's to honor Fitzgerald's most famous character. Seelbach management says it wants to restore J. Gatsby's to full restaurant status after the upcoming renovation, but they only plan to restore breakfast and lunch.

Since the Seelbach closed its five star restaurant The Oak Room, the Old Seelbach Bar doubles as the evening restaurant and bar for the hotel. It ofers a very extensive Bourbon and mixed drink menu. One option is a flight of classic Bourbons. They promote their Seelbach Cocktail (Old Forester, Cointreau, Angosturn and Peychauld Bitters, Sparkling Wine and Ale 8), but we've always thought their Old Fashioned was not only their best drink but one of the best Old Fashioneds in Louisville. The kitchen is across the hotel at Gatsby's, and slow, so prepare for a leisurely conversation, but at least you'll have a great drink to enjoy. Appetizers include Hummus, Hickory Smoked Chicken Wings, Smoked Gouda Mac n Cheese, Spring Rolls, Quesadillas and Fried Jalapeno Cheese Ravioli. Their House Salad and Caesar Salad are large and fresh. Their Burgoo is their best entree, but the NY Strip, Salmon, Hot Brown, Chicken Alfredo, and Bison Burger are worth ordering. They offer no Soup at all. Desserts are their weakest item. The Cheesecake is particularly disappointing; it's firm to the point of rubbery and quite lacking in flavor, meaning they probably over stirred it back in the kitchen, beating all the air bubbles out of it. The Derby Pie is tasty but comes as a round tart instead of a slice of pie. The Old Seelbach has been updated slightly since rowdy Roaring Twenties days, when casks of Bourbon were stacked along one wall. But it's still got plenty of atmosphere and a very skilled bartending staff.

Further down 4th Street, the Galt House contains seven restaurants, bars and snack bars. On the second floor of the western tower is Walker's Exchange, which is open three meals a day. All three feature extensive menus. 

Breakfast offers Belgian Waffles, Crab Cake Benedict, Steel Cut Oatmeal, Cast Iron Skillet Cinnamon Rolls and the usual Pancakes, Eggs, Grits, Country Ham and French Toast, but the real star is a creation called the Hot Brown Omelet, basically all the ingredients of a Hot Brown folded into a standard Omelet. 

Later in the day, entrees like Chili, Pot Roast, Fried Green Tomatoes, Mac and Cheese, Fried Chicken, Salmon, Shrimp, Spaghetti, Sirloin and Fettucini Alfredo are popular. 

The Bar Jockey Silks is right next door and provides a full array of drinks with lunch and dinner. There are even a few drinks available at Breakfast.

Swizzle is the new rooftop restaurant atop the Galt House. It replaces the old Rivue restaurant but retains the same views of the river and city. The restaurant slowly revolves (once around takes 25 minutes) so your view keeps changing. The menu is classic American focused on Steaks. There's a craft cocktail menu. Their signature drink is their 1910 Old Fashioned made with local Bourbon distilled two blocks away. Service is slow, but that just gives you time to enjoy the panoramic scenery. Among their Appetizers, the Grilled Meatball Skewers, Crab Cakes and Seafood Platter are stars. Salads are small and only average, but the Dinner Rolls are excellent. The Lobster Bisque is a must order. Their Entrees are outstanding, especially the 8 oz. Filet Mignon, Ahi Tuna, Pork Tomahawk Chop, Cedar Plank Roasted Salmon Filet and Scallops. But the 3 Cheese Ravioli, Potato Gnocchi and Free Ranging Chicken are really good. IF you can save room for Dessert, there's a Bananas Foster Cheesecake that is obscenely delicious. Swizzle is expensive. Expect to pay $80-100 per person, which for most people makes it a Special Occasion restaurant.

