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Stockyard smorgasbord | Laura’s Stockyard Cafe

Cafe in Bowling Green serves a comfort food feast

Photo: Tim Webb

TUCKED AWAY IN THE STOCKYARD at United Producers Inc. in Bowling Green, Laura’s Stockyard Cafe is a down-home favorite with livestock buyers and sellers, local customers and out-of-towners alike—no animal sale experience required.

Owner Laura Jacobs, a Warren RECC consumer-member, serves up familiar favorites for breakfast and lunch Tuesday–Thursday and breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday. Popular items include fried catfish, hamburgers and hot ham and cheese sandwiches, as well as daily specials like turkey and dressing, chicken and dumplings, fried pork chops and roast beef with gravy. On the side, guests can enjoy green beans, slaw, white beans, potato salad, cornbread and rolls—and don’t forget the cornucopia of desserts, like chocolate pie (recipe below), pecan pie, apple cake and fried apple hand pies. Jacobs’ homestyle cooking, combined with the unique venue, make the restaurant an unforgettable experience, especially for guests who might have never seen a live animal auction.

“We have people coming in and they’re just amazed,” she says. “A lot of the little kids really enjoy going out there and looking at the animals, and then two times a year, we have a horse sale. That really brings in the people, and this place is crazy.” Cattle auctions take place Tuesdays at 1 p.m.; sheep and goat sales are the second and fourth Thursday each month at 5 p.m.

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