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Visit Kentucky restaurants featured on the show

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“Top Chef” fans who tune into the show’s 16th season can expect to get a broad taste of Kentucky culture, with episodes featuring iconic destinations such as Churchill Downs and the Maker’s Mark distillery.

But the only real way to experience the state is to visit it. So for those of you who inevitably get called to Kentucky – or who are interested in exploring new parts of the state – we’ve compiled a list of all of the places featured in the show.

Below, find information on the locations where judges dined during production, where contestants tackled various challenges and where guest chefs can be found running their kitchens’ lines.

We’ll update this list as new episodes air.

Challenge locations

Churchill Downs 

This famous horse track, which is home to the Kentucky Derby, served as the location of a quickfire challenge in Episode 1.

  • Address: 700 Central Ave., Louisville
  • Hours: The track’s upcoming spring meet runs April 30 through June 29.
  • Price: General admission starts at $3 per adult for spring, September and fall meets. The on-site Kentucky Derby Museum costs an extra $8 to $15 per person.
  • More info: Visit churchilldowns.com and derbymuseum.org.

The Henry Clay

This historic building served as the location of a Derby-themed elimination challenge in Episode 1 with Churchill Downs executive chef David Danielson guest judging. The building – at 604 S. 3rd Street in Louisville – offers rental space for weddings, corporate outings and social events. It is not regularly open to the public.

Maker’s Mark

This bourbon distillery served as the location of an elimination challenge in Episode 2. Chef Newman Miller, who leads the distillery’s on-site restaurant Star Hill Provisions, acted as a guest judge.

  • Address: 3350 Burks Spring Road, Loretto
  • Hours: The distillery offers tours from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Star Hill Provisions is open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.
  • Price: Tours cost $14 per adult, $10 for retired military/veterans and $5 for anyone under 21. Entrees at Star Hill Provisions cost between $10 and $13.
  • More info: Visit makersmark.com.

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Seelbach Hotel

This historic hotel was a known haunt for F. Scott Fitzgerald and Al Capone in the Prohibition era. Its basement venue, The Rathskeller, served as the location of an elimination challenge in Episode 6.

  • Address: 500 S. Fourth St., Louisville
  • Hours: Grab a meal at Gatsby’s on Fourth seven days a week, open various times between 6:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. Or grab a drink at the Old Seelbach Bar, open various times between noon and 1 a.m. daily.
  • Price: Dinner and drinks are higher end, with entrees running between $25 and $48. But if you just want a small bite at the bar, appetizers start at $9.
  • More info: Visit seelbachhilton.com.

Keeneland

This bucolic horse track is located in Lexington – Kentucky’s second largest city.

  • Address: 4201 Versailles Road, Lexington
  • Hours: The track’s spring race meet runs April 5-26 and fall race meet runs Oct. 4-26.
  • Price: General admission is $5 per adult. Children 12 and under are admitted free.
  • More info: Visit keeneland.com.

Lake Cumberland

This lake in south central Kentucky is known as the “Houseboat Capital of the World.”

Muhammad Ali Center

This museum honors Louisville native and boxing champion Muhammad Ali.

  • Address: 144 N. Sixth St., Louisville
  • Hours: Exhibits are open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
  • Price: Admission is $14 per person, with discounts for seniors, military members, students and children under 12.
  • More info: Visit alicenter.org.

Rupp Arena

This venue in downtown Lexington is home to the University of Kentucky basketball team. It was the site of an elimination challenge with guest judge Coach John Calipari.

  • Address: 430 W. Vine St., Lexington
  • Hours: Vary by event
  • Price: Varies by event
  • More info: Find upcoming concerts, basketball games and more at rupparena.com.

Decca Restaurant

This restaurant is owned by former “Top Chef” competitor Annie Pettry.

  • Address: 812 E. Market St., Louisville
  • Hours: 5:30-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday
  • Price: Entrees start at $28, with starter and middle courses falling between $12 and $17. On a budget? Try the bar bites in the restaurant’s “Cellar.” 
  • More info: Visit deccarestaurant.com.

Guest chefs’ restaurants

Butchertown Grocery

Upscale restaurant serving New American fare. See beverage director Nic Christiansen in Episode 6.

  • Address: 1076 E. Washington St., Louisville
  • Hours: 5-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
  • Price: Entrees range from $18 to $65.
  • More info: Visit butchertowngrocery.com.

610 Magnolia

Upscale, seasonally-focused restaurant owned by former “Top Chef” contestant Ed Lee.

  • Address: 610 Magnolia Ave., Louisville
  • Hours: 6-9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday
  • Price: $75 per person for a four course dinner or $95 per person for a six course dinner. Wine pairings are an extra $55 to $75 per person.
  • More info: Reservations required. Call 502-636-0783 or email manager@610magnolia.com. Visit 610magnolia.com for additional info. 

Freight House 

Farm-to-table restaurant owned by contestant Sara Bradley.

  • Address: 330 S. Third St., #102, Paducah
  • Hours: Opens at 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
  • Price: Entrees range from $16 to $46.
  • More info: Visit freighthousefood.com.

Holly Hill Inn

Fine dining restaurant owned by guest judge Ouita Michel.

  • Address: 426 N. Winter St., Midway
  • Hours: Opens at 5:30 p..m. Wednesday-Saturday
  • More info: Visit hollyhillinn.com.

Honeywood

Upscale Southern restaurant owned by guest judge Ouita Michel.

  • Address: 110 Summit at Fritz Farm, Suite 140, Lexington
  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday
  • Price: Entrees fall between $11 and $30.
  • More info: Visit honeywoodrestaurant.com.

