Amon's Sugar Shack – Somerset
523 South Highway 27 - 606 679-7130
A donut shop and restaurant, but primarily a bakery, in business since 1951. Stop on by! Opens 5am Monday-Saturday, and 7am on Sunday. Was featured in Southern Living Magazine. Try the pimento cheese spread.
Back Home Restaurant – Elizabethtown
251 West Dixie Avenue - 270 769-2800
Building was constructed in 1872. Try the Hot Brown, pimento cheese, beans & cornbread, or a slab of pie. Other favorites are country ham, country-fried steak, and homemade cobblers.
Beaumont Inn - Harrodsburg
638 Beaumont Drive - 859 734-3381
A B&B with a Restaurant and a Tavern. Try the aged country ham and divine spoonbread.
Bon Ton Mini Mart - Henderson
2036 Madison Street - 270 826-1207
Boone Tavern - Berea
100 Main Street North, Route 25 - 606 986-9358
Historic hotel with a fine dining restaurant serving historically southern cuisine. Staffed by students at Berea College. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and Sunday brunch.
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335 West Broadway Street - 502 583-1234
Try J. Graham’s Café in the hotel, famous for that rich delicacy - "Hot Brown", an open-faced turkey sandwich with bacon and mornay sauce.
Chat-N-Nibble – Eminence
28 South Penn Street - 502 845-9109
Since 1946. Open 7 days a week; dinner on Friday only. Good pies (try the coconut cream).
Check’s Café – Louisville
1101 East Burnett Avenue - 502 637-9515
Open daily. Specials listed on Facebook page.
Delite's – Maysville
222 Market Street - 606 564-7047
Run by Greek couple for over 25 years who make a good breakfast and gyros too! Cash only. Hours: 7:30am to 5pm every day but Sunday.
Dinner Bell - Berea
127 Plaza Drive – 859 986-2777
Dixie Chili - Newport
733 Monmouth Street - 859 291-5337
Doe Run Inn – Bradenburg
500 Doe Run Hotel Road - 270 422-2982
Open 8-8 year 'round. Good country cooking. Sunday buffet with 50+ items. Friday night seafood buffet.
Dovie's Restaurant – Tompkinsville
107 West Fourth Street – no phone number available
Open for breakfast and lunch Monday-Saturday. In business since 1940 and sometimes sells over 1,000 hamburgers in a day. The Dovie Burger comes with a special homemade dressing.
The Farm Boy Restaurant – Morgantown
607 West GL Smith Street - 270-526-4649
Open 5 am daily. Country fried steak, chicken and dumplings, homemade cakes and pies. Open every day from 5am to 9pm.
Farmer's Feed Mill Restaurant, The – Leitchfield
110 Sequoia Drive - 270-230-0027
Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. Fresh cut meats, homemade sausage. Try the Farmer's Big Pork Chop. Their "Coon Hunters Cake" is served daily. Hours: Monday to Friday from 6am to 8pm and Saturday 7am to 8pm.
Federal Grove – Auburn
475 East Main Street - 270-542-6106
Housed in an 1871 mansion that also serves as a Bed & Breakfast. Specialties may include fried chicken, Grandma's meatloaf, skillet corn, and strawberry cake.
Feed Mill Restaurant – Morganfield
3541 US Hwy. 60 East - 270 389-0047
Catfish, frog legs, oysters and soft shell crabs served in a uniquely rustic setting.
Ferrell's Snappy Service - Hopkinsville
1001 Main Street - 270 886-1445
Serving great burgers since 1936; open 24/7.
Frances' Diner - Hazard
1315 Combs Road - 606 436-0090
Open 24/7 serving great food and pies. Try the salmon patties, fried green tomatoes, and either the Kentucky Silk or butterscotch pie.
George J’s On Main (formerly George Ellis Drug Store) – Glasgow
144 East Public Square - 270-651-2161
Country ham served for breakfast. Sandwiches and homemade soups for lunch, sweet potato fries and homemade potato chips. Don’t forget to order a milkshake.
Hall's On The River - Ford
1225 Boonesboro Road - 859 527-6620
Featured items include Kentucky favorites Beer Cheese and Fried Banana Peppers.
Harland Sanders Cafe – Corbin
688 US Hwy. 25 West - 606 528-2163
Open 10 ‘til 10 daily. Take a tour and then grab some fried fowl where the Colonel started it all some 7 decades ago.
Harper's Catfish – Scottsville
3085 Old Gallatin Road - 270-622-7557
Opened in 1978. Fish, shrimp, oysters and frog legs also served.
Historic Lodge Restaurant - Renfro Valley
2380 Richmond Street - 800 765-7464
Country ham, biscuits, grits, pot roast, fried chicken and much more.
Holly Hill Inn – Midway
426 North Winter Street - 859 846-4732
Lunch, brunch, dinner in an historic Inn in horse country.
Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen – Louisville
2525 Bardstown Road - 502 459-8184
The cakes shine here --- especially the Red Velvet and Caramel varieties. There are now nine locations and 5 with a deli. The one we’ve listed here is the original.
Knoth's BBQ – Grand Rivers
728 U.S. Highway 62 - 270 362-8580
Open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 8pm.
Kurtz Restaurant – Bardstown
418 East Stephen Foster Avenue - 502 348-8964
Famous for skillet fried chicken with milk gravy. Lunch and dinner only. Open Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 9pm and Sunday noon to 8pm. Closed Monday.
