Horse Cave Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Horse Cave

April 14, 2018 Marlin Saiz

Horse Cave is a home rule-class city in Hart County, Kentucky, United States. Randall Curry currently serves as mayor of the city and is assisted by a city council that is composed of six members. As of the 2010 census, the population of Horse Cave was 2,311.
Things to do in Horse Cave

1. El Mazatlan

105 Gardner Ln, Cave City, KY 42127-8452 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 270-773-7448
Excellent
55%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 695 reviews

El Mazatlan

Reviewed By Debby S - Hattiesburg, Mississippi

The food here was really good MEXICAN food ... not some watered down "Americanized" version of Mexican. Not the very best I've ever had, but certainly adequate. Prices were fair and (I admit, most important to me after a long day of hiking in Mammoth Cave) margaritas were GREAT.

I noticed that most of the negative reviews were around communication with the staff. I can't find a way to complain that there are actual Mexicans working in a Mexican restaurant. (get over yourselves, people) Yes, it was a bit of a challenge at times to communicate but if you want gluten free, vegan, or free range chicken maybe you should go elsewhere! If you want good, authentic Mexican food ... great place!

2. Harper House

123 Dj Everett Dr, Cadiz, KY 42211-8155 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Television, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 16 - SGD 37 +1 270-874-2858
Excellent
74%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 146 reviews

Harper House

Vintage American Casual Restaurant located in beautiful Cadiz Kentucky in our brand new wonderfully built agriculturally inspired building . Live Piano music most nights, attentive staff and hand crafted food and cocktails. Our Executive Chef, Brett Clayton prepares delicious and eclectic dishes on our extensive menu. There is a memorable evening waiting for you to discover here at Harper House. Stop in or plan a special occasion with Chris and Nelson Daniels at the Harper House. We also have banquet facilities for parties of 12-130 guests.

Reviewed By Cathy B - Clarksville, Tennessee

We went with a group of friends. I did enjoy the deviled eggs. But then not much else. Our waiter was nice but did not refill drinks when needed and had to ask a few times. We had to request bread after we saw everyone else getting it with drinks. My husband ordered a bourbon but never received it. And my steak was burnt. CHARRED. It wasn’t over the flame taste. It was eating crisp black burnt. As was my friends steak. I didn’t want to complain due to the group we were with. Others seemed to be enjoying their meals. So as I was leaving, I picked up a card that said “if you can’t rate us a 10, please call me personally”...so I did, twice, never got a call back. So unfortunately I wasn’t impressed.

3. Turtlelini's Pizza and Pasta

103 S Dixie St, Horse Cave, KY 42749-1226 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Buffet Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 270-786-8686
Excellent
60%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 238 reviews

Turtlelini's Pizza and Pasta

Reviewed By Shammond4 - Alpharetta, GA

Pizza was ok but not great. There's a pizza buffet that comes with the salad bar. Better than some of the local options but don't expect anything great. It felt like the buffet at Pizza Hut.

4. Dairy Queen

517 N Dixie Hwy, Cave City, KY 42127-9513 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +1 270-773-3372
Excellent
47%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 36 reviews

Dairy Queen

Reviewed By Panthermomof2 - Newark, Ohio

With a crazy high heat index we needing something to cool us off. The place was busy, but the staff was very efficient and we got some cool treats in a timely manner. Parking is tight and on a hill for the most part. But tou cant go wrong with DQ

5. El Mazatlan

1172 Main St, Munfordville, KY 42765-9432 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 270-524-4874
Excellent
68%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 30 reviews

El Mazatlan

Reviewed By tome673 - Walling, Tennessee

Several people recommended this restaurant so we came here a a good day at Mammoth Cave National Park. We had 4 adults and 5 kids and were seated immediately, ordered drinks and had chips/salsa served. The restaurant quickly filled up after we arrived at 5pm. Our food was served in a timely manner. All our meals were very good and well seasoned. My son and I both ordered the Allan Special which was a lot of food. The kids all enjoyed their food. The location is very close off I-65 toward Munsfordsville. We quickly return if back in this area.

