What Do Willow Pond in Aurora and Kentucky Lake Have in Common?

They Never Disappoint!

Willow Pond in Aurora, Kentucky

Willow Pond in Aurora, Kentucky

Last weekend, Michael and I planned out a great Saturday. We’d go to Paducah and check out a new coffee shop (in the Old Coca Cola Plant). Then we’d look around Paducah (we love their downtown), visit Kentucky Lake, and finish a great day off with supper at Catfish Kitchen.

We normally eat at the Willow Pond Restaurant in Aurora when we’re near Kentucky Lake and the Land Between the Lakes. It’s simply one of our favorite restaurants in the entire state.

However, since I had to start eating gluten free, there are only two places in the world I can get fried catfish – Catfish Kitchen and my own kitchen. As far as I know, they’re the only restaurant that serves gluten free fried catfish.

I’ve been eating so much grilled or blackened catfish lately that I was eager to switch it up a bit and have some fried catfish.

Well, you know how “great plans” go! First of all, the espresso machine in the coffee shop was down, so we had to leave without a single drink.  Then, when we drove to the downtown (thinking we’d visit the coffee shop down there, then peacefully stroll around with our drinks), we found that everyone within 7 states seemed to have descended on Downtown Paducah for the day!

I was thrilled to see so many people having a great time, but there was no where to park and, if there had been, it was honestly elbow to elbow down there and that didn’t strike either one of us as peaceful.

 

Soooo, we headed toward Kentucky Lake and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. We sat at Lighthouse Landing in Grand Rivers for quite a while (I’ll add the pictures tomorrow) and Kentucky Lake reminded us what relaxation meant.

The earlier disappointments had completely vanished by the time we drove up to Catfish Kitchen. All we knew were that we were perfectly relaxed and outrageously hungry!

By this point, I was dying for some fried catfish. They open at 4:00 and we pulled into the parking lot at 4:25.  Even though the parking lot wasn’t entirely full, we were told that we’d have “at least an” hour long wait.

An hour!

Hello, disappointment, nice to meet you again.

We stepped out of the restaurant and an older lady overheard us talking about the wait. She was beyond exasperated and was having to stand out in the heat because the waiting room was packed. She said she and her husband had driven hours to Kentucky Lake, wanting to eat at Catfish Kitchen but that she couldn’t wait any longer.

When we were walking to our car, a group headed past us and a woman said to me, “I hope there isn’t a wait.” I told her, “I’m afraid it’s an hour long wait.”  One of the men in their group laughed and said, “Oh, I hope not!”

I started to say, “My good man… I do NOT joke about catfish,” but I decided to let them find out for themselves. As we were pulling out of the parking lot, they were walking out of the restaurant shaking their heads.

They found out.

Willow Pond, Aurora: Coleslaw and Beans

Coleslaw and Beans at the Willow Pond in Aurora

Neither one of us had to even discuss Plan B, we knew where we were going – Aurora! Like Kentucky Lake, Aurora’s Willow Pond never lets us down and, after the day we had, we needed that in the worst possible way.

Here’s the thing, I prefer Willow Pond’s coleslaw to anyone else in the region’s.  I also had rather have their beans because they have this amazing red relish that you can put on top…. and it is delectable. So, the fact that we were actually “having” to go to a favorite restaurant wasn’t even a problem.

I was even able to change things up by having something other than grilled catfish – I ordered grilled shrimp and it was out of this world good. I’ve always been a fanatic when it comes to shrimp and catfish… no wonder I love Willow Pond so much. They work magic with shrimp and catfish like few could ever hope to.

Willow Pond Grilled Shrimp and Baked Potato

Delicious Grilled Shrimp and Perfect Baked Potato

But it’s more than just that (as if that wouldn’t be enough!). Their beans, coleslaw, baked potatoes, and hush puppies (I remember them SO well) are excellent. They don’t just try to get by with average sides like some restaurants do – their sides are extraordinary.

Great food, uncommonly friendly servers, and a charming, genuinely Kentucky atmosphere.  Is it any wonder this beautiful Kentucky Lake restaurant is one of our favorite restaurants anywhere?

There’s A LOT to be said for people, places, and things that never disappoint you. I’m looking at you Willow Pond and Kentucky Lake.

Willow Pond in Aurora Menu

Willow Pond Menu (Aurora, Kentucky)

Sugar Bay: “Backcountry” in the Land Between the Lakes will Leave You Speechless

Camping, Boating, Picnicking, and Escaping from Absolutely Everything...

