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Home Restaurant and Cafe

January 24, 2012


I have been wanting to try Home Restaurant and Cafe for several weeks.  Since I heard they do everything locally sourced and completely homemade I have been intrigued.

When I tried it this weekend with some friends, I was not disappointed.  The extra effort put into using local sources really paid off.  The first thing I noticed about my food was that it was just fresher tasting than any other restaurant in town.  Especially the bread, which is literally made from scratch only a few hours before you order it.  The Bulgogi Cheese Steak I ordered came on a french roll that was so soft I could swear it was made only minutes before.

The Bulgogi meat was also wonderfully fresh and delicious.  What is Bulgogi cheesesteak, you might ask.  Well it is a Korean way of preparing meat that involves marinating the meat for hours in a special sauce to improve flavor and tenderness.
My wife ordered the pasta salad, which she reports is the best she ever had.  She said, “unlike some places that overuse mayonaise, this one is just right.”  The pizza also looked very appetizing on home made crust.  For dessert I tried the homemade chocolate pudding which was incredibly rich.

The only problem is, it is small.  We took a group of six and took up most of the restaurant.  I hope that in the future, Home prospers enough in Bowling Green to move to a larger location.

Overall I give Home 4 out of 5 stars.  The food is excellent and as fresh as is possible.  However, I like to take groups to eat and I feel like my small group of six was a burden on the restaurant due to the small size.

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Franklin Hot Plate

January 16, 2012

As a child we frequented a small cafe in my hometown of Centertown, Kentucky.  It was uniquely named “The Centertown Cafe.”  This cafe was special though.  Not for the food that was served, but because it was the only one in town.  Every person young or old came out to “the restaurant,” as it was colloquially known, to share stories, drink coffee and get a good meal.  When the owner passed away, the restaurant closed and left me looking for another such place.

Twenty years later I found it.  The Hot Plate in Franklin Kentucky is an un assuming restaurant, just a metal pole building with concrete floors.   as we pulled in the parking lot the first thing I noticed was how full it was, the first sign of a good place to eat.  When you walk in you notice racing memorabilia next to University of Kentucky posters and paintings, in my book a sure sign of a good place to eat.  White boards are hung around the room advertising the daily specials.  All of these things tell me it is the right place to be to hear a great lie and get a good meal.

My group tried a variety of items from the menu and no one had anything negative to say.  I had the fried chicken from the daily special.  I’ve had better fried chicken in my time but I also know I’ve had less healthy fried chicken, if you catch my drift.

The best part of the meal was dessert.  Several pies were ordered by our table and the consensus is that the chocolate pie was the best.  It had a tall meringue, which I personally found to be too much, but if you enjoy meringue this would be perfect for you.

The wait staff were extremely friendly, and even offered to put pie back for us since it was Sunday and pies were going fast.  The meal was well priced, my wife and I ate for less than fifteen dollars.

If you are looking for a fancy restaurant, with high class atmosphere and stellar food, this is not the right restaurant.  However, if you want a place to go and socialize and hear the local gossip while you get a good home style meal, I would go to the Hot Plate again any day.

4 out of 5 stars.

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Map Location is about 8 miles south of South Warren High School.

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Lost River Pizza Company

December 29, 2011

If I could use one word to sum up my experience at Lost River Pizza Company it would be, “meh.”  There was nothing outstandingly good, or outstandingly bad about my meal.  From the moment I walked in, I had really high hopes.  The atmosphere is fantastic.  It is a really high end pizza restaurant that is great for families, college students and everyone else.  The problem is, the food just did not measure up to what they created atmosphere wise.  I went with 3 of my friends and tried a couple of things.  First we tried several varieties of wings: Bourbon sauce, Sweet Chili, and Regular.  The wings were large and had lots of meat but the sauces all seemed to lack something. Then there were the Calzones.  I definitely wish I had ordered something else.  The crust was just bland, they could have used more herbs and butter.

To be fair it is a pizza place and we did not order pizza.  I will be going back at some point to try the pizza, especially since they served gluten free pizza which is good news for those of you with or, as is my case, with friends who have gluten allergies.  Another high point for those of you who are interested in alcoholic beverages.  Lost River Pizza Company had the largest selection I have ever seen at any restaurant, bar none.

For my first try at this restaurant I would give 2 out of 5 stars.  The atmosphere is wonderful the food was just a little bland and didn’t live up to all I had hoped.

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Restaurant is located next to the Kroger on Nashville Road.
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