Kentucky May 19, 2017
9 Legendary Family-Owned Restaurants In Kentucky You Have To Try
When looking for a place to grab a bite to eat in Kentucky, you’ll likely search for great food, friendly service and a comfortable atmosphere. You’ll find all three in these legendary restaurants that are all family-owned and well-loved. These families are passionate about sharing their recipes and inviting you to dine with them, so you’ll want to try them all!
1. Greyhound Tavern -
2500 Dixie Hwy Fort Mitchell, KY 41017
Since 1921, The Greyhound Tavern has been a favorite family-owned destination for locals and travelers alike. Known for their hospitality and superb fried chicken, Greyhound Tavern has definitely earned its legendary status.
Read more about Greyhound Tavern here!
2. The Whistle Stop -
216 E Main St. Glendale, KY 42740
In 1975, The Whistle Stop opened as a sandwich shop and it's grown into an iconic spot in Glendale. The food is homemade and perfectly delicious and the whimsical atmosphere is inviting and charming.
Read more about The Whistle Stop here!
3. Biancke's - 102 S. Main St. Cynthiana, KY 41031
When a family-owned restaurant has been serving home-cooked meals since 1895, you know it's something special. Tucked away in Cynthiana, Biancke's is a great place for a tasty meal any time of the day.
4. Bill's - 420 Frederica St.
Owensboro, KY 42301
In Owensboro, you'll find Bill's - a local favorite where you can enjoy a decadent meal made by none other than Bill himself. This highly rated legend has a warm atmosphere, fresh and innovative menu items and plenty of southern hospitality.
5. Miguel's Pizza - 1890 Natural Bridge Rd.
Slade, KY 40376
Miguel and Susan Ventura opened up their shop in 1984, at the time serving only ice cream. They quickly grew to meet the needs of enthusiastic adventurers and starting serving their legendary, fresh pizza. Miguel's is well-known in the Red River Gorge community and it's an absolute must-do in Kentucky. FYI, they are closed for the season from December 1st - March 1st.
6. Lighthouse Restaurant -
1500 Sulphur Well Knob Lick Rd. Edmonton, KY 42129
In the tiny town of Edmonton, you'll find a restaurant that's perfect for a big appetite. This family-owned legend serves up down home recipes from country ham to biscuits and gravy. Don't let its unassuming location fool you, this hidden gem is the real deal.
Read more about the Lighthouse Restaurant here!
7. Moonlite Bar-B-Q - 2840 W Parrish Ave.
Owensboro, KY 42301
When you ask Kentuckians about barbecue, they are likely to mention Owensboro and even more likely to mention Moonlite. This family-run legend serves mouth-watering bbq, among many other delicious options.
8. Wagner's Pharmacy - 3113 S 4th St.
Louisville, KY 40214
Located across from well-known Churchill Downs, Wagner's is a legend in and of itself. This family-owned tradition is a staple in Louisville and you'll enjoy the homemade meals as much as its history and charm.
9. Beaumont Inn - 638 Beaumont Inn Drive
Harrodsburg, KY 40330
We are wrapping up the list with possibly the most lovely family-owned restaurant in Kentucky. The Dedman family welcomes you into their restaurant, as well as their superb bed & breakfast, for a classic Kentucky experience. It's an official stop on the Bourbon Trail, so choose a glass of your favorite and have a delicious meal at this Bluegrass legend.
Have you tried any of these Kentucky legends? Do you have a favorite? And did we miss any family-owned spots in Kentucky? Share with us in the comments!