Guy Fieri grew up in Ohio, became interested in food while a foreign exchange student in France, graduated from UNLV, opened restaurants in New York City, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, and became famous hosting a show on the Food Network. His Smokehouse is literally in the center of Fourth Street Live, near the concert stage and under the huge sign. As the name suggests, it specializes in BBQ. Signature entrees are Ribs, Brisket, Pork Butt, Turkey and Sausage. There are also Sandwiches made from all these ingredients. Sides include Cole Slaw, Mac n Cheese, Baked Beans and Red Potato Salad. Smokehouse currently operates cafeteria style, where you push your plastic tray along a line and pay at the register. You get paper plates, styrofoam cups and plastic utensils. The BBQ and Smoked Turkey are very good. But you have to pay extra for the sauces. Even though they're very good, charging extra for them is sacrilegious in the South. Even worse, the Sides are dry and tasteless. The beans have no molasses, bacon, mustard, onion, pepper, worcestershire, ketchup, nothing at all. They're as flavorless as any baked beans have ever been. The Mac n Cheese is even worse : there's no cheese! Or anything else. It's just dry macaroni. The Cole Slaw has no dressing or anything else. It's just dry lettuce and cabbage. The problem is that this is a city and state that revere their barbeque and the sides that go with it. Locals consider violations of barbeque traditions as sacrilegious. If you just drop by for a Sandwich and wander off down 4th Street eating it, you'll think highly of Fieri's. They also serve pretty good alcohol here, beginning with a fine Old Fashioned. There's a short Beer and Wine list, and a longer list of Whiskey and mixed drinks. Sadly, COVID forced the abbreviation of the menu, so great sides like Smoked Corn and Fried Okra & Pickles are gone. Guy needs to check up on his restaurants. His name is on these, and there's no way he would find this acceptable.

Brazeiros is Louisville's Brazilian Steakhouse. It's a unique concept. The Salad Bar is in the middle. You take your Salad and return to your table. From that point on, waiters come around to your table with a special cart containing various cuts of beef, pork, sausage, chicken and lamb. You order what you want and they slice it right in front of you. You choose which of four levels you want. The base level is only the Salad Bar. Higher levels offer you increasing kinds of meats. Once you choose your level, you display a flag at your table and the servers know whether to stop or not. Once you pay for a certain level, there is no further charge no matter how much you eat. There is also a Dessert Bar, and there are Sides. The secret is to restrain yourself so you don't fill up on salad, breads and sides so you don't have room for much meat. People doing that is how Brazeiros makes a profit. Just about everone who eats here ageees these are the best meats they've ever tasted. Unsurprisingly, Brazeiros is usually packed, which means the conversation noise level is high. If you're looking for an intimate place to take a romantic partner or have a business meeting, this is not it. Lunch is a slightly better deal than Dinner. The restaurant is open for lunch on weekends but during the week is dinner only. Remember variety is the key here. You can try a lot of different kinds of meats at one sitting. If what you really want is just a good Ribeye or Sirloin or Filet Mignon, you're better to go to a Steak House. COVID has curtailed Brazeiros. The Salad Bar has been greatly reduced and there is no longer a Dessert Bar. You now order desserts off a menu. However, the meats here are still delicious, and there are still plenty of those.
Abyssinia serves Ethiopian cuisine. It is unique and excellent, well worth coming downtown just for it alone. The menu begins with Appetizers, the best of which are Sambusas (pastries filled with vegetables and beef or chicken) and Kosta (collard greens sauteed with diced onion and garlic then wrapped with injera, a fermented flatbread). Entrees include various Chicken, Lamb, Beef and Seafood items. The Ethiopian Coffee and Tea have strong and rich flavors. Their signature dish is probably Tilapia (an African fish now farm raised and served around the world) sauteed with onion, tomato, garlic and awaze (an herbal pepper sauce). Tilapia grazes on plants, so does not accumulate the mercury found in other fish. It is a lean and healthy fish. You can also order the Tilapia steamed with rice and served with injera. This is a great restaurant for Vegetarians because they have several very good nonmeat options. Portions are generous. The Injera is a tangy and spongy bread that is used to soak up or scoop up the food. Its own flavor contrasts nicely with the flavors of the foods. The red lentils have a spiciness that livens up each dish. Service is efficient and the owner continually circulates making sure everything is satisfactory. Ethiopian art and music create an authentic ambience. Abyssinia is at 554 5th Street, a short walk from either the Brown or Seelbach Hotels. Surprisingly, street parking is usually available.

