Bardstown is known for many things. Southern hospitality, My Old Kentucky Home, and America’s only native spirit, just to name a few. But did you know that The Most Beautiful Small Town in America is also home to some delicious food and sweet treats? From small town diners to high-class dinner trains, Bardstown is sure to have something for even the pickiest eaters. We’ll spotlight a few favorites from TripAdvisor.com this month on The Bardstown Buzz, but be sure to follow us on Facebook to see even more dining options in Bardstown.
Reviewer: Sehaj S.
Date: January 15th, 2015
“This is was one of the best restaurants we went to in our ten day road trip through the south. Even though we stopped by about 25 minutes before they were closing, the host and our waitress made us feel extremely welcome. The food is out of this world. Please, PLEASE order the house made rolls! They were puffs of heaven. The banana pudding is outrageous as well. It’s a great restaurant run by people who love to make outstanding food. A definite must if you’re in Bardstown.”
Reviewer: Scott W
Date: February 1st, 2015
“Go to Kentucky to go here.. Every member of the staff is an expert and on top of their game. Go for the food, stay for the bourbon.”
Harrison-Smith House on Facebook
Pat’s Place is situated right downtown on 3rd Street and is home to some wonderful country cookin’. A favorite lunch spot for both locals and travelers alike, Pat’s offers a variety of home fixings. From salads and stuffed tomatoes to slaw burgers and sliced turkey sandwiches, you’ll be sure to find something to munch for lunch. A family-owned restaurant, Pat’s Place also serves a delicious breakfast until 10:30am. Click the link below the reviews to check Pat’s out on Facebook.
Date: October 27th, 2014
“My husband and I happened upon this restaurant as we were exploring Bardstown. We were in A small area of Kentucky on a ‘History Tour’. We had lunch at Pat’s Place and it was EXCELLENT!! My husband is a “farm boy” from Missouri and he pronounced the food as ‘good as I had growing up!’ This is truly family run: Pat is the chief cook, her twin daughters wait tables and grandpa is the “busboy”! Grandma and an aunt make TO DIE FOR pies!
My husband wants to go back to Kentucky just to go to Pat’s Place.”
Reviewer: Suzi Q
Date: July 30th, 2014
“I ordered a grilled pimento cheese sandwich, chips and a water. Under $4.00. Good food. Get there early because they get packed at lunch around noon. Nice staff. They offer burgers, salads, sandwiches and daily specials such as meatloaf or roast beef. I enjoy eating lunch here.”
Long before fast food restaurants, country clubs and drive-ins, this family-owned restaurant began in 1937 by serving meals from their home. Today, three generations continue to prepare the Southern cuisine which their patrons have come to expect and enjoy. Skillet fried chicken, Kentucky country ham, homemade soups and casseroles are among some of the community favorites. After four generations, the homemade cobblers, pies, biscuit pudding and skillet fried cornbread have become the signature. Read on to see what experienced travelers from Trip Advisor had to say!
Date: February 20th, 2015
“Restaurant is in an old home, the food is what I might call comfort food – you get plenty to eat, it is uniformly good to excellent and it is a friendly and welcoming restaurant. My wife and I have been there several times and we know we can get a good meal, at a reasonable price, not be rushed in eating whilst still getting the level of attention we might wish. We do not like restaurants where they hover checking on your experience and the Kurtz restaurant fits that bill. We have been pleased each time we dined there and would definitely return.”
Date: November 11th, 2014
“I became emotional eating here. The food was exactly like my grandmother’s farm-fresh cooking. Thankfully they had Mint Juleps and Bourbon Sours to help me deal. Wonderful place to eat.”
Kurtz Restaurant on Facebook
Hurst Drug Store & Soda Fountain
What would the Most Beautiful Small Town in America be without its own soda fountain? Stop by Hurst Discount Drugs across from the Visitor’s Center in the Court Square and enjoy classics like milk shakes, malts, and of course, soda! With a nice selection of Salads, burgers, and sandwiches, the soda fountain at Hurst is a perfect place to take a break from shopping and exploring our beautiful Main Street. Peruse the gift shop for an assortment of Bardstown and other Kentucky souvenirs before you leave the Bourbon Capital of the World. Although TripAdvisor.com does not have a listing for The Soda Fountain, you can believe that it is a favorite food stop for Bardstonians and visitors.
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