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Heading to Memphis, Nashville and the KY Bourbon trail, suggestions for best places to eat?

I am going to be in TN and KY to enjoy BBQ and Bourbon. Suggestions would be appreciated, thanks.

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  1. if you drive on 65, stop in Munfordville for bbq---Big Bubba Buck's Belly Bustin' BBQ Bliss---just west of the interchange on 31W---atmosphere and great food

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    1. re: pagecan

      Absolutely. And don't let the exterior scare you.
      Make sure you leave room for desert.

      DT

      1. re: Davwud

        Agreed - outside is frightening but the food was delicious.

    2. I know you are interested in trying good Memphis BBQ. Here are the top choices.

      A & R Bar B Que @ 1802 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, TN. 901 - 774 - 7444.
      http://www.aandrbbq.com/
      BBQ Shop @ 1782 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN. 901 - 272 - 1277.
      http://www.dancingpigs.com/
      Central BBQ @ 2249 Central Ave., Memphis, TN. 901 - 272 - 9377.
      Charlie Vergo's Rendezvous @ 52 S. Second St., Memphis, TN. 901 - 523 - 2746.
      http://www.hogsfly.com/
      Cozy Corner @ 745 N. Parkway, Memphis, TN. 901 - 527 - 9158.
      http://www.cozycornerbbq.com/
      Interstate BBQ @ 2265 S. Third St., Memphis, TN. 901 - 775 - 2304.
      http://www.interstatebarbecue.com/
      Neely's BBQ @ 670 Jefferson St., Memphis, TN. 901 - 521 - 9798.
      http://www.neelysbbq.com/
      One and Only BBQ @ 1779 Kirby Pkwy., Memphis, TN 901 - 751 - 3615.
      http://www.oneandonlybbq.com/
      Paynes BBQ @ 1762 Lamar Ave., Memphis, TN. 901 - 272 - 1523.

      The BBQ Shop and One and Only are my favorites but Payne's is famous for their pulled pork sandwich.
      Germantown Commissary is outstanding if you get out E.
      Germantown Commissary @ 2290 S. Germantown Rd., Germantown, TN. 901 - 754 - 5549.
      http://www.commissarybbq.com/

      1. Get off I 65 at Exit 2 in Franklin, KY and go to Nashville Road in Franklin, KY to Jim's BBQ for outstanding KY country food. Get off I 65 at Exit 26 in Bowling Gren, KY and go W on Cemetery Road or Fairview Avenue to Chestnut. Take a left and go to Brickyard Cafe for fine Italian for lunch and dinner. Get off I 65 at Exit 65 in Munfordville, KY and go S on Main Street to Big Bubba Buck 's BBQ for good Kentucky BBQ. Get off I 65 at Exit 86 at Glendale, KY and go to The Whistle Stop or Tony York's for outstanding southern country food for lunch or dinner. Get off I 65 at Exit 94 in Elizabetown, KY and go W on Mulberry to Commerce Drive. Take a left and go to Texas Outlaw BBQ for good road food.

        Jim's BBQ @ 6111 Nashville Rd., Franklin, KY. 270 - 586 - 9851.
        Brickyard Cafe @ 1026 Chestnut St., Bowling Green, KY 270 - 843 - 6431.
        http://www.brickyardcafe.net/
        Big Bubba Bucks BBQ @ 1802 Main St., Munfordville, KY 270 - 524 - 3333.
        The Whistle Stop Restaurant @ 216 East Main St., Glendale, KY 270 - 369 - 7969.
        http://www.whistlestoprestaurant.net/
        Tony York's @ 201 East Main Street, Glendale, KY 270 - 369 - 6000. I65/EXIT86.
        Texas Outlaw BBQ @ 220 Commerce Dr., Elizabethtown, KY 270 - 234 - 8586.
        Get off I 65 at Exit 94 in Elizabethtown, KY and go W on N Mulberry about half a mile to Stone Hearth Restaurant for outstanding southern food. The fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy is outstanding. Get a Kentucky tradition Hot Brown sandwich or one of their delicious po boys. Call ahead and get a box lunch to go. Get off I 65 at Exit 127 in Louisville, KY and go E on Highway 1065 to Preston Highway. Take a left a go 3 blocks to Bootleg BBQ for outstanding southern food open at 11AM for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. For good home style food with a water front view get off I 65 at Exit 0 at Court and go W to the first street. Take a left and go S to Riverside Drive to Buck Head Mountain Grill for lunch or dinner.
        Stone Hearth Restaurant @ 1001 North Mulberry Street, Elizabethtown, KY 270 - 765 - 4898.
        http://www.stonehearthetown.com/
        Bootleg BBQ @ 7508 Preston Hwy., Louisville, KY. 502 - 239 - 2722. I65/EXIT127/128.
        http://www.bootlegbbq.net/

        1. Best restaurant in the state is the Whistle Stop in Glendale, KY.

          Moonlight Barbeque in Owensboro, KY is famous.

          I've heard good things about My Old Kentucky Dinner Train in Bardstown, KY (where you'll likely find your bourbon).

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          1. re: Laura R

            It's been a few years but Whistle Stop was indeed excellent when we stopped.

            DT

          2. Midway, KY is a neat town to visit.

            Scottwood B &B @ 2004 E Leestown Road, Midway, KY 859 - 846 - 5037.
            http://www.scottwoodbedandbreakfast.com/
            Bistro La Belle @ 121 East Main Street, Midway, KY 859 - 846 - 4233.
            http://www.facebook.com/pages/Midway-...
            Good Ol Day's Bar B Que @ Farm @ 544 Old Frankfort Pike, Midway, KY. 859 - 873 - 9520.
            http://www.goodoldays.com/
            Heirloom Restaurant @ 125 East Main Street, Midway, KY 859 - 846 - 5565.
            http://www.heirloommidway.com/
            Holly Hill Inn @ 426 North Winter Street, Midway, KY 859 - 846 - 4732.
            http://www.hollyhillinn.com/
            Wallace Station @ 3854 Old Frankfort Pike, Versailles, KY 859 - 846 - 5161.
            http://www.wallacestation.com/Wallace...

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            1. re: Littleman

              Can attest that Wallace Station is worth a visit. If not for the food but for the drive alone.

              DT

            2. If you make it to Louisville, I recommend 610 Magnolia