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May 13, 2010 08:02 AM

Kentucky/Tennessee Adventures

Hello everyone! I'm a NY hounder and food blogger who will be traveling through Kentucky and Tennessee in a few weeks.

I'm ultimately driving to Memphis for a friend's wedding, but will be taking my time. We're doing a good exploration of Kentucky and will be heading through the bourbon travel from Lexington to Louisville. One night in Louisville, which is a city I love. I ate at Proof on Main a few years ago and had a great time.

Then from Memphis, we'll be driving across the state to Nashville and then to Asheville, North Carolina.

I eat everything and am looking for some great food adventures while I'm down south. Anything that is a must-taste and specifically anything that is truly unique to that part of the country. I'm sure I'll be having lots of BBQ. What else do you guys recommend? Looking for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.

Thanks in advance for all your help and I promise I will post a detailed report of my trip upon my return.

Proof on Main
702 W. Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202

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  1. Nashville...I would choose the Loveless Cafe! Great breakfast.

    Loveless Cafe
    8400 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37221

    1. I always recommend The Smoky Pig to folks who'll be headed through Bowling Green. It's some of the best BBQ (ribs AND pulled pork) I've ever had the pleasure of devouring, and their sides are nothing to sneeze at either. Only down side is that EVERYTHING is served in styro take-out containers. But it's gooooood. They do a sliced pork shoulder that's bone-dry and disastrously messy to eat but incredibly flavorful -- almost bacony.

      Weirdly enough, the cafe at the visitors' center at Mammoth Cave National Park (of all places) has REALLY good burgers, fries, and sweet tea, served at a lunch counter straight out of 1965. That's between Louisville and Bowling Green.

      1. I don't often see Kentuckians post about this place (and maybe that should tell you something) but Mrs. Sippi and I stopped in at the Old Talbott Tavern in Bardstown because of the history and very much enjoyed it. They have a couple of Kentucky standards like the hot brown and burgoo.

        We've also stopped at a place called The Whistle Stop in Glendale, Ky that was fantastic. Best fried green tomatoes I've had.

        If you're heading down 75 towards the Tn. line then you must stop in Corbin. It's a small town where the Colonel got his start. There are replicas of the original Sanders empire and it's kinda neat. At the end of the day though, it's just a KFC. Worth a visit but not lunch.
        On the other end of town is the gem. The Root Beer Stand. An old fashioned drive in where they make their own root beer. It's a local legend. So much so it doesn't even have a sign.
        That area has it's specialty. The chili bun. It's like a chili dog without the chili. We stopped this spring and just loved it.


        Whistle Stop
        216 E Main St, Glendale, KY 42740

        Old Talbott Tavern
        107 W Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004

        2 Replies
        1. re: Davwud

          I am confused...what exactly is it suppose to tell us?

          "I don't often see Kentuckians post about this place (and maybe that should tell you something)"

          1. re: LaLa

            Either they take if for granted or there is simply better around. Any time this kinda thread is started it's never brought up. That said, when it is, not one says it's bad either.

            We stopped there and loved the food and the ambiance. Take that for what it's worth. Two travelers passing through's opinion.


        2. Here's a couple of places along I 40 between Memphis and East TN.....................

          Ming Court Buffet and Grill @ 531 Highway 46 S # 1, Dickson, TN 615 - 446 - 6868.
          Whitt's BBQ @ 590 Hwy 46 South, Dickson, TN 615 - 446 - 7304. *
          Gondola Restaurant @ 625 South Cumberland St., Lebanon, TN 615 - 444 - 6016.
          Sunset Restaurant @ 640 South Cumberland St., Lebanon, TN 615 - 444 - 9530.
          Whitt's BBQ @ 401 South Cumberland St., Lebanon, TN 615 - 443 - 1919.
          Crawdaddy's West Side Grill @ 53 West Broad St., Cookeville, TN 931 - 526 - 4660. *

          Dipsey Doodle Drive In @ 2331 West Broad St., Cookeville, TN 931 - 372 - 2663.
          Logan's Roadhouse @ 1395 Interstate Dr., Cookeville, TN 931 - 526 - 9595.

          Big Boy's BBQ @ 229 Interstate Dr., Crossville, TN 931 - 787 - 1350.

          Brass Lantern Restaurant & Lounge @ 79 Chestnut Hill Rd., Crossville, TN 931 - 484 - 7657.*

          These should be 5/l0 minutes from I 40.

          1. Smokey Pig BBQ @ 2520 Louisville Rd., Bowling Green, KY. 270 - 781 - 1712.
            Center Point BBQ @ 1212 W. Main St., Hendersonville, TN. 615 - 824 - 9330.

            These are just off I 65 between Lville and Nville...............

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            1. re: Littleman

              Loved the Smokey Pig in Bowling Green. We tried the shoulder, shredded pork sandwich, small shredded pork plate, baked beans, mac & cheese, potato salad, creamy coleslaw, vinegary coleslaw, pecan pie and Derby Pie. Decided to go with 'sprinkle' re: the sauce ( I'm a newbie, so not sure if same vocab is used elsewhere),rather than 'dip', in case it was spicier than I expected, but would go with 'dip' if I revisit.
              3 of us left stuffed for $29, and the staff were so friendly.
              I'm so glad it had been mentioned on CH.