Re:Latest poll: dearly departed establishments
This was a tough one for me. Like many of you, I had never visited several of these places.
I was torn between the Berghoff and Kaelin's. I went to the Berghoff many times (going back to when I was an undergrad and grad student at Northwestern in the 1970s), and loved it, especially their broiled whitefish and root beer. I even bought a couple of Berghoff plates when they announced they were going out of business. But I was so dismayed at the way they chose to go out of business initially, and then regroup as a shadow of their former self, that I voted for Kaelin's, instead.
I only went to Kaelin's one time, about a year before they closed, but I thought it was great. They were known for their cheeseburgers, of course, but I ate excellent fried chicken there. Plus, the waitress was terrific. I was very sorry when they closed, as Kaelin's was very convenient to the Louisville airport and was a great choice either after arrival (as we experienced it) or prior to departure.
Although I went to law school in Nashville, I only dined at the Belle Meade Buffet once. It was very good, but, for me, it paled in comparison to Laughner's cafeterias in my home state of Indiana -- another wonderful place, well known to the Sterns and many Roadfooders, now also, regrettably, also closed.