If you’re driving I-75 in Kentucky and looking for a bite to eat and a fun road side attraction make a pit stop at the Harland Sanders Café and Museum in Corbin.
Added to the U.S. National Registry of Historic Places on August 7, 1990 this café is the birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken.
In 1932 Colonel Harland Sanders bought the small restaurant near this site. Here he combined good cooking, hard work and showmanship to build regional fame for his fine food. His restaurant and a motel, now gone, flourished. To serve his patrons better Sanders constantly experimented with new recipes and cooking methods. Here he created, developed and perfected his world famous Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe.
This is a great place to explore if you’re a history buff like me. It doubles as a restaurant so be sure to grab a bite to eat while you’re visiting. The left side of the café is a modern KFC restaurant and the other half has original pieces, a dining area, a replica of his motel and kitchen and more memorabilia and pieces of history.
The Harland Sanders Café and Museum is free to enter and open to the public. You do have to purchase your own food though. 🙂 It’s tentatively open 10am-9pm but please call ahead to verify the hours. Conveniently located less than 5 minutes off of I-75, it’s easy to get to. There’s signs that point to it along the way.
Maybe it’s the placebo effect but the chicken just tastes so much better here than at any other KFC’s. It’s absolutely mouthwatering!
Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum:
688 US Highway 25 W