Russell County KY Dining Guide: Local Recommendations

September 4, 2019
Eating in Russell County, KY

Hey, y’all! Russell County is a fantastic place for a day trip – and it’s the perfect weekend getaway for those that enjoy the water (as it’s located on Lake Cumberland, the Houseboat Capital of the World). Sit back, relax, and enjoy my Russell County KY Dining Guide!

This post is in partnership with Lake Cumberland Tourist Commission (Russell County, KY). Thank you all for supporting those that make JCP Eats possible. All opinions expressed are my own. Post originally posted September 2019, updated June 2021.

Russell County KY Dining Guide

Have Breakfast at Esto County Store & Café

4624 Hwy. 379, Russell Springs, KY 42629

I love the Esto Country Store & Café. It’s located in Esto, which is the unincorporated community of Russell County that I am from. The restaurant is a staple of our community. They serve up delicious, made fresh-to-order food at unbelievably low prices.

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While there for breakfast, enjoy a large western omelette that is sure to energize you all day long! Other southern favorites are dished up, such as biscuits and gravy. However, I encourage y’all to order my go-to: a country ham, fried egg, and cheese biscuit.

Have Lunch at the Little Chop Shop

178 Lakeway Dr., Russell Springs, KY 42642

The Little Chop Shop, locally known as “The Chop Shop”, has been a favorite of mine my entire life. From catered events, to fuel at the golf course, to many a meal on my summer lunch breaks – it holds a special place in my heart. If you’re looking for a pulled pork sandwich, a delicious smoked turkey pita, a grilled chicken salad, or some homemade fudge – this is the place for you. But, above all else, get the BBQ-stuffed baked potato and thank me later.

Eating in Russell County, KY

Grab Lunch at The Fruit Market

2408 S. Hwy 127, Russell Springs, KY 42642

Another favorite of the locals, the Fruit Market is a locally-owned and operated business. In the market, you can find fresh produce, spices, seasonings, local honey, and many delicious foods to prepare in your home kitchen. That said, they also have an eat-in area that is the perfect stop for lunch, with a choice between a salad bar + their made-to-order menu.

My favorite item on the menu is the grilled chicken pasta salad, which is plate scrapin’ good and rings in at under $6.

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Eating in Russell County, KY

Have Dinner at Coe’s Steak House

2281 Lakeway Dr., Russell Springs, KY 42642

Coe’s is a Russell County institution. There’s no other word for it. When you talk to someone that’s familiar with my hometown, if referring to food, they will likely say: “Ah! That’s where Coe’s is!” — and they’re right.

Don’t let the name fool you. Coe’s is known for their fish. Their beautifully-fried, southern fish.

Eating in Russell County, KY

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Hand-cut daily, freshly breaded, and fried to a golden brown — there’s a reason that Coe’s has been in business for nearly five decades. In 1972, George and Geneva Coe began serving their fish in a small, single dining room restaurant. They had one deep fryer and nine coffee cups to serve the entire restaurant. From humble beginnings to modern success, Coe’s is a brand in and of itself — and I know that they would be so proud.

Still family-owned and operated, I’m excited to be dining at Coe’s for the next five decades!

About Russell County KY

Russell County is chock-full of adventure; when planning your next Kentucky day trip, look no further! Whether you want to visit the greatest lake in the country, Lake Cumberland, spend an afternoon at the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, fish/canoe on the Cumberland River, visit Creelsboro’s famous RockHouse Bottom (the largest natural bridge east of the Rocky Mountains)… come ready for adventure and plan to leave with a full stomach!

Oh, and if you’re planning to eat while on Lake Cumberland, take a look at this post – my official guide to eating on the water!

Lake Cumberland

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My best,


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