Sugar Bay Land Between the Lakes

Beautiful Sugar Bay, Land Between the Lakes

If you’re familiar with Genuine Kentucky, you know how much we love the Land Between the Lakes. Whether it’s photographing the LBL, writing about the LBL, or simply enjoying the area every chance we get, you can call us fans of the highest order.

While, admittedly, my favorite things to do in the Land Between the Lakes region are the Nature Center, Elk & Bison Prairie, and 1850’s Homeplace, I have fallen in love with good old fashioned exploring. Driving off the beaten path (known as “The Trace”) and checking out the bays, campgrounds, and “Backcountry” nature are a special kind of joy.

Deer near Sugar Bay, Land Between the Lakes KY

Beautiful Deer Near Sugar Bay

Someone once told me that I  seem to be uncommonly lucky when it comes to seeing animals and birds when my camera and I are out and about. I told her that it’s actually more than luck. I have God on my side and He knows that I’m the biggest animal and bird lover in the world. So when I set out with OR without my camera, I have the attitude of, “Okay, God, what are you going to show me today?!”

On this particular day, it was countless bison and elk in the Elk & Bison Prairie and several gorgeous deer near Sugar Bay that literally posed for us forever. Seriously, we left before they did! It got to the point we thought we might be keeping them from something, so we drove on.

After all, it’s their home.

The next time you visit the LBL…. and why not this weekend?!?!… be sure to drive down some of the accessible roads and check out the beautiful bays and the gorgeous scenery.

If you’re interested in camping or boating at any of the Land Between the Lakes locations, simply see their website for all the information you need:

Click on the thumbnails below to see the larger pictures.

Sugar Bay, Land Between the Lakes

 Sugar Bay, Land Between the Lakes

The Beautiful and Historical Old Coca Cola Plant in Paducah, Kentucky

Renovations are Bringing a Landmark Back to Life

Coca Cola Plant Building in Paducah

The Coca Cola Plant Building in Paducah

You should know this about me – I am obsessed with history, old buildings, vintage decor, and anything that’s draped in nostalgia. So when the husband said we were going to a new coffee house (Pipers Tea and Coffee) in the old Coca Cola Plant in Paducah, I was doubly excited. A coffee house INSIDE a landmark building??? I was amped up long before I approached the caffeine.

Unfortunately, one of the machines needed to create the coffee my husband wanted and the Chai Tea Latte I needed (yes, Chai Tea Lattes are a need for me) was broken. So, we just enjoyed the ambiance of the building, took a few pictures, and left empty-handed.  I wanted to write up a review for the coffee house, but I’ll simply share the pictures we took of the beautiful building.

Old Coca Cola Plant in Paducah

Old Coca Cola Plant in Paducah, Kentucky

The Coca Cola Plant located at 31 21 Broadway was built in 1939 by early Coca-Cola bottler, Luther F. Carson. The plan operated as a major bottler and distribution center for almost 50 years.

Coca Cola Logo on Floor inside the old Coca Cola Plant in Paducah Ky

Inside the Old Coca Cola Building

Fortunately, someone is renovating the Kentucky landmark and breathing new life in it. Although the video is a little dated by now, you can click here for information behind the renovation. It’s really, really interesting to see how they’re preserving the character of the building. I have endless respect for that.

The old Coca Cola Plant in Paducah, Ky.

Inside the beautiful old Coca Cola Plant in Paducah, Kentucky

Not surprisingly, the old Coca Cola Plant is on the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation.

How great would it be if more wonderful pieces of the past were preserved like this?

You can learn more about the Coke building and its renovation on its Facebook page! Next time you’re in Paducah, go check it out in person. It’s really something to behold and, if you’re lucky, you can grab some tea or coffee in Pipers.

Have a Chai Tea Latte and think of me.

Click on the images below for the larger versions. This building is even more spectacular in person.

 

Summer Events in Kentucky Trail Towns

Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding, Fishing, Camping, Paddling...

Carter Caves State Resort Park

Gem Mining at Carter Caves State Resort Park!

Although beautiful Autumn isn’t all that far off, there’s still quite a bit of summer left. Kentucky’s Trail Towns want to celebrate this fact and they’re doing so with a great variety of outdoor events for you and your family.