Leigh's BBQ - Kevil
9405 Highway 60 West -270 488-3434
Lynn's Paradise Cafe – Louisville [Photo]
984 Barret Avenue - 502 583-3447
Since 1991, Lynn's Paradise Cafe has specialized in the friendly service of Southern-style food in a colorful art-filled environment. Esquire magazine has named the Paradise "one of the 4 most fun restaurants in the United States" (June 2002) and Bon Appetit magazine included the Paradise in their list of "the 100 best neighborhood restaurants" (September 2002). Come taste what all the fuss is about. Child friendly, our kids loved it.
Miss Ida's Tea Room – Inez
74 W. Main Street - 606 298-3727
Prime rib and bread pudding, you can't go wrong. Closed Sunday
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2840 W Parrish Ave. - 270 684-8143 or 800-322-8989
Located in a city which bills itself as the "Barbecue Capital of the World", famous patrons here include Vice President Al Gore, musician Charlie Daniels and actor William Shatner . BBQ mutton is this tradition's claim to fame. The family-run Moonlite dishes out as much as 20,000 lbs. of BBQ per week. Their Burgoo (stew), sauce and BBQ meats can be found on grocery shelves throughout the South and parts of the Midwest. Buffet served twice daily. Desserts may feature banana pudding and blue-ribbon winning pies. They have catered for groups as large as 15,000 and even sponsor their own race car. Highly recommended!
4 lbs mutton
3 lbs chicken
¾ lb cabbage, ground or chopped fine
¾ lb onion, ground or chopped fine
5 lbs potatoes, peeled and diced
2 cups fresh corn kernels
¾ cup tomato catsup
3 cans tomato puree (10¾ oz)
juice of 1 lemon
¾ cup distilled vinegar
½ cup Worcestershire sauce
salt to taste
2 tablespoons black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
water (as needed)
Boil mutton in enough water to cover. Cook until tender, about 2-3 hours.
Throw out the broth and bones. Chop meat fine and set aside.
Boil chicken in two gallons of water until tender.
Remove chicken; add cabbage, onion, potatoes, corn, catsup,
and one gallon of water to the chicken broth.
Bring to a boil. Meanwhile, chop chicken meat, discarding bones and skin.
When the potatoes are tender, add chicken, mutton, tomato puree, lemon juice,
vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and seasonings.
Let this simmer for 2 hours or longer,
stirring occasionally from the bottom as it thickens.
Serve with bread, crackers or cornbread.
Old Hickory Pit Bar-B-Q - Owensboro
338 Washington Avenue - 270 926-9000
Old Stone Inn – Simpsonville
6905 Shelbyville Road - 502 722-8200
Open for dinner Monday – Saturday. Lunch Thursday – Friday. Structure was built in the late 1700's.
Paula's Hot Biscuit – Hodgenville
311 West Water Street - 270-358-2237
Open for breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday. Breakfast only on Saturday. Country ham, sausage and pork tenderloin biscuits.
Peak Brother's Bar-B-Que - Waverly
6353 US Hwy 60 - 270 389-0267
Renfroe’s Hih Burger – Murray
413 S. 4th Street - 270 753-1155
No one seems to know where the odd name comes from but they make good burgers and serve a tasty lunch buffet. Call for the recorded daily menu specials. Closed Monday.
Rick’s White Light Barbecue and Cajun Diner – Frankfort
114 Bridge Street – 502 330-4262
Pulled pork sandwiches in a fun atmosphere. Try the Kentucky Bourbon Pie for dessert. Recently featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.
Roy's Bar-B-Que – Russellville
414 S. Franklin Street - 270 726-8476
Open daily from 9 am 'til 8 pm. Serving up pork BBQ, catfish, fried chicken for over 20 years.
Smokey Pig - Bowling Green
2520 Louisville Rd. - 270-781-1712
Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Saturday 10:30am-7pm.
Spalding’s Bakery – Lexington
760 Winchester Rd. - 859 252-3737
Sample the Devil’s food donuts. Open Wednesday – Sunday.
Smokey Valley Truck Stop - Olive Hill
40 Bond Court - 606 286-5001
Featured on Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives." The homemade meringue pies are well known in these parts.
Starne's Barbecue – Paducah
1008 Joe Clifton Drive - 270 444-9555
Enjoy the BBQ sandwich, but don't you dare miss the pie (go for chocolate or coconut cream). Open 8am to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday.
Thornberry's Deli – Louisville
5103 South Third Street - 502 367-8394
Fine pies at this bakery include chess, rhubarb, peach, butterscotch and many more. Also try the Hermit Cookies, baked with raisins and ginger. Open Monday through Friday from 9am –6pm and Saturday from 9am – 4pm.
Wallace Station – Versailles
3854 Old Frankfort Pike - 859 846-5161
Don’t miss the Inside-Out Hot Brown.
West End Café - Owensboro
2100 West Second Street - 270 686-3967
Open for breakfast and lunch (5 a.m. to 2 p.m.). The ham biscuits are a specialty.
Whistle Stop Iron Horse Dining Room, The - Glendale
216 East Main - 270 369-8586
The Whistle Stop is a full service menu restaurant. Upstairs is the Iron Horse Dining Room with a buffet. Both are excellent.
Wolf’s Tavern - Henderson
31 N. Green Street (at the corner of 1st & Green) 270 212-1151
Good burgers and sandwiches. Be sure to warm up with their famous bean soup. New owners, same menu.