Addis Grill on 4th Street serves a mix of Ethiopian, Mediterranean and Carribean cuisine. Injera is central to the eating experience here. Injera is a kind of sourdough flatbread, but very spongy. It is used instead of a fork or spoon. You scoop up the food, or soak up the sauces, with injera. This is not a purely Ethiopian restaurant, as among the entrees are Quesadillas, Kabobs and a Greek Salad. But the food is very good, and especially over lunch hour it's busy. There are Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Seafood and Vegetarian entrees. The Falafel Wrap, Chicken Curry, Athenian Chicken, Chicken Quesadilla, Stuffed Grape Leaves and Hummus are especially popular. Addis regulars usually order the Chana Masala, a concoction made by blending chana chickpeas, onions, tomatoes and spices. They eat it with rice and hummus. Decor is very sleek and modern. Addis is only a block up from the Galt House. You place your order, then find a table and they bring your food to you.
Doc Crowe's is a Southern restaurant specializing in Barbeque. It's a sleek, New South vibe with hints of the 1920s. Doc's Bourbon Room is right next door so you can add a classic Bourbon to your meal. Appetizers include Doc's House Chips, Wings, Beer Cheese, Sweet Potato Fries, Oysters, Shrimp and Cornbread. Doc's Own Chili includes smoked brisket (with Doc's Own Rub), pablano peppers and jalapenos. It may be the best Chili in Kentucky now that Brookings in Lexington is closed. There are two decent Salads. Entrees all come from Doc's Smokehouse. We highly recommend the Sampler : pulled pork, beef brisket and half a rack of ribs. But you can separate them out into individual entrees : Pulled Pork, Beef Brisket, Ribs, Doc's Chicken, or, if you're on a diet, Doc's Loaded Baked Potato. That Baked Potato is a work of art. It's stuffed with bacon, scallions, homemade cheese sauce, sour cream, your choice of brisket or pulled pork, and a healthy dose of Doc's Own Chili. For Dessert, well, what else? There's Derby Pie (a chocolate walnut pie with Bourbon drizzle, topped with your choice of whipped cream or ice cream). While you're there, you might wander over into that famous Bourbon Room. Doc stocks 2,000 different Bourbons, which is probably the largest collection anywhere. And --- No, we're not making this up --- Breakfast In The Bourbon Room is an iconic Louisville experience. The signature entree is The Derby Skillet (roast turkey, tomatoes, two eggs sunny side up, bacon and mornay sauce), but you can get the Kentucky Farmers Breakfast (Doc's Smoked Brisket, two eggs, two sausage patties, Doc's Hash, and Toast). There are five other breakfast entrees, plus a long list of sides and Doc's Famous Coffee. Appropriately located on West Main next to the Old Forester Distillery.
Jeff Ruby's is probably the classiest steak house in Louisville. It's too pricey for a regular date, business meeting or a stop before or after a UL game. But if you really want to impress someone, this is the place to bring them. You could just order Appetizers, Salad and Soup here and leave with a very good meal. Appetizers include a Crab Cake, Scallops and Meatballs. The Soup is Lobster Bisque. If you're a Sushi fan you can order eight different kinds. Five large iced Salads are all delicious. Jeff Ruby's is, of course, a specialist in steaks. You can pick from seven, which are variations on Center Cut or Ribeye. Ruby's buys steak from cattle who grazed on natural grass, then were finished off with corn in a feedlot the last six weeks. They claim this adds a marbling to the steak which customers prefer. However, the consensus of critics, ranchers and steak conneisseurs believe grass fed steak has a noticeably better taste and texture to it, that finishing herds off with corn erodes that taste. Food is not the only reason you come to Ruby's. It has a definite Great Gatsby ambience that fits in perfectly with the Brown / Seelbach / Galt House / downtown Louisville vibe.
La Bodeguita is Louisville's, and Kentucky's, great Cuban restaurant. It's on East Market Street, several blocks from the Galt House within long walking distance. It's only open for dinner and reservations are definitely recommended. The vibe is 1950s Havana, just before the Castro takeover. The menu begins with four hearty and delicious Salads and two Soups : Chicken Soup and Black Bean & Chopped Onion Soup. You could make a meal out of the Appetizers. There's a Corn Tamal stuffed with pork, onions, pico and cilantro; Potato Balls stuffed with ground beef, roast red peppers, sour cream and cilantro; Tarot Roots stuffed with black beans, guacamole, chives and cilantro; Pastry Shells stuffed with beef, roast corn, bell peppers, spinach, cheese, sour cream and cilantro; ham and chicken croquettes; and Rellenos stuffed with beef, cheese and onions. Entrees include Chicken, Mahi Mahi, Shrimp, Salmon, Pork, Beef, Ribs and Steaks prepared in various ways using rice, plantains, garlic, onions, tomatoes, peas, olives, peppers, chives, cilantro, yucca, avocado, limes, wine and beer. Of course you can order a Classic Cuban Sandwich. There is Cuban Coffee, and for Dessert Coffee Ice Cream, Pina Colada Ice Cream and a Chocolate Cigar (almond cake, mousse, chocolate ganache and coffee ice cream).
Vincenzo's is Louisville's finest Italian restaurant. It's worth a visit just for its magnificent building, a former bank. Everything about it exudes class. The waiters are professionally dressed and perform flawlessly. The menu is exquisite and the food outstanding. Brothers Vincenzo and Agostino have put together a one page menu that represents the best of Italian cuisine. Appetizers include salmon slices, crabmeat stuffed artichokes, and crepes filled with beef and veal. There are two fine Salads. Pastas include Linguini, Ravioli and Spaghetti. Entrees include Salmon, Sea Bass, Scallops, Sole, Veal, Chicken, Pork, Lamb and Steak. In keeping with the class of a bygone era, Vincenzo's offers a Theater Menu for those in town for a concert or play. It is preset, includes an Appetizer/Salad, Entree and Dessert, and is served quickly to guarantee you make the opening. Their extensive wine cellar includes mostly Italian varieties but does have some from France, Germany, Spain and the U.S. Vincenzo's is open for lunch and dinner M-F and dinner only on Saturdays. It's closed Sundays.

