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J Grahams Cafe

335 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202-2105 (Central Business District)
502-583-1234
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Ranked #96 of 1,481 restaurants in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Central Business District
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Central Business District
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English first
Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Been to the Louisville area a few times and would see the "Hot Brown" on some menus. Finally had a chance to go to the originator. What a sandwich, real roasted turkey, bacon, cheese and Mornay sauce. The sandwich came out very hot from the broiler. It's a large and tasty sandwich. They do tell you up front that the... More

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Cincinnati
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146 reviews 146 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

The Hot Brown was invented here... So my wife, a lover of Hot Brown, thoroughly enjoyed it. I tried it. If you think you've had a Hot brown, you haven't unless you've dined at the Brown Hotel! Awesome. The Kale Salad with Salmon was great, too. So it's a beautiful spot with a great Food. Bonus: free valet parking while... More

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Frankenmuth, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I've had the French toast for breakfast twice this week and it was delicious. The burger at lunch today was absolutely amazing! I'm thoroughly impressed with the food at this restaurant.

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Visited J. Graham's with girlfriends after a fun shopping trip in the area. Several of us shared Hot Brown's and weren't disappointed - half of the sandwich was plenty and the café splits it and plates it separately. Delicious and very filling! Be sure to step out and tour the gorgeous hotel, the prettiest I've seen in L'ville yet. The... More

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Fargo, North Dakota
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82 reviews 82 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

I decided to have a Hot Brown for lunch at the place where it all started. It did not disappoint! The café is lovely and quiet. The wait staff was friendly and efficient. The host was a bit stuffy, but I don't think he wanted to seat just one person. The dining room was beautiful, well appointed and comfortable. It... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

In the past the food and service here were great. Now the food was good, but not great. It seems as if the lunch menu has grown smaller. Yes, the Hot Brown is a great dish, but the others should be as good. The last time we ate there (on a Sunday afternoon, mainly because everything else in the area... More

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Pittsburgh PA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

We had to come here to sample the world-famous Hot Brown sandwich. It did NOT disappoint. It was huge and delicious. The turkey was perfectly cooked, the sauce was amazing, the toast was great, the whole thing was so good that the bacon almost seemed unnecessary. And when can you ever say that? Be warned, it took ~20 minutes to... More

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Columbia, Tennessee
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Need I say more? If you are in Louisville, be sure to visit J Graham's at The Brown Hotel for this delicious bit of local history. Exceptional service and lovely surroundings - we will definitely visit again.

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nashville
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256 reviews 256 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

We went to the wonderful Brown Hotel thur Living Social and had two Hot Browns for lunch we were very disappointed would have liked it if the turkey had been sliced thinner and had been warmer I would have send it back but it took so long to get our food as it was and it was after 2pm so... More

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Brad W, General Manager at J Grahams Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your candid comments regarding your experience in our Café. The Hotel has been serving our famous Hot Brown sandwich since 1926, with great success. I am so sorry we missed the mark on your visit. Please let me know when you return and I will personally ensure that you have the hottest Hot Brown ever... More

Columbia KY
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43 reviews 43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

We returned again for a lunch that is both elegant and casual. The food is very good and well presented. Very nice selection and well priced

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