Lexington’s Parkette to be featured on FoodTV


To say I like food would be an understatement.  Turns out, I also like TV shows about food, and one of my favorites is “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives”.  The show, staring heart-attack-waiting-to-happen host Guy Fieri, travels around the country looking for the little hole-in-the-wall places that make this country a good place to live.

The show has visited Kentucky at least once before, dropping in on the Smokey Valley Truck Stop up Olive Hill way.  Recently, they were back in the Bluegrass to check out one of Kentucky’s great, great dining stops, the Parkette Drive-In in Lexington.  From the sound of it, Mr. Fieri was an awfully big fan of the chicken fried in lard.

The host also stopped in at J.J. McBrewster’s, which I have to admit I’d never heard of.

The show probably won’t air for several more months, but it should be a fun one to watch.

Hmmm….I think it is supper time!

Parkette’s chicken fried in lard appeals to Food Network star

By Sharon Thompson – swthompson@herald-leader.com

It was the lard that grabbed the heart of Food Network star Guy Fieri on Tuesday.

Fieri, star of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, came to the Parkette Drive-In on Lexington’s New Circle Road to fry chicken and make a Poor Boy — and to tell America the best fried chicken is cooked in lard.

“He was just loving that lard,” Parkette co-owner Randy Kaplan said. “We stay authentic to Joe Smiley’s original recipe, and we have a designated fryer just for that. We hand-cut the chicken, make the batter fresh daily, hand-roll the chicken, drop and fry. He loved that.”


  • Sandra Barret

    Guy’s always been a favorite of mine. Still perplexed as to how he hasn’t ballooned at all since starting all these shows! I’m envious of all the food he gets to eat and in such fun places. Wonder if he’s still able to travel much for DDD though with his new show Minute to Win it? Looks like a great new show though! My kids are big fans and I try and stay up to date with what’s the new big thing and this seems to be up there in their world of cool factor. I just like watching it for Guy lol.