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Louisville's 9 Most Iconic Sandwiches

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That dictionary on your Mac says a sandwich is "an item of food consisting of two pieces of bread with meat, cheese, or other filling between them, eaten as a light meal." Ever the iconoclasts though, Louisvillians have destroyed that definition like a horse with two broken legs at the track. One of Louisville's nine most iconic sandwiches uses just one slice of bread, another doesn't use bread at all. And there's nothing light about any of them.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Hot Brown at J. Graham's Cafe

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335 West Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202
Created at the Brown Hotel in the 1920s, the Hot Brown is not one of those sophisticated sexual maneuvers listed in an email forward but rather an open-faced turkey sandwich with bacon and a delicate Mornay sauce.

2. Country Ham Sandwich at Morris' Liquors & Deli

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2228 Taylorsville Road
Lousiville, KY 40206
(502) 458-1668
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In town last December to shoot an episode of "Bizarre Foods America" about Kentucky, Morris's country ham sandwich got discussed, photographed and eaten by host Andrew Zimmern. Honorable mention to Morris's reuben, which LEO Weekly deemed "the best sandwich in the city" in 2009.

3. Fried Bologna at Lil Cheezers's

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938 Baxter Avenue
Louisville, KY 40204
The fried bologna, "two thick cut fried bologna steaks with your choice of cheese" at this food truck-cum-sandwich shop does the regional specialty proud.

4. Pimento Cheese Sandwich at Wagner's Pharmacy

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3113 South 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40214
A sandwich so iconic, during Derby week, Louisville hosts a contest dedicated to its main ingredient.

5. Cheesesteak at Danny Mac's Pizza

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1567 South Shelby Street
Louisville, KY 40217
(502) 635-7994
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In Germantown and Schnitzelburg, Danny Mac, both the restaurant and the man, are icons. And Louisville Hot Bytes posters repeatedly called his cheesesteak, named "the greatest," just that.

6. Gyro at Zaytun Mediterranean Grill

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2286 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40205
(502) 365-1788
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The only argument to be had over Zaytun's gyro is over what part's better: the soft bread or the juicy meat.

7. Fish Sandwich at Mike Linnig's

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9308 Cane Run Road
Louisville, KY 40258
The fish sandwich (two pieces) is so iconic, it's an annual ride onto itself at the Kentucky State Fair.

8. Benedictine BLT at Cheddar Box Too

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3909 Chenoweth Square
St Matthews, KY
(502) 893-2324
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Louisvillian caterer Jennie Benedict invented the eponymous spread at the turn of the century. More recently, the Cheddar Box's benedictine BLT was featured in the Food Network's magazine.

9. Double Down at KFC

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1004 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 451-5563
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542,000. No, it's not the number of calories in the Double Down, it's the number of results in a Google search for the bunless wonder.

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1. The Hot Brown at J. Graham's Cafe

335 West Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202
Created at the Brown Hotel in the 1920s, the Hot Brown is not one of those sophisticated sexual maneuvers listed in an email forward but rather an open-faced turkey sandwich with bacon and a delicate Mornay sauce.
335 West Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202

2. Country Ham Sandwich at Morris' Liquors & Deli

2228 Taylorsville Road, Lousiville, KY 40206
In town last December to shoot an episode of "Bizarre Foods America" about Kentucky, Morris's country ham sandwich got discussed, photographed and eaten by host Andrew Zimmern. Honorable mention to Morris's reuben, which LEO Weekly deemed "the best sandwich in the city" in 2009.
2228 Taylorsville Road
Lousiville, KY 40206

3. Fried Bologna at Lil Cheezers's

938 Baxter Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204
The fried bologna, "two thick cut fried bologna steaks with your choice of cheese" at this food truck-cum-sandwich shop does the regional specialty proud.
938 Baxter Avenue
Louisville, KY 40204

4. Pimento Cheese Sandwich at Wagner's Pharmacy

3113 South 4th Street, Louisville, KY 40214
A sandwich so iconic, during Derby week, Louisville hosts a contest dedicated to its main ingredient.
3113 South 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40214

5. Cheesesteak at Danny Mac's Pizza

1567 South Shelby Street, Louisville, KY 40217
In Germantown and Schnitzelburg, Danny Mac, both the restaurant and the man, are icons. And Louisville Hot Bytes posters repeatedly called his cheesesteak, named "the greatest," just that.
1567 South Shelby Street
Louisville, KY 40217

6. Gyro at Zaytun Mediterranean Grill

2286 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205
The only argument to be had over Zaytun's gyro is over what part's better: the soft bread or the juicy meat.
2286 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40205

7. Fish Sandwich at Mike Linnig's

9308 Cane Run Road, Louisville, KY 40258
The fish sandwich (two pieces) is so iconic, it's an annual ride onto itself at the Kentucky State Fair.
9308 Cane Run Road
Louisville, KY 40258

8. Benedictine BLT at Cheddar Box Too

3909 Chenoweth Square, St Matthews, KY
Louisvillian caterer Jennie Benedict invented the eponymous spread at the turn of the century. More recently, the Cheddar Box's benedictine BLT was featured in the Food Network's magazine.
3909 Chenoweth Square
St Matthews, KY

9. Double Down at KFC

1004 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40204
542,000. No, it's not the number of calories in the Double Down, it's the number of results in a Google search for the bunless wonder.
1004 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40204