Near my hometown of Paducah, KY, sits a restaurant known for its extravagant amount of Christmas Lights and 2-inch pork chop. Patti’s 1880’s Settlement is a sight to see and THE place to eat if you’re ever passing through.
Located in Grand Rivers, Kentucky, Patti’s 1880’s Settlement is truly a winter wonderland. Other than the main restaurant, 2 more restaurants are near with a large garden connecting it all. Over 700,000 light displays surround the restaurant every year between the months of November and January, and Santa is more than likely awaiting your Christmas wish list. Gazebos and streams line the pathways with mini golf an option as you wait to be seated.
When you walk into the restaurant, you will be greeted by waitresses in old-time dresses and waiters in overalls. Christmas trees and decorations galore adorn the dining rooms and gift shop as if you had just walked into Santa’s workshop.
Just as if you were in a large house, several rooms hold 2, 3 or maybe even 4 tables for a quieter experience. Although, don’t be worried for lack of seating. With the many rooms, tables are plentiful. However, make sure you make a reservation around holidays and especially between November and the beginning of January. The place fills up fast!
Expect to pay more than your average $10 meal here, but I promise you won’t be disappointed. Flower Pot bread is one thing of many that Patti’s 1880’s Restaurant is known for, literally being served in a flower pot. What makes this bread even better, is it comes with a side of homemade strawberry butter. Watch yourself though because you could very well eat 2 whole pots before your food comes if you’re not careful.
If you order the steak fries, expect to eat literal potatoes because the fries are so big! One of my personal favorite meals here is the Apples Delight. Taken directly from their website, it is a “Pork loin bacon-wrapped filet, charbroiled and topped with glazed baked apples.” With something as delicious as that being noted, I’m sure you’re asking why I have a picture of a SALAD below? Just for proof that after you eat here and complain that you’re so full you could die, you can never blame poor Patti’s. Salads are an option, just in case you don’t want to feel bloated after dining here. But who wouldn’t want that?
Lastly, are you the kind of person that instinctively tells the waiter “no” when asked if dessert would peak your interest? Well make sure you train your mouth to say the exact opposite. And save a tiny bit of room in your stomach! The famous Boat Sinker is my family’s absolute favorite. It has a rich, dark, double fudge pie, topped with coffee ice cream, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce and is everything your wildest dreams are made of.
And last but not least, their Meringue Pie with 6 to 8 inches of meringue! It’s on the cover of their menu and, once again, is one of the things Patti’s is known for.
Next time you’re in Kentucky and close to Kentucky Lake, I wouldn’t miss this restaurant. You won’t be disappointed, whether you come for the food, decorations, or both.