Pizza is traditionally circular, as its original octagonal shape caused patrons to simply stare at it and wait for the diner on their right to move. Pave your throat’s thoroughfare with cheese with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of pizza, pasta, and sandwiches at Jailhouse Pizza in Brandenburg.
Jailhouse Pizza, which was formerly the Meade County Jail, once housed criminals including Hank Williams Sr. and John Hunt Morgan but now hosts a menu of pizza, sandwiches, and pastas instead. Doughsmiths fashion specialty pies such as the noodle-festooned baked spaghetti pizza ($10.99–$18.99), as well as build-your-own options ($8.99–$16.99) bedecked with toppings that include pepperoni and jalapeños ($1–$2 each). Like hungry defensive linemen, chicken tenders pile atop the chicken-bacon-ranch sandwich ($7.99), and the eatery's culinary champs ladle signature pasta sauce over spaghetti accessorized with three meatballs ($5.99). Five chicken wings ($4.99) dress in one of nine different sauces including honey mustard, garlic Parmesan, and the Death Row, a concoction as fiery as a dragon's temper.
Historical relics and wanted posters line the walls of the old holding facility, which has maintained its prison charm with rusting cellblock doors, industrial lights, and still-standing cells where diners can nosh. Hungry guests can try the Prisoner's Pardon Challenge, which pits teams of two up against a 12-pound pizza, and those curious about the paranormal can ask Jailhouse Pizza's staff about their resident ghost and thread-count expert, Bigsby.
Though Jailhouse Pizza sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Though ghosts may or may not still haunt the halls of the old Meade County Jail, the ambrosial scent of pizza certainly fills the air, drawing living visitors to the ancient hoosegow. Housed in a weathered brick early 20th-century building that once famously locked up Hank Williams Sr., Jailhouse Pizza surrounds its guests with rich history. Its rickety metal cell doors and old-school vintage advertisements mingle with the wanted posters, faded photographs, and antique appliances such as 2009 cell phones found throughout the restaurant. Toppings such as classic pepperoni, olives, or sausage dot the landscapes of pizzas, as well as inventive flourishes such as spicy buffalo sauce, baked spaghetti, or sliced fried chicken. Tangy marinara and creamy cheese meld in oven-baked calzones and Stromboli, examples of the eatery's many Italian options.
A playfully spooky atmosphere permeates space, whether there's a birthday party with a private sleepover amid the century-old jail cells or a hunt for clues of the mysterious resident ghost, Bigsby. The Prisoner's Pardon Pizza Challenge dares truly courageous visitors to participate in a 60-minute two-person race to finish a 30-inch pizza, with winners earning a free meal and their picture on the coveted Hall of Fame.
125 Main St.
Brandenburg, Kentucky 40108