Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Restaurant Review: Wallace Station



Wallace Station
3854 Old Frankfort Pike
Versailles, KY 40383-9763
859.846.5161
wallacestation.com

Yesterday was both my husband's birthday and also our wedding anniversary. We celebrated on Friday afternoon with dinner and a movie. We don't eat out often, but when we do, I love to go to Wallace Station. A short country drive down scenic Old Frankfort Pike and we arrive at the most charming restaurant, Wallace Station.

Wallace Station is located right in the middle of horse country and is surrounded by the most gorgeous horse farms. Locals flock to Wallace Station for it's charming venue and gorgeous scenery. The menu is simple, fresh and local. There are about 20 sandwiches on freshly home-baked bread, soups, salads, freshly baked pastries, pies and sweets, and old-fashioned ice cream. Monday nights are famous for their special Fried Chicken Dinner. I've never been, but hear that it is next to impossible to get a seat. On Friday nights, they have a Fish Fry.
We like to sit out back, on the deck and under the willow trees, with a gorgeous view of the bluegrass and this old barn.
You can also sit inside, with the ever-charming diner decor and beautiful old wooden floors.

I just love the old-fashioned decor, which is so warm and inviting.
Food is ordered in line, deli style, where you can then take a seat and it will be brought out to you. On this particular day, they were extremely crowded. The line was at least 20-25 minutes long. April is the beginning of horse racing season and Wallace Station is located near Keeneland, where all the horse races take place. Lots of people come from near and far to attend the horse races at Keeneland, making Wallace Station a very popular eatery during this time.
Wallace Station uses all local ingredients, including local KY beef. Many of their sandwiches are designed with tradition southern themes. They have both hot and cold sandwiches, specializing in their wonderful beef burgers. I am a huge fan of their Pimento Cheese Burger, but I wanted to try something different this time around. I ordered The Big Brown, their take on the traditional Kentucky Hot Brown. The Big Brown burger consisted of ham, bacon, tomato, white cheddar sauce and Parmesan cheese. When my burger arrived, my husband did a double take. I think all that meat was beckoning him and he realized the error of his ways. I looked down at my burger, "the meat fest" that it was and decided that I would switch with him. There was no way I could eat all that meat.
My husband, loves their Meatloaf Burger, but also decided to go with something different this time around. He ordered their Santa Anita Burger with pepper jack cheese, bacon, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and spicy chipotle mayo. He liked this burger, but we both decided that we ordered wrong and were happy to switch. In turn, he was very happy with his meaty Big Brown Burger and I was very happy with the Santa Anita Burger. I loved the spicy pepper jack with the chipotle mayo. Both burgers were $8.95 each and come with a side of chips. My husband ordered a lemon bar, which we shared, and with the two drinks the grand total was $27.00. Although the price is somewhat high for sandwiches and drinks, the scenery and experience makes this well worth it. Wallace Station is a wonderful place, full of character, and we adore going there.
I was happy to see that Guy Fieri, of the Food Network, had just dined here on March 10th of this year. Turns out Wallace Station will be featured on Diners, Drive-In's and Dives in the near future. Definitely a great place to eat if you are ever in the area!

In the meantime, I'm crossing my fingers to go back on a Monday night and try that Fried Chicken Dinner - Yum!

26 comments:

  1. This place looks charming. I'd totally go for one of those meatloaf burgers, that sounds like some good comfort food :)
    *kisses* HH

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  2. Happy Anniversary! This looks like a charming place, and the food looks great too!

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  3. Hope you had a wonderful anniversary and Happy Birthday to your husband. What a gorgeous place! We have little restaurants like this up in the foothills near where I live, but not surrounded by horse farms, which I would love. The burger sounded wonderful with the pepper jack cheese and guacamole...wow!
    What a charming date!

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  4. So you got married on your husband's birthday? How cute! This place sounds awesome, both for the atmosphere and the food.

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  5. Looks like a really great place....and that burger looks delicious!!

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  6. This looks like quite a charming place to celebrate your wedding anniversary. The burgers sound fantastic! I love the pictures of the outdoor area.

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  7. Cute place. The burgers look awesome!

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  8. Meatload burger would be a winner here. Love the ambiance and that it's a favorite destination.

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  9. I've been itching to try Wallace Station for some time especially after I attended a food lecture by Ouita Michel at Woodford Reserve a couple of weeks ago and sampling some of her delicious food!

    We have some great food in this area! Thanks for sharing it with the blog world!

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  10. Happy Anniversary! I thought it was cute that the two of you switched plates. You didn't order wrong...you just ordered for each other!

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  11. Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday to the hubs! What a charming place! How funny that you ordered a Santa Anita...That's a horse race track about 30 minutes from my home. I've never been to a horse race. Not sure why. I really should go...just for the experience. I can't wait to see the episode of tripple D

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  12. What an absolutely gorgeous place to eat! That burger looks great. I'd never be able to get my husband to wait in line that long for anything!

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  13. Happy Anniversary and Happy Bday to your husband. What a quaint place! The pimento cheese burger does sound yummy! How fun that Guy visited! :)

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  14. Oh, man. You know, the one thing that I can't find in Belgium is a decent burger. These look like the real thing. Now I'm drooling all over my keyboard...

    Ok, now this is on my list if I ever get back to Frankfort.

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  15. Such a cute place and those burgers look amazing. It's almost 10:00 PM here and I really want a burger. ;-) (wiping drool off of keyboard...)

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  16. what a great celebration, happy anniversary, and birthday to your hubs! it sounds wonderful! if i ever make it down there, i am checking that place out!

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  17. Happy Anniversary, Kim and birthday wishes for your husband as well. Wallace Station is charming and I wager the food is terrific. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  18. Happy Anniversary! It looks like a charming place to celebrate!

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  19. Happy Anniversary! This looks like the kind of place I love to eat at! I hope you get to have the fried chicken dinner!!!!

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  20. Kim, first Happy Anniversary to you! Also, Happy Birthday to your husband.

    Wallace Station looks like a great place to enjoy good local food. I would love this place! I am glad you shared it with us.

    You need to put that fried chicken dinner of your calendar!

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  21. I would be all over this burger! Happy anniversary Kim. How many years?

    I just found out the library has my loan book of Guy Fieri's diner book. Can't wait to see it.

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  22. Kim, happy birthday to your husband. When I first saw that building, I thought of Vermont. Very charming. So Guy was there.......bet that has put them on the map, so to say. I always enjoy restaurant reviews.
    Sam

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  23. Happy Bday to Mr. Pot Stirrer, happy anniversary to you both, and DAYUM, those burgers do look mighty fine!

    What a cute place. I have to find a reason to stop by there one day, Alexis would love it!

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  24. The burgers look excellent! I love that you switched! So cute. Happy Anniversary! And Happy B'day to hubby!

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  25. How much is the fried chicken dinner?

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