C.C. Cohen is a casual restaurant and bar that has been on its corner in downtown Paducah for over 20 years. The menu features a variety of burgers and sandwiches, as well as a variety of dinner entrees. There is also a full bar, if you want beer, wine, or alcoholic drinks. On weekends, they have live music.
The restaurant is located in an old historic buiding on Broadway in the heart of downtown Paducah, and its interior is decorated with numerous items from the past. Before becoming a restaurant, the building, which was built in the 1860s, housed a series of retail stores. The building is supposedly haunted by the ghost of Stella Cohen, the last Cohen family member who lived in the apartments above the restaurant. Stella Cohen's husband was tragically killed in a nearby alleyway, and she lived as a widow in the building until her death.
Whaler's Catch is a fun and casual seafood reataurant in downtown Paducah. It is very kid-friendly and offers both indoor and outdoor seating. The outdoor seating is located on a raised deck area adjacent to the main building. The menu features a variety of fish and other seafood dishes, as well a meat dishes for people that hate seafood. A full list of the dishes offered on their menu is provided on their website.
Whaler's Catch gets very crowded on weekend evenings in the summer. Expect a wait of 30-60 minutes on a summer Saturday. However, they give you a device that allows you to wander around the area outside while you wait, which makes the waiting easier.
Flamingo Row is a funky casual bar/restaurant that makes you feel like you've been transported to Key West, or somewhere else in the Caribbean. They have excellent sandwiches and salads. They also specialize in "stuffed breads" and have a small bakery section as well. In keeping with the tropical theme, they offer a full list of tropical driks, but also have a decent beer selection. They are also kid friendly.
Favorite Dish: Sea salad
Starnes Barbecue is a Paducah institution. It has been around for decades, and is a pilgrimage site for native Paducahans when they return to their hometown for a visit. The restaurant itself is nothing fancy, consisting of a U-shaped counter with seats. However, a fancy interior and luxury ambience is not what you are there for. What you go to Starnes for is its pork barbecue, which is served with Starnes' proprietary sauce. You can get sides with it, such as cole slaw and potato chips. The barbecue is good and it's one of the cheaper places to eat in town, which explains its popularity.
There is also a Starnes restaurant on Broadway near the floodwall in
Cynthia's is a wonderful little restaurant in downtown Paducah, across from the historic market house. It is the best upscale restaurant in Paducah, serving an interesting mix of dishes with a European flavor. They have a decent wine list and also have a small bar in the front. The restaurant itself is located in an old historic building and holds about 50 people on two levels. It is more expensive than the other restaurants in town, but worth it if you want a true gourmet meal. I work in New York City and believe that the food at Cynthia's could hold its own against Manhattan competition. We have eaten there around five times and have never had a bad meal.
If you come to western Kentucky, you have to have the Open Pit Bar-B-Que. You can find Bar-B-Que in other places but it's just not the same. There are several fine places to get it but I am partial to Harned's Drive-In located on Clarks Ferry Road. The food is great and the service is fantastic.