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Fried Chicken Trail, Kentucky

Fried Chicken Trail in Kentucky

Kentucky is home to a number of innovative food dishes but one of the most famous is Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Founder Colonel Sanders perfected his recipe and launched his global empire from a cafe in Corbin, Kentucky, in 1930, and soon put Kentucky on the map as the place for true Southern fried chicken that you can still visit today. But the legacy of fried chicken in Kentucky goes far beyond the Colonel and many restaurants around the state are contenders for best-fried chicken in Kentucky. In addition, the World Chicken Festival held every September in London, Kentucky features family-friendly activities, live music and some of the best fried chicken you will find anywhere.

All these places are featured on the Fried Chicken Trail around Kentucky:

  • Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum

The Harland Sanders Café is a historic restaurant located in Corbin, Kentucky. Colonel Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, operated the restaurant from 1940 to 1956.

688 Hwy 25, Corbin, KY 40701

  • Beaumont Inn

Named as one of the South’s Top 20 Charming Inns by Southern Living Magazine, Beaumont Inn has welcomed guests since 1919 to experience the best of Kentucky and is also featured on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

638 Beaumont Inn Drive, Harrodsburg, KY 40330

  • Blue Isle Home-Style Restaurant and Bar

This family oriented home-style restaurant and bar is a favourite among locals and travellers.  The Blue Isle has a delicious Sunday buffet and some truly mouth watering fried chicken.

5 Shoppers Dr.,WinchesterKY 40391
  • Parkette Drive-In
Nostalgic, 1950s drive-in diner whipping up fried chicken, Poor Boy burgers & milkshakes all served with a fun atmosphere.
1230 E New Circle Rd, Lexington, KY 40505
  • Local Feed

Located just steps from the heart of town and a block from Georgetown College, Local Feed is surrounded by Georgetown's bright history. The historic building was originally constructed in the 1890's as the ice house, across the street from Royal Springs, where Elijah Craig pulled water to first make bourbon. Local Feed prides itself with a scratch farm to table concept, an ever growing bourbon list and fantastic craft cocktails.

214 S Water St, Georgetown, KY 40324

  • Claudia Sanders Dinner House

An American family restaurant draped in Southern charm this restaurant is a replica of an elegant, old home opened by Colonel Sanders of KFC fame.

3202 Shelbyville Rd, ShelbyvilleKY 40065
  • Shirley Mae's Cafe

Coming to Shirley Mae’s Café is like coming home to dinner.  In a quaint little clay-brick building on the corner of Clay & Lampton Streets in downtown Louisville, you’ll find Shirley Mae in her cozy li’l kitchen with a vintage vibe creating a little slice of heaven!

802 S Clay St, Louisville, KY 40203

  • Kurtz Restaurant

Old-fashioned eatery serving homestyle Southern meals & classic cocktails since 1937. Originally serving meals from their home, long before fast food restaurants, country clubs and drive-ins, Kurtz's became a place to gather and dine. Today, three generations continue to prepare the Southern cuisine which patrons have come to expect and enjoy.

418 E Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004

  • Wallace Station Deli

Wallace Station, just outside Midway in the heart of Bluegrass horse country and near the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, is a scenic stop for some fried chicken. This deli is also on the National Register of Historic Places as a surviving example of a small railroad community.

3854 Old Frankfort Pike, Versailles, KY 40383

  • Merrick Inn

Built before the Civil War and completely remodeled in 1936 by the Cal Milam family, the Merrick Inn served as the manor house for one of Lexington's finest horse farms. The Merrick Inn has been owned and operated by the Murray family for nearly 40 years.  Offering the finest in traditional southern dining and innovative specials.  Times have changed, but we believe the beauty and charm of our inn have been enhanced by the years of offering many good people the best of Kentucky traditions. 

1074 Merrick Dr, Lexington, KY 40502

  • Greyhound Tavern

Northern Kentucky's most award-winning restaurant and a Fort Mitchell landmark the Greyhound offer lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch, or alternatively enjoy appetisers and drinks in the charming Tavern Room. The uniquely attractive Greyhound Tavern has just the right combination of a colonial-style eatery serving down-home American comfort food in rustic, family-friendly digs.

2500 Dixie Hwy, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017

  • Chicken King

Great local chicken in the heart of downtown Louisville. A standard go-to for fried chicken, pulled pork & homestyle sides for dine-in, carryout or delivery.

639 E. Broadway St., LouisvilleKY 40202
  • Dasha Barbours Southern Bistro

Offering some of the finest in Southern comfort food with favourites like fried chicken, corn pudding, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, green beans and much more!

2217 Steier Ln, Louisville, KY 40218

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