"These under-the-radar gems belong on your bucket list. Here are nine small towns with great food scenes in no particular order.

Louisville is worthy of all the culinary praise it receives, but if you’re looking for something off the beaten path—about three hours by car to be exact—head to this UNESCO Creative City (yes, that’s a thing). The so-called “Quilt City,” famous for crafting and for the National Quilting Museum (yes, also a thing), Paducah boasts a good amount of places to eat and drink. Go to Freight House for farm-to-table fare, Dry Ground Brewing Co or Paducah Beer Werks for beer, and Cynthia’s for wood-fired cooking."

By Alison Spiegel, Tasting Table

Read the round-up featuring Paducah restaurants and craft beer, wine and spirits!