When it comes to food, you cannot judge its quality by where it is being created and served. We’ve been given food at fine dining establishments that looked and tasted bland, flavorless, dry, etc. In contrast, “hole in the wall” restaurants in Kentucky are where some of the best food known to humankind can be found. Over the decades, I’ve learned never to shrug off small or simple establishments, and I’ve not been disappointed. We previously wrote about
tiny restaurants that will wow you, and here are 12 reader suggested restaurants to add to that list.
12. Brindee’s Restaurant at 2001 Russellville Road in Bowling Green
This is a traditional home cooking restaurant where the service is friendly and regulars are part of the family. The menu is up on the chalkboard with the daily specials, including desserts like homemade Turtle Pie.
11. Catfish Kitchen at 136 Teal Run in Benton
The name leads you to believe this is just a catfish restaurant… but it is “the catfish” restaurant according to locals. Those who left the area still return to enjoy the fresh, tender fried fish served up here. Generous portions are standard and the ambiance of the water and friendly geese just makes things even better.
10. Country Store Restaurant at 205 W Main Street in Bradfordsville
The Country Store has limited hours, so you might need to call ahead. You will find that regardless of wait, every mouthwatering bite of the food is worth it. If you’re a fan of frog legs, the platter has enough for leftovers, as does the fried chicken. The steaks are cooked to order and the pie… the pie is just heavenly.
9. Dogwood Valley Trading Post 4551 State Route 109 North in Clay
Dogwood Valley is a Kentucky Proud provider serving and selling only locally grown and created products. Everything here is delicious with the freshest ingredients, but pizza is the go to. The flavor, texture and overall experience that comes with having Dogwood’s pizza could be compared to Dagwood’s sandwich in the old Blondie strips.
8. Harper’s Catfish 3085 Old Gallatin Road in Scottsville
If you love catfish you will not want to miss this little restaurant. It got mentioned quite a few times in the previous articles comments for having the best catfish in Kentucky. The portions are quite generous and most people end up with a to go box.
7. Hawg Heaven at 172 S Hopkinsville Road in Crofton
This place offers meals like you would get at you grandmother’s house for under $10 a plate. You can get things like chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, country fried steak and sides. Even if you don’t eat anything else, you have to try the pie. It is absolutely divine.
6. JK’s Café on 4636 Old Boonesboro Road in Winchester
This is a great place to stop in for breakfast, a sandwich or dinner plate. The Old Rock Barn Reuben and the Hot Brown Burger sandwich is melt in your mouth delicious. The breakfast plates will remind you of a family sit down for a big country breakfast. The menu is on the wall and the specials really are special in a good way. Also, they have Ale 8.
5. Light House Restaurant 1500 Knob Lick Road in Sulpher Well
If you like country ham and a hearty breakfast, this is a great place to eat. They have traditional home cooking at an affordable price and everything is prepared just right, not to greasy. The Lima Beans are tender, the fish crisp, and the fried apples have the perfect balance of cinnamon, butter and sugar. The Lighthouse comes highly recommended.
4. Moma Lou’s 5112 S. Jackson Parkway in Horse Cave
The barbecue sampler is a great choice as it gives you a little of everything barbecue. The sides are all good, but sadly they don’t have a side sampler platter. If they did, it would surely be among the favorite menu items. The meats are all fall off the bone tender and coated in just the right amount of flavorful sauce. Moma Lou’s came highly recommended from the last article via at least 10 comments. This is a cash only restaurant, come prepared.
3. Roy’s Barbecue at 101 Sarah Lane in Russellville
Roy’s has a lot more than barbecue to offer hungry patrons, but the barbecue is quite good. The fried fish, open faced roast beef, chicken and meatloaf are all amazing as well. You will find friendly service, hot, fresh food and a fair price at Roy’s. The desserts are also made fresh and well worth saving room for, even if it means a to go box.
2. Traditions Family Restaurant t 11,500 Alexandria Pike in Alexandria
This is exactly what you’d expect from a place with “family” in the name. Friendly service with a smile and food that is absolutely delicious. They have daily specials including old favorites like meatloaf, fried chicken, and open faced roast beef, along with choices like Salsa Chicken. The breakfasts here are absolutely out of this world, and really give a get up and go to your day.
1. Watermill Restaurant 804 Mammoth Cave Road in Cave City
This is not your average buffet style restaurant. The fried chicken and fish are top notch and not to greasy. The desserts are homemade and remind you of the perfect Grandma’s kitchen. The green beans are seasoned to perfection and cooked just right, which you don’t find often. This place is a dining gem in Cave City.
These reader recommended hole in the wall restaurants in Kentucky offer visitors and residents a home cooked meal away from home. What other restaurants would you add to the list?