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9 Fatty Dishes To Fat Up Louisville's Fat Tuesday

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Lots of bars and restaurants are offering Abita beer, beads, "mudbugs" and other Bourbon Street-style Mardi Gras manifestations. But beyond the usual New Orleans, there are plenty of sensationally sinful selections available in Louisville's restaurants. Eater presents 9 un-Creole options for overindulging on the last day before Lent, so good they could even tempt non-Catholics. Any other fatty suggestions? Let us know in the comments.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Proof on Main

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702 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 217-6360
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Levon Wallace will gladly put together a plate of roasted marrow bones offering plenty of drippy, deliciously fatty stuff to spread over bread.

2. Milkwood

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316 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 584-6455
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Edward Lee takes yeasty waffles, cuts and and crisps them into croutons, pairs them with chicken poached in vinegar, soy and spices before being deep fried, and adds a smear of buttermilk dressing. It's only an appetizer portion, so order two.

3. Harvest

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624 E Market St
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 384-9090
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Sorghum cookie sandwiches with buttercream and candied bacon: local, sort-of-seasonal, delicious and definitely Fat Tuesday material.

4. Decca

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812 E Market St
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 749-8128
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Decadence exists in Decca's duck liver terrine with grilled bread and cherry mostarda. Chef Annie Pettry nicely provides some pickled vegetables that can be used for an "it's healthy!" excuse.

5. Rye On Market

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900 E Market St
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 749-6200
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"Fat Elvis" delivers chocolate crémeux, salted caramel, rum-macerated bananas and peanuts. Ask for extra caramel.

6. Hammerheads

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921 Swan St
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 365-1112
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A plate of pork belly sliders will certainly fill anyone's Fat Tuesday fat quotient.

7. Eiderdown

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983 Goss Ave
Louisville, KY 40217
(502) 290-2390
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Popcorn made with duck fat, queen of all greasy goodness, goes great with a craft beer (and perhaps some beads).

8. Lilly's

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1147 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 451-0447
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Kathy Cary takes already-caloric crème brûlée one step further by wrapping its caramel-crackled custard in puff pastry before serving.

9. El Camino

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1314 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40291
(502) 454-5417
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Get ready to grease out gracefully by grabbing a bag of El Camino's puffy, porky chicharrones, sprinkled with queso fresco, onion and cilantro.

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1. Proof on Main

702 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202
Levon Wallace will gladly put together a plate of roasted marrow bones offering plenty of drippy, deliciously fatty stuff to spread over bread.
702 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202

2. Milkwood

316 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
Edward Lee takes yeasty waffles, cuts and and crisps them into croutons, pairs them with chicken poached in vinegar, soy and spices before being deep fried, and adds a smear of buttermilk dressing. It's only an appetizer portion, so order two.
316 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

3. Harvest

624 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202
Sorghum cookie sandwiches with buttercream and candied bacon: local, sort-of-seasonal, delicious and definitely Fat Tuesday material.
624 E Market St
Louisville, KY 40202

4. Decca

812 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206
Decadence exists in Decca's duck liver terrine with grilled bread and cherry mostarda. Chef Annie Pettry nicely provides some pickled vegetables that can be used for an "it's healthy!" excuse.
812 E Market St
Louisville, KY 40206

5. Rye On Market

900 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206
"Fat Elvis" delivers chocolate crémeux, salted caramel, rum-macerated bananas and peanuts. Ask for extra caramel.
900 E Market St
Louisville, KY 40206

6. Hammerheads

921 Swan St, Louisville, KY 40204
A plate of pork belly sliders will certainly fill anyone's Fat Tuesday fat quotient.
921 Swan St
Louisville, KY 40204

7. Eiderdown

983 Goss Ave, Louisville, KY 40217
Popcorn made with duck fat, queen of all greasy goodness, goes great with a craft beer (and perhaps some beads).
983 Goss Ave
Louisville, KY 40217

8. Lilly's

1147 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204
Kathy Cary takes already-caloric crème brûlée one step further by wrapping its caramel-crackled custard in puff pastry before serving.
1147 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40204

9. El Camino

1314 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40291
Get ready to grease out gracefully by grabbing a bag of El Camino's puffy, porky chicharrones, sprinkled with queso fresco, onion and cilantro.
1314 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40291