Unlike many iconic American sandwiches, there is absolutely no doubt as to the origin of the Hot Brown. In fact its name includes its origin. It was originally created at the Brown Hotel in Louisville as an alternative to a ham and egg late night supper by Fred K. Schmidt in 1926. It is an open faced sandwich with turkey and bacon covered in a Mornay sauce (cheese sauce) then broiled until bubbly and brown.
We asked our readers to help pick the state's best versions of the hot brown from a pool of 20 nominees. After four weeks of voting, the results are in, and the original creator of the sandwich has been dethroned!
The top 10 winners in the category Best Hot Brown in Kentucky are as follows:
- Wild Eggs - Louisville
- Patti’s 1880’s Settlement - Grand Rivers
- Brown Hotel - Louisville
- Ramsey’s Diner - Lexington
- Stella's Kentucky Deli - Lexington
- The Cafe - Louisville
- Winchell's Restaurant & Bar - Lexington
- Beaumont Inn - Harrodsburg
- Gary's On Spring Restaurant - Louisville
- Whistle Stop Restaurant - Glendale
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Alan Cornett (Eat Kentucky) and Jere Downs (Louisville Courier-Journal) were chosen based on their familiarity with the Kentucky food scene.
Other restaurants nominated for Best Hot Brown included Bluebird in Stanford, Dudley's On Short in Lexington, Goose Creek Diner in Louisville, Historic Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant in Berea, Josie's Restaurant in Lexington, The Merrick Inn in Lexington, The Parkette Drive-In Restaurant in Lexington, V-Grits in Louisville, Wallace Station Deli in Versailles and Zanzabar in Louisville.
Congratulations to all our hot brown winners!License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo