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Jen’s Place is the place to be in Columbus 

LIKE FINGERPRINTS, snowflakes and cornbread recipes, no two country restaurants are identical. Just ask Jen Dixon, whose restaurant is a mainstay of small-town Columbus in far western Kentucky, less than a mile from the Mississippi River. 

“It’s the personal relationships that we have, and knowing that I’m going to do whatever I can to give people what they want or to help them out,” she says. “I feel like it’s more than just feeding them.” 

Jen, a Gibson Electric consumer-member, started the restaurant with her dad, David Dixon, in 2007, during her first year in college. A Columbus native, Jen has known many customers her whole life, but the location is also a favorite stop for cyclists, visitors to nearby Columbus-Belmont State Park and paddlers on the Mississippi. 

Jen serves breakfast and lunch each day, in addition to dinner hours on Monday and Tuesday. Daily lunch plates keep things interesting with new options each day of the week, like smoked sausage and cabbage, Salisbury steak, salmon patties, fried chicken and catfish. For dessert, there might be a peach fried pie, strawberry Jello cake, or Jen’s favorite, Oreo lasagna (just trust us on this one; recipe below). 

Located at 35 E. Hoover Parkway in Columbus, Jen’s Place is open 6:15 a.m.–2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with additional dinner hours 5–7:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday; Friday 6 a.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday 6 a.m.–2 p.m.; closed Sunday.

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