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Feb 2, 2010 10:22 PM

Favorite local dishes in KY

So being a foodie and being in stationed in South Central Kentucky for the last 6 months, I thought I would share some of my favorite local food items in KY.

5. Baked Cabbage Wedges - I usually get them from the Smoke Pit outside Campbellsville, but they are offered at quite a few places around here. I kind of feel like this is campfire food, but there is something incredible about the simpleness of wrapping a cabbage wedge in tinfoil with butter, salt and pepper. These things just make me happy.

4. Chocolate Gravy - This breakfast item is usually served with biscuits. I get mine at Betty's OK Country Kitchen in Columbia, KY. There is nothing like slathering this mixture which slightly resembles a loose chocolate pudding on biscuits. It is a great condiment which adds just the right amount of sweetness to the beginning of my day.

3. Chili Buns - Okay this might seem a bit easy. These are like chili dogs without the dog, but I think there is an art to getting your toppings right and you never seem to miss the dog. People around here love them. You can find some great ones at Weaver's In London, KY. I have grown to really enjoy them.

2. Hot Banana Pudding - Okay, I am a huge banana pudding fan. When I first saw this I thought someone had forgotten to refrigerate the tray and put this out too early, but then I tasted this and I fell in love. I usually get this at Big Jim's Bar and Grill in Lebanon, KY.

1. Country Ham - A local specialty which you definitely should not pass up. The first time I went shopping, I loved seeing these hams hanging in the local supermarket. My favorite is Scott Hams but you can find many different brands and they all seem good. Experimenting with your glazes and dips is also fun. They can incorporate everything from ham drippings, bacon grease, root beer, coffee, or seven-up. It sounds crazy but the depth of flavor makes these ham my top pick for favorite local foodstuff.

Let me know what you love about Kentucky food.

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  1. Hey Tex
    Next time you're in London run on by the Dairy Dart for a chili bun.It's quite good and they make a dizzying array of homemade desserts as well as the elusive pineapple milkshake.

    There's a chili bun trail in Eastern Kentucky that's well worth trekking on,no need for the dog. The Rootbeer Stand in Corbin has a great one and they'll serve it to you in the footlong format as well.It's a seasonal drive in so it's not open yet but come March everybody will be lined up for the re-opening.

    Eastern Kentucky is also one of the few places where you can get a big bowl of soup beans with a hunk of white meal cornbread.

    A visit to London requires a stop by Burger Boy too. No chili buns but the best fried chicken I've found in the state.

    6 Replies
    1. re: scrumptiouschef

      White meal cornbread is not available in New York. We only have the stuff with too much sugar in it. When I see that I always ask "whose birthday is it?"

      1. re: scrumptiouschef

        We're gonna be driving by Corbin on the 31st of March and really want to try the Root Beer stand.

        Will it be open??


        1. re: Davwud

          They are opening for the Summer on March 23

            1. re: Davwud

              I always get a footlong hotdog with chili, mustard and onions...and since I only get to eat there once maybe twice a year when I visit my parents I get the cheesburger these days too! The onion rings are a must, if you have a partner in crime then you can share the onion rings and some french fires.Rootbeer float in a frosty mug! Most peple get a chili bun(without the hot dog).

              1. re: LaLa

                I wish I'd seen this sooner. We missed out on the onion rings.

                I loved the chili bun and the Dixie burger was really good too.
                Loved, loved, loved the root beer float. Not just was it good, I just loved the idea of having a root beer float.

                Anyway, more on my blog if you're interested. Pictures as well.


      2. Spoonbread in Berea at Boone Tavern...probably my favorite Ky food, when I feel homesick I always make it.
        Hot wings at Madison Gardens in Richmond
        I agree with Weavers,Also Houses Pool Room on th street right off main...they have great chili buns! I have to have a Burger at Dairy Dart but with fried pepper rings, My favorite of course is the rootbeer stand ...where I like the hot dog under my chili
        ...a foot long of course.And a frosty rootbeer float in a mug!
        The Hot Brown at the Brown hotel in Louisville....its better than sex :) Thank goodness I have almost perfected it since I don't find myself in Louisville much anymore.
        Lynn's Lunch Box in Somerset (some people call it Holsomebacks) they do these great little slider burgers, fried bologna and no bake cookies...out of this world! Between Somerset and Monticello on hwy 90 VIPS has a downhome breakfast that will rock your world.
        Beer Cheese.....I miss this immensely... my mom always brings me some when she comes to visit.... we like the homemade version at Porters ( the iga on fourth street in London)
        I am going home to visit in March I will have to remember to get a pineapple shake! I usually get a strawberry chocolate mix shake.

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        1. re: LaLa

          I'm so glad I found this site. My husband & I plan to visit the Louisville/Frankfort/Lexington area (also Bowling Green for a day) in late April, the week before the Derby. I wondered about the legendary Hot Brown @ the Brown Hotel, so I think that'll be something we'll try. Where is a good, but reasonably-priced place to try Burgoo? We'll be doing some Bourbon Trail much to do & eat!

          1. re: smd7145

            If you're going to BG, slide through Owensboro and hit up Moonlite BBQ or Old Hickory for burgoo. You won't be sorry.

            1. re: smd7145

              Ooh, there is SO much to do that week in Louisville!! You're going to have a blast.

              In Bowling Green, check out the Smoky Pig for BBQ. Killer.

              1. re: LauraGrace

                Mark's Feed Store is a great BBQ joint that sells a pretty good Burgoo. Burgoo is the signature dish at a place called the Rudyard Kipling. They usually have great performers there playing for too small of an audience, either original plays or original music. In fact, there are only open if they have a performer that night so you'll have to try your luck, but the homemade Burgoo is something to write home about!

                Rudyard Kipling
                422 W Oak St, Louisville, KY 40203

                Mark's Feed Store
                1514 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205

          2. Two... no three... of my favorite Kentucky foods can be found at the Bardstown Rd. farmers' market.

            1. Smoked catfish omelet. Sounds weird, tastes CRAZY good. Made to order with all manner of other local produce. I know it's not a "specialty" or anything, but it's made with 100% Kentucky ingredients (ok, maybe the oil they grease the pans with isn't local).
            2. Ham biscuits. See texavi's comments on country ham. It's the American South equivalent of paper-thin jamon iberico, but on BISCUITS.
            3. Tomato pie! Juicy, ripe tomatoes in a flaky crust. I can just picture someone facing a bushel basket full of tomatoes one hot July wondering what the dickens they were going to do with them all...

            Plus, I mean, Barbecue is a pretty obvious one! We cook a mean pig! :)

            1. Have you been to the Brickyard in Bowling Green Ky. It has a real chef and I've never ordered anything that wasn't spot on. They have the best tiramisu I've ever eaten. All is made in house. Loved by many.

              1. Try the ham at Broadbents.
                The best country ham I've had.

                It's over in the land between the lakes area.


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                1. re: Davwud

                  absolutely the best ham! we make a 3 hour drive to get it

                  1. re: Davwud

                    I am a big fan of Broadbents bacon too!