There’s nothing quite like a home cooked meal from your mother. In Kentucky, down home country cooking is like the local cuisine, so we’re lucky to have many restaurants with great home cooking. The following 14 places are so good, you’d swear that your mother was one of the cooks!
1. The Whistle Stop, Glendale
Stop in this historic Kentucky staple for the best country ham you'll find anywhere. The Whistle Stop is located at 216 E. Main Street, Glendale, KY 42740.
2. Lighthouse Restaurant, Sulphur Well
You may not know that you can find some of the best home cooking in this tiny town. Bring the whole family and sit at one of their Lazy Susan tables. Lighthouse Restaurant is located at 1500 Sulphur Well Knob Lick Road, Sulphur Well Historic District, KY 42129.
3. Patti's 1880's Settlement, Grand Rivers
Patti's is famous for their flower pot bread, 2-inch pork chops, and mile-high meringue pie. Patti's is located at 1793 J.H. O'Bryan Avenue, Grand Rivers, KY 42045.
4. Bread of Life Cafe, Liberty
Stop in at the Bread of Life and pile your plate high at their buffet. They have specials on some nights like Wednesdays, which is barbecue night, and Fridays, which is seafood night. Bread of Life Cafe is located at 5369 US-127, Liberty, KY 42539.
5. Blue and White Grill, Hazel
If you're looking for the best cornbread or catfish in Kentucky, then you'll probably find it at the Blue and White Grill, which is located at 318 Main Street, Hazel, KY 42049.
6. Betty's OK Country Cooking, Columbia
This is another place where you can load up your plate high with fried chicken, mashed potatoes, hashbrowns, and just about anything else you can think of at the buffet. Betty's is located at 2339 Campbellsville Road, Columbia, KY 42728.
7. Goose Creek Diner, Louisville
As Kentucky's biggest city, Louisville has tons of dining options, but sometimes you just want a home cooked meal that you don't have to make yourself. If you find yourself wanting down home cooking in Louisville, definitely stop in Goose Creek Diner, located at 2923 Goose Creek Road, Louisville, KY 40241.
8. Country Cupboard, Madisonville
While you definitely don't want to miss the lunch buffet here, you also want to make sure you leave room for one of their delicious pies. Country Cupboard is located at 581 McCoy Avenue, Madisonville, KY 42431.
9. J & B Country Cooking, Corbin
Whether you're in the mood for a hearty breakfast, a ribeye steak, or bean soup and cornbread, you can get it here at J & B Country Cooking. It is located at 2014 S. Main Street, Corbin, KY 40701.
10. Circle T Restaurant, Hazard
This is a favorite place to eat in Hazard, and for good reason. Be sure to try their burger. You will be pleased and very, very full. Circle T Restaurant is located at 1519 Combs Road, Hazard, KY 41701.
11. Pig In A Poke, Pikeville and Prestonsburg
Pig In A Poke is a delicious barbecue joint that has two different locations to get fall-off-the-bone smoked meats with a wide variety of yummy sides. The Pikeville location is at 130 Mayo Circle, and the Prestonsburg location is at 341 University Drive.
12. Country Cafe, Shepherdsville
Not only can you get great meat loaf and fried chicken here, but you can enjoy a classic country breakfast or brunch. Country Cafe is located at 745 Old Preston Highway S, Shepherdsville, KY 40165.
13. Porky Pig Diner, Smiths Grove
If you're visiting Mammoth Cave National Park, be sure to stop in here to get all-you-can-eat fried catfish, okra, and other country favorites. Porky Pig Diner is located at 125 National Park Boundary Road, Smiths Grove, KY 42171.
14. Down Home Grill, Louisa
Like its name suggests, you'll find classic, down home cooking here. Whether you stop in for a country breakfast, or a catfish lunch, you'll definitely be pleased. Down Home Grill is located at 355 E. Public Way, Louisa, KY 41230.
Did this post make you hungry or what? Has anyone ever eaten at these places? We know there have got to be more mouthwatering restaurants with great home cooking in Kentucky, so leave your favorites in the comments!