Porky Pig Diner

125 Park Boundary Rd
Smiths Grove, 42171
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This place was a HOOT. (I'm trying to get out of country mode here.) We were hungry after hanging out at Mammoth Cave National Park and my trusty Yelp app came to the rescue. In the spirit of road tripping, we decided to go for the quirky, and the place definitely sounded quirky. Pound Hound greeted us when we drove up to the restaurant - he was sweet and friendly and absolutely adorable. And then my husband tried to bring him into the restaurant and got scolded. :-) We had to leave Pound Hound outside fogging up the windows staring at us. Some people already seated informed us that they had driven 100 miles to come to this diner and to get the catfish. The catfish was 8.99 for all you could eat, so my husband and brother in law were on board. I can't eat fish, so I got the three piece fried chicken plate instead. And the corn nuggets. Mmmm... corn nuggets. Cheesy corny good. I don't know if I was starving or if these guys put something in the chicken, but it was REALLY good. My three pieces consisted of a leg, breast, and a thigh. I'm not much of a white meat girl, but that chicken breast was the juiciest piece of fried chicken I've EVER eaten. My husband said his catfish was good, but he was staring at my chicken until it was all gone. I had made the mistake of giving him a bite to start with - I think he would have finished the chicken if I had let him. We had fried apple pies for dessert - but the food was the high point. And Pound Hound. I love dogs. Oh yes, and there really are all sorts of pig paraphernalia in the place.
I'm not sure how else to put this, but Porky Pig Diner is an establishment stuck in the 1950s, we're talking pre-social movements era (Civil Rights, Women's Rights, Gay Rights). Yes, there was a Jim Crow, traditional gender/family feel about the whole thing. I looked into the diner after seeing decent reviews on Yelp. I was with a small group of friends who spent the weekend at Mammoth Cave. All of us women, 2 of us women of color, and not typically in to normalized gender stereotyping and presentation. As soon as we walked in, we were hit with cigarette smoke and stares. Having a lifetime of this, I was rolling with it, I grew up in the South, I can still dig some good food. So, we sat in the booth farthest from the breakfast smokers. We were told we couldn't go to the buffet until we all sat down and did our drink order. We followed orders and sat, deciding whether we should escape since we were so close to the door. My 3 white friends were even terrified, and wanted to leave, they could feel the eyes fixated on us. We ordered some water and coffee and then were instructed we could head to the buffet. As I stood in line, I noticed that they were out of biscuits. I peeked into the kitchen, and heard the beeping of a microwave. Out of the microwave came a plate of biscuits that were quickly dropped into the buffet tray. There was sausage links, bacon, and fried bologna in one tray, eggs, biscuits, white gravy, pancakes, tater tots, and a brown substance also in a tray being heated by sterno. Baffled at first, I then deciphered that this heated brown substance had to be an additional breakfast gravy. To confirm this, I proclaimed loudly, "Oh you have both white and brown beef gravy as options for the biscuit!" The server said, "Yes, most people don't know what that is, so I'm glad you know that." Still curious as to why one would need 2 types of gravy, I at least felt assured that I figured out what the warm mystery substance was. My friend Sharon scooped some up and poured it on her tater tots. The rest of the buffet included fruit, in sugary syrup, potato salad, and cottage cheese. We headed back to the table and began to eat and drink our "coffee." The "coffee" was very weak, perhaps standard, diner coffee. We picked at our food, the microwaved biscuits, and a friend again brought up that we were all being stared at by other patrons. Sharon, who had poured the "brown beef gravy" on her tater tots was eating, took a bite, and calmly stated, "I just want you all to know, that this is, in fact, not beef gravy." Shocked, since it was confirmed by our server, I asked, "Sharon, what is it?" Sharon - "It's chocolate pudding." Our table - RAUCOUS LAUGHTER We were laughing so hard that we all started crying. This visit that started with a bit of nervousness because we felt the stares that we didn't belong. The conversation at the buffet bar where the server confirmed it was brown beef gravy, then realizing it was WARM CHOCOLATE PUDDING in the buffet next to eggs! It turned into a very memorable visit, we certainly will never forget our trip to Porky Pig Diner. But, don't come here for the food. I had no idea that warm chocolate pudding was a thing for breakfast, but each geographic region has it's own culinary treasures. I just don't know why she the server confirmed it was gravy, did she think it would be too impolite to correct the patrons? Did she think because both Sharon and I were Asian that it didn't matter and maybe we wouldn't be able to differentiate gravy from pudding? The mystery remains. We will never know, because we will never go back to the Porky Pig Diner! Quickly after paying and leaving, we had to make an additional stop because my friends were too scared to use the restroom. If you don't fit rigid conceptions of "normal" this may not be the place to dine. It was a great laugh, but I was a bit disappointed in Yelp reviewers that suggested that this may be a good place to get food.
We took the back roads to get to Mammoth Cave and thought we were lost, (we were) and saw Porky Pigs Diner and drove by and then did the back up thinking this is gonna be the only place around to eat and get directions. When we walked in it was a nice clean diner with good folks eatin some lunch and friendly as friendly gets waitress. After ordering some sweet tea ( that never stayed 1/2 empty) we ordered lunch upon our waitresses recommendation. She said they were known for the catfish and pulled pork. I had the catfish sandwich and my wife had the pulled pork and we shared. I am sorry we had to share , as I had in my two hands the best fish sandwich ever. The pulled pork was great and nice and moist and not too smokey. Sauce was on the side , but why cover up the taste of the pork. They were out of onion rings, so I had fries cuz our waitress said their purdy good. Best fries I've had in a long time. It's pretty damn rare that I give any establishment a 5 star, but this place is what it is and they didn't pretend to be anything other than a diner out in the country with friendly service and unexpectedly great food. Pretty sure I'm coming back to Kentucky someday and you can bet yer sweet tea I'll be going back to Porky Pigs. Thank You, you made our trip a little better

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