5 Restaurants You Have To Visit In Kentucky Before You Die
Kentucky is known for our friendly, laid back nature, along with restaurants serving fantastic food and southern style cooking. Good cooking doesn’t just apply to the mom and pop places and local diners. There are some restaurants scattered across the state that have traditional down home cooking, while others utilize a well-trained chef. Depending on your tastes, both can be absolutely divine to dine at, and a few should be considered must-visit Kentucky restaurants. Want to try the best local restaurants in Kentucky? While it may be a matter of opinion, the following eateries are fan favorites. Here are five must-visit Kentucky restaurants everyone should try at least once:
These must-visit Kentucky restaurants all offer a delicious variety of cuisine. We have so many wonderful dining establishments spread across the state; it was difficult to decide who to feature. This combination offers different types of food to appeal to a variety of palettes. Have you ever been to any of the above? If not, what do you consider to be the best local restaurants in Kentucky? Tell us in the comments!
Can’t get enough of Kentucky cuisine? We don’t blame you one bit. Add in a dash of fun and visit our wackiest and quirkiest restaurants for more deliciousness.
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When most people imagine dining in The Bluegrass State, they envision a few familiar dishes. Typically, soul food and southern cuisine dominate expectations... but we offer so much more in terms of dining, and some local eateries have atmospheres that are downright surprising, including:
- Flamingo Row features a tropical milieu, complete with hand-painted murals in bright, summery colors. Their menu has playful names for every dish, and their bar is overflowing with tropical drinks.
- Pompilio's. While best known as the location of the iconic toothpick scene in "Rainman," Pompilio’s is a place well worth visiting in its own right. It's *the* place to go for authentic Italian cuisine in the Bluegrass.
- The Brown Hotel. From premier fine dining in the English Grill to the effortless elegance of J. Graham’s Café to the jaw-dropping glamour of the Lobby Bar and Grill, The Brown Hotel is home to Louisville’s most exceptional and memorable dining experiences, and a bucket-list must!
- Starnes Bar-B-Q. Most legendary BBQ in Kentucky, period.
- Wallace Station Deli and Bakery. Best pimento cheese sandwiches in Kentucky!
Patti's. There's no place in Kentucky quite like Patti's, a long-standing Bluegrass favorite. Patti's is so much more than a restaurant and has earned statewide and national recognition for food and hospitality, and truly is one of the best country restaurants in Kentucky. From the appetizers to desserts, their food earns rave reviews; Patti's is known for Southern-style cooking, offering items like steak and potatoes, catfish fillets, and their specialty two-inch pork chops. Make sure you get a side of their flowerpot bread -- and be sure to bring your appetite, as the portions at Patti's are as big as the restaurant's hospitality!
- Sanders Cafe. Here in Kentucky, we know our fried chicken. Not to brag, but we’re kind of world-famous for it. And in the Bluegrass, the Sanders Cafe is a place that belongs on every Kentuckian’s bucket (of fried chicken) list — not simply because it’s the amazing restaurant that birthed a culinary legend, but also because it has its own museum that’s devoted to all things fried chicken!
- The Freight House. Owned and operated by Bluegrass chef (and "Top Chef Kentucky" runner up) Sara Bradley, at The Freight House, you’ll dine on down-home Kentucky cuisine. From cornbread and grits to burgers and fried chicken, everything on this menu feels like a big, warm hug! The Nashville Hot Chicken is an absolute must-try, and the deviled eggs are downright, well, sinful.
This is just the beginning of the dining deliciousness you'll find in Kentucky... what are your favorite KY restaurants?