Nestled in the heart of Kentucky, you can find amazing food and those beautiful horse farms you see in movies. My parents are from Kentucky and nothing get my dad more excited that a good horse race. We visited Versailes , Kentucky in June right near Lexington to spend some time on the horse farms and stumbled upon some amazing country cookin'.
It’s hot and humid like sauna in Kentucky in the summer, but the racehorses of Lane’s End and Winstar Farm are not suffering from the heat, in fact they are living in a five star resort. Kentucky’s horse farms are a true gem of this state with a “marry your cousin reputation”. The great race tracks and expensive horse farms are truly a must-see. My dad, sister, Caroline, and I toured two amazing horse farms to view “our” race horses (we are in a racing syndicate). We viewed and fed peppermints to some of the great stallions at Lane’s End Farm, A.P Indy and Lemon Drop Kid. The vast rolling pastures take your breath away and when the sunlight hits the grass just right you’ll take a thousand photos that won’t do the place justice. The amazing stalls, pastures, horse swimming pool and even an ice bath at Winstar Farm are absolutely unbelievable. 2 and 3 year olds planning to make it big train and rehab here. Caroline and I wanted to move right in with the horses.
After a morning of beautiful farms and regal race horses, we stopped for lunch on the way back to Louisville at Wallace Station right off of Old Frankfort Pike Road in Versailles (not pronounced like the palace of Marie Antoinette, but rather
The small house-like building was packed and the line to order was practically out the front door. Wallace Station is famous for their Kentucky Hot-Brown burger(a burger topped with tomatoes, bacon, ham and that creamy mornay sauce that makes you drool when it is mentioned), a twist on the classic KY Hot-Brown. They also have an unbelievable sandwich menu from hot brie and ham, to fish sandwiches and good ole-barbecue. I ordered The Wallace Cubano and a refreshing sweet tea. Packed with pulled pork, ham, swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, and special garlic butter, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. They don't skimp you on the good-stuff and replace it with lettuce; in fact the sandwich is so stocked you almost can’t take a full bite.
Wallace Station is an absolute treasure and you can enjoy the Fish Fry on Friday's and a fried chicken dinner on Monday's. Take it slow and enjoy every beautiful view and delicious bite of food. I highly recommend a trip to Lexington, Kentucky for the scenic horse farms, good food, and that rare southern hospitality.