Your Guide to Authentic Regional Eats
Pat’s is a Bardstown, Kentucky, cafe favored by locals as well as travelers on the Kentucky bourbon trail. Hamburgers are a specialty. Breakfast, too.
Although it is a minimalist gas-station cafe, Roy’s Grille offers scrupulously well-prepared breakfast and lunch, including exquisite shrimp and grits.
Locals and regular travelers along the Cumberland Gap Parkway stop at Billy’s for a $1 chili bun, lunch-counter eats, gas, and convenience-store needs.
Car hops carry burgers and fries, chicken tenders, and deep-fried chipped ham to the car window. Jerry’s drive-in is fast and fun. Since 1947.
Superior Philly cheese steaks are the signature of this family-run Augusta cafe. Must-eat dessert: Jackie M’s powerhouse red velvet cheesecake.
A BBQ truck that parks along Rt. 25 in London, Kentucky, from March to October, Big Bad Wolf offers fantastic ribs, pork, chicken, even praiseworthy catfish.
Corbin, Kentucky’s coffee house is a source for Counter Culture brewed coffee, pourover, & cold brew, and a sophisticated fried bologna breakfast sandwich.
Built in 1909 and affiliated with Berea College (which supplies much of the staff), the Boone Tavern serves great vintage hotel food with many modern twists.
Christian County, Kentucky, BBQ at its finest includes hot-sauced mutton, pulled pork and ribs, burgoo and hot slaw on the side, peach cobbler for dessert.