A few weeks ago while visiting my grandparents in Winchester, Kentucky, we stopped at JK’s Forest Grove Grocery for lunch. It’s an unassuming name and location – but this place is a slice of Americana! Located on Old Boonesboro Road, JK’s is a long time Winchester treasure. After 10 years of business downtown, they moved out to an old grocery store on a winding road lined with horse farms and limestone rock walls.
The front porch holds an Ale-8 vending machine (Ale-8-One is bottled in Winchester) and the famous beverage is a major theme in the restaurant’s decor. Just inside the door is an old Ale-8 chest beverage cooler.
You order from the day’s menu posted on white boards behind the counter. This charming old Hoosier cabinet, full of local antiques (and a jar with Kentucky tobacco) is to the right. It was busy in the restaurant, and to avoid getting unsuspecting locals in my photos I didn’t take pictures of the counter or menu.
Nana and I both ordered the beer cheese burger. It was delicious, smothered in melted beer cheese and served with potato salad.
The main dining room is packed with local antiques and more Ale-8 memorabilia. I enjoyed taking in all the local culture – it’s truly a slice of Americana!
I hope you enjoyed my tour of JK’s! If you’re ever in Winchester, stop by for breakfast or lunch – enjoy an Ale-8 for me. 🙂