TGIF Local Lunch Post -Churchill to Catfish, Pizza to Guacamole and a Tour of District 15.

With so much history lining the streets of Louisville’s south end neighborhoods, it’s only fitting that local, independent business would be as natural as the trees, parks, and welcoming  community spirit. From the hustle and bustle of Churchill Downs to the misty quiet of Iroquois Park, there is as much tradition as there is diversity in this part of the Metro.

If you’re going to take advantage of this week’s postcard-perfect spring weather and enjoy a picnic in the park, you’ll want to stock up on food and supplies at Iroquois Manor Value Market at 5301 Mitscher Avenue just off S. Third.  Whether it’s the deli, produce section or vast array of ethnic delights, this store has something for all appetites.

This is Metro Council Week and Councilwoman Marianne Butler steps up to the plate. A dedicated and hands-on representative for her constituents, Butler is active in the Jefferson County Democratic Party as  the 38th legislative district chair.  Public service and volunteerism  have always been at the top of her do-list.

Today, she offers another list – three of her favorite dining establishments as well as a nickel tour of her district. Thanks to the councilwoman and her legislative assistant Susan Hughes for participating in today’s column.

And now, I bring you Marianne Butler:

Si, Senor Iguana's! If you're like me, this is just enough guac fpr a single serving. Travel south of the Metro Louisville border for the flair and fire of Mexico. Esto es lo autentico!

District 15 is  a very unique, diverse area stretching from University of Louisville to Iroquois Park.

As home to one of the most recognizable historical structures in the world – the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs – District 15 residents are happy to host the Kentucky Derby every year since 1875. ”

To fund the construction of the track Col. M. Lewis Clark raised $32,000 by selling 320 membership subscriptions to the track at $100 each.  Eighty acres of land, approximately three miles south of downtown, were leased from Clark’s uncles, John and Henry Churchill.  A clubhouse, grandstand, porter’s lodge and six stables were constructed for the opening of the track.  For his inaugural race meet, Clark designed three major stakes races – the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and Clark Handicap.  These events have been held continuously at Churchill since their debut in 1875.  The winner of the first Kentucky Derby was a three-year-old chestnut colt, Aristides.

On the southern portion, District 15 is home to the largest of the local Olmsted Parks, Iroquois Park, offering a panoramic view of Louisville.  The park spawns 726 acres and offers various amenities that provide diversified outdoor recreation.  Amenities include a 2400 seat amphitheater, frisbee golf course, tennis courts, 20 miles of nature trails, an 18-hole golf course and a splash playground for children of all ages and abilities.  This park offers something for everyone!

On the northern end of District 15 sits Papa John’s Stadium and Patterson Baseball Field.  All home games of the University of Louisville Cardinals take place here.

The only full service hospital west of I-65 is Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital in the heart of District 15.  Serving the south Louisville area for more than a century, Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospitall has literally cared for generations of families in this community.  The 331-bed primary care hospital offers advanced treatment in cancer, cardiac care, lung disease, orthopedic, vascular and general surgery and emergency services.

The network of strong neighborhoods in District 15 gives the area a strong, rich history and a bright future ”

Today’s picks for lunch are:

Senor Iguana’s (Mexican)

3105 S. 2nd Street

502-368-0876

Favorite item:  Beef and Cheese Burrito/Cheese Quesadilla

Masonic Suburban Lodge and Fish Fry No. 740

3901 S. 3rd Street

502-398-3161

Favorite item:  French Fries

Angilo’s Pizza

1725 Berry Blvd.  (Actually across the street from District 15)

502-368-1032

Favorite item: Pepperoni PIzza

Thanks for feeding the local economy!  Drop by for a visit to the TGIF Local Lunch Post page on Facebook! Send us any suggestions for dining, recipes or Kentuckiana restaurant history.

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