In the past several years the “Farm-to-Table” or “Farm-to-Fork” movement has been spreading across the country like wildfire. Here in Kentucky we have seen an increase in the number of Farm-To-Table restaurants across the state.
You may be asking “what is farm-to-table?
Farm-to-Table simply means that the food that you are eating came from local farmers and producers. Most Kentucky Farm-to-Table restaurant owners have developed relationships with local farmers, many of whom have plots of produce that are designated solely for use by a particular restaurant. Often times the restaurant may have their own garden spot where they are able to harvest their own produce. Many restaurant owners also have relationships with local farmers to supply their beef, pork, and chicken.
Why the movement to a farm-to-table lifestyle? By knowing where your food came from you are able to know how the produce or meat was grown, raised, and harvested. As residents of the Bluegrass state strive to live healthier lifestyles I believe we will continue to see an increase in the number of Farm-to-Table restaurants all across the state.
So, where can you go in Kentucky to experience a Farm-to-Table meal? Well, I’m glad you asked because we have a list of restaurants compiled just for you!
We just ask one little favor from you. When you visit these restaurants, be sure to tell them that you read about them on KentuckyAtHeart.com! We would love it if you’d do that and help get the word, about our blog, out around our great state!
Chaney’s Dairy Barn in Bowling Green offers everything from soups and sandwiches to pies and of course ice cream! You can’t miss the big red barn on 31W South of Bowling Green.
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The Red River Rockhouse located in Campton, is right in the heart of the Red River Gorge. They are open from March to December for lunch and dinner Thursday to Monday. You can also enjoy breakfast on Sundays when they open at 8:30am. While at the Red River Rockhouse you can partake in a meal of grass-fed burgers, tacos, burritos, salads, wine and bourbon. Just looking at their menu makes my mouth water!
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The Wrigley Taproom and Eatery on Main Street in Downtown Corbin offers an ever changing menu that is sourced locally and features the freshest ingredients. The Wrigley also boasts the largest beer selection in the region with 24 craft beers on tap, often focusing on Kentucky brewed beers. The Wrigley is within walking distance of my house and everything I’ve eaten there has been delicious. You can read my review of The Wrigley here.
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Bouquet Restaurant is nestled in Covington’s historic district. Bouquet’s dinner menu offers a new twist on classic foods created with the finest local ingredients.
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Rick’s White Light Diner in Frankfort has been featured on Diner’s Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network. The restaurant offers a delicious breakfast and lunch menu with everything from BBQ Pork to Oysters and Crawfish Pie.
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Snug Hollow Dining at Snug Hollow Farm Bed & Breakfast is located in Irvine. At Snug Hollow gourmet vegetarian meals are produced from their own garden and the Innkeeper Barbara Napier’s Rosemary Braided Bread is said to be a fragrant, tender and beautiful loaf of bread.
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Al’s Bar and Beer Garden on North Limestone in Lexington serves up Burgers, Nachos, Salads and more. Al’s boasts that only the finest Kentucky Proud ingredients are used. A full menu is available from 11:30 AM to 10:00 PM. After 10pm only fried foods are available.
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Alfalfa on East Main Street in Lexington first opened in 1973 and prides itself on an eclectic menu which would please vegetarians and meat eaters. The freshest, best quality ingredients are used on their breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu. You can also sit back and enjoy a glass of wine or locally brewed beer.
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Dudley’s On Short is located downtown on West Short Street in Lexington. I can tell you that Dudley’s is one of my favorite restaurants in Lexington. I had the opportunity to eat at Dudley’s a couple of years ago during Lexington’s Restaurant week. The food was so good I could have licked my plate. Dudley’s supports local purveyors where they obtain most of their ingredients and food products.
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Ramsey’s Diners, 4 locations throughout Lexington. Ramsey’s is best known for their Kentucky comfort food and a “meat and 3” type of meal with a meat and 3 side items. Ramsey’s also offers a full selection of sandwiches and salads as well as a breakfast menu and has won many awards throughout the years.
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Bistro 301, located in downtown Lousiville is a Kentucky Proud Restaurant which uses produce meat and cheese sourced from local and regional farmers.
