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Restaurants in Kentucky

Genuine Kentucky fried chicken is a crunchy/juicy/spicy swirl like nowhere else, at its best west of Louisville. Also in this area you will find one of the nation’s most colorful styles of barbecue, where king of the pit is not pork or beef but rather, mutton — almost always served with a bowl of burgoo on the side. Louisville is home to the baroque American sandwich known as a hot brown, as well as to pie-and-cake-eater’s-heaven in the form of the Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen. In the east, eat-shacks and convenience stores sell chili buns, which are like chili dogs without the hot dog, their goodness depending entirely on the quality of the chili. Through the heart of the state runs the bourbon trail, where distilleries offer tastes and Maker’s Mark has a little farm-to-table eatery with unique Kentucky food and bourbon drinks.

Kentucky’s Most Famous Dishes

Two slices of BBQ brisket, one lean, the other supersucculently fatty

BBQ Brisket

Two rib bones are laden with a great mass of spice-crusted, smoke-cooked beef

BBQ Ribs

A bowl of finely chopped sweet cole slaw

Coleslaw

Sauced pulled pork -- some soft, some chewy-edged -- overflow from a bun

Pulled Pork

Kentucky’s Best Restaurants

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