Bowling Green Cuisine Honors Historic Homes, Local Farms

By Anne Gillem on June 2, 2011 at 3:00 pm EST


What do you get when you combine a college town, a city rich in history, a proud tradition of agriculture and a vibrant downtown? Good eats.

In Bowling Green, restaurants, a farmers’ market, a dairy farm and an orchard all promise dishes or produce that will tempt every palate.

Mariah’s 1818 restaurant is located in the Mariah Moore House – listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the oldest brick structure in Bowling Green. Steeped in history, the house has been a restaurant for nearly 30 years. Located at 801 State St., Mariah’s specializes in hand-cut steaks, seafood, pasta and more prepared in a wood-fired brick oven.

440 Main Restaurant & Bar also has a rich history, located at 440 E. Main Ave. on Fountain Square, which dates to the 18th century. The building where the restaurant is located has housed a dry goods store, skating rink, a dance hall, USO, Bowling Green Business University and an auto store. Today, 440 Main is known for its distinctive dining, including seafood, pasta, steak, veal and mouthwatering desserts.

For the younger set, don’t miss the fried dill pickle chips at Toot’s or the renowned buffalo wings. Froggy’s Pizza Pub provides a great spot to watch sports and cheer on your favorite team while enjoying some pizza.

Those who prefer to go to the source can plan a trip to the Southern Kentucky Regional Farmers’ Market, Chaney’s Dairy Barn or Jackson’s Orchard & Nursery.

The Southern Kentucky Regional Farmers’ Market, located at The Medical Center on the 31W Bypass, support the proud agricultural heritage and buy local.

Chaney’s dishes out homemade ice cream, and visitors can check out the dairy barn to get a taste of farm life.

Jackson’s is a family-owned orchard open for 40 years, though some trees are as old as 90. Here, sample seasonal fruits and vegetables and shop for perennials and annuals as well.

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