Going all the way to London to get to Somerset is way out of the way. Get off I-75 at exit 62 and it’s a straight shot on a good road to Somerset.
I think the Kentucky State Parks have some pretty decent restaurants that do a good job of featuring regional items. I think Cumberland Falls is not too far from Somerset. Even if you don’t care for the food, it is worth the drive just to see the falls.
Definately DO NO TRAVEL US 27 if she doesn’t have too….best bet is Cincy to London on I-75 then make the turn to go to Somerset.
The TRUCK STOP at the exit for Somerset was always good food, and there used to be a D & W CAFETERIA there also….
She won’t starve is she takes this route, but will have to pack a lunch if she travels US 27
You might do some internet searches on places in Berea and Corbin. I know Corbin has the original Sanders place, but it’s a few miles off the interstate. Other than that, Lexington’s about your best guess. I’m not familiar with the stretch between Lexington and Cincinnati, I always go toward Louisville when the interstate splits there. Good luck and safe travels to your wife – that’s quite a bit of driving to do consistently.
Richmond, Kentucky has several promising-looking Roadfood-esque establishments, as I remember. Somehow I’ve not investigated this on my sojourns there. Every time I’ve eaten in Richmond, I’ve been to a wonderfully dumpy little place northeast of downtown out by tobacco barns… maybe I can Google up the name. Nope, no clues. I guess it’s gone out of business. But here’s what I DID find.
Burns Family Restaurant at 107 Big Hill Avenue looks like a real, live mom-and-pop place. That’s on U. S. 25 Business Route through town.
Opal’s Too at 830 Eastern Bypass is a mom-and-pop diner worthy of mention. There is no indication of where Opal’s One might be, but maybe that’s the Tommy Dorsey themesong (GROAN!).
Wyatt’s Restaurant at 124 South 1st. Street downtown might be worth a stop.
Madison Stockyard Restaurant at 349 K Street, across the tracks from downtown and not far northeast of where East Main Street and Big Hill Avenue fork off is likewise.
B & B Diner & Catering Service at 398 North Estill Avenue appears to be close to the above place. This may well be a real sleeper.
RT’s Cafe at 1013 Center Drive out by the Bluegrass Army Depot (on U. S. 25 southeast of town) might be worthy of investigation.
Other than that, there are the skillion usual chains, plus some unusual ones. Let us know what you turn up.
Only Partly At A Loss, Ort. Carlton in Lovely, Non-Chain-Restaurant Blessed Athens, Georgia.
P. S. Richmond (well, certain wards of the city!) has been wet since 1948.
Boone Tavern is closed for major renovations. It will be closed until sometime early 2009.
She should be driving right through Madison County on Highway 75. if so, she should stop in Berea and have lunch at the Boone Tavern. This is real Kentucky food: fried chicken, hot rolls, spoon bread, country ham, etc. I highly recommend it.
Thanks anyway MTZ
Paul, are you thinking of a place by the name of Lakeview restaurant? That was
a couple of miles south of Somerset. It has since gone out of business. It has
been replaced with Picasso’s Bistro which I believe is a chain restaurant.
Picasso’s has been busy, as that land has been annexed by Burnside and Burnside
has voted to allow ALCOHOL (Somerset is DRY). Lakeview didn’t have the benefit
of beer and wine, so it never was packed, as Picasso’s is now on the weekends.
We haven’t been there so I can’t vouch for it, but it is a "classy" joint compared
to the other local offerings.
TJ, we have travelled that north-south HWY 27 route a great many times and I am
sorry to say that there is no ROADFOOD to speak of. Your wife is going to have to
keep an eagle’s eye out. Maybe she will come up with something and enlighten the
rest of us!. That being said, I suggest she stock up on caffeine products, be they
coffee or Mountain Dew. That drive is interesting the first time you do it, but will
get boring VERY quickly! Best of luck to her!
TJ: I cannot do that as it was a couple of years ago but it is right beside the road, high on a hill overlooking the lake and there is not other place like that. Great view.
Paul E. Smith
I wonder if you or MTZ o some other individual could come up with the name of the place?
A few years ago there was a place just a mile or so south of Somerset that sat right on the road, high on a hill over looking the lake that I had some good fish. Great view.
Paul E. Smith
Thanks for registering to give you answer (and first post), MTZ 🙂
That said, my wife will be coming from the north through Lexington and goign back the same way. So along that north-south route to and from Somerset, is there any roadfood worth mentioning?
She won’t want to go any further in any direction
We have lived here, in the Somerset area, for 9 years (moved here from Chicago). There is absolutely nothing here that could qualify as ROADFOOD, to the best of our knowledge. Just your typical fast food chains. We always joke that we could make a killing if we opened up a genuine Chicago pizza, gyros, or italian beef place! I am salivating at the thought!
The wife will be visiting Somerset KY regularly as a part of her new job. Her route will take her from Cincinnati down through Lexington to Somerset.
So I’m interested in any Somerset recommendations, with a secondary/lesser interest in Lexington.
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