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Need BBQ or other recommendations- Lexington KY and Bourbon Trail

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We are doing a road trip of Tennessee and Kentucky, starting later this week. Have done lots of research, have almost all my restaurants picked out - we are trying to do as much good BBQ as we can. The only spots that I haven't figured out yet are where to have dinner in Lexington, KY, and lunch somewhere along the Bourbon Trail, likely around Bardstown or west towards Elizabethtown. Any and all recommendations would be appreciated - either BBQ, burgers, anything good and casual, and worth a visit. Any ideas?

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  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.
    http://www.bootlegbbq.net/
    Buckhead Mountain Grill @ 4112 Outer Loop, Louisville, KY 502 - 966 - 5555.
    http://www.eatatbuckheads.com/

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    1. re: Littleman

      thanks for the reply - now I just have to choose!

    2. I was in Lexington a few weeks ago visiting family and we went to a new BBQ place called City Barbecue that was pretty good. It's on Richmond road near Man O' War. The brisket and pulled pork were both excellent as were the sides. Turkey was a bit on the dry side for me.

      http://www.citybbq.com/

      1. don't go to buckhead's. someone mentioned that below. blech. bad food. bootleg bbq is good, but doc crow's, in downtown louisville, is much better.

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        1. re: taz99

          We didn't go to Louisville. Ended up at Parkette Drive In for fried chicken in Lexington - and it was good (although the fried chicken we had the following night in Henderson at Mr. D.'s was better...). Due to a last-minute decision to detour to Mammoth Cave after the Bourbon Trail, we ended up having lunch at the Whistle Stop, which was like going back in time 50 years... One of these days, once I'm organized enough, I will post about the rest of the trip - had lots of great BBQ.