TOP 5 DINING: OUITA LEADS KENTUCKY'S CULINARY TOURISM

By Amanda Harper

 

When Ouita Michel and her husband bought the Holly Hill Inn back in 2000, they made the decision to open a fine dining restaurant that prioritized locally sourced ingredients. The result was an incredible experience that offered not only the freshest tastes of the Bluegrass, but also support for Kentucky farm families.

A several-time James Beard Foundation nominee, Michel is at the helm of seven other eateries across the Bluegrass Region, with another opening in downtown Lexington’s renovated courthouse later in 2018. While all of them make use of local ingredients, each is a singular experience that is well worth the drive.

Holly Hill Inn

Called “a gem of a restaurant” by the New York Times, the Holly Hill Inn (pictured above) offers charming fine dining in the heart of horse country. The building itself has a history that stretches back to the early 1800s, and the touches hearken back to an era gone by. The food carries on the home’s tradition of hospitality, bringing an upscale approach to traditional Kentucky tastes. Their three-course dinners include options like Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin with potato dumplings and apple rosemary pan jus or Sausage & Leek Stuffed Quail served with cheddar whipped potatoes. Reservations are recommended. Don’t miss their delicious brunch and special events!

426 North Winter Street | Midway, KY
859.846.4731 | hollyhillinn.com

Glenn’s Creek Café

The sweeping views of Kentucky’s bourbon country are reason enough to visit Woodford Reserve Distillery, but their
on-site eatery cements this stop on the Bourbon Trail as a foodie destination. The menu was carefully created to reflect the distinctive flavors found in the Woodford Reserve flavor wheel. Their Turkey in the Rye sandwich features all-natural, nitrate-free sliced turkey, Bourbon mayonnaise, white cheddar cheese, dried cranberry mustard and baby lettuces, all served on marble rye. The hearty Bourbon Trail Chili starts with Kentucky Proud beef, black beans and Great Northern beans, simmered in
bourbon-spiked chili gravy with tomatoes and peppers, served with their scratch-made cornbread.

7855 McCracken Pike | Versailles, KY
859.879.1812 | woodfordreserve.com/menu

Windy Corner Market And Restaurant

Fashioned after an old country store, this eatery features reclaimed wood and a screened-in back porch for a wonderfully quaint dining experience. The menu features several takes on the Po-Boy, but locals love the Kentucky Boy: pulled pork in bourbon barbeque sauce with crispy fried pickles, bourbon barrel beer cheese, red onion, shredded lettuce and Windy Corner Special Sauce, all on a 6-inch roll and served with potato chips. Their Blackened Catfish is another local favorite, with a 10-oz. filet, rubbed down with their own Kentucky Cajun spice mix and “seared in Mr. Jim’s cast-iron skillet”. Best of all? The have lots of Kentucky Proud products for sale, so you can help support even more Kentucky farm families and producers.

4595 Bryan Station Road | Lexington, KY
859.294.9383 | windycornermarket.com

Wallace Station

Located just outside of Midway amidst horse farms, and just a short drive from both Keeneland and the Kentucky Horse Park, this eatery is often the only destination for many locals’ meandering weekend drives through the country. And for good reason: the casual eatery puts a local twist on the traditional deli menu. The Bourbon Trail Triple Crown sandwich features roast turkey, cheddar, bacon, their house bourbon barbeque sauce, mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato, stacked three layers high on toast. Try Ouita’s Favorite Salad, a lettuce mix with tomato, Feta, red onion, cucumber, olive salad, roasted peppers and country croutons topped with a blackened tuna steak.

3854 Old Frankfort Pike | Versailles, KY  | 859.846.5161 | wallacestation.com

 

 

 



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