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

Mountainous sandwich holds pastrami, egg, French fries, cole slaw, and a tomato

Sandwiches

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

Pulled Pork

A pair of crisp-skinned pork sausages on a puddle of orange-apricot jam

Pork Dishes

BBQ-sauced beans in a blue bowl

BBQ Beans

Kentucky’s Best Restaurants

Brown Hotel - Hot Brown Sandwich
Brown Hotel

LOUISVILLE, KY

The Glitz
The Glitz

VERSAILLES, KY

Marion Pit Bar-B-Q

MARION, KY

Hall’s on the River

WINCHESTER, KY

Moonlite Bar-B-Q

OWENSBORO, KY

Frosted mug of root beer on a drive-in car tray
Root Beer Stand

CORBIN, KY

Roxie’s Cottage Restaurant

BOWLING GREEN, KY

Thomason’s Barbecue

HENDERSON, KY

Bell’s Drug Store

SEBREE, KY

Chicken with extaordinarily crunchy crust and (unseen) hail of spice
Mr. D’s

HENDERSON, KY

Bar B Que Shack

HOPKINSVILLE, KY

Boone Tavern

BEREA, KY

You and Me Coffee and Tea

CORBIN, KY

Big Bad Wolf BBQ

LONDON, KY

Styrofoam container holds hot dog bun filled with chili, onions, and mustard ... but no hot dog
Billy’s One Stop

BARBOURVILLE, KY

Pat’s Place

BARDSTOWN, KY

Hitz BBQ

BEREA, KY

Lily Shop-N-Cart

LILY, KY

Rodney’s Southern Style Home Cooking

BEAVER DAM, KY

Smithtown Seafood

LEXINGTON, KY

Chick’n & Mi

LOUISVILLE, KY

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