TGI Friday's is right in the heart of Fourth Street Live and has weathered the pandemic fine. In fact, it offers a whole new menu featuring classic American food and a wide choice of drinks and appetizers to appeal to young professionals in their 20s and 30s : Wings, Potato Skins, Green Bean Fries, Whiskey Glazed Chicken Strips, Pot Stickers, etc. There are the usual Burgers plus a Veggie Burger and a Whiskey Glazed Burger. You can pick from three Salads, an outstanding White Cheddaer Broccoli Cheese Soup, and three Chicken Sandwiches. Then the menu shifts over to family friendly entrees. There are several Pasta items, Salmon, Chicken, Ribs, Shrimp and Sirloin. The list of sides include Mac n Cheese, Cheddar Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Onion Rings and Fried Green Beans. Beverages are very lively, with Raspberry Tea, Strawberry Passion Fruit Tea, Sweet Tea, Lemonade, Red Bull and Dasani Water. Desserts include a very good Cheesecake and a Red Velvet Cake. Prices here range from mid teens to mid 20s except for platters and boxes, which are designed to feed families or groups and cost in the 30s.

Gordon Biersch, on mid Fourth Street, advertises itself as a Brewery, which might be why service is slow and the menu limited. But the food is creative and really good. Bar food includes Chicken Schnitzel Sliders, Garlic Fries, Fire Grilled Artichokes, WAGYU Meatballs, Roast Tomatoes, Balsam Glazed Brussel Sprouts, Bone In Wings and a Bavarian Pretzel. There are three Salads and a Soup of the Day. We think their Ribeye and Fish Tacos are their best entrees, but we have friends who love their Sirloin, Salmon, Mahi Mahi, Fish & Chips and Ribs. The Creme Brulee Cheesecake is their best Dessert.

