Category Archives: Eastern Kentucky Chili Bun Trail

The Eastern Kentucky Chili Bun Trail: Hamburger Hut In Barbourville

Hamburger Hut opened their doors in 1974. It was a big treat to get to visit Barbourville when I was a little kid. The best pizza in southeastern Kentucky could be found at Oasis, a rundown, side of the road … Continue reading

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The Eastern Kentucky Chili Bun Trail: Dixon’s Market (est. 1973)

“I’d like your chili recipe. Let me give you a piece of paper so you can jot it down” Miss Carol looks at me like I’ve walked into Dixon’s Market in Corbin, Kentucky in a full KKK get-up with a … Continue reading

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The Eastern Kentucky Chili Bun Trail: The Root Beer Stand In Corbin

Clifford Noe was the original owner of the Root Beer Stand in Corbin, Kentucky. He opened the old location in 1956 and ran it for 12 years before Jack Crabtree bought him out in 1968.

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The Eastern Kentucky Chili Bun Trail: Snack Shack In Mount Vernon

It’s 20 minutes up the road from the Snack Shack in Mt Vernon to get to the ancestral grounds of mountain music legend Red Foley. He was from Blue Lick.

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The Eastern Kentucky Chili Bun Trail: Amon’s Sugar Shack In Somerset

Technically Somerset, Kentucky is not in the eastern part of the state but I’m including them in my Eastern Kentucky Chili Bun Trail series due to the long, rich history of Amon’s Sugar Shack.

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Eastern Kentucky Chili Bun Trail: Corner Market In Corbin

There are dozens of chili bun parlors scattered about the Tri-County region of southeastern Kentucky. Turn off your GPS and ride down a country lane in Knox, Laurel or Whitley counties and soon enough you’ll see a little quick mart … Continue reading

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The Eastern Kentucky Chili Bun Trail: Frosty-Ette In Sandgap Kentucky

When I was a kid, my handle on my father’s cb radio was ‘Old Hickory’. I’d sneak out to his Country Squire station wagon and lay down in the front seat to talk to all my trucker buddies who were … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Eastern Kentucky Chili Bun Trail

On a recent swing through the Cumberland Highlands of Kentucky I did what I always do: ate chili buns like they were going out of style. Their obsolescence is in no danger of happening as chili placed on a hotdog … Continue reading

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