Geared for Culinary Bowling Green Itinerary

From farm-to-table delights to international flavors, this culinary itinerary in Bowling Green ensures you'll savor every bite and discover the city's diverse food scene. This culinary tour features a weekends' worth of local restaurants in Bowling Green, Kentucky that can't be found anywhere else. 



Head towards downtown to Fifth Street Diner for an authentic southern breakfast to jump-start your visit to Bowling Green. Biscuits, gravy, bacon, eggs, home fries and more sizzle from the flattop while locals chat about current affairs and community happenings. 

  • 430 Center Street
  • (270) 904-1467

Enjoy this downtown BGKY diner for breakfast and lunch daily with classic Southern specialties like country fried steak, country ham, and fried bologna. Prepared fresh every day, Lisa's also offers homemade pies and meals to go. Daily specials include fried chicken, meatloaf, and…


Bowling Green locals have been raving about Cambridge Market's delicatessen specialties for decades. Steer the crew to Cambridge Square just on the edge of downtown for lunch and enjoy favorites like meatloaf, southern-style vegetables, white bean chowder, and hot chicken salad.

  • 830 Fairview Avenue
  • (270) 782-9366

“Where the Locals Eat!” Voted Best Deli and Best Caterer by Daily News readers. House made, daily specials like chicken salad, white bean chowder and decadent desserts use quality, local ingredients. Catering, carryout, and banquet facilities available. Be sure to visit…

Afternoon Treat

Ask anyone who has spent some time in downtown Bowling Green about Mary Jane's Chocolates or Little Fox Bakery and watch their smile light up! Grab a couple of cookies, cupcakes or themed chocolates from either of these locally-owned businesses for a little afternoon fuel.

  • 432 E. Main Avenue
  • (270) 904-2408

Mary Jane's Chocolate is the first shop of its kind in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Locally owned and operated, Mary Jane's features chocolates made from 100% sustainably grown cocoa beans in a vintage candy shop setting. Choose from hand-made truffles, melt-aways, brittles, barks…


When locals in Bowling Green go out for a nice, intimate dinner, chances are they are heading to 440 Main downtown overlooking Fountain Square Park. Located in a historic building on Main Avenue with original pressed tin ceilings, you'll find bayou-inspired dishes like Cajun Spring Rolls and Jambalaya on the menu as well as upscale meals like the Main Street Filet Mignon and Salmon Oscar.

  • 440 E Main Ave.
  • (270) 793-0450

Celebrate the spirit of New Orleans overlooking Fountain Square Park. Locally owned and operated since 1998, 440 Main and Micki's on Main Bar & Grill features two restaurants in one location, light fare, outdoor patio and live music most Friday and Saturday nights. The upscale…



When locals in Bowling Green go out for a nice Sunday brunch, chances are they are heading to The Bistro downtown. Located in a historic home with brick walls, natural lighting and local art, you'll find European-inspired dishes like Crab Meat Beignets and Tortellini Carbonara on the menu plus American favorites like Fried Chicken, Avocado Toast, and Benedict. The patio is perfect when the weather's nice as well! 

  • 1129 College St.
  • (270) 781-9646

Located in Bowling Green, Kentucky's historic downtown district, just two blocks from Fountain Square in the historic 1893 Fletcher House. The Bistro plays host to both first-rate meals and service whether you dine in the private upstairs dining rooms, on the main floor, in the…

Afternoon Treat

After a big late morning meal, it makes sense to drive out Nashville Road to Chaney's Dairy Barn, "The Best Ice Cream Parlor in Kentucky" according to USA Today.  This state-of-the-art dairy farm makes nearly 30 flavors of ice cream including Wow Now Brownie Cow, Cherry Althea and Bourbon Crunch. Of course they also serve soups, salads and sandwiches if you feel guilty about going straight to dessert!

  • 9191 Nashville Road
  • (270) 843-5567

Rolling farmlands, Jersey cows and the best ice cream in Kentucky according to USA Today are only the beginning at Chaney's. Take a self-guided farm tour then settle in for lunch or dinner and enjoy a full array of favorites with homemade soup, hot sandwiches and desserts. Choose…


One of the most strikingly handsome buildings in Bowling Green is also one of the locals' favorite spots for steaks, rotisserie chicken and the best pot pie in town. Montana Grille is also well-known for its spicy cornbread starter, Firebread, and its open kitchen keeps diners entertained.

  • 1740 Scottsville Rd.
  • (270) 746-9746

Relax and take a trip back to the Wild West. Enjoy good food in this beautifully structured log building including stone, wood-burning fireplaces, black iron artwork featuring elk, deer, wolves and pine trees, an open atmosphere, and great service. Specialty entrees include…

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