All eyes of the thoroughbred-racing world will be on Louisville May 2, 2015 with the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby – the first jewel in racing’s triple crown. Given our love for a different type of gem – unique aviation destinations – our eyes are focused 10 miles east of Churchill Downs on historic Bowman Field (LOU), where we’re betting racing’s elite will join pilots and foodies at the airport’s renowned restaurant, Bistro Le Relais.
For 25 years, Le Relais has attracted patrons to this storied airfield to enjoy classic French and continental fare. Owned by Swiss native Anthony Dike since 1990, a seasonal menu showcases such favorites as escargots, foie gras, steak au poivre, Tuna Nicoise, Bouillabaisse, crème brûlée, and profiteroles. Whether dining in the beautifully restored Art Deco terminal, or on the covered patio overlooking the field, every meal is a feast for the eyes at Louisville’s famed French restaurant.
Established in 1919, Bowman is one of the longest continuously operating, general aviation airports in the U.S. The beautiful art deco Administration Building (and terminal) is one of three structures at LOU on the National Register of Historic Places. During WWII, Bowman was known as “Air Base City” and more than 1,600 recruits underwent basic training here. Today, this popular general aviation airport has 200 aircraft on the field and an equal number of daily aircraft operations.
Le Relais serves dinner Tuesday through Sunday, beginning at 5:30. For reservations call (502) 451-9020.