Lawrenceburg: Heavens to Betsy Dishes Up a Top Reuben
One of the great benefits of Bourbon Trail has been the tourism dollars that have begun to revitalize some of Kentucky’s smaller towns, particularly their downtowns. Lawrenceburg is a good example with increased activity on Main Street spurred by often well-heeled out of towners brought to Anderson County by its duo of distilleries.
My own recent visit to Lawrenceburg was a lunch with my friend Dave to discuss an ongoing project. He suggested Heavens to Betsy, and who could resist an eatery with such a name?
The shop is owned by Jackson and Betsy Horton (hence the name), and was reopened last year after a major renovation. The space is open and inviting with plenty of seating. The eyes are drawn to the red British phone booth and the large artwork on the wall featuring Anderson County libations. They know to dance with the one who brought you.
On that rainy day their Reuben called to me, and although the price was by no means inexpensive, I was pleasantly surprised by the size of the sandwich. Really, it’s plenty to split for a lunch, especially if you plan on dessert.
I admit I expected a fairly standard Reuben, but what arrived was something better. The Heavens to Betsy Reuben is without a doubt one of the best I’ve eaten. Clearly they mean it when they talk about “gourmet sandwiches.” The bread was excellent, the makings were drippy gooey with that tasty Reuben twang. If you like a Reuben–and you should–then by all means order it.
When we arrived, though, Heavens to Betsy was surprisingly empty. Not what you want to see at lunchtime in a small town. But as the lunch hour progressed the waves of what were clearly Bourbon Trail tourists began arriving. By the time we left the restaurant was buzzing.
If you find yourself near Lawrenceburg head downtown and give Heavens to Betsy a try. You might want to get there a little early.
Heavens to Betsy
116 S. Main Street
Lawrenceburg, KY 40342
Monday – Saturday 11 AM – 8 PM