Louisville, KY: The Brown Hotel

The Brown Hotel is a historic hotel built in 1923, located in downtown Louisville. Upon walking in, it looks like time stood still. It reminded me of the lobby from Disney’s Hollywood Tower of Terror, and probably had spirits mingling among us.

We didn’t stay as hotel guests but went there for their famous dish, “the Hot Brown” sandwich. Supposedly it’s been on many television shows.

In 1926, the hotel chef Fred K. Schmidt introduced the Hot Brown sandwich for late night partygoers; The Hot Brown is served open faced with turkey breast and ham and bacon, covered in creamy Mornay sauce and baked or broiled until crisp and the sauce begins to brown.

Our server suggested that we share a salad and the sandwich, as it’s quite rich. So we agreed it sounded like a good idea.

After the meal, we shared the famous Derby pie, a La mode. Surprised, we left just right. I am glad we shared.

I’d like to go back and maybe spend a night. I really think it’s haunted!

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