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Savor Kentucky Cuisine

While maybe best known for its signature drink offerings (see bourbon, wine country and the famous Kentucky Derby mint julep), The Bluegrass State is also home to a number of innovative food dishes and a hearty culinary heritage.

Popular Kentucky cuisine includes the hot brown, Kentucky burgoo, famous Kentucky BBQ and of course, Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Maybe no other state can lay claim to the extensive amount of flavor-shaping culinary creativity and history as the state of Kentucky.

Today that inspiration can be seen in unique Kentucky cuisine and dining establishments all over the state. Dine at a horse track and watch morning thoroughbred workouts over eggs. Experience white table cloth restaurants where the surrounding art is as provocative as the entrees are inventive. And find local favorites such as hot browns and Kentucky burgoo in nostalgic cafes along scenic bluegrass routes.

Ready to get a real taste of Kentucky cuisine? From fine downtown dining to Kentucky BBQ shacks in Western Kentucky, find dozens of Kentucky restaurants featuring your favorite flavors using the search below.

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Northern Kentucky River Region Bardstown, KY
Open for lunch and dinner, full Sushi bar, traditional Korean food.  New Hibachi Grill.
Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
It’s a place where everything is fresh, from the pizza dough that’s made in-store each day to the locally-grown veggies that are delivered every morning.It’s...
Bourbon, Horses & History Georgetown, KY
Built in 1887, is potentially one of Georgetown’s most outstanding buildings. Elaborate metal work, ornate window frames, and a tall bracketed cornice revealing at the t...


Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
As one of the Highlands' first upscale-casual restaurants, the Uptown Cafe continues to thrill diners for lunch and dinner, with a stellar culinary experience in a relaxed atm...
Caves, Lakes & Corvettes Bronston, KY
Open for breakfast and lunch V.I.P.'s offers great home-cooked, southern style cuisine.
Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
Once home to a service station in the mid-1950’s, Varanese’s building has been renovated into an elegant, upscale casual restaurant with a 25-foot slate water wall...
Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
Varanese is located at 2106 Frankfort Avenue in the historic Clifton neighborhood. Once a vintage service station, Varanese is now one of the most unique dining destinati...
Northern Kentucky River Region Prospect, KY
Verbena Café is a new breakfast and lunch concept developed by Mike and Laurie Cortino based on recipes used by restaurants owned and operated by Mike’s family ...
Kentuckys Southern Shorelines Bowling Green, KY
Escape the ordinary with Verdi's fusion of old-world cuisine and modern favorites in this upscale steak house on Fountain Square. Featuring signature dishes like Chilean Sea...
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