Kitchens Cafe is Paducah's answer to Chicago's Kendall College Dining Room. Located at 905 Harrison Street, in the 2D and Graphics Design Building, which is part of the Paducah School of Art and Design's Lower Town campus in this historic Kentucky town on the Ohio River, it is a bistro style cafe run by student chefs, just as students run the Dining Room as part of Kendall College's culinary education. It's a great place for lunch, a great place to take a break during a day of sightseeing and shopping and visiting tourist attractions. Led by chef Jessi Donaldson, the Kitchens Cafe students oversee and prepare a menu of delicious soups, salads and sandwiches in a rustic surrounding of hand-thrown pottery and exposed bricks walls. Start with a bowl of tomato soup or a BLT salad or grilled chicken salad or egg salad with cheddar cheese. Sandwiches? The Boiler Room Slider was a difference-maker, ground beef, thick-cut bacon, Kentucky beer cheese, beer-braised onions and fries. My wife opted for conventional fish and chips with fresh, flaky cod. I noticed a group of out-of-towners were praising their BBQ nachos, Nashville hot chicken, smoked chicken salad and pulled pork sliders. Everyone was trying something different and nobody was disappointed. I get the same feeling when we have lunch at Kendall College. The students get as much enjoyment out of preparing the food as we do eating it. No doubt about it: Kitchens Cafe gets an A for culinary excellence.
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