10 Best Places for Appetizers in Kentucky

Appetizers are one of the most underrated parts of a meal. If a restaurant does appetizers well, you know you're in for an excellent dining experience. So whether you want to order a shareable plate of maple bacon chicken wings or you want some fried pickles all to yourself, start off your meal the right way at these 10 amazing places for appetizers in Kentucky. 

Mussel and Burger Bar, Louisville, KY

One visit and you’ll know why this award-winning restaurant has been consistently voted best in several categories. If you love classic food but don’t mind tasting a twist on tradition, you’ll love this place. The charcurterie plate is one of the best around, but don’t miss the Dates in a Blanket. 

Freight House, Paducah, KY

Using locally-sourced ingredients, Freight House makes food you can really experience. They understand that enjoying food involves more than just eating it. Every dish can be shared, so order several appetizers like the marinated beets, sweet and spicy pork rinds, and frog legs. 

Otto’s, Covington, KY

Imagine the subtle and intriguing combination of soft and crunchy, sweet and savory. If there were ever two appetizers born to go together, it’s brie toast and brussels sprouts. Otto’s has a way of putting unexpected flavors together and creating a unique and happy food experience. 

Proof on Main, Louisville, KY

Need proof that you can enjoy great cocktails, appetizers, and art at the same time? Then you need Proof on Main, Louisville’s unique location that combines both. Leisurely reflect on the artwork displayed through rotating exhibits and your favorite adult beverage. Order the beet salad appetizer. It is delicious. 

Mami Monchita’s, Frankfort, KY

At Frankfort’s Mami Monchita’s, you can visit Honduran cuisine without packing a bag. There’s a great menu that represent international food and a happy hour that will make you very happy. There’s something for everyone, and a great list of appetizers to kick off your meal. Try their signature dish, refried bean fondue with melted cheese with tortilla chips.

Bourbons Bistro, Louisville, KY

History, great Kentucky Bourbons, and an ever-changing seasonal menu featuring seriously good food from the maple-bacon chicken wings with Bourbon bleu cheese dressing as a starter to the red velvet cake made with Bourbon sorghum syrup. Did we mention Bourbons Bistro features great Kentucky bourbons? 

Gerard’s 1907 Tavern, Bowling Green, KY

American gourmet food served in a building created in 1907. That’s more history in the making. Put them all together and you have Gerard’s 1907 Tavern. You’ll repeat history every time you eat here, whether it’s stopping by for a quick appetizer like fried pickles & jalapenos or enjoying a leisurely meal of fish and chips with your best friend. 

Niko’s Italian Cuisine, Owensboro, KY

You’ll be saying, “That’s amore!” with each bite you taste at Niko’s Italian Cuisine. Daily specials feature the best in everything from the appetizers and soups to entrees and desserts. Your wallet will thank you, too, because Niko’s won’t bust your budget. Order their amazing bruschetta to start things off. 

Carson’s Food & Drink, Lexington, KY

One of Lexington’s favorite bars with a speakeasy vibe, Carson’s Food & Drink is the perfect place to come and relax with friends. Imagine steamy mussels in a coconut curry sauce filling your mouth and satisfying your urge for culinary bliss. Don’t wait. Stop today. 

Hammerheads, Louisville, KY

Hammerheads is the epitome of great gastro pub success. One of Louisville’s hidden gems, this tiny eatery is big on service, selection, and awesomeness. You get craft beers, kick-start appetizers, a variety of smoked ribs, signature dishes, burgers, tacos, and fries. Hammerhead’s is a shining star in the dark night. 

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