RESTAURANT: Wallace Station (Versailles, KY)
Wallace Station has been on PCC’s “Top Places to Visit’ since we first saw it featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” with Guy Fieri. Sandwiched between Lexington and Frankfort in the bluegrass hills of Kentucky and amongst many bourbon distilleries, this little deli/bakery/café/ is so unassuming that you’d miss it if you blinked or didn’t know where you were going…and you’d be upset if you did.
SIGNATURE DISH: There are a lot of offering on their deli style menu (and they’re open for lunch and breakfast), but we were there for the burgers….in specific, ‘The Famous Big Brown’ which Guy names one of his top 5 burgers and featured on his show. Think Hot Brown in burger form…YUM!!!
TASTE: Overall…excellent. We all ordered something different but everyone was very happy. The ‘Big Brown’ was amazing! It was so good it makes me wonder why all cheese burgers don’t use a cheese mornay sauce. Guy was accurate in placing this burger in his Top 5.
SERVICE: You order at the counter and they bring it to you. They were very cordial to us out-of-towners and like talking with our 1-year old daughter (which she enjoyed as well. But really not a lot of ‘service’ to speak on…but friendly nonetheless.
AMBIANCE: This place is old and run down…but in a historic and quaint way. It’s not very big and you get the feel you’re in a turn of the century general stor that also serves a lunch counter. Like I said…very quaint and fitting for the natural landscape that makes up the countryside.
PRICE: Prices were a little high for burgers and sandwiches, but the taste made up for it. Most burgers are about $10, and sandwiches are similar if not a little less.
We were very happy with our visit to Wallace Statin and would likely go there again if given the opportunity. It’s a little out of the way, but…that mornay sauce…memorable to say the least! That is why PCC is comfortable with awarding this little joint 3 1/2 ‘Little Piggies.’
RESTAURANT: 12 South Taproom & Grill (Nashville, TN)
12 South Taproom was one of Zane Landry’s Music City stops on his pub crawl style show, “Drinking Made Easy.”
Located in the heart of 12 South District in Nashville, The Taproom has been a great neighborhood hang for lots of
good beer since 2006.
SIGNATURE DISH: Well…although they do serve food, in their own words, they are a beer bar by proclamation. 12
South is a craft brew drinker’s paradise, only allowing local, craft, and micro brews on tap (NO MACRO-BREWERIES
TASTE: It’s beer….so it’s good! I’m not a big beer snob so I don’t know a lot of craft beers, so I needed a little bit of
help from my local guide to settle on a good beer. But once I did, it was cold and…wait…give me a minute…I need
to go get a beer from the fridge!
AMBIANCE: The place is nothing fancy. The neighborhood it’s in is starting to build up and get a little trendy which
makes 12 South Taproom stand out because it is far from fancy. It’s simply a good bar where you can get a cold
beer. Think opposite of pretentious…minus the whole ‘only craft brew’ think.
SERVICE: I’ve been to 12 South a few times and have never had bad service, either up at the bar or from a server.
The only thing I would note is this is a neighborhood place where most of the people who go there know what they
want or know the local beers. So if you are not up on your craft beer…you may have some trouble.
PRICE: As little as $5.00 for a draft beer which for a major city like Nashville is a plus.
I like the 12 South Taproom. It’s one of my preferred places to visit and get a drink when I’m in Nashville. I know
the local beer I prefer and they have it cold and on tap. Quite often there are local bands too, which is always a
bonus. So next time you’re in the Music City, you should visit and tell them that PCC gave them a 4 ‘Little Piggy’
RESTAURANT: Jersey’s Café (Carmel, IN)
Featured on Food Network’s “Diner’s, Drive-Ins, and Dives” Jersey’s Cafe boasts some large and charge dishes that rival those personalities the Garden State and its surrounding areas are known for. Specifically known for their steaks, hoagies, and rippers, this local hot spot north of Indianapolis has been getting rave reviews from New Jersey natives and Indiana locals alike.
SIGNATURE DISH: While not necessarily known for any one dish in particular, it is their large hoagie, cheesesteak and ripper creations that keep the folks coming back. From standard combinations to their unique take on Jewish type deli fare, their menu is quite expansive. I am not kidding when I say LARGE either, each of their sandwiches have so many toppings that it is hard to even open your mouth wide enough for a bite.
TASTE: Now we have mentioned in the past how much we LOVE a good sandwich, so a place that has literally 2 full pages of options was pretty exciting for the two of us. I also was coming off the really nasty norovirus , so after having not eaten much that whole week, my appetite was ready to tackle a huge sandwich. While both of us enjoyed what we ordered, I have to admit I wasn’t really blown away by any of the dishes that we tried. While the sandwiches we each got were for sure large and loaded with ingredients, they really weren’t huge on flavor, which was disappointing.
AMBIANCE: Located in a small shopping center right off the highway, I was a little bit disappointed with the overall appearance and décor. While not dirty or anything like that, it rather just didn’t have a whole lot going on aside from some generic posters along the wall. Not to sound harsh, given its reputation as being a “New Jersey Deli” I just was hoping for a little more wow factor is all, instead we got run of the mill shopping center feel.
SERVICE: The night we visited they happened to be a bit short staffed, however we didn’t have to wait extremely long to place our order or receive our food. However, that being said I would hardly call the service we received exceptional, but you might have a very different experience on your own visit.
PRICE: The average price of their dishes is roughly $10, so probably more than you would pay picking up a sandwich from your local deli, but given the amount of toppings that are piled on these puppies, I would say that their prices are definitely reasonable.
Something to keep in mind if you are going to be in the Indy area and want to stop in and check Jersey’s out, if you are trying to visit near any major holiday they will likely be closed. We tried stopping in 2 other times on our way home from Louisville or Nashville and unfortunately they were not open either of those times, so it just pays to call ahead.
We were happy when on our third try they were indeed open and we finally got to check out these spot, we just had possibly built it up a little too much in our head. While we did enjoy our sandwiches, we just didn’t feel like they really were anything out of the ordinary or even have that much flavor given all that they had going on. But as always we invite you to check out Jersey’s Café for yourself, but in our humble opinion they get 2 1/2 Little Piggies.