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Claudia Sanders Dinner House Serves Up the Real Thing

Only those lucky few that know where to get the best fried chicken in Kentucky know about Claudia Sanders and the Shelbyville restaurant she founded – the Claudia Sanders Dinner House. To get an idea of what's available at the Claudia Sanders Dinner House, picture Scarlett’s Tara serving an expanded version of KFC’s menu, then kick it up about 30 notches.

The Colonel and Claudia founded the restaurant in 1959, after an expansion of I-75 took traffic right past the Colonel’s original restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky. The fried chicken magnates moved to Shelbyville to open a new restaurant, which served as their residence and base of operation for Kentucky Fried Chicken in the early days.

Fast-forward about 50 years, and the Claudia Sanders Dinner House still serves up family-style southern hospitality. The menu offers the same types of foods that most KFCs do – several varieties of fried and grilled chicken, classic southern green beans, corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, biscuits, etc. But that’s where the similarities end.

Claudia’s serves up the real thing: bubbling hot fried chicken that’s been hand-breaded with fresh spices, homemade mashed potatoes simmering with melted butter and topped with thick, fresh milk gravy. This famous eatery also offers southern classics like sugar-cured Kentucky country ham, fresh chicken livers, Kentucky hot brown, and even handmade baked lasagna. And don’t miss the corn pudding or creamed spinach, two of the best side dishes.

HelloMetro Tip: The desserts will beat out any of grandma’s specialties. Hot cobblers of blackberry, cherry and peach, chess pie, apple pie with hot buttered rum sauce, and Claudia’s version of Derby Pie tempt even the fullest diner.

Posted on October 12, 2010 by Jenn McGuire
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Claudia Sanders Dinner House
3202 Shelbyville Road, U.S. 60
Shelbyville, KY

(502) 633-5600


Getting Here
From Louisville, take I64 toward Lexington, get off at exit 32 toward Shelbyville and go one mile to US60. Take a left, and Claudia?s is about of a mile down on the left.

$7-19 for dinner entres

Free parking lot

Tues.-Sun. 11am-9pm
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