Berea, Kentucky is known for its arts and crafts, but it also has plenty of good food to offer visitors. While the Berea food offerings are plentiful sometimes the portions are not, so the next time a big craving hits you, here are the top places to pig out in Berea.

1. The Smokehouse Grill – Love them or hate them, buffets are the ultimate way to pig out and the Smokehouse Grill has been satisfying even the hardiest eater for nearly two decades. Owner’s Patty and Terry Cheeks are not shy with a buffet offering of over 20 items, including all you care to eat soft-serve ice cream and other yummy desserts. For under $15 you won’t break the budget for your indulgence, but I wouldn’t place the same confidence in your belt.

Brad Agee is ready for some great fish at the Dinner Bell.

2. Dinner Bell (Fish Fridays) – In addition to the Smokehouse Grill, which also has all-you-can-eat fish on Fridays, The Dinner Bell joins the list. Dinner Bell serves up wholesome southern favorites with home-style cooking. It also features a nice store as you enter the door for convenient shopping. The locally owned and operated Dinner Bell is a favorite among the Sunday after church crowd and an off-the-Interstate traveler’s favorite that will fill you to the gill with fish on Fridays.


Letha Hembree and Steve Moss celebrate a cousin’s reunion at Papaleno’s Pizza in Berea.

3. The Wagon Wheel and The Mountaineer – Although this might sound like the title of a Western it is in fact two of the most wholesome pizzas available in Berea. Apollo’s Pizza in the Artisan Village lives in the tourism heart of Berea and features the gargantuan 20″ Wagon Wheel pizza available with a range of toppings and will provide pizza overload for even the greatest pizza fan. If Apollo’s Pizza lives in the tourism heart then Papaleno’s Pizza lives in the tourism head of Berea and shares a block with the Boone Tavern Hotel. Papaleno’s largest pizza comes in at 16″, but what it lacks in size it makes up in substance. A 16″ Mountaineer with pepperoni, Italian sausage, beef, black and green olives, mushrooms, onions, green and banana peppers is enough to satisfy a wide range of pizza connoisseurs.

Pigging out in Berea is possible and these top places will satisfy even the hungriest of eaters. After a day at work, a day at play on Berea’s plentiful trails, or an evening out catching a show at the Spotlight Playhouse you can be assured that from all-you-can-eat buffets to big, delicious pizzas, there’s something for everyone here.

Thinking of another extra-large meal I missed, send me a message and I’ll be sure to try it. –