This past weekend, I spent some time in Bowling Green. Maybe it is because I don't make it back there as often as I would like or the fact that it is growing insanely fast, but there is always a new place to check out when I'm there. While I love my mom's home cooking (really, there is nothing better than your favorite meal made by your mom), it is fun to try new restaurants when I'm in town.
One of my parents' favorite "new-to-them" places is Federal Grove. With 6:30 reservations, we left Bowling Green around 6:00 for a leisurely scenic drive to Auburn, KY. We arrived early, and I loved the opportunity to wander the grounds for a few minutes before our table was ready. Federal Grove is a beautiful historic home situated among South Central Kentucky farmland, and the views didn't disappoint.
The restaurant boasts Kentucky and Southern eats served family-style, and there was no shortage of food, to say the least. We started with cornbread, sliced tomatoes, and cole-slaw before the main dinner was served. Dinner consisted of fried chicken, catfish, country ham, green beans, baked apples, ranch potatoes, and squash. Because I wanted to save room for dessert, I skipped the country ham, cole-slaw, and potatoes. However, when my fudge pie arrived, I could only take a couple bites before I had to request a to-go box.
If you've been to Monell's in Nashville, you'll be able to relate to the sheer volume of food, and it honestly stressed me out a little bit. The stress subsided once our server stopped delivering more dishes, and I enjoyed everything I tried. I appreciated the fact that there were more simple but flavorful vegetables than casseroles, which is what many Southern kitchens serve. Their menu changes frequently based on the seasons, and you can always find their menu on their Facebook page.
I'm sure I'll be back again. There were families, dates, groups of friends, and all types of people enjoying the restaurant. If you're in Bowling Green and hungry, I recommend taking the 20 minute drive to check out this gem in Auburn!