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The 11 Best Things I Ate During My Cross-Country Road Trip

J. Kenji López-Alt 63 comments

Man, did we eat some good things while driving from New York to San Francisco. Here are the delicious highlights from a 10 day trip from that took us through New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. More

A Sandwich a Day: Catfish Sandwich at Hillbilly Tea, Louisville

A Sandwich a Day Carey Jones 2 comments

There's a heavy dose of hipster irony, sure, but the menu transcends gimmicks; there's fine food coming out of this hillbilly kitchen. The Catfish Sandwich ($7) was, quite frankly, the first catfish sandwich I've ever loved More

Eat This Now: Broadbent Country Ham Falafel at Proof on Main, Louisville, KY

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One might think that falafel, often championed by the vegetarian set, would be an unlikely partner for ham, darling of many a carnivore. One would be wrong. More

Hangover Helper: Goetta and Eggs at Anchor Grill, Covington KY

Drinks Jacqueline Raposo 6 comments

Across the Ohio River from Cincinnati in Covington, Kentucky, Anchor Grill has been serving up crispy goetta and eggs for 67 years. More

6 Great Bars in Louisville, Kentucky

Drinks Carey Jones 8 comments

It's easy to have a good time in Louisville. The gateway to bourbon country has bars to please every sort of drinker—the cocktail enthusiast, the brown-spirits sipper, the shot-and-beer habituant. Here are six bars I loved on a recent trip. More

Hot Brown Burgers

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 3 comments

A grilled burger patty served open-faced on a slice of toasted bread with bacon, tomato, and cheesy Mornay sauce broiled until bubbling. More

Behind the Scenes at the Jim Beam Distillery

Drinks Carey Jones Post a comment

95% of the world's bourbon is made in Kentucky—and more than half of that is made by Jim Beam. Come take a look inside the distillery. More

Serious Entertaining: Kentucky Derby Party

Serious Entertaining Erin Zimmer 2 comments

I can't claim to be from Kentucky or any state south of the Mason-Dixon (southern California doesn't count right?) but I've been to a few Derby parties in my day. I've worn a few wide-brimmed hats. So let's waste no time and start with mint juleps, then move on to beer cheese, Kentucky Hot Browns, bourbon balls, and more for your Race Day spread. More

Not Technically Coffee, But: The Kentucky Coffeetree

Drinks Meister 2 comments

Kentucky's not all juleps, derbies, and bluegrass: It's also the home to a little corner of the not-quite-coffee world with a lovely native (sort of) botanical contribution, the Kentucky coffeetree. More

Video: Cooperative Urban Farm in Louisville

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The ideas of cooperative work are central to many movements in Latin America. Nelson Escobar brought these ideas from his home in El Salvador to Louisville, Kentucky, where he coordinates a large urban farm that brings together a diverse community to grow, eat, and sell good food. Watch this video to see the inspiring story. More

Serious Entertaining: Kentucky Derby Party

Serious Entertaining Erin Zimmer 4 comments

I can't claim to be from Kentucky or any state south of the Mason-Dixon (southern California doesn't count right?) but I've been to a few Derby parties in my day. I've worn a few wide-brimmed hats. So let's waste no time and start with mint juleps, then move on to beer cheese, Kentucky Hot Browns, bourbon balls, and more for your Race Day spread. More

Video: Herding Backyard Goats in Louisville, Kentucky

Daniel Klein 1 comment

It's not often that you look at a suburban backyard to find a man herding goats, but that is what people in one neighborhood in Louisville experience every day. Burundian refugee Jean-Marie herds goats within the Louisville, Kentucky, city limits. He sells them to the growing immigrant and refugee population. Goat isn't yet popular with all Southerners, but it reminds Jean-Marie of his homeland. This video captures the day we spent with him and his family. More

Kentucky Hot Brown

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 3 comments

The Hot Brown is ostensibly an open-faced sandwich—it starts with a piece of toasted bread (the original recipe calls for Texas Toast) and gets topped with sliced roasted turkey. But from there it leaps directly into Hangover Helper territory when a precisely measured volume (known as a morethanyoucouldreasonablyhopetoneed) of cheesy, creamy Mornay sauce is poured over the top and the whole thing is placed under the broiler to bake until bubbly. More

Lexington, KY: Exceptional Doughnuts from Spalding's

Sweets J. Kenji López-Alt 8 comments

"The first time I read about Spalding's Doughnuts, all I could think was these sound remarkably like Georgie's," Ed told me. Georgie's was a personal favorite of Ed's—a Harlem doughnut shop that's been closed for about a decade now. Irregularly shaped, airy, full of stretchy nooks and crannies and an unusually thick, crisp crust, these are the kind of doughnuts that are the aesthetic opposite of the perfectly round factory-stamped shape of the major chains. More

BraveTart: Peanut Butter Jelly Time

Sweets Bravetart 7 comments

One of my favorite parts of snuggling up to the latest issue of any given food magazine is catching up on restaurant news in cities across America. New York. Boston. San Francisco. Chicago. Lexington. "Wait, Lexington...What state is that even in?" I can hear you asking. More

KFC vs Lee's: Finding the Real Kentucky Fried Chicken

Meredith Smith 34 comments

Growing up there were two fried chicken places in my hometown: Lee's Famous Recipe (known over the years as Famous Recipe and later just Lee's) and KFC (formerly Kentucky Fried Chicken). KFC was Coca Cola while Lee's was RC Cola in that KFC had way better marketing and national distribution. But I decided it was finally time to go beyond my childhood biases and superficial rankings and take a true Kentucky fried chicken challenge. More

My Pizza Oven: Aaron 'DoubleA' Harris

Slice Adam Kuban 6 comments

We got wind of Aaron "DoubleA" Harris's oven when he chimed in on the Awesome Pizza in Kentucky? Talk topic. You know what happens when you mention you own a wood-fired oven around these parts, don't you? You get yourself a place in the hot seat. Let's get Aaron in there now.... More

United States of Pizza: Kentucky

Slice Christopher Stephens 18 comments

The Bluegrass State may be better known for the Colonel's fried chicken, but it has plenty of good pizza to offer. Louisville has a number of celebrated pizzerias, but some of the best pies can be found at restaurants that don't specialize in pizza. Outside of Louisville, you can find VPN-certified pies as well as a pizzeria that caters mostly to rock-climbers. More

Hot Dog of the Week: Alligator Coney, Northern Kentucky

Hot Dog of the Week Hawk Krall 7 comments

The standard Cincinnati Coney is about four inches, only slightly bigger than the Troy NY Mini-Dogs but smaller than a Southern ten-pound hot dog, and covered with heavily spiced Cincinnati Chili. The Alligator ($1.59) starts with the same small pink hot dog, but it's covered in a massive pile of shredded neon yellow cheese, and instead of chili, a crisp pickle spear and plenty of mayonnaise. Sound weird? It was great. More

Dear AHT: Ritzy's in Owensboro, Kentucky

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 3 comments

Here's a recommendation we recently received in the AHT inbox. You can drop us a line at burger@seriouseats.com. [Image: ritzys.com] Dear AHT, I recently stumbled across A Hamburger Today, and have been greatly entertained since. I'm not as technical a... More

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