Whistle Stop Cafe

restaurant review of Whistle Stop Cafe in Glendale KY,

Review guidelines:

1 Fork = I would rather eat dog food.
2 Forks = I would eat there if I was starving.
3 Forks = Not bad; someplace I would occasionally consider eating.
4 Forks = A good place to eat; I will put it into my rotation of places I dine frequently.
5 Forks = One of my all time favorites!

One caveat to note – I am allergic to fish and seafood, so if you are looking for those recommendations, you will have to consult someone else.

Because I have a daughter-in-law with Celiac and a really good friend who is Vegetarian, I will try to point out whether those options are present when I review a restaurant.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - Lunch

Whistle Stop Cafe

216 E Main St
Glendale, KY
(270) 369-8586
restaurant review of Whistle Stop Cafe in Glendale KY,

The occasion was lunch with my literary society friend and sometime houseguest.  We were traveling back to Lexington from Hart County, KY where we had been traipsing around local cemeteries looking for family genealogy.  Whistle Stop Café is just off I-65 in Glendale, KY; one exit south of Elizabethtown.  I have eaten here many times when travels take me in that direction.  Glendale is a sleepy little wide spot in the road, not really a town.  Glendale is home to numerous arts and crafts stores, as well as a very nice B&B.  It is a great little stop on any trip to western KY.  Whistle Stop was voted the best non-chain restaurant in KY in 2011!  It is an honor well-deserved.  Their menu is quite large.  It includes many appetizers, soups, salads, 20+ entrees, 10 sandwiches/burgers, and at least 20 sides.  There are also at least 10 homemade desserts, some of which change daily.  When we were there, they were also running a Two Can Dine special for $24.99 which included two entrees and a shared appetizer.  The food is very much the home cooking genre.  My friend and I were there around 2:30pm on a weekday for lunch and the place was very busy.  Patrons appeared to be a mixture of travelers and locals.  I ordered the fried chicken (white meat), with mashed potatoes, white gravy, and lima beans.  My friend ordered chicken tenders and fries.  My chicken was awesome – crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside!  I would rate this about #3 in the whole state for Fried Chicken.  The mashed potatoes were real and the lima beans – which most restaurants don’t serve – were tender and delicious!  My friend liked her chicken as well.  We split a slice of orange dreamsicle cake – one of the daily specials.  Portions are generous.  I had enough leftovers to take home to my husband.  All meals are served with a homemade, warm loaf of wheat bread, butter, and jam.  If you are on your way to Mammoth Cave, the Corvette Museum, on the Bourbon Trail or visiting the Train museum, be sure to stop in Glendale at the Whistle Stop.  It is well worth the detour!

In the genre resembling a non-chain version of Cracker Barrel, Whistle Stop has a gift shop – however, most of their items for sale are KY Proud or locally made crafts and gifts.

Gluten Free Options – none advertised.

Vegetarian Options – none advertised, but out of 20 side items, there are definitely plenty of meat-less choices.

For the Whistle Stop Café complete menu and hours of operation visit their website: http://www.whistlestoprestaurant.net/

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