Kentucky’s certified Trail Towns are some of the friendliest and charming communities you could ever hope to visit.  What’s more, they’re filled with great adventure and endless things to see and do:

  • hike
  • bike
  • paddle
  • ride horses
  • fish
  • camp
  • walk
  • take photographs
  • and more!

You’ll also enjoy my favorite activities – learning all about that particular Trail Town’s unique history and culture. These events include live music, theatrical performances, farmers markets, Kentucky Proud restaurants and food.

Upcoming Events at the Six Trail Towns:

Dawson Springs
Dawson Springs in western Kentucky provides access to the Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park and Tradewater River.

July 24 – Annual Barbecue and Homecoming Festival
July 25 – Barbecue 5K Run/Walk
Aug. 15 – Forget Me Not 5K Run/Walk for Alzheimer’s

For more information, visit: www.dawsonspringsky.com

Livingston
Livingston, an hour south of Lexington, serves the Daniel Boone National Forest, the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail and the Rockcastle River.

Sept. 5-6 – Homecoming Festival
For more information, click here.

London
London, located along Interstate 75, serves the Daniel Boone National Forest and Sheltowee Trace and offers several quality cycling routes.

Aug. 14-16 – Laurel County Homecoming
Sept. 24-27 – World Chicken Festival
Oct. 10 – Kentucky Adventure Games Thriller Ride Bicycle Tour

For more information, visit: www.laurelkytourism.com

Morehead
The city of Morehead, in Rowan County, provides access to the northern region of the Daniel Boone National Forest and the Sheltowee Trace, as well as Cave Run Lake.

July 26 – 4th Sunday Bike Ride
Aug. 9 – 2nd Sunday Hike
Aug. 23 – 4th Sunday Bike Ride

For more information, visit: www.moreheadtourism.com

Stearns
Stearns is near the Kentucky-Tennessee border just south of Somerset and provides access to both the southern section of the Daniel Boone National Forest and the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

July 26 – Join a Ranger Hike at Yahoo Falls, Big South Fork
Aug. 1 – Moonshine Limited dinner and scenic train ride at Big South Fork Scenic Railway
Aug. 15 – Banjo Boogie at Big South Fork Scenic Railway

For more information, visit: www.mccrearytourism.com.

Olive Hill
Olive Hill in northeast Kentucky connects visitors to Carter Caves State Resort Park and Tygart’s Creek.

July 20-26 – Pioneer Life Week at Carter Caves State Resort Park

For more information, click here.

Gem Mining at Carter Caves!

If you visit Carter Caves during Pioneer Life Week (or any other week!). be sure to check out the  Carter Caves Gem Mine (Pictured at the Top)? This VERY cool attraction is located at Carter Caves State Park Welcome Center Gift Shop.

From Kentucky State Parks’ Website: You can buy bags for $6.00, $8.00 and $10.00 (fossils) and begin your discoveries of real, colorful gemstones and fossils at the gemstone flume. Just place a scoop of rough material on the screen…then rinse with clean water. The gem stones, when wet, will reveal colors and crystal shapes!

There are lots of different gemstones to discover! Anything from locally-found Pyrite, Fluorite and Quartz, to Ruby, Moonstone, Topaz, Crystal Points, Sapphire, Emerald, Amethyst, Garnett, Citrine, Aventurine, Obsidian, Sodalite, Calcite and Raspberry Quartz could be found.

Sharing the experience of mining at the flume mine is a lot of fun. You can compare finds and help each other to identify what you’ve found. We invite individuals, families, and groups of all sizes. Mining is available during regular business hours of the Welcome Center Gift Shop, April through October. – Read More About Carter Caves State Resort Park on the official website.

 

To find information about all of the outdoor opportunities in Kentucky, as well as a calendar of events happening all across the state, visit the Office of Adventure Tourism’s website at www.getoutky.com.

See more pictures of Carter Caves State Resort Park.

Firehouse Sub in Owensboro: Beautiful Fresh Salads!

A Delicious Option for a Gluten Free Lunch

Firehouse Salad with Grilled Chicken

Firehouse Salad with Grilled Chicken

A while back I wrote a quick Firehouse Subs in Owensboro Review. As we visit this location more, I’ll add more information to the site about it.

Today I just want to showcase a beautiful, fresh, crisp salad from Firehouse. It’s the Firehouse Salad with Grilled Chicken and, like everything else they seem to make at Fireshouse Subs, it’s delicious.

I’m thrilled to have a new restaurant to add to the “lunch rotation.”  Unfortunately they don’t have gluten free bread or a wonderful Unwich like Jimmy John’s – but their salads are fantastic.