Lilly’s Bistro

Farm-to-table restaurant owned by guest judge Kathy Cary.

  • Address: 1147 Bardstown Road, Louisville
  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m and 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
  • Price: Menu changes seasonally with entrees falling between $18 and $34.
  • More info: Visit lillysbistro.com.

Midway Bakery

Cafe owned by guest judge Ouita Michel.

  • Address: 510 S. Winter St. Midway
  • Hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Price: Single serve sweets and sandwiches fall between $1.50 and $7.50.
  • More info: Visit themidwaybakery.com.

Milkwood

Southern-inspired restaurant owned by former “Top Chef” contestant Ed Lee.

  • Address: 316 W. Main St., Louisville
  • Hours: 5:30-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 5:30-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 5:30-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Price: Entrees between $12 and $26.
  • More info: Reservations recommended. Visit milkwoodrestaurant.com.

Smithtown Seafood

Seafood restaurant owned by guest judge Ouita Michel.

  • Address: 119 Marion St., Suite 160, Lexington
  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday
  • Price: Sandwiches, tacos and platters between $2.99 and $14.99.
  • More info: Visit smithtownseafood.com.

Wallace Station 

Deli-style restaurant owned by guest judge Ouita Michel.

  • Address: 3854 Old Frankfort Pike, Versailles
  • Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday-Saturday
  • Price: Sandwiches and dinner plates between $7.99 and $15.99.
  • More info: Visit wallacestation.com.

Whiskey Dry 

Classic American restaurant owned by former “Top Chef” contestant Ed Lee.

  • Address: 412 S. Fourth St., Louisville
  • Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Price: Burgers and big plates run between $12 and $35.
  • More info: Visit whiskeydryrestaurant.com.

Windy Corner Market 

Casual Southern restaurant owned by guest judge Ouita Michel.

  • Address: 4595 Bryan Station Road, Lexington
  • Hours: 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Price: Sandwiches, burgers and baskets between $7.99 and $14.99.
  • More info: Visit windycornermarket.com.

Zim’s Cafe

Breakfast, lunch and dinner cafe owned by guest judge Ouita Michel.

  • Address: 215 W. Main St., Lexington
  • Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
  • Price: Sandwiches, baskets and entrees ranging between $7.99 and $14.99.
  • More info: Visit zimscafe.com.

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Judges’ picks 

The Barrel of Fun Ice Cream 

Judge Graham Elliot took his kids to this local ice cream stand while in town.

Baxter Avenue Theatres

Host Padma Lakshmi caught “Oceans 8” at this movie theater in between shoots.

  • Address: 1250 Bardstown Road, Louisville
  • Hours: Movies typically scheduled between 1 p.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Price: Adult tickets cost between $7.50 and $10. All-day Tuesday special is $5.75 per person.
  • More info: Visit village8.com/baxter_home.htm.

Feast BBQ

This barbecue restaurant was the first stop for host Padma Lakshmi.

  • Address: 909 E. Market St. and 10318 Taylorsville Road, Louisville
  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday-Saturday on Market Street; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Sunday on Taylorsville Road
  • Price: Entrees start at $8.95. Buy meats on a sandwich, in a half-pound plate or by the pound.
  • More info: Visit feastbbq.com

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Garage Bar 

Host Padma Lakshmi stopped by this downtown Louisville bar, known for its funky outdoor space and brick oven pizzas.

  • Address: 700 E. Market St., Louisville
  • Hours: 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; and 4-10 p.m. Sunday with lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Price: Pizzas run between $11 and $16.
  • More info: Visit garageonmarket.com.

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

  • Address: 800 W. Main St., Louisville
  • Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
  • Price: $15 per adult and $8 per child, ages 6-12
  • More info: Visit sluggermuseum.com.

Lueberry Acai

Host Padma Lakshmi stopped by this acai bowl restaurant during production.

  • Address: 808 E. Main St., Louisville
  • Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Price: Bowls, smoothies and super toast run $5 to $9.
  • More infoVisit facebook.com/Lueberryacai.

Muth’s Candies

Judge Graham Elliot stopped by this sweet shop during production.

  • Address: 630 E. Market St., Louisville
  • Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
  • Price: Boxed chocolates start at $8.95. (But make sure to try the shop’s modjeskas, with boxes starting at $10.50.)
  • More info: Visit muthscandy.com.

Play Louisville

Host Padma Lakshimi visited this gay dance club during PRIDE Week.

  • Address: 1101 E. Washington St., Louisville
  • Hours: 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. Sunday
  • Price: $10 cover charge on weekends, varying prices for scheduled shows
  • More info: Visit playdancebar.com/index.php/play-louisville.

Please & Thank You

Host Padma Lakshmi and head judge Tom Colicchio both stopped by this coffee shop, known for its gooey chocolate chip cookies.

  • Address: Three locations in Louisville: 800 E. Market St.; 2341 Frankfort Ave. and 252 E. Market St.
  • Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at all locations.
  • Price: Drinks start at $2.50. Cookies start at $2.
  • More info: Visit pleaseandthankyoulouisville.com.

Red Hog

Judge Graham Elliot grabbed pimento cheese from this local butcher shop and restaurant while in town.

  • Address: 2622 Frankfort Ave., Louisville
  • Hours: Butcher shop open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Restaurant open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Price: The limited restaurant menu features sandwiches from $13 to $15 and specials from $18 to $20.
  • More info: Visit redhogartisanmeat.com.

Royals Hot Chicken

Host Padma Lakshmi and judge Graham Elliot stopped here during one of their first weeks in town.

  • Address: 736 E. Market St., Louisville
  • Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Price: Snacks start at $5 while plates start at $7.50
  • More info: Visit royalshotchicken.com.

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