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610 Magnolia - Louisville, KY

Q & A with Chef Edward Lee

Q. For visitors coming to Louisville, please tell us about 610 Magnolia:

A. 610 Magnolia is a fine dining restaurant, located in the heart of historic Old Louisville, housed in a historic and charming carriage house. We juxtapose this old world charm with modern Southern cuisine to create a truly unique dining experience where homey Southern ingredients like grits, rhubarb and sorghum mingle happily with global spices, modern cooking techniques and unexpected pairings like Skate Wing and Bacon. We offer a three, four or six course dining option every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening. Reservations are required. 

Q. Do you draw from your own background for inspiration and how do you incorporate it presently? 

A. I always use my Korean background as a different vocabulary that I can draw from when I want to tell a slightly different story with my dishes.  Something as simple as finishing grits with a few dashes of soy sauce bring a depth and layer to the plate without making it outright Asian or global.  But it's a flavor that is thought-provoking, yet familiar to most palates.

Q. What local ingredients do you never tire of using?

A. Rhubarb, sorghum, bourbon.

Advice / Tips

Q. What are some kitchen shortcuts that home cooks would love to know about? 

A. I use pressure cookers at home to achieve restaurant quality braises and stews in a fraction of the time.



Churchill Downs

New American

610 W Magnolia Avenue

Louisville, KY 40208

T: 502.636.0783



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FIND | Resources - Magazines & Websites

The Art Of Eating Magazine by Ed Behr

The best (and maybe only) publication out there for thoughtful food writing.

Garden & Gun

It’s great to keep up with what's going on in the South, I always learn something new with each issue.

So Good

A cutting edge pastry magazine for the intrepid pastry chef.

Ideas In Food (

A great blog that has some of the most creative techniques I've seen come out of a home kitchen.

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Chef Edward Lee’s Louisville

Find | Markets

Bardstown Farmers Market

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Louisville Farmers Markets

Farmers markets here in Louisville are great. There's one somewhere every day of the week. The produce here is some of the best I've ever seen, and it gets better every year. 

Lexington Farmers Markets

On Saturday afternoons, they have one of the biggest farmers markets in the region, and I'll often make the drive over there just to see what's shaking.

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Eat | Restaurants

I like small, poorly lit ethnic restaurants where English is a second language. To that end, there are places in town from Pakistani to Vietnamese to Iranian to Mexican holes-in-the-wall. Most of these places have a sign that I can't read and I order whatever is looking good at the other tables.


For Indian.

Pho Bin Min

For Vietnamese.

La Tropicana Market

For Mexican.

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Where Chefs Eat

Holy Grale

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Holy Grale

A great beer bar that has creative bar food.


A new place in Germantown that makes good pub food. 

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Where The Locals Eat

Jack Fry’s

A wonderful speakeasy-vibe restaurant with an incredible sense of history.

Wagner's Pharmacy

If you are in the horse business, you will go to Wagner's Pharmacy for a greasy spoon lunch and to talk shop.

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Off The Beaten Track | Franco's Soul Food Restaurant on Dixie Highway

A terrible location for a restaurant, but the best fried chicken in the city, hands down (sorry KFC).

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Find. Eat. Drink. | Quintessential Louisville Spots

Churchill Downs | A Sandwich At Blue Dog Bakery

Photograph Credit: Erin Pettigrew [flickr] | Blue Bog Bakery

1) Grab a beer at any of the Irish bars on Bardstown Road

2) A day at the track at Churchill Downs

3) An espresso and sandwich at Blue Dog Bakery

4) A walk through Cherokee Park

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New York, NY

Eat | Restaurants

Must Hit Spots

Dumplings at Joe’s Shanghai | Hot Dogs at Crif Dog

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Joe’s Shanghai

In Chinatown -- I miss the juicy dumplings.

Crif Dogs

I'll always stop in one time for my bacon wrapped deep fried dog.


For a sandwich.

Chef Koji Hagihara of Hakata Tonton

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Hakata Tonton

In the West Village -- for pig's feet dumplings.

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Katz’s Deli

There's nothing better than a corned beef sandwich at Katz's in the morning.

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Drink | Cocktails

Pegu Club

I always try to make Pegu Club for their Kill-Devil cocktail.

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Eat | Chefs

Poole’s Diner [North Carolina] | Ashely Christensen

She takes comforting food to a whole new level.

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Pappy Van Winkle Rye | Willett Family | Rowan’s Creek | Noah’s Mill

Pappy Van Winkle

Still the king, but if you find their Rye Whiskey, that's like finding gold.

Willett Family

They do an awesome line of bourbons: Rowan's Creek, Noah's Mill and their vintage aged bourbons.

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