Spent five days driving around western Kentucky earlier this month, aside for Owensboro an area I had not much previous experience with. The weather did not cooperate -- no sun at all for the last four days -- but still ate very well, especially in the area around Henderson. Exceptional meals at Bon Ton Mini Mart and Peak Brothers Barbecue, as well as the revelation of the trip: orangeade at Bell's Drug Store in Sebree. I'd never really thought much about orangeade before but the one I had at Bell's was nothing short of sublime. Also ordered a chocolate malted, which was perfect.
Here's a shot of the interior of the Bon Ton:
Other stops included George's, Doe's, Mr. D's, and Knock-Um Hill -- where they were out of pork chops!! They said they routinely run out of them by noon (which is when I arrived). Big breakfast item around Herndon, I guess. Note for next time: They said they're happy to save a pork chop or two if you call ahead and ask.
Also managed to eat at all three surviving Ferrell's Hamburgers. I liked the atmosphere best at the one in Cadiz, the burger best at Madisonville (with Cadiz a very close second), and the signage best at the Hopkinsville outlet.
The Madisonvillle Ferrell's wrapped their to-go burgers in wax paper -- red
wax paper! A nice touch.
Stopped at Jewell's Open-Pit Bar-B-Q but it wasn't open and there was a For Sale sign out front. I ate at Heaton's and asked a customer there if he knew about Jewell's. He did not but said he had noticed some of Jewell's regular breakfast crowd dining elsewhere lately, also that he thought Jewell himself may have had health issues.
All in all, a good (if damp) roadtrip.
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