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Plenty to Do On Nicholasville Road – From Shopping, To Dining, To Entertainment and More

The Nicholasville Road corridor is the place to go for your one-stop shopping and dining needs.  If you’re looking for an abundance of restaurant options and every retail chain under the sun, this area is it!

If Italian food is your thing, try Belle Notte, Smashing Tomato or Giuseppe’s Ristorante, all tasty, locally owned establishments.

smashing tomato

For American fare, specialty cocktails and beers from around the world, Saul Good Restaurant and Pub is another popular choice.  Or if you’re in the mood for some down-home Cajun cooking, check out the recently re-opened Furlongs restaurant on West Tiverton Way off of Nicholasville Road.


If you appreciate a good bargain, Half Price Books, which opened at Fayette Place earlier this year, buys and sells new and used books, magazines, comics, records, CDs, DVDs and collectible items.

comedy off broadway

For the comedy show lover, Comedy Off Broadway is a must-visit.  From now through the end of 2013, Tracy Morgan, Danny Bevins, Tommy Davidson, Donnie Baker, Nephew Tommy, Dale Jones, Mick Foley, Tim Wilson, Jon Reep and Mike Armstrong are all slated to perform.

Just down the way from the comedy club in Lexington Green, is Palmer’s Fresh Grill, which opened in April in the former Regatta location.  Palmer’s features a seasonably inspired menu, lakeside outdoor seating and an award-winning wine list with more than 35 wines offered by the glass.


For foodies, two of Lexington’s specialty grocery stores are located along Nicholasville Road as well: Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.  A few minutes down the road, just over the Jessamine County line in Brannon Crossing is also the hidden gem, European Delights Gourmet Bakery, where you can pick up some fine sweet confections like French macaroons, Tiramisu cake, cookies, cakes and pastries.


But food isn’t the only thing this area has to offer.  At Jake’s Cigar Bar in Brannon Crossing, cigar and bourbon aficionados can relax on comfy couches or at the bar, while enjoying fine cigars from all over the world as well as one of their many bourbons.

Also in Brannon Crossing is S & D Indoor Gun Range, the perfect place to go if to learn responsible firearm skills, blow off some steam or enjoy time out with friends. S & D features 12 shooting lanes for pistol and rifle shooters.

There’s plenty more to do in Brannon as well, with shops, restaurants, salons, a movie theatre and even the Crossfit 859 gym to burn off all those pastries you sampled earlier.  Also be sure to visit Fayette Mall, the largest mall in the state of Kentucky.

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