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Road Trip Eats 101 Ya Gotta Eat Here Places Across Kentucky
ISBN: 978-1-938905-98-8

Cover photo by David Toczko


Author: Gary P. West
Hardcover: 272 pages
Product Dimensions: 6"x9"
Retail Price: $24.95
Copyright 2015

Book Description

ROAD TRIP EATS screamed to be written. As a follow-up to Eating Your Way Across Kentucky, which became a best seller in 2007, author Gary P. West now thought the time was right to expose Kentuckians across the state to another 101 places to eat. But this time several bonus recipes from the eats are also served up.

Road Trip Eats is a guide ... something to get you started. This guide clues you in to where good, simple food is served in out-of-the-way locations from one end of Kentucky to the other.

The most age old question asked is, “Where are we gonna eat tonight?”

Road Trip Eats takes the guesswork out of it.

IT IS SAFE to say that no other Kentucky writer has been more prolific in turning out books about Kentucky over the last decade than Gary P. West and Road Trip Eats adds to the experience!

Gary doesn’t just take someone’s word about a restaurant ... he visits them personally. “I want to see it and taste it myself,” says Gary. “How can I recommend it otherwise?”

Over the years Gary has developed a knack for digging out fascinating people, interesting places to visit, and unusually good places to eat. This book is no exception.

Gaining a feel for each community he visits is part of his formula for tying a book like this together. It is evident that Road Trip Eats is more than just the food, but equally about the Kentucky experience.


GARY P. WEST has simple criteria when it comes to writing books. “I only take on a project that I will enjoy writing about and I only write about something I think people will enjoy reading,” he says.

West grew up in Elizabethtown, Kentucky and attended Western Kentucky University before graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1967 with a journalism degree. At U.K. He was a daily sports editor for the Kentucky Kernel. Later he served as editor for the nation’s largest civilian enterprise military newspaper at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. From there he was employed in the corporate advertising office of one of the country’s largest insurance companies, State Farm Insurance in Bloomington, Illinois, where he was a copywriter.

He returned to Kentucky in 1972 where he began an advertising and publishing business. Along the way, for twelve years, he was the executive director of the Hilltopper Athletic Foundation at Western Kentucky University, and provided color commentary for Wes Strader on the Hilltopper Basketball Network.

In 1993, he became the executive director of the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. He retired from there in 2006 to devote more time to his writing.

He is a freelance writer for several magazines in addition to writing a syndicated newspaper travel column, Out & About...Kentucky Style, for several papers across the state. Gary is in demand as a speaker and for book signings throughout Kentucky.

This is his ninth book. Previous books are King Kelley Coleman: Kentucky’s Greatest Basketball Legend (2005), Eating Your Way Across Kentucky (2006), Eating Your Way Across Kentucky – The Recipes (2007), Shopping Your Way Across Kentucky (2009), 101 Must Places to Visit in Kentucky Before You Die (2009), The Boys From Corbin: America’s Greatest Little Sports Town (2013), and co-authored Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association: The Real Story of a Team Left Behind (2011) and Better Than Gold: Olympian Kenny Davis and the Most Controversial Basketball Game in History (2014).

Gary and his wife, Deborah, live in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Praise for Road Trip Eats...

"Gary P. Westis the modern-day Duncan Hines. Not only does he, like Hines, hail from Bowling Green, he has personally traveled the Commonwealth in search of Kentucky’s best dining establishments and presents them in his legendary well-written style. West is to Kentucky restaurants what Guy Fieri is to Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” —Stephen M. Vest, editor and publisher of Kentucky Monthly

“How wonderful that in this fast food era we can still get filled up at unique eateries, but if you’re not a local you might just pass them by when traveling the main roads. Gary West, that wanna-be Duncan Hines, has intrepidly road tripped all over the Commonwealth sniffing out one-of-a-kind restaurants and diners. He should have a belly the size of a washtub, but instead it’s only like a slightly deflated basketball.” —Wes Berry, author of The Kentucky Barbecue Book

“No one in Kentucky knows more good places to eat than my friend, Gary West. Gary takes us beyond the chain restaurants to those great little places along the side streets and back roads that are often a secret to everyone but local folks. Gary’s been there! If your car has a library, keep this book within easy reach. Road Trip Eats takes you places where you’re still more than a number and the food’s so good you can’t wait to take your friends.” —Byron Crawford, Kentucky Living Magazine

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