Tables at fine-dining restaurants are known for their fancy white-linen outfits, unlike tables in home kitchens, which are notorious for wearing sweatpants. Dress up for a nice meal with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of upscale bistro fare at The English Grill.
The English Grill’s culinary gurus, helmed by chef Laurent Géroli, infuse a menu of American fare with upscale flourishes, such as meal-prefacing portions of crab cakes sidled up next to figs and dried-apricot chutney ($16). Nestle chompers into Angus beef rib-eye au poivre, which arrives with roasted shallots and cremini mushrooms snuggled together beneath a blanket of Maker’s Mark 46 peppercorn sauce ($34). The Hot Brown, the Brown Hotel’s signature sandwich previously featured on the Travel Channel's Man vs. Food, constructs stacks of mornay-sauce-anointed roasted turkey breast atop a foundation of toast points and is served open face ($22) to better facilitate diner-sandwich communication. A hefty wine list composed of 200 Dionysian delights waits to wash down savory flavors.
Snuggled in the historic Brown Hotel, The English Grill’s oak paneling and stained-glass windows channel the downtown Louisville restaurants of bygone days and distract diners as Louisville ghosts of bygone days sneak sips of wine.
The English Grill
A veteran of international hotel kitchens, newly appointed Executive Chef James Adams upholds his philosophy of fine cuisine with fresh, quality ingredients while imbuing his upscale American fare with a local spin at The English Grill. The decor at his restaurant honors the elegance of the historic building in which it lives—the 90-year-old Brown Hotel—with varnished wood pillars, oak paneling, and stained-glass windows. In fact, Chef James Adams even cooks up the hotel's de facto trademark, the Hot Brown sandwich—an open-faced masterpiece stacked high with turkey, bacon, and a delicate Mornay sauce. Lauded by publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Southern Living Magazine, and the Travel Channel's Man vs. Food, the time-honored treat has been attracting guests for more than 85 years.
The Hot Brown isn't The English Grill's only epicurean triumph. Chef James Adams and his staff curate the seasonal menus with contemporary cuisine, complementing diverse flavors with the spicy corks of more than 200 wines. The English Grill has garnered a prestigious AAA Four-Diamond rating and impressed Esquire food and wine critic John Mariani so much that he has called it "one of the finest restaurants in the United States."