Elkhorn City Kentucky, is the Gateway to the Breaks Interstate Park, and home to the Rusty Fork Café. If ever you were in the mountains you’ve heard of grandma’s home cooking, well this is the place you can find it. We rise early and by 4:30 am, you can get some homemade buttermilk biscuits bigger then a cat’s head, sawmill gravy, fried taters, and fried apples. Then by 11:00 am, you can get a daily special such as, Country Ribs, Chicken-n-Dumplings, Meatloaf, Pork Chops or Country Fried Steak, with all the fixin’s, we have a different special everyday, or you can get hamburgers, french fries, pizzas, steaks or seafood. We have a wide variety of delicious meals for the whole family, with good old country hospitality. The rustic decor is very inviting with lots of antiques and mountains crafts. This is also a popular place that many locals come too and swap stories and tales of our area and of the times gone by, while they’re playing a game of Rook.
The Rusty Fork Café is a very unique country restaurant, and was established in 1994. It got its name from the Russell Fork River which is a major whitewater river that runs through Elkhorn City, and by the café. The Russell Fork River has 4 releases from the John Flannagon Dam in the month of October, and has a good spring run off, but is only for the well experienced boater.
The café is owned and operated by Kathy Mullins Stewart, who was born and raised in Elkhorn City, her grandmother lived right where the café stands today, and she was well known for her good cooking, many of her recipes are used here at the café. Kathy’s mother Opal Mullins owned and operated The Mullins Restaurant for many years. It seems that a well loved tradition has developed for the women in this family. Johnny Stewart, Kathy’s husband was born and raised in the legendary Potter Flats, and always has a story to share of its rich history, and of his grandfathers moonshine making days.
We would like to invite all who come to visit our beautiful mountains to stop in and visit with us, and have a bowl of soup beans and cornbread, a good old fashion fried apple pie, or just some good conversation. You will always leave with your belly full, a good laugh, and a feeling that you just left grandma’s house.
Hope to see ya soon!!
Rusty Fork Café
105 Patty Loveless Dr.
Elkhorn City, KY 41522
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