All week, we're bringing you tips for how to do the Kentucky Derby like a local. Nothing says "local" like ordering a box lunch for your trip to Oaks or Derby.
A trip to the track is an all-day affair. When you think of a trip to the Derby, of course, you think of sipping mint juleps. From a practical perspective, however, several hours at the track require more provisions than just cocktails. Of course, you can order food and drinks at the track. A lot of folks find it much easier and more economical to order a boxed lunch from one of Louisville's favorite restaurants.
The food guidelines for Churchill Downs allow the following:
- Food items in clear plastic bags (maximum size 18” X 18” - no trash bags)
- “Box” lunches in clear plastic bags or containers (maximum size 18” X 18” - no trash bags)
- Water and soft drinks – plastic bottles only (sealed, clear and unopened)
Here in the Derby City, our favorite restaurants find a way to accommodate most every taste or dietary restriction. You can order from chains like Panera or Chick-fil-a, grocery stores like Whole Foods, or one of our wonderful local spots. The best offerings I've seen have been from Stevens & Stevens Deli, The Cafe, Ghyslain, and Plehn's.
If you haven't already, go ahead and call in your order now!