I am so excited to bring the next installment of my guides to the Commonwealth of Kentucky to you today!
I recently had the privilege of spending two days with my friends at Morehead Tourism. My exposure to this small community in Eastern Kentucky was very limited; I was thus honored to have the chance to get to know the community on a deeper level.
Home to Morehead State University, beautiful hills and mountains, a plethora of local businesses, and that Eastern Kentucky charm that I love and is unrivaled — Morehead packs quite the punch. As I have said before, I’m biased towards rural Kentucky; however, when you experience it for yourself, all is understood.
The moment I arrived to town, I started eating. Name a more iconic start to a trip — I’ll wait.
Now hear me out. I fully contend that an essential part of our culinary scene in Kentucky exists in gas stations. Country ham and biscuit trail, anyone? While hibachi certainly isn’t the norm in this situation, I heard that it was a local favorite. Given the convenience and price point, I can see why!
You can visit Hibachi Express at 408 Flemingsburg Rd, Morehead, KY 40351.
We then headed to Main St. in Downtown Morehead. Morehead State University runs perpendicular to the street, which certainly boasts a charm. University towns are special – I love seeing the devotion, the pride, and the school colors everywhere.
Our first stop on Main St. was Pasquales — the #1 place that was recommended to me in the community.
Small, quaint, and friendly — that’s how I’d describe it. You order at the counter and the food is brought out to you. It’s a popular spot for pizza and sandwiches; however, the key item on the menu = the cheese fries.
Y’all, let me tell you. Those cheese fries don’t come to play – they come to conquer. They are huge and perfect to share with a friend!
Also, any restaurant that has Ale-8-One on the fountain is a restaurant for me. God bless Eastern KY!
You can visit Pasquales at 182 East Main Street, Morehead, KY 40351.
After a food-packed start, I wanted to sit down with a hot cup of coffee, read the news, and relax with Jude. I always try to seek out a local coffee shop wherever I am. In Morehead, that just so happened to be The Fuzzy Duck. The best coffee in town is here – that’s for certain! I loved the atmosphere – there were professors grading papers, students working in groups, and friends enjoying an afternoon on the town. It was diverse, yet symbiotic – exactly what a small town should be! The Fuzzy Duck has a multitude of sweets to choose from to accompany your coffee; also be sure to visit the bookstore in the back of the building (Coffeetree Books).
The Fuzzy Duck is located at 159 E Main St, Morehead, KY 40351.
It was a beautiful day in Morehead. The leaves were astoundingly beautiful and the air was crisp, yet not too cold. We decided to walk up to Eagle Lake at the top of Morehead State University’s campus. I’m not going to lie – my jaw dropped a little. To have this lake, especially with the fall backdrop, on campus was so amazing! If I had attended MSU, I’m sure I would have spent many hours reading and studying up there.
Oceans, ponds, lakes, rivers — you name it. I love being around water. Being at Eagle Lake prompted the next logical visit, Cave Run Lake. But, more on that in a future post… stay tuned!
It was then time to check into the Hampton Inn & Suites; I was greeted at the door, shown to my room, and immediately started getting ready for the next task at hand — dinner!
Jude and I dined at Melini Cucina that evening. The Director of Tourism recommended the manicotti – and for good reason. It was delicious! I also had the mussels, which were a highlight of the trip. One of my favorite foods!
Melini Cucina is located at 608 E Main St, Morehead, KY 40351.
The next morning started bright and early at Root-A-Bakers, which was the other hotspot that was recommended to me in town. Upon walking in, I understood why.
First and foremost, if it is your first time in the shop, you get a free iced sugar cookie! This is one of their specialities and they are absolutely delicious.
However, my cravings upon seeing the offerings did not stop there. I proceeded to order a muffin, an apple fritter, a sticky bun, Danish Wedding Cookies, their homemade croissants, and spinach dip! They don’t call me JCP Eats for no reason, y’all. Ha!
The most delicious thing that I consumed in Morehead was the spinach dip. Now, hear me out. I love delicatessen food; it is my favorite! This spinach dip was, arguably, the best that I have ever had. I’m craving it as I type!
Root-A-Bakers is located at 313 Flemingsburg Rd, Morehead, KY 40351.
For lunch, I had a craving for sushi – thus, we headed to Yamato. Jude tried her first bite of sushi, which was hilarious. Isn’t that what culinary exploration is all about? Finding new towns, new cities, new dishes, new chefs. I was proud to witness the moment!
Yamato is located at 125 Flemingsburg Rd, Morehead, KY 40351.
After lunch we headed to the Kentucky Folk Art Center. Folk art is one of my favorite things; for those unfamiliar, it is largely art produced by an indigenous culture and/or group of individuals. Eastern Kentucky has some of the best, if I do say so myself – and the Kentucky Folk Art Center is not to be missed. Located in the historic Union Grocery, the FAC hosts a permanent collection of 1,400 pieces; however, the first floor gallery features rotating exhibits.
The Kentucky Folk Art Center is located at 102 W 1st St, Morehead, KY 40351.
I then hopped over to visit my friends at New Frontier Outfitters. I only recently learned about this KY business; however, let me tell you – they are pushing out amazing products and content. They create clothing gear for your travels and their clothing line truly embodies what I believe in: living well and traveling often. I’m so proud of these young entrepreneurs – people like them make Kentucky the great Commonwealth that it is!
New Frontier Outfitters is located at 139 E Main St, Morehead, KY 40351 and their collection can be shopped online here.
While on Main St, we stumbled into Holbrook Drug – a highlight of the trip. Bob Holbrook and J.B. Calvert founded the business in 1950 and it has been a mainstay in Morehead ever since. While it is a working pharmacy, they also have a Soda and Fountain Shop located inside. They pride themselves on being a part of Morehead history: they “served ice cream to your parents, your grandparents, and maybe even your great-grandparents from the original soda fountain! With over 32 milkshake flavors, a one-of-a-kind orangeade, and enough homemade fudge flavors to make you want to try each, Holbrook Drug is a one-stop shop for anyone’s sweet tooth!”
I couldn’t agree more with the above sentiment. It reminded me of the Soda Shop at Grider Drug in Russell Springs, KY – my home. My family owned a couple of businesses on Main St during my childhood; I visited the Soda Shop almost daily and, oh, how I remember those orangeades and those sandwiches! I miss it so very much. Holbrook took me back to my childhood – and for that, I thank them.
Holbrook Drug is located at 208 E Main St, Morehead, KY 40351.
I cannot thank my friends at Morehead Tourism enough for a fabulous trip. If you haven’t been to Morehead, or if you aren’t currently planning you’re next trip there, what are you waiting for? Adventure awaits!
As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!
Y’all come back now, ya hear?
FTC: This is a commissioned post; all opinions, however, are my own.