Chipotle's is diagonally across the corner from The Seelbach on Fourth Street. It offers Fast Food Mexican. It works best as a carryout rather than a sit down restaurant, although there are a few tables and chairs inside. Their menu is brief. It offers three Entrees : Burritos, Tacos and Quesadillas plus a list of 12 possible Bowls. The local favorite is the Burrito Bowl (freshly grilled meat, rice, veggies, guacamoloe, salsa, sour cream, cheese). There's a decent Salad. Sides include Chips, Salsa and Queso Blanco. Some of the Drink options are interesting. You could order a Mexican Coca Cola, MexSprite, Tractor RTD, Izze or a Nantucket. This is not gourmet food, but it's surprisingly good and service is very efficient.

Pot Belly is a sub sandwich shop on 4th Street. Salads, Sandwiches and Soups are the only items on the menu, but they're very good. There are four Salads : Farmhouse, Apple Walnut, Powerhouse (grilled chicken, avocado, hummus, cucumber, tomato and greens), and Chicken Salad. Soups include Broccoli Cheddar, Vegetable, Baked Potato and Chili. Chicken Pot Pie and Mac n Cheese are also available. But their Sandwiches are their trademark : Italian, Turkey Avocado, Chicken Club, Beef Steakhouse, Veggie Melt and The Wreck (turkey, hickory smoked ham, roast beef, salami and Swiss). For Breakfast they serve Bacon Egg & Cheddar, Sausage Egg & Cheddar, and Ham Mushroom Egg & Swiss Sandwiches. They take pride in their Intelligentsia Coffee, a Chicago company that buys beans from Central and South America and Ethiopia, roasts them at the Chicago Roasting Works, and has won numerous national and world awards in the last few years. Pot Belly also offers the usual soft drinks, fruit drinks, teas and milkshakes. These sandwiches are very good, with fresh ingredients prepared in front of you. Pot Belly is mainly a downtown lunch stop, so gets very busy from 11:30 - 1:00.
Blue Grass Brewery on West Main advertises itself mainly as a bar, but its limited food menu is very good. Of their appetizers we really like their Pretzels with house made beer cheese, Mediterranean Plate (hummus, olives, feta, tomatoes, grapes, cucumbers, carrots, etc.), Fried Green Tomatoes, and Wings (10 large ones with lime jalapeno slaw and various dressings). Four Salads and a Soup of the Day round out the preliminaries. Entrees include a Hot Brown, Cod, Asian Stir Fry, Hot Roast Beef Sandwich, Salmon, Fried or Grilled Chicken, and Blackened Salmon Tacos. Or you get a sandwich, like the Spinach Burger, BBQ Pulled Pork, Portobello, Turkey, Chicken, or the Ultimate Veggie. The Hot Brown and Cod here are particulaely good. Service is often slow, but you should order one of their fine drinks and slowly savor it while waiting. They have the usual plus their housemade Root Beer. But we like their Raspberry Meade, Bourbon Barrel Stout and Wheat Beer.
The Bristol Grille on West Main Street bills itself as the "neighborhood restaurant" for downtown Louisville, and it's true that a lot of residents within walking distance eat here frequently. Their other claim to fame is their beef and some of their other produce comes from Wendell Berry's Henry County Farm. Among Appetizers, we like the Crab Cakes, Buffalo Cauliflower and Bean Soup. There are four Salads, three Pasta dishes and six Sandwiches, of which the Grilled Fish or the Bristol Burger (using that Berry beef) are probably the best. The Hot Brown, Open Faced Steak Sandwich, Grilled Salmon Teriyaki, Pork Dijonaisse and Thai Stir Fry are Signature items. We also like their Shrimp & Grits but they're not always on the menu. The Wine list is impressive, but the Old Fashioned, while good, ranks well below those at the Brown, Seelbach and Doc Crowe's. This is a very bright, open, beautiful restaurant.

