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29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Who wants to celebrate the Oaks?

Cait White

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1. You’ll Be The One That Brings The Bourbon To Gatherings

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: Flickr user jmdillree

What? People seriously prefer red wine or vodka? No matter, you’ll bring the bourbon and everyone will love you.

2. It’s Your Job Now To Teach Everyone How To Pronounce Louisville Correctly

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: Giphy.com

It’s not Louie-Ville, it’s not Lou-iss-ville. Say it with me: Loo-a-vuhl.

3. Everyone Will Want To Visit You For Derby Day

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: Kentucky Derby via Facebook

As soon as you say you’re from Louisville, all your new friends will start planning your next visit home around the Kentucky Derby, with them tagging along of course.

4. But No One Else Will Know About The Oaks

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: Flickr user gavinrobinson

You know better, of course, and you’ll try to convince out-of-towners that they really want to head back to Louisville for the Kentucky Oaks. But yes, they can still wear fun hats.

5. Ask For An Ale-8 And You’ll Get Weird Looks

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: Ale-8-One Bottling Company via Facebook

These weird looks could also be blank stares because no, no one else knows what the wonderfulness of Ale-8 is.

6. You’ll Convince New Friends To Come Home For Forecastle

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: Forecastle Festival via Facebook

And they should just trust you on this one because Forecastle Festival is the best and you can’t bear to miss it.

7. No Breakfast Will Be As Good As Hillbilly Tea Or Toast On Market

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: Hillbilly Tea via Facebook

Even if you didn’t love tea, you loved Hillbilly Tea, and you’ll miss both spots so much when you wake up Sunday morning looking for a Bloody Mary and a big breakfast.

8. Finding Someone To Hook You Up With Moonshine Will Be Nearly Impossible

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: Flickr user Simon Cousins

“So, who’s our moonshine source?” you’ll ask, and everyone will look at you weird. Say goodbye to your moonshine indulgence because unless you want to try yourself, no one will be able to get it to you.

9. Not Every Bar Is Open Until 4 A.M.

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: Magnolia Bar via Facebook

What is this? A 12:45 last call? You’ll probably get some better sleep, but you’ll miss bars, like Magnolia, that are open till basically first thing in the morning.

10. Bar Crawls Everywhere Else Are Kind Of Pathetic

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: Bambi Bar Louisville, KY via Facebook

If you’ve been on the Bambi Walk, you can dominate any other bar crawl absolutely no problem, and then you’ll spend the time talking about how much harder the Bambi Walk is.

11. No One Will Understand Your Hatred Of Indiana No Matter How Hard You Try To Explain

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: MemeGenerator.net

You’ll try to hate on Indiana, but you’ll have a hard time explaining just why, and no one outside of Louisville will get it. It’s not just basketball, really.

12. You Won’t Find Another Place Like Homemade Ice Cream And Pie Kitchen

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen via Facebook

Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen is a godsend, with the most delicious pies, cakes, baked goods, fresh churned ice cream, and even sandwiches at lunch time. You won’t find another place like this no matter where you are.

13. When People Get KFC, You’ll Set Them Straight

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: Flickr user Tex Batmart

You know what real Kentucky fried chicken is, and KFC is not it.

14. When You Meet Someone From Home, You’ll Ask UK Or U of L

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: University of Louisville via Facebook

There’s a dividing line in Louisville, and it’s the University of Kentucky versus University of Louisville. No matter how long you’ve been away from home, when you meet someone from the area, you’ll ask what side they’re on.

15. In The Morning, You’ll Crave Highland Coffee

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: Highland Coffee Company via Facebook

Louisville runs on Highland Coffee, so when you leave town, you’ll search high and low for a caffeine fix that can satisfy your craving for the star cup.

16. When Summer Hits, You’ll Be Desperate For Comfy Cow

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: The Comfy Cow via Facebook

When the weather heats up, all you want is a big waffle cone full of Simply Southern. Why does no other place have the glorious mixture of Georgia Butter Pecan ice cream, pecan pie pieces, chocolate chips, and bourbon?


17. No Other Grocery Stores Carry Benedictine Spread

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: Flickr user VividImageInc

If you ask for Benedictine Spread in the grocery store, the clerk will have no idea what you’re talking about.

18. You’ll Find Yourself Pointing Out Louisville Sluggers

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: Flickr user Lou & Traci Plus

That hometown pride will show itself in how you’ll make sure to point out anytime you see sports equipment made by hometown favorite Louisville Slugger.

19. No One Else Knows What A Hot Brown Is And It’s Depressing

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: Visit Louisville via Facebook

Before you used to debate on the best place for a Hot Brown and now you’re stuck explaining to people what a Hot Brown is and desperately trying to see if they can be shipped to your new home.

20. Leaving Louisville Will Make You Forget What Allergies Are

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: MemeKid.com

Suddenly, you’re not a sneezing, sniffling, eye-itching mess because it turns out, Louisville is one of the worst places for allergies. Breathe in!

21. Frying Isn’t The Only Way To Prepare Fish

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: Flickr user Jen SFO-CFN

Broiled, grilled, baked? Yeah, there are all kinds of ways to prepare fish, not just fried.

22. People Will Assume Louisville Is Small

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: Louisville.com via Facebook

And you will spend your time correcting them.

