Sometimes you find the very best food at those neighborhood restaurants in Kentucky. The restaurants that may not look like much from the outside, but inside they have friendly staff and cooks that have mastered their craft. These places have been preparing the same food for years… and making it unbelievably delicious.
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11. Sunset Grill, Warsaw
This local favorite at 1160 US Hwy 42 serves homemade food with a view. The river makes for an environment of pure ambiance, and the food is cooked to order. They have daily specials and southern favorites like fried fish, country fried steak, and one of our favorites, the open faced pot roast with gravy.
10. The Whistle Stop Cafe, Henderson
This little café at 227 N Main Street is a favorite local stop for a home cooked to go meal. The hours are limited, but it is worth getting there early. They have delicious sandwiches and run daily specials. They also serve up some of the best fried chicken in the area. This is not the Whistle Stop in Glendale.
9. Blue Raven, Pikeville
This neighborhood favorite at 211 Main Street draws not only locals, but many passing through Pikeville. You can get delicious entrees like their scallops on mac n cheese, thick burgers, steaks, seafood and a variety of unique southern comfort foods with a twist. Put this on your to dine list.
8. Billy Ray’s Restaurant, Prestonburg
Billy Ray’s is located at 101 N Front Avenue and is a big neighborhood favorite according to our readers. The homemade chicken and dumplings with fresh sides is a hit. The burgers are also magnificent… big, thick, juicy and delicious. Anything on Billy Ray’s menu is worth trying at least once… but it is doubtful it will ever be just once.
7. Patti’s 1880s Settlement, Grand Rivers
This community hotspot is located at 1793 JH Obryan Avenue. It is known for its tasty chicken, juicy steak, country ham… and mouthwatering pies. Patti’s also has some interesting décor and sells whole pies. It is worth a trip here JUST to get a pie. The peanut butter pie is… “can’t put into words” good.
6. France’s Diner, Hazard
This little diner at 1315 Combs Road is the perfect spot to get your home cooked meal fix… if you don’t feel like cooking. They don’t look like much on the outside. Actually, they look a little scary, but they have an expansive menu of delicious southern comfort food, and sides. The burgers are great, and the green beans, boiled cabbage and fried green tomatoes are some of the best you’ll ever eat.
5. Barbara Lee’s, Louisville
This little restaurant at 2410 Bardstown Road might be one you’d normally pass by… but don’t. They serve up the best southern style breakfast in Louisville. They cook the eggs to order, even if you happen to be picky. The omelets are stuffed full of quality ingredients and you get incredibly generous portions of hashbrowns and biscuits with gravy. The Sunday Breakfast is our favorite, but you’ll need a to go box. The burgers, sandwiches, chili and other menu items are delicious as well. This is a family owned and mostly operated place, and Lora and her staff do their best to keep patrons coming back.
4. Back Home Restaurant, Elizabethtown
This charming restaurant/shop 251 W Dixie is a community favorite not only because of the charming staff, but also the delicious home cooked meals. They have tasty specials daily like the lasagna, white bean soup, cornbread, and other southern comfort foods. Plus, the environment itself is just inviting.
3. The Bluebird, Stanford
This restaurant at 202 W Main Street is all about serving up quality food at a reasonable price. They hand pick most their produce and meats from local vendors, ensuring absolute freshness. The chef then takes great pride in preparing unforgettably flavorful meals for the patrons. They have fresh soups, salads, homemade breads, and unique versions of southern food with an elegant touch.
2. Keepsakes Country Diner, Chaplin
This adorable little community favorite is located at 5942 Lawrenceburg Road and is a perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They make the most incredible omelets you will ever eat, overflowing with fresh ingredients. The biscuits are fresh, the gravy thick and hearty, and every sandwich on the menu is cooked to perfection and very filling. Keepsake’s is a keepsake in itself.
1. Paula’s Hot Biscuit, Hodgenville
This restaurant at 311 W Water Street is a local favorite and gets rave reader reviews. I get complaints every time I don’t mention Paula’s Hot Biscuit… and with good reason. The food here is absolutely phenomenal, from the breakfast, to the lunch, to the pie. The meringue is always fluffy and perfectly browned. You will be served real mashed potatoes, no instant crap, and the brown gravy is perfect. All vegetables are seasoned well, without being overcooked to mush. The meats are tender, and service always comes with a smile. They just reopened in early August, and it was a big welcome back.
These are some of the best places to grab a bite to eat, according to our reader comments. If you love the neighborhood restaurants in Kentucky you might want to check out some of the
Mom n Pop diners we’ve covered too!