Swanky eatery on the Urban Bourbon Trail in Louisville, Kentucky.
By Hope S. Philbrick
No matter the weather outside, it’s always a blooming garden at Buck’s. Open the door to a bar filled with white flowers among the bourbon bottles.
When the founder opened the restaurant in 1992, he incorporated the white-flowered “moon garden” theme. It’s set off by dark green walls, an eclectic collection of china and piano performances every evening.
Located in the heart of “Old Louisville” in the historic Mayflower building, the location has been home to ten restaurants since 1969.
Locals favor Buck’s for special occasions, but it’s also a welcome dining lunch or dinner treat any day. A member of the Urban Bourbon Trail, you can count on Buck’s for an impressive selection of bourbon.
The eclectic menu offers up a diverse range of options, including vegetarian, Asian, classic American, French and Southern. Choose just an entrée or make it a multi-course meal with additional orders of appetizers, soups, salads, pastas and desserts.
We chose the daily special, a vegetarian Thai creation that delighted the tongue with the ideal balance of spicy and sweet, and Buck’s Hot Brown. This local dish is transformed by every chef who prepares it; at Buck’s it’s comprised of roasted turkey, country ham, Swiss cheese, fried green tomato, whole wheat cheddar garlic bread, Parmesan cream sauce and bacon. It ranks as one of my personal favorite renditions.
Buck’s is more than just a place to get a stamp in your Urban Bourbon Trail passport—though you’ll want to do that, too. It’s where to linger over a meal you’ll long remember, both for its food quality as well as the aromatic ambiance of the place itself.
Buck’s Restaurant & Bar
…in the Mayflower
425 W. Ormsby
Louisville KY 40203
Reservations recommended: 502-637-5284.
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