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Smokey Valley Truck Stop

magic Mar 10, 2011 06:28 PM

Any good??


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    chileheadmike Jun 19, 2011 04:15 PM

    We ate breakfast there this morning. The only ones smoking were the servers.

    Do NOT go here if you are in a hurry. Took 10 minutes for someone to ask us what we wanted to drink and another 40 minutes to get our food after we ordered.

    My daughter pronounced the pancakes best ever. I had eggs, country ham, and hash browns. Country ham was really good. The food was hot and fresh, I was afraid that it had sat for while before it got to us. Guess it just takes 40 minutes to cook that stuff.

    I'd stop in again because the food is really good. Not worth a trip by itself.

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      ShainaN Jun 5, 2011 08:04 PM

      Smokey Valley is very difficult to find if you don't know it's there. I don't think that I would specifically make a special trip to eat there, but if I were on the road I'd be sure to stop.

      I was a student at Kentucky Christian University in Grayson and Smokey's (as we called it) was a very popular spot for college students. I never had dessert there. We all went for the Smokey Burger.

      A lot of it is the fact that we were getting off campus, and not so much the food... but the fact that sometimes we'd be cutting it close on curfew.

      The Smokey Burger is a double patty burger. Nothing all that special at all about it. It was usually pretty dry.

      The onion rings there are AMAZING. I used to make my husband stop there weekly when I was pregnant just to get them.

      A friend of mine says that the lady they showed cooking on Triple D is not really a cook there at all... and that the recipe that they give on there isn't true to the food. I don't know if its true, but she knew several of the cooks at Smokey's and they were kind of frustrated with the show.

      VERY smokey atmosphere. You can watch them prepare your food. Very small dining area. Not the best atmosphere... definitely a dive... but decent food if you're passing through!

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      1. re: ShainaN
        magic Jun 6, 2011 03:53 AM

        Thanks for the report ShainaN!

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        chileheadmike Mar 18, 2011 01:13 PM

        My daughter and I were just in that area last weekend. We went though Carter Caves SP. I had my eye out for this, but we never did find it. Good to have the directions I'll make a point of stopping by next time.

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        1. re: chileheadmike
          magic Mar 18, 2011 04:42 PM

          Let us know about your experience if you make it there!

          1. re: magic
            Bill Hunt Mar 20, 2011 08:21 PM

            Though we are probably not getting you all the info that you are seeking, at least there IS activity in the thread.

            Good luck, and hope that it's good,


            1. re: Bill Hunt
              magic Mar 20, 2011 08:25 PM

              Thank you:)

              I might be going in May. If I do, I'll report back. If anyone has any further info please post!

              1. re: magic
                wickedchef Mar 21, 2011 07:24 AM

                if you are heading east on I-64 it is the first olive hill exit, turn right then another immediate right and you are there. it is down over a hill right next to the interstate ramp. easy to miss if you don't know its there. if you are heading west on i-64, it will be the second exit.

                1. re: wickedchef
                  magic Mar 21, 2011 07:34 AM

                  Thanks wickedchef!

                  1. re: magic
                    Davwud May 23, 2011 05:42 PM

                    Did you make it Magic??


                    1. re: Davwud
                      magic May 24, 2011 07:09 AM

                      Hi Davwud, unfortunately I did not :(

                      I did go to Kentucky, but did not make it to SV for a few reasons I won’t bother getting into.

                      I did however go to several other places as featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives:

                      1. Rick’s White Light Diner (probably my favourite of the lot – a great overall food, service, and atmosphere experience)

                      2. Virgil’s Café (very nice)

                      3. Parkette Drive-In (wonderful fried chicken).

                      4. JJ McBrewster’s (My smoked turkey sandwich, pulled pork, and cornbread was really good but most of the other food I sampled was not – the ribs seemed boiled and not smoked – tsk tsk, and the goat was as dry as old leather)

                      5. Wallace Station – probably my biggest letdown. It was ok, but the food was not as good as I had hoped. The baked goods were surprisingly amazing, but my Big Brown burger and Pimento/Ham sandwich were just so-so, the cornbread was inedible.

                      Sorry if this was off topic, but I wanted to provide at least some useful feedback of my Kentucky tour.

                      SV will be on my next trip for sure. If anyone has any further info on SV not too late to speak up!

                      Wallace Station
                      3854 Old Frankfort Pike, Versailles, KY 40383

                      White Light Diner
                      114 Bridge St, Frankfort, KY 40601

                      1. re: magic
                        Davwud May 24, 2011 09:16 AM

                        I really liked the BB burger at WS but I was let down a bit in the fact that Guy hailed it as "Top 5" for him and I figure that's pretty high praise. I thought otherwise it was a very solid burger.


                        1. re: Davwud
                          magic May 24, 2011 10:13 AM

                          That's cool, don't get me wrong it was pretty decent, just not amazing. I liked the seasoning and the taste of the meat, but it was overdone for my liking despite specifically asking for having it cooked not well done. I also thought the bun was a bit weak and bready and interfered with the burger, which was surprisingly smaller than I expected it to be. The bacon was very good, the mornay was fine, and the ham added nothing at all. The building and space itself was beautiful and located in a picturesque area so that was nice. But yeah, top 5? I certainly would not agree with that. Maybe his was but mine wasn't. The burger at Virgil’s, though not featured on DDD, was much better than the one I had at WS. The pimento/ham sandwich I mentioned was also so-so. It sure looked the part but he flavours were very basic and the bread while beautifully made was cut too thick for my personal preference which made it a challenge to eat and the sandwich more about the bread than the filling. The cornbread had to be chucked after one bite. We thought they had mistaken salt for sugar as it was wayyyyy too salty. And bone dry. Though very photogenic. And a great staff.