6. R & S Salvage Grocery & Bakery

235 Irvin Cemetary Rd, Horse Cave, KY 42749-8004 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible European +1 270-786-3005
Excellent
80%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

R & S Salvage Grocery & Bakery

Reviewed By Joan W - Indianapolis, Indiana

What a treasure of a find while on our weekend trip to Cave/Horse City! The prices are fabulous! With such great deals, I loaded up two carts and my daughter loaded up one. Beware that many items are expired, so check the dates and make good choices. I bought some beef jerky sticks and, so far, two of them were spoiled. That was disappointing but only out $1, so not a big deal. We also bought some fresh donuts from their bakery and they were delicious!!! Next time I'm in that area of Ky, you can be sure I'll be shopping there again!

7. Mama Lou's Bar B Que

5112 S Jackson Hwy, Horse Cave, KY 42749-7019 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Waitstaff, Television American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 270-786-4198
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 87 reviews

Mama Lou's Bar B Que

Reviewed By lgramlich - Abita Springs, Louisiana

Stopped in here for dinner while passing through on a road trip. I've been craving BBQ chicken forever, but the menu implied that it was grilled chicken that was then coated in sauce (which is NOT real BBQ chicken.) I figured you can't go wrong with BBQ ribs, and ordered a half a rack. They tasted like cigarettes. Literally. Not a lot of BBQ sauce taste at all. There were bottles of sauce on the table, but I shouldn't have to sauce my own order. You advertise BBQ ribs? Bring me BBQ ribs--with sauce, that don't taste like cigarettes.
The place was busy with take out orders, so maybe it was just me. I can say that the staff were nice, if not the most attentive.

8. Bucky Bees Bbq

403 Mammoth Cave St, Cave City, KY 42127-8424 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 270-773-4200
Excellent
54%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 200 reviews

Bucky Bees Bbq

Reviewed By Dracodad - Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

This is a restaurant that is just off the Interstate and surrounded by gas stations and fast food. Very touristy area with Mammoth Caves nearby. It’s a new restaurant.

The good: portions are huge! I had the 1 lb potato with bbq pork, bacon, sour cream, butter and no way could I finish. My wife got the “pulled” pork (more on that in a minute) and again it was way more than she could eat. She really liked the pickled beets. Drinks are large.

The bad: This is not a high quality BBQ in our opinion. Very little flavor. No smoke that we could detect and if that was pulled pork, then someone has meat cleavers as fingers. It was chopped. The Cole slaw was similar to what you would find in any grocery store. Service was very slow. It took almost 45 minutes for our meal to be served. At least 3 other tables who ordered after us received their food first.

Overall it was filling but was not particularly tasty. Next time we would drive the extra distance to Smokey Pig in Bowling Green.

9. Cracker Barrell Old Country Store

800 Happy Valley St, I-65 & Sr 70/90, Cave City, KY 42127-8412 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 270-773-4723
Excellent
39%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 389 reviews

Cracker Barrell Old Country Store

Reviewed By oboi

This particular location struggles and Idk why. Usually it's good but occasionally you get poor service and poor quality of food. My husband and I both got the hashbrown casserole, his tasted sour, mine did not. I wasn't offered cornbread or toast as an option and our waitress while sweet as she could be was not attentive at all and seemed to be playing roll of bust boy as well. My country fried steak was tough and my husband breakfast platter was the skimpiest I've ever seen them come. He wasn't given options either so was brought grits that neither of us would eat. Upon checkout I noticed the lady next to us said she was dissatisfied with her visit as well, she was offered a manager to make things right but declined, we were asked and just said things were ok, truthfully we should have spoke with the manager, they can't improve without our feedback. I really don't know what has changed if it's new cooks, practices or what but our visit was disappointing for the 2nd or 3rd time in all the dozen visits we've ate at this location. I can only hope it's fixed soon. They stay busy here. Best wishes. Please if you eat here and are not happy, take the time to let them know. I wish we would have and I believe they are trying. It's not always bad but our timing the day we went was. It was very busy. We had to wait around 15 mins for a table.

10. Subway

4000 L, Stop, Horse Cave, KY 42749-7093 Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 270-786-5701
Excellent
20%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
10%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 10 reviews

Reviewed By Jan L - Vonore, Tennessee

We usually like Subways. This one was out of many menu items, and the counter person seemed totally uninterested in being there. The sandwiches we got were good and up to Subway standard, but was not what we wanted. Very disappointing.

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