23. You’ll Jump On Any Chance To Rave About Muhammad Ali

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: Muhammad Ali Center via Facebook

If boxing comes up in conversation (and even when it doesn’t), you’ll find yourself going on a monologue about how great Muhammad Ali is. Can’t hide that hometown pride.

24. Not Using Your Turn Signal Might Actually Get You In An Accident

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: Giphy.com

So that lever on the side of your steering wheel? That’s your turn signal, and you’re going to have to start using it or you’ll get honked at a lot… or die.

25. Eating A Cheeseburger? Time To Bring Up Louisville

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: Flickr user Seth Glickman

Any time you’re in McDonalds or grilling up some burgers at home, you’ll find a way to mention that your beloved hometown is home of the cheeseburger.

26. At Lunch, You’ll Think Of Hammerheads

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: Hammerheads via Facebook

When noon rolls around and you’re feeling the lunchtime hunger set in, you’ll do absolutely anything to grab a bite at one of your favorite spots back home.

27. There Aren’t Bridges Everywhere

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: Visit Louisville via Facebook

In Louisville, you have to cross a bridge to get just about anywhere, so you just kind of get used to it. But most people do not have to deal with this.

28. All Other Fireworks Shows Will Be A Letdown

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: Thunder Over Louisville via Facebook

So it may not change much from year to year, but Thunder Over Louisville has pretty much ruined you for any rinky-dink fireworks show you’ll see somewhere else.

29. Most Places Cheer More For Pro Teams Than College

29 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Louisville

Source: University of Louisville Men’s Basketball via Facebook

Louisville is basketball country and college sports country in general. So when people get really excited about their pro baseball team or pro football team, you just won’t understand.

What do you miss about Louisville? Tell us in the comments below!

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posted on: February 19, 2015
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17 Comments

  1. C. Held

    It is LouiEville, unless you have a mouth full muffin or you are just lazy.

  2. Janene

    We miss the Suburban fish fry on Saturday night down on Third St. Near the track. Pickled onions, too! Mmmm mmm!

  3. Ren

    Unfortunately, this article seems to forget a whole other half of Louisville. Not everyone lives in the Highlands.

  4. Chris

    Not only do people ask UK vs UL but in louisville it seems no one cares where you went to college… When someone asks where you went to school they mean High School. Someone who lives here now but didn’t goto HS here I find this crazy!

  5. Kathy

    Born and raised in Louisville. I miss everything about Loo-a-vuhl. I’m stuck in Florida, wishing someone would buy my house or send me the money
    so I could afford to move back “home”. I want White Castles !!!!!!

  6. Kim

    I miss Mike Linnings and Moby Dick. I also miss the KY State Fair.

  7. Jim white

    I grew up in the highlands, we had Cherokee A.C. A 16 and under team that whuped ass on everyone…

  8. Monique

    Exactly Ren! I was born and raised in Louisville and have been gone 9 yrs and I haven’t heard half of these restaurants. However, I do miss Indi’s!! Lol I think they should do one for black folk who left Louisville, our list would be much different! Lol

  9. Jan

    Moved here 2 years ago from Boston (29 years). I can’t imagine not being able to get Seelbach Hilton Hotel’s frickles. Best ever!

  10. lisa

    I missed Makers Mark, Big Red, White Castles, and Bloomers Chili Base! NO Makers in Atlanta??????? what?????? What the heck is a Krystals??? YUCK!! I need a great pot of chili. What!!! $18. to ship me one $1.79 chili base????? what………. Had to move back to Louisville!

  11. Lisa

    And no bingo?????????? Go to the VFW spend $25. and play for 45 minutes. What???? Wow

  12. anon

    You are clearly not from Loo-a-vuhl

  13. Paul

    “you have to cross a bridge to get just about anywhere”????!!! Only if you’re leaving!

  14. Dan

    Lazy? Not hardly!! When I moved to Louisville in Nineteen and Sixty-Seven, the first thing I did was go to Kroger and buy a 50 pound bag of marshmallows. One in each cheek twice a day for almost a year to practice saying Lu-a-vul is what it took to get it right. That’s a lot of work!!

  15. Martha Lynn Klapheke Nelson Fazio

    Born in Louisville. My parents are buried there. #11 Indiana, “Serious plans for a canal circulated throughout the early 1800s, with Cincinnatians in particular advocating a northern route through Indiana in order to blunt competition from Louisville. Canal companies were chartered by the state legislatures of both Kentucky and Indiana in 1805, but nothing came of either effort.”…” Charles Thurston of Louisville sponsored a bill to charter the private Louisville and Portland Canal Company. The charter established an initial toll of 20¢ per ton, permitted the company to operate the canal in perpetuity, and granted it powers of eminent domain over land necessary to the canal’s construction”

  16. Ron

    its good to go back home from sc. And it’s bloomer’s chili base. Nothing like it here.

  17. Steve

    All true except for #5 & 6. Ale8 is crap and Forecastle is for hippies. #24 except in MI and OH; #25 is difficult to believe so don’t mention it; #26 – never been to Hammerheads so no; #27 is just stupid – been to chicago? To Dan’s comment above, still pronouncing with too many syllables, it’s Lu-vul.

 

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