Morton's Steakhouse on West Main Street is a very good restaurant but it's pricey, so it's a special occasion place for most diners. Everything on the menu is outstanding, beginning with Appetizers Lobster Ravioli, Wagyu Meatballs, Crab Cakes and Scallops. The French Onion and Lobster Bisque are exquisite Soups and there are four excellent Salads. We know people who go to Morton's, order an Appetizer, Salad, Soup and Beverage and just stop there. There's a Raw Bar with Oysters, Shrimp, Tuna and Lobster. Entrees are dominated by the Lamb, Pork Chops, Filets and Ribeyes, 11 in all. If you're not into Steaks, Morton's offers Chicken, Sea Bass and Salmon, all perfectly prepared. They offer two special items : Lobster Mac n Cheese and Truffle Mashed Califlower. Their Black Cherry Cobbler (a mixed drink, not a dessert) and Apple Snap are excellent drinks. Their Old Fashioned is just a hair behind the Brown and Seelbach. This is the best Steakhouse in Louisville.

Proof is a very classy restaurant on West Main. The Breakfast menu includes such items as Walnut Banana Bread, Salmon Bagels, Chocolate Cherry Scones, Red Velvet Pancakes, and a Heinz 57 Breakfast Sandwich. At Lunch you can order Sweet Potato Hummus, Charred Octopus, Country Ham and a Bison Burger. Oh, yes, and for Dessert Ginger Cheesecake and Rum Raisen Cake. It's Dinner, however, which really gets interesting. Appetizers like Pork Belly Tartine, Meatballs With Hot Pepper Relish, Embered Carrot and Royal Red Shrimp & Grits start you off. There's no Soup or Salad. But Entrees include Sheep's Milk Ricotta Tortellini, Spaghetti & Clams, Flounder, Chicken Roulade, Bison and Pork Tenderloin. Someone at your table should order the sides Potato & Sunchoke Aligot and Cast Iron Skillet Corn Bread. Service is efficient, but you want to come here with plenty of time, because all of these items demand time to savor and share around. Drinks here are very good.

Heine's is not a restaurant. It's a coffee shop. But since the Seelbach has drastically cut back at J. Gatsby's, this is where most hotel guests come for breakfast. It's right across the street and you can eat here or take your order back to the Seelbach. Heine's offers the usual Coffee, Espresso, Machiatto, Americano, Cappucino, Latte, Mocha, Caramella, Hot Chocolate, Fruit Smoothies and Chai Tea. On the food side, you can order Scones, Bagels, Muffins, Pastries, Cakes, Paninis, Turnovers, Pies, Fruit Strudel, Biscotti and Pecan Rolls. The quality of food and drinks is very good and service is efficient, although from 7 a.m. until about 9 a.m. it gets crowded and wait times increases.


Sway's is the main restaurant in the Hyatt Regency Hotel on 4th Street. It serves "Innovative 21st Century Southern Cuisine," featuring locally sourced meats and produce. Breakfast includes Chicken & Waffles, Avocado Toast, Smoked Salmon Bagel and Mimosas, plus the traditional morning items. Sway's is not open for lunch. The Dinner menu begins with Appetizers like Dry Rub Pork Rinds, Baked Goat Cheese, Chicken Sliders, Smoked Blue Cheese, Grits and Collards. Oddly, there's no Soup. But there's a delicious Black Eyed Pea Salad, along with the classic Caesar and Wedge Salads. Entrees include Shrimp & Grits, Pan Seared Snapper, Bourbon Sriracha Salmon, Fried Chicken, Hot Brown, Pork Chop and Ribeye. They serve a good Veggie Burger, Angus Beef Burger and a very good Catfish Sandwich, except it's Catfish imported from China instead of good Southern Catfish (Chinese fish farms feed their fish sewage and are banned in three Southern states). The Corn Bread and Biscuits here are especially good. The Bar here fixes good mixed drinks, including a fine Old Fashioned.
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