Hurst Discount Drugs harkens back to simpler times, filling glasses with summer-certified eats from its old-fashioned soda fountain. The shop boasts a menu brimming with creamy treats and classic American fare, and it dishes out frozen delicacies by the scoop ($1.79), double scoop ($2.89), or perfectly sculpted dodecahedron. Frosty floats ($2.89) enliven taste buds with a fusion of ice cream and soda, forming foaming combinations with Pepsi, root beer, and Sierra Mist. While sitting atop a row of red barstools, duos can dig into the banana split ($4.99) or excavate sprinkles at the bottom of a dual-strawed shake ($3 for a regular). The red-walled eatery also slings a selection of savory dishes, including bacon cheeseburgers ($4.29) and chili dogs ($2.29), allowing patrons to refuel before meandering through the drug store's gift shop and purchasing enough U of K memorabilia to get an honorary doctorate in devotion.
Boone's Butcher Shop cures, cuts, and packages fresh meat daily, stuffing the grocery bags of eager carnivores with an array of fresh beef, pork, lamb, game, and sausages. In addition to custom-processing its patrons' catch, since 1946 the shop has cooked up its own savory concoctions, including homemade breakfast sausages ($2.39/lb.), and a bucket of house-made chicken salad ($19.25) for watering houseplants. With Boone's "Pick Five" deal ($19.99), customers can choose five items from the more than 80 selections in the store. Link together links of homemade bratwurst ($3.79/lb.) and Italian sausage ($3.79/lb.) to form a delicious waist-belt along with five-pound packages of hamburger patties ($15.95) that come in your choice of five sizes, to coincide with varied bun shapes and ketchup designs.
Every day, Snappy Tomato Pizza’s cooks mix high-protein flour in 60-quart mixers to create the fresh dough that gives the restaurant’s pies their signature taste. They adorn each round pizza crust with mozzarella cheese, fresh vegetables, and sauce crafted from the tomatoes of select California growers. They carefully separate tomatoes by acid content, with only the best ones used for sauce and the worst ones saved to throw at any smug looking teenagers. Oven-baked hoagie sandwiches, Tyson chicken wings, and cinnabreads topped with cinnamon streusel and vanilla icing round out the full menu.
In the heart of Bardstown lies The Java Joint, a refueling station where hungry patrons can stock up on sandwiches, soups, quiches, and coffee. The menu unfolds to reveal a long list of sandwiches, such as the 3rd Street club—a trio of roast beef, bacon, and provolone topped with veggies and blue cheese. Between bites of quiche or spoonfuls of soup, diners sip on freshly roasted Heine Brothers coffee, made from organic beans that were fairly traded for a rare baseball card. Plaid tablecloths, wooden chairs, and a wall of pottery make one part of The Java Joint's interior as rustic as a tree fort's breakfast nook; this look is starkly contrasted by a bright mélange of colors at the front of the eatery, where purple, green, and yellow walls sprout from a black-and-white checkered floor.