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Restaurant Guide

 

Restaurants by Ouita Michel

 

Ouita Michel is a six time James Beard semi-finalist and a local culinary legend. She is a Kentucky debate alum and our hero. In 1986 she won the National Debate Tournament. We strongly encourage you to try one of her many offerings in the Bluegrass.

Holly Hill –
Ouita’s flagship and a pillar of the fine dining scene. About 25 minutes from Lexington. Reservations required

http://www.hollyhillinn.com/

Honey Wood – Upscale casual featuring new southern cuisine

http://www.honeywoodrestaurant.com/

Wallace Station – Southern Style Deli in a country setting. Friday is fish fry night and Monday is Fried Chicken.

http://www.wallacestation.com/

Windy Corner – New Southern Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in the heart of horse country.

https://www.windycornermarket.com/dinner-specials-1/

Smithtown – Casual seafood. Two locations. One of our favorites.

https://smithtownseafood.com/

 

Grocery Stores

 

Good Foods Coop – Support local here. Close to Campbell House.

http://goodfoods.coop/

Whole Foods

https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/lexington

Kroger – multiple locations including Euclid Ave close to campus

 

Close to Campus

 

Tolly Ho – Best greasy spoon in Lexington since 1971

https://tollyho.com/

Pazzos – Pizza and sandwiches

http://pazzospizzapub.com/

Jimmy Johns on limestone

https://www.jimmyjohns.com/

Han Woo Ri – decent Korean spot on limestone

https://www.facebook.com/LexHanWooRi/

Sav’s grill – good West African spot near campus

https://savsgrill.weebly.com/

Mellow Mushroom – near campus

https://mellowmushroom.com/location/ky-lexington-503-s-upper-st-40508/

Graze – cozy dinner spot serving affordable farm to table. Can be tough for large groups

https://www.yelp.com/biz/graze-on-limestone-lexington

Qdoba on Euclid

https://locations.qdoba.com/us/ky/lexington/265-e-euclid-ave.html

Bangkok House – casual spot near campus

https://www.doordash.com/store/bangkok-house-lexington-233256/?utm_campa...

Bourbon n' Toulouse– casual. Great for lunch or cheap dinner

http://www.ilovecajun.com/

Bear and the Butcher – still figuring itself out. Beautiful spot near campus

https://www.bearandthebutcher.com/

Louie’s Wine Dive – acceptable regional chain near campus

http://louieswinedive.com/

Athenian Grill – near Campus

http://atheniangrill.com/

Local Taco

https://localtacolex.com/

Raising Canes

544 S Upper St, Lexington, KY 40508

 

Close to Campbell House

 

Ramen Ya – good ramen spot near campus and Campbell House

https://m.facebook.com/Ramenya-177702856016388/

Jalapenos – classic Mexican spot

https://www.links2thebluegrass.com/listing/jalapenos-broadway-lexington-ky/

Tolly Ho – Best greasy spoon in Lexington since 1971

https://tollyho.com/

Mai Tai – basic thai fare near Campbell House and delivers

https://www.doordash.com/store/mai-thai-restaurant-lexington-241588/?utm_campaign=gpa

Winchell’s – close to Campbell House – sneaky good food in a sports bar atmosphere

https://www.winchellsrestaurant.com/

City BBQ – Acceptable chain

https://www.citybbq.com/

Ramirez – best taqueria in town

http://tortilleria-y-taqueria-ramirez.business.site/

 

Other Areas:

The Barn/Summit at Fritz Farm

 

Excellent new spot to take the team. Includes upscale food court with lots of good options, a whole foods, shake shack, Honeywood, among others

https://thesummitatfritzfarm.com/eat/

https://thesummitatfritzfarm.com/the-barn/

 

Jefferson Street

 

West 6th Brewery/Smithtown Seafood

https://www.westsixth.com/

County Club – Modern take on BBQ. Think Brisket Poutine. One of our favorites. Small and no reservations

https://countyclubrestaurant.com/

Nick Ryans – upscale casual serving regional and American fare

http://nickryans.com/

 

Distillery District

 

Middle Fork – Food truck turned brick and mortar. High end new American and eclectic. Reservations highly recommended.