They have several options for gluten free dining, in fact, and your bread-eating buddies will FLIP over the subs. See Firehouse Subs for menu information.

Woodlands Nature Station’s Hummingbird Festival

Saturday and Sunday August 1 and 2, 2015

Hummingbirds at The Nature Station (Land Between the Lakes)

Beautiful Hummingbirds at Woodlands Nature Station (Land Between the Lakes)

If you love birds even half as much as I do, bird-watching isn’t just something you enjoy, it’s something you live for. It isn’t a coincidence that some of my favorite places on earth (Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky State Parks, Woodlands Nature Station, our own yard..) also happen to be the best places to see tons of birds.

The set up at Woodlands Nature Station, in fact, is Heaven on Earth for bird lovers. There are countless hummingbird feeders as well as feeders for every other bird imaginable.  It’s a beautiful place to just sit and enjoy the beauty and gracefulness of these feathered marvels.

Hummingbird Festival

Woodlands Nature Station will host their popular annual Hummingbird Festival, Saturday and Sunday, August 1 and 2, from 10 am – 4 pm. Ruby-throated Hummingbird migration peaks for Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area in August, and there really is no better place to enjoy these beautiful little birds than the Nature Station.

Admission to this special event is $7 ages 13 and up, $5 ages 5-12, and free for children 4 and under.

A large number of hummingbirds stop here on their journey south to Mexico and Central America,” explains Nature Station Lead Naturalist, John Pollpeter. “Up to 200 hummingbirds might visit our feeders in a single day. The festival provides a fun atmosphere for people to see and learn about these powerful birds.”

Highlights include hummingbird banding demonstrations, a wildlife art show, staff-led programs, a native plant sale, live animal encounters, local wildlife experts, and activities for kids. Food prepared by the cooks at Brandon Spring Group Center will be available for purchase.

Weekend events at Nature Station include:
Saturday & Sunday, August 1 & 2 – 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm Hummingbirds 101

Saturday, August 1 – 12pm Benefits of Backyard Bats and 2pm Attracting Butterflies

Sunday, August 2 – 12pm Attracting Songbirds to the Backyard and 2pm A Place for Pollinators
Other special activities focusing on hummingbirds will be presented all month at the Nature Station. Check the LBL’s calendar for more information.

Hummingbirds at The Nature Station (Land Between the Lakes)

Western Kentucky State Park Race Series: 2015 Dates

The Series Begins August 8 at Kenlake State Resort Park

Kenlake State Resort Park

 KENLAKE Sign That Graced the Old Golf Course!

The Western Kentucky State Park Race Series will begin Aug. 8 with the Hot August 5K at Kenlake State Resort Park near Aurora.

The Hot August 5K is the first of five state park footraces scheduled in western Kentucky for 2015. Runners of all ages can take part in all five races to capture the overall championship based on a point system.

Participants may register online at: https://secure.test.kentucky.gov/formservices/Parks/WesternKYRaceSeries

Additional dates, times (all times local) and races are:

–        Sept. 26, 8 a.m.: Run Through the Forest 5K at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park near Dawson Springs.

–        Oct. 24, 4:30 p.m.: Trick or Trot 5K at Lake Barkley State Resort Park near Cadiz.

–        Nov. 7, 7 p.m.: Stars and Stripes 5K at Kentucky Dam Village State Park near Gilbertsville.

–        Dec. 5, 2 p.m.: Reindeer Run 5K at John James Audubon State Park in Henderson.

The first four races have a registration fee of $25. The final race has a registration fee of $30 (includes long-sleeve T-shirt). All participants may register for a discounted fee through online registration athttps://secure.test.kentucky.gov/formservices/Parks/WesternKYRaceSeries  For $85, runners can sign up for all five races if paid by Aug. 7.

To register for the series, runners should complete a registration form, available on the website http://parks.ky.gov/western-ky-race-series/ and send it to: Kentucky State Parks Race Series, Attn:  Lisa Deavers, 500 Mero St., 11th Floor, Capital Plaza Tower, Frankfort, KY. 40601, or register online athttps://secure.test.kentucky.gov/formservices/Parks/WesternKYRaceSeries.

Race times vary, with the Hot August 5K beginning at 7:30 a.m. CDT.  Check information on each race for the specific start time.

