10 Must-Try Tastes in Kentucky
Once when traveling as a teenager through New England, my family and I struck up conversation with a couple German tourists. They asked us where we were from; we said Kentucky. Then they asked, “Why should we come to Kentucky? What’s to see there?”
My answer was likely something vague about horses. As young as I was, I don’t know if my mind even went to bourbon then.
Since this conversation, I’ve lived in London and now North Carolina. I’ve traveled across the U.S. and to Turkey, France, Belgium, and Egypt. In the process, longing has made my heart grow fonder; I’ve fallen ever more deeply in love with my home state.
The German tourists’ question and my answer still haunts me today … for all I left unsaid. Sure, there are horses, but there is also driving through the backroads of horse country along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, there is hiking and mountain climbing galore at Red River Gorge, boundless history, so many good-hearted people, and, actually, a lot of good food, too.
Here, I’ve collected a few of my favorite bites across the bluegrass. This list may be based on bias and nostalgia, but I think you will enjoy these spots, nevertheless.
Pictured is Crank & Boom.