Kentucky Living readers choose Claudia Sanders Dinner House as a ‘Best in Kentucky’


SHELBYKY – AUGUST 24, 2017 – A restaurant opened in 1968 by Col. Harland Sanders – the famous founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken – and his wife, Claudia, has been acknowledged by readers of Kentucky Living magazine as having some of the most delicious fried chicken in Kentucky. The Claudia Sanders Dinner House, owned by Thomas and Cherry Settles, was among readers’ top three picks.

The annual contest, sponsored by the magazine, invites readers to select what they consider to be the very best in Kentucky in a number of categories, including best tourism attraction, family getaway, music festival, arts and crafts fair and more. All finalists were announced by magazine staff beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24, during a celebration at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville. Detailed coverage will be featured in the magazine’s September issue.



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Originally called The Colonel’s Lady, the family-style restaurant serves “old time cooking,” including fried chicken, sugar cured Kentucky country ham, country fried farm-raised catfish, the Kentucky Hot Brown, seasoned sides, homemade yeast rolls, Mom Blakeman's Chess Pie, a decadent bread pudding smothered in a bourbon glaze sauce and more.

Published by the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives, Kentucky Living is the largest-circulation publication in the state, with a readership of about 1 million readers and a circulation of more than 475,000 homes and businesses. The “Best In Kentucky” coverage is among the magazine’s most highly anticipated features.

Located in Kentucky’s Bourbon, Horses and History region, Shelby County is the American Saddlebred Capital of the World, home to more than 90 farms and breeding and training facilities dedicated to raising, training and showing the “peacock of the horse world.” It is known for a shopping landscape that includes downtown’s “Design Destination” collection of home design and accessories shops; a vibrant parks system featuring recreational activities at Lake Shelby in Clear Creek Park and horseback riding at Shelby Trails Park; and the award-winning Shelby County Community Theatre.

Upcoming events include the Long Run Massacre Battle Re-enactment on Sept. 9; Woofstock, a full day of fun for dogs in Red Orchard Park with live music, kids’ activities and a fashion contest for canines, on Sept. 16; and Highfalutin, a vintage and antique market featuring over 100 vendors selling antiques, collectibles, vintage, primitives, recycled and repurposed goods, held on Oct. 21 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.

Other events: fall farm fun at Mulberry Orchard and Gallrein Farms; “Jammin’ With Jeptha” at family-owned craft distillery, Jeptha Creed, featuring local and regional musicians and food trucks; and shopping at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, Kentucky’s only designer outlet center and home to 100 choice brand outlets.

Learn more about the award-winning Claudia Sanders Dinner House, as well as other restaurants, shops, activities, events and accommodations at


Katie E. Fussenegger, CTP, CTIS, Executive Director,, 502-633-6388 ShelbyKY Tourism Commission & Visitors Bureau,



Comfort food is on the menu at the Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville, KY.

Photo: ShelbyKY Tourism Commission & Visitors Bureau HI- and LOW-RES photos available.


ABOUT SHELBYKY │ Shelbyville/Simpsonville/Shelby County (ShelbyKY), a community of small-town charm and world-class equestrian events, is the American Saddlebred Capital of the World. Home to 90-plus Saddlebred horse farms and breeding and training facilities, ShelbyKY gives visitors a rare peek into the world of the captivating Saddlebred show horse. Attractions include Kentucky’s only designer outlet mall, The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass; the interior design, antique, home accessory and furniture shops comprising “Design Destination”; Jeptha Creed Distillery; Talon Winery; and the Shelby County Community Theatre. ShelbyKY’s dining landscape includes culinary icons; overnight choices include brand name chain hotels, group lodgings, bed and breakfast inns and downtown lofts. Outdoors adventure features water sports (fishing, canoeing, paddle boating), horseback riding, golf and fall-fun pumpkin patches and corn mazes. Accolades: No. 1 “Best Town to Raise a Family in Kentucky” and among the best places in the U.S. to live and work (; one of the 10 safest places in Kentucky and one of America’s most caring cities (