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Eating in/around Harrodsburg, KY?

organicspice Feb 28, 2010 03:38 AM

We're getting married at Shaker Village (Pleasant Hill) in July and are looking for a place within a half hour drive to have the rehearsal dinner for about 40 people. Can you recommend someplace with character?

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  1. LaLa RE: organicspice Mar 1, 2010 06:30 AM

    Beaumont Inn
    The food is great and truly "Kentucky"

    And I have not been to this steakhouse but I have heard from three people that share my tatses and they said it was great

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      travelmad478 RE: organicspice Mar 11, 2010 07:23 AM

      Bumping this thread to ask about any Chow-worthy places in Harrodsburg (or Berea). We are headed to the Shaker Village B&B during Easter week and also plan to visit Berea College. The Beaumont looks nice for one fine dining meal, but can anyone suggest more casual, local food in the area? I understand that good 'cue is more of a Western KY thing but since we live in a terribly BBQ-deprived area, we cannot afford to be fussy.

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        LaLa RE: travelmad478 Mar 11, 2010 02:57 PM

        Actually the Beaumont Inn has a less fancy spot called the Old Owl Inn....which is a tavern.The food is delish.
        Boone Tavern is a must in Berea ....must try the spoon bread. Also there is a pizza joint around the corner from Boone Tavern that is very good.

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          travelmad478 RE: LaLa Mar 11, 2010 03:13 PM

          Thanks, Boone Tavern sounds like a winner! We don't get spoon bread where we live!

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        travelmad478 RE: organicspice Apr 7, 2010 06:28 AM

        Report on our two dinners in Harrodsburg: the Beaumont Inn and the restaurant at Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill. Of these two, the Shaker Village restaurant was by far the better experience. We were extremely pleased with our meal there--excellent local ingredients, really nice and inventive preparations of Southern specialties. The next day, eating at the Beaumont was a letdown. As an example: Mr. travelmad478 had the fried chicken at the Shaker restaurant and I had it at the Beaumont the next evening. Pretty much every element of his dish was far better than mine--better-tasting chicken and batter, delicious fresh mashed potatoes, etc (not to mention a far more generous serving). Every aspect of the Beaumont was very much a throwback to the 1970s--dated decor, dull food selections, cheesy Southern-themed Muzak, flavorless bread, and so on. I felt like I was eating at someone's grandparents' country club dining room.

        Unfortunately we did not get to try Boone Tavern as we didn't end up in Berea for dinner.

        One other successful meal, much more in the cheap eats category, was the Olde Bus Stop in downtown Harrodsburg, where we had a very satisfying fried-food lunch. Nothing at all fancy here (I ordered a mushroom-Swiss burger, which I believe was one of the most adventurous dishes on the menu!) but it was well made, with a nice egg-bread bun, and the service was extremely friendly. Mr. travelmad478 was thrilled to death to find deep-fried Tater Tots as a menu option. (I stuck with potato chips.)

        Beaumont Inn
        638 Beaumont Inn Dr, Harrodsburg, KY 40330

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          hootch RE: travelmad478 Apr 13, 2010 07:54 AM

          I'm sorry to hear that and a little surprised. My wife and I were both graduated from Centre College so we visit the area often. In fact we'll be staying at the Beaumont Inn in October. We stayed at Shaker Village in the main house last Thanksgiving.

          We both prefer Beaumont to Shaker Village for dinner.

          Maybe we'll have a chance to try Olde Bus Stop on this next trip. Though we'll be spending most of our time in Danville.

          Beaumont Inn
          638 Beaumont Inn Dr, Harrodsburg, KY 40330

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            LaLa RE: hootch Apr 14, 2010 01:22 PM

            I am suprised too...I have always preferred Beaumont Inn and The owl Taveren to Shaker Village...in fact this may be the one person I have ever heard say glowing things about Shaker Village...hhhhmmm

            Beaumont Inn
            638 Beaumont Inn Dr, Harrodsburg, KY 40330

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              travelmad478 RE: LaLa Apr 14, 2010 06:28 PM

              Well, perhaps you can give the restaurant at the Shaker Village another try. I was really quite impressed with the dinner. Breakfast was not nearly as good, but the dinner items were nicely creative and well-executed. Excellent bread, too. Maybe they have a new chef since you were there last?

              The menu we chose from for dinner is here: http://www.shakervillageky.org/i/down...

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                Roadpony RE: travelmad478 Apr 22, 2010 01:07 PM

                That is a whole different menu than what I had when I went there several years ago. When I went, it was very traditional, mainly just fried chicken and ham, with all vegetables served family style. The salad was either a plain side salad or another option. The food was very boring and not very good. It looks like they have changed greatly! I might very well have to give it another shot soon! Thanks for your report!

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                  travelmad478 RE: Roadpony Apr 22, 2010 01:53 PM

                  This is what I figured after seeing the comments from LaLa and others. Really, give this place another shot--clearly, the whole approach has changed. I am not the kind of person who would be satisfied with boring food, iceberg lettuce salads, etc. (In fact this is pretty much the criticism I have of the Beaumont Inn!)

                  Beaumont Inn
                  638 Beaumont Inn Dr, Harrodsburg, KY 40330

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          wintersummer RE: organicspice Apr 15, 2010 10:20 AM

          Great timing on this thread! We will be at Shaker Village one evening next week. I've already made dinner reservations. We were planning on having lunch at the Beaumont and dinner at Shaker Village. We'll have to check out the Old Bus Stop.

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