                          If you haven't checked out Rick's White Light Diner I'd recommend that.

                          1. re: magic
                            Davwud May 24, 2011 12:20 PM

                            Sounds like Southern cornbread. I'm not a big fan of it.


                            1. re: Davwud
                              magic May 24, 2011 12:39 PM

                              Neither was I. : )

                              1. re: magic
                                Davwud Nov 23, 2011 08:08 AM

                                Well we ate at Ricks White Light in Frankfort yesterday and like you with WS, we were disappointed in it. Don't get me wrong, the food was good. It just didn't WOW us. We had a sample platter and the only great thing on it was the crawfish pie. BBQ, Fried Green Tomatoes and Oysters were solid but nothing special. The Jambalaya was a kinda weird but still tasty. He makes an amalgum of rice, chicken, sausage and veggies that he plates and ladles a creole sauce over. Odd presentation I though. Mine home made is way better IMHO.


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                                  magic Nov 23, 2011 09:07 AM

                                  Thanks so much for your report Davwud! Interesting.

                                  I did not have the sampler or jambalaya but I went twice and I sampled many things:

                                  The item I liked least was the oyster po boy. I found the oysters mushy, not fried well, greasy, unappetizing to look at, and generally muddled in flavour.

                                  Almost everything else I had was first rate. The shrimp po boy was simply heavenly, the bourbon pie was dreamy, the fried potatoes were incredible. Corn was nice.

                                  Crawfish pie was very nice but for the price I didn’t get what the fuss was about and while I’d order again, I’d want to try other more reasonably priced things first. I also did not get any sense it was a crawfish pie that I was eating – just a pretty tasty creamy savoury pie. But not a crawfish pie. Which made me question its price even more. The BBQ pork sammo was quite good but did not blow me away.

                                  When I went the weather was gorgeous May sunshine so it was a delight to eat at the umbrella’d tables outside.

                                  Overall: in addition to the great space (indoors and outdoors), great people running it, the shrimp po boy and bourbon pie alone make Rick’s a destination for me and I do hope to return one day.

                                  1. re: magic
                                    Davwud Nov 23, 2011 09:26 AM

                                    I sure did get crawfish out of the CP. Really liked that the best. Other than the bourbon pie was a big home run too and the deep fried Oreos were also delicious.. All others we're good. Nothing more, nothing less.


                                    1. re: Davwud
                                      magic Nov 23, 2011 09:41 AM

                                      Fair enough. Thanks for posting and I'm glad you made it :)

                                  2. re: Davwud
                                    magic Nov 23, 2011 09:08 AM

                                    Also, you sure do get to travel a lot! I'm so jealous!

                                    Where do you get your vaca time?!

                                    : )

                                    1. re: magic
                                      Davwud Nov 23, 2011 09:29 AM

                                      I married a southern girl who's family all reside in Huntsville, Al. I've worked at the same place for nearly 20 years and as such have 25 days vacation.


                                      1. re: Davwud
                                        magic Nov 23, 2011 09:40 AM


                                        1. re: Davwud
                                          magic Nov 24, 2011 07:08 AM

                                          I enjoy your blog, think I'm gonna have to check out Jerseys at some point over the coming while.

                                          1. re: magic
                                            Davwud Nov 24, 2011 08:23 AM

                                            Lemmie know when. Maybe we can hook up.


                                            1. re: Davwud
                                              magic Nov 24, 2011 08:57 AM

                                              Oh that's nice. Absolutely. Will do!

                                      2. re: Davwud
                                        johnb Nov 24, 2011 08:32 AM

                                        I had breakfast there, don't remember exactly what it was, but it was OK. But the main thing about Rick's is Rick. Sit at the counter, toward the left end, and get him talking while he's cooking. Worth the price of the meal.

                                        1. re: johnb
                                          magic Nov 24, 2011 08:58 AM

                                          Agreed. He's fantastic.

                                          1. re: magic
                                            Davwud Nov 24, 2011 07:06 PM

                                            I'm not sure if I thought he was fantastic or he grated on me. It's still hard for me to figure out. He started off taking a shot at me. I thought that was good. I wavered back and forth between thinking this was great and "Shut up, shut up, shut up." Just don't really know how I feel about him.


                                            1. re: Davwud
                                              magic Nov 24, 2011 08:00 PM

                                              Haha, I can see that.

                                              With me and my buddies he was actually very nice. One of my friends kinda looks intimidating so maybe that kept him in check, haha. He was nice but left us alone to enjoy our food as well.

                                              He was great with us, but no, I see what you mean.

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                wickedchef Mar 18, 2011 08:52 AM

                We saw this place on a food network show and it happens to be 30 mins from my hometown so we stopped in for dessert. The desserts were pretty good. I can't speak to anything else since we only ordered dessert. The service was friendly. It is right off I-64 at one of the Olive Hill exits so not hard to find. If you are passing by or live fairly close, it is worth a drive.

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                1. re: wickedchef
                  magic Mar 18, 2011 10:21 AM

                  Thanks for the feeback! Anyone else??

                2. Bill Hunt Mar 17, 2011 07:12 PM


                  Do you have a URL, or at least an address?

                  Does not ring any bells with me, and if it did, the experiences would be so very long ago, as to not be at all useful to you.

                  More info, the more likely that others will know it, and can help.

                  Good luck,


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                  1. re: Bill Hunt
                    magic Mar 17, 2011 07:29 PM

                    I don't think they have a website but watch this:


                    No website that I know of but they have a Facebook page:


                    60 Bond Court, Olive Hill, KY

                    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

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                    magic Mar 16, 2011 05:58 PM

                    Bueller? Bueller?

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