Bluegrass Brewing Company has 3 locations around Louisville. The BBC has an interesting history and offers a locally sourced menu and their own special brewed beers.
Lilly’s Bistro on Bardstown Road in Louisville. Lilly’s menu is centered around seasonal ingredients available from local farmers and may change frequently.
The Mayan Cafe, located on Market Street, in Louisville offers a delicious lunch and dinner menu. The Mayan Cafe has been around for 17 years and takes pride in the fact that their products are sourced from local vendors. In addition to a tasty menu, cooking lessons are also available at The Mayan Cafe.
Corbett’s in Louisville is housed in a beautiful historic home which was once known as the Von Allmen Mansion. Corbett’s offers a dinner menu, weekly five course prix-fixe menu, casual menu, and dessert menu. I want to go eat at Corbett’s to check out this beautiful house.
JackFry’s on Bardstown Road in Louisville is a historic restaurant serving Kentucky Proud foods.
Selena’s at Willow Lake Tavern in Louisville creates a fusion of Creole and Sicilian Cuisine and New Orleans style fun using the freshest local ingredients and the freshest available seafood.
Proof on Main in downtown Louisville features seasonally inspired dishes reflecting the cuisine of Southern America.
Harvest Restaurant in Louisville is a “locally grown restaurant” where 80% of their ingredients come from within 100 miles of the restaurant.
Seviche A Latin Restaurant on Bardstown Road in Lousivlle has a seasonally changing menu which features the freshest seafood and local artisan ingredients.
Heirloom Restaurant in Midway offers an extensive menu full of local ingredients.
The Holly Hill Inn in Midway is a charming restaurant, built in 1845 and offers fine dining just minutes from Lexington. The Holly Hill Inn Chef, Ouita Michel has always made the use of local ingredients a priority in her menus.
The Midway Bakery in Midway creates doughnuts, cookies, pies and more from scratch with real butter and natural ingredients using traditional recipes. Their flours come from Weisenberger Mill down the road; most of the corn and wheat is raised right here in Kentucky. The bakery’s chocolate and cocoa powder comes from Ruth Hunt Candies in Mount Sterling and the pecans are from the Kentucky Nut Corp. in Hickman, Ky.
Marcellas Farm to Fork in Mt. Vernon offers Southern style home cooking using locally sourced ingredients.
Kirchhoff’s Bakery and Deli in Paducah combines old fashioned quality with a modern twist in their delicious menu.
Freight House Restaurant in Paducah offers traditional southern flavors, paired with locally sourced meats and garden fresh fare.
The Blue Raven in Pikeville is ran by Chef Matt Corbin who in an interview with Kentucky Monthly described his food as “pub-style Appalachian cuisine” comprising “Kentucky and Appalachian staples with unique twists that showcase quality ingredients and food preparation.”
River Hill Ranch and Hill Restaurant in Richmond brings diners the first ever Alpaca Farm to Table Dinner. At River Hill you can enjoy five courses of delicious alpaca meat and other local food paired with wine from nearby wineries.
While in downtown Stanford be sure to stop by the Bluebird Cafe. The Bluebird proudly serves Marksbury beef, pork, and chicken straight from Marksbury Farm located in Lancaster. The Bluebird cafe is open for Breakfast and Lunch, Monday to Saturday and Dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.
Wallace Station on Old Frankfort Pike in Versailles offers a deli menu, catering, breakfast, and desserts.
Glenn’s Creek Cafe at Woodford Reserve in Versailles prepares tasty food that reflects all the distinctive flavors found in the Woodford Reserve flavor wheel. The chef and his staff use as many local ingredients as possible in their made from scratch menu.
The Thirsty Heifer Ltd. Co. in Whitesburg offers 16 craft and premium beers on draught and Farm-to-table Kentucky Proud beef from JSW Farms in West Liberty, KY. From salads to burgers and shakes The Thirsty Heifer offers a delicious menu.
Do you have a favorite Farm to Table restaurant in Kentucky? Leave us a comment below and let us know about your favorite spot so we can add them to the list.
Also, remember if you visit one of these restaurants, mention that you read about them on KentuckyAtHeart.com! We would forever be grateful for the mention!!