Awards will be given to the overall male and female winner of each race, and first- and second-place winners in each male and female age division. The grand prize winners, who must compete in all five races, will be named at the Dec. 5 Reindeer Run 5K. Overall series winners and runners-up receive gift cards in addition to their trophies. Series participants who complete all five races will receive a certificate and will be registered for a special giveaway.

Registration information is available at the state park race series website athttp://parks.ky.gov/western-ky-race-series/. You may also email or call Lisa Deavers at lisa.deavers@ky.gov or 502-564-8110, ext 246.

Pics of the Day: Road Trippin’ in Kentucky!

Kentucky is Just One Photo Opportunity After the Next...

Kentucky Road Tripping

Road Trippin’ in Kentucky

I’ve always (always, always, always…) been fascinated to the point of obsession with photography. I’ve never equipped myself with expensive cameras or whatnots because I’m really just a very basic kind of gal.

Translated: I don’t trust myself to be able to figure out all the techy stuff. My family can vouch for me – I do well to operate a cellphone.

I do, however, love to take pictures – especially of animals, my family, birds, trees, and every conceivable thing within the state borders of Kentucky.

My home state inspires me and blows me away even when it isn’t trying.

Something I’ve fallen in love with is what I call “Road Trippin’ in Kentucky.”  I take “bursts” of photographs as we drive down the road. Mind you, I never do this when I’M driving – only when I’m in the passenger seat.

When I get home and go through the MANY pictures, obviously, most of them can be deleted immediately – however, a lot of times, I’ll come away with pictures I love like the ones here.   When I saw the one that’s at the top, I thought, “Well, isn’t that the perfect symbol of Kentucky Road Trippin’?!”

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Kentucky Image with Pickup Truck

Kentucky Picture – Taken Near Leitchfield 

The picture above just screams Kentucky to me. The beautiful scenery, my beloved trees, and the pickup truck that was generous enough to show up in just the right spot – they make my inner shutterbug shake with giddiness.

I was also especially fond of the one below. You know me and my trees – how could I not love this one? There is and always has been something about the sun (or moon, for that matter) shining through trees that puts me in a VERY peaceful place. Kind of a  mental forest!

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Near Lebanon Junction Kentucky

Near Lebanon Junction, Kentucky

I also love the cool light effects that’ll often show up when taking pictures from the road, like the one below. Some people would cast these pictures aside but I think they’re far too cool for that.

Road Tripping Near Lebanon Junction

Road Trippin’ in Kentucky

You can click through the rest of the newest Road Trippin’ pics below. Get out on the road and take some great Kentucky pictures, yourself, this weekend – from the passenger seat only, please!

Land Between the Lakes News: Wranglers Campground Hosts 19th Annual Rodeo

Open to the Public, July 17th and 18th

Wranglers Campground will host the 19th Annual Primitive Rodeo, Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18 at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. The rodeo is open to the public. Admission is $10 ages 13-59, $8 ages 60+, $6 ages 7-12, and free for children 6 and under. A family pack option is also available for $25 which includes admission for 2 adults and 2 children. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Food vendors will be available; coolers are not allowed. Wrangler Campground Rodeo

Enjoy half-price camping on Friday and Saturday at Wranglers. Woodlands Nature Station staff will present an animal program at 11am on Saturday in the campground pavilion. Additionally, kids of all ages can play games and make crafts from 12-2pm.

The rodeo is a family friendly event that allows folks to watch local cowboys and cowgirls compete in one of our nation’s oldest sports,” says Jamey Thweatt, Manager at Wranglers Campground. “Crossland Rodeo Company from Eddyville, Kentucky brings the rodeo to visitors at Land Between The Lakes. Kids get to meet the rodeo bullfighters and clowns beginning at 6pm, see ‘Wild Together Trick Riders’ during the rodeo, and kids 8 and younger can even join in the calf scramble.”

Events include bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, ranch bronc riding, calf scramble (8yrs. and under – no entry fee), steer wrestling, cowgirls barrel race, team roping, youth barrel racing (can enter both days at rodeo), bull riding, Jr. bull riding, and ribbon roping. Competitors may register on Monday, July 13, from 6-9pm (CST) only. For rough stock call 270-625-6532. For all others call 270-227-4400 or 217-972-2207.

Photo Credit: Land Between the Lakes

Wheatless: Gluten Free Restaurant in Bowling Green!

