When the movie Fried Green Tomatoes came out in 1991, I never imagined that the title could allude to a real, edible food. And yet I recently found myself in the Old Talbott Tavern in Bardstown, Kentucky, eating real fried green tomatoes. I didn’t really know what to expect, but they were delicious. The house-made ranch dressing (dyed green, although I’m not sure why) was fresh and light, and rounded out the flavor of these tasty appetizers.
There weren’t a lot of vegetarian options at the Talbott Tavern, so I ended up ordering the Talbott Salad for lunch. It was good enough, but certainly nothing special. However, the house-made ranch dressing made it refreshingly yummy.
Just to give you an idea of the other options (for those non-veg peeps out there), I’m including a photo of my husband’s order: the pulled pork sandwich with french fries and ketchup. It was, reportedly, passable (my husband says it was more like a regular BBQ pork sandwich than actual pulled pork). In its defense, the BBQ sauce (which I tested from a fat globule on the bun) was both smoky and spicy — two of my favorite qualities in a BBQ sauce. I can also comment on the fries, which were decent.
Talbott’s Tavern is situated in an old building that was built in 1779. The building is a cool old place, dimly lit and made of old stone and brick. It’s pleasantly cool inside, which was perfect considering it was over 90°F outside the day we went there. I would have loved to have been there at night, but it still had great ambiance during the day.