http://www.middleforkkb.com/

Goodfellas – multiple locations

http://www.goodfellaspizzeria.com/

Crank and Boom – craft ice cream

http://www.crankandboom.com/

Ethereal (next to Godfathers pizza)

http://www.etherealbrew.com/

 

By Cuisine

 

Breakfast/Brunch

 

Breakfast:

Tolly Ho
– Best greasy spoon in Lexington since 1971

https://tollyho.com/

Great Bagel – the only place in town to get a reasonable bagel

http://www.eatgreatbagel.com/

Doodles – popular breakfast spot. Can get crowded

https://www.doodleslex.com/

Magees – longtime bakery that has upgraded their breakfast game. Recommended.

http://mageesbakery.com/wp/

Josies – expect a wait. Close to campus

http://josiesky.com/

North lime Coffee and Donuts – very good donuts

https://www.northlime.net/

 

Brunch Spots:

 

Carsons – pro tip – share the entrees
https://www.carsonsfoodanddrink.com/our-menu/

Holly Hill – worth the drive – make a reservation

http://www.hollyhillinn.com/

Panda Cuisine Dim Sum on Sunday – highly recommended

https://www.yelp.com/biz/panda-cuisine-lexington

Dudleys – classic fine dining spot

http://dudleysonshort.com/

Winchell’s – close to Campbell House – sneaky good food in a sports bar atmosphere

https://www.winchellsrestaurant.com/

County Club – hipster BBQ does brunch – limited seating

https://countyclubrestaurant.com/

 

Fine Dining

 

Holly Hill – Ouita’s flagship and a pillar of the fine dining scene

http://www.hollyhillinn.com/

Middle Fork – Food truck turned brick and mortar. High end new American and eclectic. Reservations highly recommended.

http://www.middleforkkb.com/

Coles on Main – Classic fine dining near downtown

https://www.coles735main.com/

Lock Box – Upscale new southern

https://www.lockboxlex.com/menus/

Merrick Inn – Old school Lexington

https://www.themerrickinn.com/

Portofino – high end Italian fare

https://portofinolexington.com/

 

Southern

 

Honeywood – the latest in the Ouita Michel Empire. Upscale casual

http://www.honeywoodrestaurant.com/

Ramseys – local casual chain of southern comfort food. Catfish, vege plates, and pie are among the favorites

http://ramseysdiners.com/

Winchell’s – casual sports bar setting with great southern and bar food. Close to Campbell house and good for large groups.

https://www.winchellsrestaurant.com/

 

BBQ

 

Blue Door – Get there early. When they run out they run out. Challenging for large groups.

http://www.bluedoorsmokehouse.com/

County Club – Modern take on BBQ. Think Brisket Poutine. One of our favorites. Small and no reservations

https://countyclubrestaurant.com/

City BBQ – Acceptable chain

https://www.citybbq.com/

 

Pub Grub

 

Village Idiot – upscale pub grub worth a try. Reservations recommended. Pay parking lot next door

http://www.lexingtonvillageidiot.com/

Bear and the Butcher – still figuring itself out. Beautiful spot near campus

https://www.bearandthebutcher.com/

Winchell’s – above average sports bar food with southern spin

https://www.winchellsrestaurant.com/

Charlie Browns – timeless. Nothing special bar food in dark spot with couches and juke box. Love it or hate it.

https://www.facebook.com/cblex/

 

Steak

 

Tonys – Pricey steak joint

https://tonysoflexington.com/

Malones – Lexington staple

https://bluegrasshospitality.com/malones/

 

Latin

 

Ramirez – best taqueria in town

http://tortilleria-y-taqueria-ramirez.business.site/

Corto Lima – upscale Latin fare. Highly recommended. Limited seating

https://www.cortolima.com/

El Rancho Tapatio – good for groups

https://www.elranchotapatio.com/

 

Chinese

 

Panda Cuisine – the only Chinese we recommend. Dim Sum on Sundays, they deliver.

https://pandacuisine.eat24hour.com/

 

Japanese

 

Osaka – favorite casual sushi spot. Can get crowded

http://www.osakajapaneselexington.com/

Ramen Ya – good ramen spot near campus and Campbell House

https://m.facebook.com/Ramenya-177702856016388/

School – upscale sushi and small plate spot

http://www.schoolsushilex.com/

Tomo – acceptable spot near campus

http://www.tomolex.com/

Yamaguchies food truck – if you can find them you should

https://www.facebook.com/chefYamaguchi/

Asuka – dinner and a show

http://www.japaneserestaurantnicholasville.com/

 

Thai

 

Archa Nine – upscale thai

https://www.archaninethai.com/

Mai Tai – basic thai fare near Campbell House and delivers

https://www.doordash.com/store/mai-thai-restaurant-lexington-241588/?utm_campaign=gpa

Bangkok House – casual spot near campus

https://www.doordash.com/store/bangkok-house-lexington-233256/?utm_campa...