Eating Gluten Free Just Got Easier AND Yummier

Wheatless Mushroom Swiss Burger and Onion Rings

Wheatless Mushroom Swiss Burger and Onion Rings

There are restaurant reviews I’m happy to write about, then there are restaurant reviews I am thrilled to write about. Count this review of Wheatless in Bowling Green among the “thrilled” reviews.

Whether you have to eat gluten free (like moi) or, for health conscious reasons, choose to eat gluten free all or most of the time… Wheatless is going to leave you just as speechless as it did me.

Heck, even if you have never even thought about the phrase gluten free – let alone followed the restricted diet – Wheatless will blow you away.

Excellent food does that after all.

Back when I could eat gluten/wheat, one of my favorite things on the planet was the Mushroom Swiss Burger at Hardee’s, so when I saw the Mushroom Swiss Burger on the menu at Wheatless, my plan was set.

When you order one of their burgers or sandwiches, you get your choice of a side.  Another of my pre-gluten free obsessions were onion rings, so when I saw them on the menu, I practically sang the words to the adorable girl behind the counter.

Michael ordered the Down Under Chicken Sandwich (chicken, bacon, mushrooms, cheese, honey mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions) and a side of Macaroni and Cheese. He also added a side of Cheesy Bacon Potatoes to our order because he’s my hero.

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Wheatless Gluten Free Restaurant Bowling Green Ky

Wheatless: Bowling Green’s First Gluten Free Restaurant

When I know I’ll be writing a review, I love to try as many different menu items as possible. Most of the time (as is certainly the case with Wheatless), I know I’ll be going back often enough to try the rest!

Before getting to the actual review, I just want to say that this type of restaurant is both a blessing and a dream come true to people like me, my oldest daughter, and the many other people who have to eat a gluten free diet.  For so many of us, even a crumb can lead to days of pain and sickness. Yes… one crumb.

Serious business.

So, to have a restaurant where you have zero fears of cross contamination, zero questions like, “Well, the menu says this is gluten free, but what if it’s on the same griddle as food that isn’t…”

No worries. No fears. The only question? What do I eat first?!

Everything was so uncommonly delicious, the only way to do this review is to take it one thing at a time.

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Wheatless Mushroom Swiss Hamburger and Gluten Free Onion Rings

Delicious Mushroom Swiss Burger and Onion Rings

The Mushroom Swiss Burger

First of all, the buns at Wheatless are simply outstanding. They aren’t just the best gluten free bread I’ve ever had – they are the best hamburger buns I’ve ever had, period. They were perfectly lightly grilled – leaving them warm but soft enough to enjoy each bite along with the delicious burger.

The burger, itself, was extra special. It certainly didn’t taste like any burger you can get out anywhere. It was just an excellent burger and I thoroughly enjoyed and celebrated every bite. We won’t tell Hardee’s, but it blew their Mushroom Swiss Burger out of the water.

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Wheatless (Bowling Green, Ky) Mushroom and Swiss Burger and Onion Rings

Gluten Free Onion Rings Mean a Renewed Obsession

The Onion Rings

If you’ve read many of my restaurant reviews, you know that I used to be obsessed with onion rings – to the point of insanity.  I could have gone to the swankiest restaurant in the world and only raved about their onion rings (if, that is, they were rave-worthy).

Thanks to Wheatless, the insane obsession is back! These gluten free onion rings blew my mind. In fact, they’re blowing it again right now, just remembering them. They smelled like Heaven to this onion ring fanatic – as soon as they were put in front of me, I nearly melted out of my seat. Appearance and taste-wise, they remind me a great deal of the legendary Bloomin’ Onion at Outback.

Except I can eat these!

In fact, I personally think these onion rings are better than any Bloomin’ Onion I’ve ever had – or any onion rings for that matter.  They’re perfectly seasoned and perfectly cooked.

It’s like Santa came early.

As I sat there in front of a Mushroom Swiss Burger and Onion Rings, I was very much like a kid on Christmas morning… with “toys” I was convinced I’d never have.

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Cheesy Bacon Potatoes

Cheesy Bacon Potatoes

Cheesy Bacon Potatoes

One word… bacon. I love it when restaurants have plenty of options for sides. Unfortunately, most don’t, do they? They’ll offer you onion rings, fries, or coleslaw.  At Wheatless, your choice of sides for lunch or dinner are…

  • Cheesy Bacon Potatoes
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Onion Rings
  • Fries
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Steamed Vegetables

The cheesy bacon potatoes were extra delicious, but surprisingly enough, I’ll tell you something that was even more delicious.. the Mac and Cheese.

