I haven't eaten here, but I gather that the so-called "Greatest Show on Earth" at the Old Stable Restaurant isn't the circus, although that's where I've always heard that phrase applied. The Great Show is the "Mountain Dew Hillbillies"
The website says: .."but maybe being from where you are, you do not know what Hillbillies look like. But I will say, they are genuine. With their best pair of overalls and blue jeans, and socks and shoes to match (depending on what day of the week); they are sure to charm and entertain your group with their humor and musical talent."
At the end of the meal, they pass out songbooks and have a sing-along.
Just in case you know what hillbillies are, but do not know what Mountain Dew is - it is a soft drink. I do not know whether the actually serve it at this restaurant or not.
Favorite Dish: "The evening buffet consists of three meat entrees and five vegetables with cole slaw and dessert. Price is $27 per person (inclusive) and includes the Hillbilly Hat and Songbook. A Kentucky Mint Julep or a non-alcoholic Mint Julep Punch in a Keepsake Glass may be added, totaling $32 (inclusive) for the Super Party Package. In recent years, there has been a pronounced trend to do the whole package as tour planners have recognized what a tremendous evening this is and what a good way to put a good feeling in your group to start off a tour or a great way to sum up a tour."
I have been in this building when I was looking for the trolley driver, but have not eaten here.
Town website said:
Open daily. Built in 1779, this restaurant is the oldest Western stagecoach stop in America. The historic stone building has been a silent witness to an amazing panorama of events and an unending parade of visitors from kings to pioneers and presidents to renegades.
Favorite Dish: The sign on the side (3rd photo) says
The stone portion of the Talbott Tavern dates before 1790 - probably built to serve as Salam Academy. The first owner of record about 1800, Wm. Rose Hynes began to add brick wings to the stone part. He started the tavern operation with the first license about 1805. It became known as the Hynes House, serviing as a stage coach stop on the Louisville-Nashville Turnpike through the 19th century.
Another west side brick wing was added about 1840 and the resulting lobby area was enclosed by George Talbott in 1905. During his tenure the Hynes House became the Talbott Tavern. It has now operated continuously for 100 years offering food, drink and lodging to the travlers and guests from all over the world, both famous and commoner.
Dagwoods -- two blocks NORTH of the town center on Spring Street -- West side of the street
More expensive than some other local eateries but many locals and visitors find it their favorite!
Favorite Dish: Great Bourbon Steaks!! and other fare
Bardstown is also home to a historic stagecoach stop, the Old Talbott Tavern, which is still serving great southern food. It counts Abraham Lincoln and Jesse James among its guests
Favorite Dish: Old Kentucky Hot Brown - Smoked turkey and sugar-cured Virginia baked ham, on toast points, smothered in Mornay sauce and melted cheddar cheese and topped with crisp bacon and tomato.
Old Talbott Tavern
NOTE -- UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP AS OF 9 - 19 - 2001
I cannot vouch for changes
Travelers used to arrive on horseback or in buggies; today they come in automobiles. Tourists and locals mingle and lives intertwine in the 'ordinary,' a place to rest and receive nourishment before traveling on to their final destination.
The old stone reminder of Bardstown's beginnings still welcomes visitors to the bustling downtown area. Since the late 1700s, the Old Talbott Tavern on Court Square has provided shelter, food and drink to Kentucky travelers.
Talbott Tavern is said to be the oldest western stagecoach stop in America as the westward expansion brought explorers from the east into Kentucky.
Favorite Dish: Here are just a few of our favorites
Country Sausage Fondue
Fresh country sausage in a blend of cheeses served with garlic toast and flour tortilla chips.
Baked Stuffed Mushrooms
Large button mushrooms caps stuffed with Cajun sausage and topped with mozzarella and baked to a golden brown.
Fried Green Tomatoes
A Southern classic with a twist! Beer battered slices topped with calamata olive pesto, shaved Parmesan and creamy ranch dressing.
By the cup
By the bowl
A local favorite! Slow simmered to perfection.
Lunch or Dinner
Old Kentucky Hot Brown
Smoked turkey on toast points, smothered in Morney sauce and melted cheddar cheese and topped with crisp bacon and tomato.
Home cooking, Real Smoked BBQ, Family owned and operated.
Favorite Dish: Ribs, Pulled Chicken sandwich, Smoked Chicken, awsome Baked Beans