Berea: Historic Boone Tavern Restaurant

A great review on eating at Boone Tavern in Berea, Kentucky where the food is fantastic and affordable and the service is great. Always an enjoyable experience.

Kentucky Day Trips

view of Berea College from Boone's Tavern RestaurantBerea was hosting its 19th Annual Spoonbread Festival this weekend, so my daughter and I headed south very early one morning, hoping to get tethered rides in one of the hot air balloons.  We knew that if weather conditions weren’t right, they wouldn’t take the balloons up and that’s how it turned out–a bit too breezy, so not safe.

Since it was still pretty early in the morning, we decided to go to the Historic Boone Tavern Restaurant for coffee and breakfast.  Good choice!

boone tavern exterior

boone's tavern restaurant table setingI’d heard of Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant and had admired the beautiful 1909 building whenever I’ve been down to Berea, but had never stopped in.  It was built by Berea College as a guesthouse after the wife of the president of the college had entertained 300 guests of the college in just one summer.  Can’t say I blame her for saying “enough”!  Well played, Mrs…

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Nulu: The Revitalized East Market District

“NuLu” means “New Louisville” and is home to great antique shops, restaurants and speciality stores in the East Market District. Be sure to check out the 7th annual NuLu Fest Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Lending My Lens

Map of Nulu

Nulu, one of Louisville’s oldest, yet newly reawakening neighborhoods – and my personal favorite brunch locale.

Also known as the East Market District, Nulu is situated between downtown and the Highlands right along Market street. The East Market District earned its name in the 19th century as it became the center for retail and services in Louisville. Imagine hundreds of cows and pigs in route to the stock yard being corralled down Market street while you sort through apples at the local grocer or have your suit fit at the tailor. That was the scene in the 1800s and early 1900s.

Growth of commercial suburbs in the 1960s and 70s lead to economic and cultural decline on Market. The once bustling district became rundown and vacant, soon occupied by the homeless. It was actually federally classified as a “distressed area.”

Changes came in the early 2000’s as local business owners saw the…

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Jim’s Seafood Restaurant on the banks of the Kentucky River in Frankfort  is off the beaten path and provides great food with reasonable prices. Jim's Seafood2 My daughter and I recently stopped for lunch early one Monday morning on our way out-of-town.  It was raining but we wanted to get some pictures before the place filled up for lunch. Jim's Seafood FrankfortYou get a wonderful Kentucky River view of the falls from the dining room as you enjoy a seafood meal.  I had the baby shrimp and my daughter had the grilled shrimp skewer. We had good-sized  portions for the price.  The food was freshly prepared and the grilled shrimp had a good seasoning.  I love their creamy coleslaw.  The waitresses were friendly and asked us several times if everything was good and if we needed anything. Jim's Seafood5 Jim's Seafood6 Jim’s has an outside patio for sunny summer days. We could not resist getting some pictures of the river views before leaving. Jim's Seafood4Jim's Seafood3Parking is not a problem and their parking space is huge. Jim’s Seafood is a casual dining experience overlooking the Kentucky river with a friendly, relaxing atmosphere and a variety of seafood dishes to meet the appetite. Your family and friends will enjoy this unique restaurant experience on the river and we look forward to returning on a sunny day for more seafood and beautiful views. Jim’s is located at 950 Wilkinson Boulevard, Frankfort, Kentucky.

Check out their website, read more about them, get their menu and get directions to the restaurant here:  Jim’s Seafood Restaurant.  Check out their Facebook page here:  Jim’s Seafood Facebook Page.

Be sure and check out our other sites The Southern Lady Cooks  and The Southern Twins.

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The Bread of Life Cafe in Casey County has always been one of my favorite places to visit for Southern food both on their menu and buffet.  My niece and I recently drove down from Frankfort for lunch and as usual the food was wonderful.  Bread of Life Cafe, Liberty, KentuckyWe did not eat breakfast that morning just so we would be extra hungry when we arrived.  Even though it was a weekday the place was busy but they can seat 150 people and we had no trouble getting a table or finding a parking place in the large parking area.  I love the rockers on the front porch that greet you when you arrive if you want to rest before or after a meal.

Rocking Chairs on Porch at Bread of LifeIt is hard not to start shopping as soon as you enter the building with all the wonderful products offered in the gift shop but we decided to eat first and then shop.  The gentleman in the bibbed overalls photo below meets you at the door of the cafe and he is so realistic looking it is hard not to just say, “hello”!  He will definitely require a second look.Gentleman Greeter at Bread of LifeNext, you can check out the chef and the price of the buffet and get a look at all the delicious food they have to offer.  Believe me, you won’t be disappointed.  The day we were there they had barbecued pork, fish, frog legs and chicken along with fresh sides like corn, fried potatoes, white beans, pinto beans, cornbread, homemade rolls, pineapple cobbler, ice cream and so much more I cannot even remember all the great food.  The salad bar was so fresh with a variety of choices.  Of course, we had sweet tea and your drink comes with the meal! Chef at Bread of Life CafeBuffet at Bread of Life CafeThis place makes you want to try everything on the buffet and we tried to do just that.  The people and staff are friendly and you enjoy a down home country setting with a relaxed atmosphere.

We did some shopping before we left.  The gift shop offers everything from UK shirts to a great assortment of candles, candy, baby clothes and even two old crows!UK shirts at Bread of Life

Candles at Bread of Life

Baby Clothes at Bread of Life

Two Old Crows at Bread of LifeThis restaurant experience is definitely worth your time and one you will enjoy coming back to over and over again.   Bread of Life Cafe is  located five miles south of Liberty, Kentucky on Highway 127.   The restaurant also provides a safe, supervised environment for some of their higher functioning handicapped residents of the Galilean Home. It gives them an opportunity to feel they are accomplishing something and gives them spending money. These special residents would not be able to thrive in a normal working environment, which is one of the reasons they began this part of their ministry. Visit the Bread of Life website here:  Bread of Life Cafe and check out the Facebook page.