 

Vietnamese

 

Pho BC – decent pho and other Vietnamese staples

https://www.zmenu.com/pho-bc-lexington-online-menu/

 

Poke

 

Miyako poke – great lunch or cheap dinner spot

https://www.miyakopoke.com/

 

Indian

 

Tandoor fine Indian cuisine

https://tandoorinlex.com/

Mumbai Masala – near campus

https://www.yelp.com/biz/mumbai-masala-indian-restaurant-and-bar-lexington

 

Cajun

 

Bourbon n' Toulouse– casual. Great for lunch or cheap dinner

http://www.ilovecajun.com/

 

Mediterranean

 

Athenian Grill – near Campus

http://atheniangrill.com/

Gyroz – near Campbell House

http://www.gyrozmediterraneaneatery.com/

Sahara

http://places.singleplatform.com/sahara-mediterranean-cuisine/menu?ref=g...

 

Pizza

 

Mellow Mushroom – near campus

https://mellowmushroom.com/location/ky-lexington-503-s-upper-st-40508/

Goodfellas – multiple locations

http://www.goodfellaspizzeria.com/

Crust

http://www.crustlex.com/

 

Coffee

 

Coffea

http://coffealexington.wixsite.com/coffea

Common Grounds

https://www.commongroundsoflexington.com/

Starbucks

https://www.starbucks.com/store-locator/store/16603/ashland-high-808-east-high-street-lexington-ky-405022107-us

North lime Coffee and Donuts

https://www.northlime.net/

 

21 and Over

Wine Bar

 

Louie’s Wine Dive – acceptable regional chain near campus

http://louieswinedive.com/

Cork and Barrel

http://lexcorkandbarrel.com/

 

Craft Beer

There are some great craft beer spots in Lexington. All of them have nightly food truck options and several have built in food options

 

Country Boy  (near campus and Campbell House)

http://countryboybrewing.com/

Blue Stallion (Dad’s Deli)

http://bluestallionbrewing.com/

Pivot (Cider)

http://www.pivotbrewingcompany.com/

West Sixth (Smithtown seafood)

https://www.westsixth.com/

Ethereal (next to Godfathers pizza)

http://www.etherealbrew.com/

Mirror Twin (pizza)

https://www.mirrortwinbrewing.com/

 

Craft Cocktail

 

Ona is a bar – great craft cocktails at Lexington prices

https://www.onababona.com/

West Main Craft Cocktail – great craft cocktails at Chicago prices. Impressive food options

https://www.westmain.com/

Lock Box Bar – upscale bar and food options

https://www.lockboxlex.com/

Middle Fork – Outside bar area/patio with separate bar menu

http://www.middleforkkb.com/bar-menus/

 

Impressive Bourbon

 

OBC

https://obckitchen.com/

Bluegrass Tavern

https://www.thebluegrasstavern.com/

Arcadium – video games, great beer list, craft cocktails, and bourbon. Highly recommended

http://www.arcadiumbar.com/

 

Where to watch the game

 

Pazzos – near campus

http://pazzospizzapub.com/

Winchell’s – above average sports bar food with southern spin

https://www.winchellsrestaurant.com/

Campus Pub (near Campbell House)

http://www.campuspub.net/

Hop Cat

https://hopcat.com/

 

Where to see music

 

Willies Locally Unknown

https://willieslocallyknown.com/

The Burl

https://www.theburlky.com/

Cosmic Charlies

https://www.cosmic-charlies.com/

Al’s Bar

http://www.alsbarlexington.com/

Green Lantern (dive bar with punk and other music)

https://www.facebook.com/The-Green-Lantern-Bar-183595498351037/