Some thoughts on the Whistle Stop and on Beaumont Inn:
We used to love the Whistle Stop, but I think it changed hands a few years ago. Before that, the hot browns were exemplary and the brown sugar cream pie was fantastic. After it did, they opened an outpost at a strip mall in Elizabethtown. Although the brown sugar cream pie there was good, the hot brown wasn't. It looked like the one in your photograph. It was very disappointing, but I chalked it up to being in a "branch" location. We haven't been back to the original in Glendale since then.
Although I know pictures can be deceiving, if yours is accurate, then I'm sorry to say that, at least in my opinion, the hot brown at the Whistle Stop in Glendale is probably no longer worth ordering. That bright yellow cheese is really off-putting. There are far superior hot browns in Kentucky -- my favorites are at the Greyhound Tavern in Fort Mitchell and at the Science Hill Inn in Shelbyville. Many people swear by the original at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, but I prefer the others I listed above. But I'd eat the one at the Brown anytime rather than the one at the Whistle Stop. And I'm very sorry to say that, because Glendale is a fun place to visit and has great antiquing.
As for Beaumont Inn, this is one of my favorite places in the world, and I've been going there since I was a small child. I almost always have fried chicken, green beans and corn pudding, but on my last visit, my brother raved about the chef's special pasta of the week, with sun-dried tomatoes, black olives and artichokes. They've kept some of the old traditional food on the menu, but have been expanding it to include other things, and many of the items are quite good.
A cautionary note: those fabulous yeast rolls (and they are intoxicatingly yeasty - yum!) are served only at lunch and Sunday brunch, not at dinner. At dinner they serve some kind of white dinner rolls which are OK, but not really worth the calories, in my opinion. In the olden days, they used to serve biscuits at dinner, but now they are only available at breakfast.
They've been experimenting with a menu Sunday brunch, instead of their buffet which they had had for many years. I wasn't sure about this (I generally don't like buffets, but I loved the Sunday brunch one because they disjointed the fried chicken, rather than serving it in quarters as they do at dinner, so I could eat nothing but wings, which are my favorite part), but I have to say that when we had it there recently (Palm Sunday 2012), we really enjoyed it. They had a special that day of fried frog legs which were out of this world.
I'm not a country ham fan, but my husband is, and he loves the ham at Beaumont Inn. They age the hams in their own aging house on the premises. http://www.beaumontinn.com/kentucky_ham.htm
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