We all go out of town on vacation and refuse to eat at any chain restaurant because, “we have that back home!” But why aren’t we as adventurous when we’re in our hometown? Outback’s Blooming Onion and Texas Roadhouse’s Cinnamon Honey Butter Rolls keep us coming back for a reason, but what about The Village Idiot’s Gouda Macaroni and Cheese or Idiot Burger? What about Athenian Grill’s Gyros and Red State BBQ’s Pulled Pork Sandwich? Make it a goal to not go to the same restaurant twice this summer! Try something new and discover what this beautiful town has to offer!
Bourbon n’ Toulouse $
829 Euclid Ave.
“A Cajun n’ creole joint!”
Dad’s Favorites Deli $
820 Lane Allen Rd #148
Serves hearty and delicious deli sandwiches! Make sure to check out their assortment of take-home cheese spreads.
Double H BBQ $
1244 Versailles Rd.
All their sides are homemade! Definitely try “The Big Meaty,” or the classic pulled pork sandwich!
Jasmine Rice Thai & Vietnamese $
911 Winchester Rd
Thai, Vietnamese and Laotian cuisine.
Lexington Diner $
124 N. Upper St.
Serving breakfast and lunch, this restaurant is Kentucky Proud!
Popcorn Paradise $
1226 Versailles Rd.
All of the gourmet flavors are made in-house! Definitely try their Bourbon Caramel Kentucky Mix!
Red State BBQ $
4020 Georgetown Rd
All of the good barbeque comes from the Red States
Sav’s Chill $
289 S. Limestone
Offering gourmet ice cream, gelato and sorbet. Chocolate peanut butter, espresso, bourbon chocolate and Kentucky coffee!
Sav’s Grill $
304 S Limestone
Authentic West African Cuisine!
Sawyer’s Downtown $
325 W. Main St.
Southern Living’s “Best Burgers in Lexington!”
West Coast Gourmet Pizza $
325 W. Main St.
2473 Fortune Drive 100
Fresh dough that is made daily and homemade pizza sauce!
GirlsGirlsGirls Burritos $
500 Euclid Ave
Located inside Best Friends Bar offer delivery, take-out and eating in!
School Sushi $
163 W Short St
Karaoke! Need we say more?
486 W 2nd St
A charming bistro that offers perfect lunch sandwiches and provides weekly wine tastings and monthly wine classes!
Alfalfa Restaurant $$
141 E. Main St.
Uses local ingredients! Great for brunch, but also serve a wide variety for lunch/dinner including homemade soups and avocado grilled cheese sandwiches.
Athenian Grill $$
313 S. Ashland Ave.
115 N. Locust Hill Dr.
Serves a variety of authentic Greek Cuisines that are prepared fresh daily. Their meatballs are amazing!
Cheapside Bar & Grill $$
Great outside patio and a southwest inspired menu as well as a yummy brunch!
Crank & Boom Ice Cream Lounge $$
1210 Manchester St.
Dessert café with local ingredients and made from scratch sauces and waffle cones! Spiked ice cream?! The Prosecco Float is a favorite for a summer afternoon!
J. Render’s Southern Table & Bar $$
3191 Beaumont Center Cr.
Specializing in Southern BBQ this place has it all! Try their “Oh No You Didn’t” Grilled Cheese, complete with pulled pork and macaroni and cheese.
Mi Pequena Hacienda $$
3501 Lansdowne Dr
Authentic Mexican food. Stop by Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays for half-price marquitas!
Pasta Garage “Italian Cafe” $$
962 Delaware Ave.
All fresh ingredients! Pasta is made in-house by Lexington Pasta!
Saul Good Restaurant & Pub $$
123 N. Broadway
1080 Alysheba Way
3801 Mall Rd
Everything from a breakfast entrée to pork chops and pasta! We recommend their tuna salad sandwich on pita or their greek tacos!
The Village Idiot $$
307 W Short St
Great assortment of craft beers and a changing seasonal menu to offer the best ingredients possible!
The Weekly Juicery $$
436 Old Vine St
3735 Palomar Centre Dr
Provides fresh, organic vegetable juices, smoothies, and acai bowls!
Triangle Grille $$
369 W. Vine St.
Located inside the Hilton Hotel the menu includes fresh produce from local growers!
Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen $$
113 N. Broadway
Serving gourmet salads, soups, and gourmet frozen Nectar Pops. We recommend the strawberry lemonade for a perfect summer drink!
Wines on Vine $$
400 Old Vine St
European inspired wine bar and bistro offering a diverse menu and a selection of over 450 wines!
Palmers Fresh Grill $$
161 Lexington Green Cir
The patio overlooks a pond making it the perfect spot for a relaxing dinner with friends.
110 Summit At Fritz Farm
Delicious Kentucky cuisine!
Middle Fork $$
1224 Manchester St
A different take on the dining experience, with sharable dishes and an open layout of the restaurant!
The Cellar Bar & Grill $$
3256 Lansdowne Dr
Great patio with live music on the weekends!
County Club $$
555 Jefferson St
A smoked meat restaurant with housemade sauces and outdoor dining!
159 N Limestone
Great Happy Hour!
The Sage Rabbit $$
438 S Ashland Ave
Utilizes local ingredients and offers a delicious brunch!
191 Jefferson St
Tapas and wine bar with an expansive patio downstairs and a second patio upstairs!
Dudley’s on Short $$$
259 W. Short St.
They serve a wide variety of seasonally fresh foods and their open doors and patio are perfect for brunch with a mimosa!
Tony’s of Lexington $$$
401 W Main Street
Some of the best steak in Lexington!
167 W Main St
Unique and unlike anywhere else in Lexington!
249 E Main St
Delicious Calamari and a great selection of bourbon!
Also check out our blog post about dog-friendly restaurants to bring your furry family member along for the fun!