Wheatless Down Under Chicken Sandwich and Mac and Cheese
Down Under Chicken Sandwich with Mac and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese

Holy cats, the Mac and Cheese was so out of this world delicious it made my jaw drop. I kept having to pick it back up off the floor after each bite. I’ve never had better mac and cheese ever – with gluten or without.

It is just exceptionally, spectacularly, uncommonly delicious and that’s all I have to say about that.

Creamy, delicious, warm, and wonderful. I guess it wasn’t all I had to say after all.

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The Down Under Chicken Sandwich

I was glad Michael ordered a chicken sandwich because I was anxious to taste their chicken. You can tell a lot about a restaurant simply by tasting their chicken – if it’s bland, it’s a sign the cook’s heart isn’t in it. If it’s flavorful and could, if it had to, stand on its own – creating a delicious experience all by itself – then you know the cook is in it to win it.

This chicken was rockin’ the Casbah.  It was delicious and so was the honey mustard.

Michael eats a lot of chicken sandwiches, so when he said, “This is the best chicken sandwich I’ve had in a very long time,” I only had one thing to say… gimme a bite.

He was right on the money.

Seriously, every bite we had was memorable and worth writing home about.

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Wheatless Lemon Blossoms

Deliciously Lemony Lemon Blossoms

Gluten Free Mixes, Croutons, Pizza Crust, Bread, Cookies…

I also love the fact that they have a lot of different gluten free mixes (Pancake Mix, Flour Blend, Fish Breading), breads, and desserts for sale.  They even sell big, beautiful gluten free pizza crusts!

On this trip, I tried to reign myself in. I bought a bag of Lemon Blossoms and one bite told me I’d made an excellent decision.

Have you ever had the Lemon Loaf Slices at Starbucks? Oh, man, I fondly remember them. These Lemon Blossoms remind me of those Heavenly beauties – but with the delicious sugar glaze all over each blossom. Ridiculously delicious.

On my next trip, I’m going to grab the Fish Breading, some of their buns, a pizza crust, and more lemon blossoms.

I’ve decided not to reign myself in next time.

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Wheatless Gluten Free Mixes

Gluten Free Mixes, Pizza Crusts, and Desserts

Vegetarians will also find Wheatless to be a dream come true, as will people who have to follow their own restrictive diets due to health concerns. Their menu is clearly marked and easy to follow – you can find plenty of wonderful things to eat while dodging your own personal allergens.

In addition to the delicacies raved about above, Wheatless also has…

  • BBQ Roadhouse Burger (beef, bbq, fried onion, cheese, lettuce, onion, tomatoes, pickle)
  • Portabella Burger (portabella mushroom, Swiss cheese, spinach, sauteed onions and peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles)
  • Kona Chicken (chicken, ham, Swiss cheese, pineapple, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, pickles)
  • Club Sandwich (ham and turkey, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onion)
  • Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich (pulled pork, pickles)
  • BLT Sandwich (fried bacon, lettuce, tomatoes)
  • Potato Soup
  • Vegetable Soup
  • Cobb Salad
  • Southwestern Salad
  • Summer Salad
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • AND MORE!!! All. Gluten. Free.

Wheatless Also Offers Breakfast!

The breakfast menu at Wheatless sounds as extraordinary and delicious as the lunch/dinner menu is. Here’s a small sampling:

  • Omelettes
  • Toaster Sandwiches
  • French Toast
  • Banana Nut Pancakes
  • Pancakes with Chocolate Chips, Chocolate Syrup, and Whipped Topping
  • Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Country Ham

Wait. Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Chocolate Syrup and Whipped Topping? That is everything that is good and pure and decent in the world.

Next time.

I 110% recommend you head to Wheatless in Bowling Green for your next meal (or meals… heck there are plenty of places to shop, make a day of it!). Whether you have to eat gluten free or simply love GREAT food, this will quickly become one of your all-time favorite restaurants.

Read more about Wheatless on their website and check out their great menu. I’m just so excited to actually have a gluten free restaurant within reach!

Be sure to tell everyone you know all about Wheatless – especially the gluten free crowd. Like I said before, this is really and truly a blessing for us, and a delicious one, at that.

ADDRESS: 760 Campbell Lane (in Buckhead Square)

PHONE: 270-904-1033

HOURS: 6:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M. (Monday – Saturday) and 8:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. (Sunday)