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A Foodie Tour of Keeneland: Must-Samples This Spring

April 1, 2019

1. Bread Pudding

A blend of Maker’s Mark bourbon, cinnamon and vanilla create a rich and aromatic sauce topping this decadent and distinctly Keeneland dessert.

Where to find it: Fresh Express on the second floor Grandstand.

2. Burgoo

A hearty stew of beef, potatoes and vegetables, burgoo is as rich in history as horse racing in Kentucky. Quintessential Keeneland.  

Where to find it: Draft & Dog, Blue Moon BBQ or the Winner’s Circle Stand on the first floor Grandstand; Fresh Express or Keeneland Grill on the second floor; Draft & Dog on the third. 

3. Corned Beef Sandwich or Reuben

The Paddock Carvery has your meat craving covered with classic Corned Beef and Reuben sandwiches. A Keeneland specialty, the signature corned beef is house cured and prepared, slow roasted, hand sliced and sandwiches are made to order. 

Where to find it: Paddock Carvery on the first floor Grandstand.


4. Salads, Wraps and Sandwiches

Maybe you prefer lighter fare or vegetarian options. Fresh Express offers an array of salads – Greek Vegetarian, Grilled Chicken Garden and Keeneland Cobb – and sandwiches such as the Chicken Salad Sandwich on a Brioche Bun, Turkey and Swiss or Ham and Cheese wraps, soups, fresh fruit and more.   

Where to find it: Fresh Express is located on the second floor Grandstand.


5. Keeneland Nachos

Pile it on! Keeneland Nachos have it all: corn nachos, brisket, beer cheese, baked beans, coleslaw, Carolina BBQ Sauce and jalapeños.

Beer cheese is a quirky Kentucky specialty with its own festival and legions of fans in this state, and is said to have originated in nearby Winchester. Everyone claims his or her own recipe, but we think ours is best. Pair Keeneland Nachos with the traditional Yuengling Lager (see below). 

Where to find it: Blue Moon BBQ on the first floor Grandstand.


6. Keeneland Donuts

Get an early start to the race day … come out for morning works! Horses train on the main track every morning from 6-10 a.m. Hang out with the trainers at Clockers Corner, where you can snag a cup of coffee and one of Keeneland’s donuts.

Where to find it: Clockers Corner, first floor Grandstand near the Racing Office

7. Greek

Wait a minute. Greek food at Keeneland? Yes! Offering Greek salads and gyros, find hidden gems worth discovering off the beaten path. You won’t be disappointed. 

Where to find it: It's All Greek to Me on the second floor Grandstand 


8. Brown Butter Kettle Corn

Keeneland’s own take on sweet kettle corn, popped in brown butter for a yummy caramel flavor. And for those with a real sweet tooth, go one step further … a kettle corn sundae! – Soft serve ice cream covered with Brown Butter Kettle Corn and drizzled with caramel.

Where to find it: Brown Butter Kettle Corn is sold trackside on the first floor Grandstand in our Kettle Corn stand across from the finish line. Sundaes are sold at Ice Cream/Popcorn on the second and third floor Grandstand.


9. Craft Beer

Keeneland is in on the craft beer craze, showcasing a selection of national and Kentucky brews including Sierra Nevada, Country Boy Brewing, Yuengling, Goose Island and more.

Where to find it: Craft Beer on the first floor Grandstand


10. Buffalo Bow Tie

Enjoy this cocktail that features Buffalo Trace bourbon along with peach syrup and ginger ale. 

Where to find it: Clockers Corner, Equestrian Bar or Winner’s Circle Bar on the first floor Grandstand; Sports Bar, 16th Pole Bar or Mezzanine on the second floor; Finish Line Bar or Alydar Bar on the third floor.

11. Keeneland Breeze Truffle

Milk chocolate tones down the sweetness of a creamy orange center filled with the flavors of Maker’s Mark bourbon and orange liqueur.

Where to find it: The Keeneland Shop, located adjacent to the South Gate entrance.

12. Keeneland Lemonade

Tito’s Handmade Vodka is the centerpiece of this cocktail with fresh strawberry, lemonade and Sprite. For every drink sold during the Fall Meet, Keeneland will make a $1 donation to Racetrack Chaplaincy of America.

Where to find it: Tito’s Bar, located first floor of the Grandstand near the Finish Line.


13. Lunch Specials

Check out $1 hot dogs and half-priced beers available at concession stands from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday during the Spring Meet Meet. (Offer applies to 16 oz. domestic beers and excludes gourmet hot dogs).

Where to find it: Concession stands and bars throughout the Grounds on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Opening Thursday from 1-3 p.m.