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Restaurant Guide

 

Near Campus 
 
Street Craves
Street tacos, chopped salads, craft beer and more – that’s the name of the game down at Street Craves. Inspired by the sights, sounds and friendly faces of taco carts and food trucks, their motto is “street-food without shortcuts.” Stop in for slow-roasted tacos and a wide array of chopped-on-the-spot salads while enjoying the unique urban ambiance. Come for weekend brunch and enjoy $1 mimosas and $4 Bloody Marys. 395 South Limestone Street – (859) 554-5514 – www.streetcraves.com
 
Tolly-Ho
A late-night tradition and rite-of-passage for the University of Kentucky student, this 24/7 establishment serves up its signature "Hoburger" all night. Along with breakfast, milkshakes and arcade games, Tolly-Ho is all about having a good time, and if it’s your first time, be sure to let them know! 606 South Broadway – (859) 253-2007 – www.tollyho.com
 
Sav’s Grill and West African Cuisine
Greeted by a big smile and warm colors, this West-African grill is as genuine and welcoming as it gets. Owner Sav cooks up recipes he learned growing up in Guinea, West Africa with a nod to traditional Southern favorites. From homey grits and hearty stews to fried plantains and peanut goat, you’re sure to leave feeling sunny and satisfied. 304 South Limestone Street – (859) 368-7287 – www.savsgrill.com
 
Joe Bologna’s
An Italian pizzeria and unquestionable campus favorite since 1973. Formerly a synagogue, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the original style of the building has been carefully maintained, with 41 stained glass windows and several chandeliers providing a unique atmosphere. And oh yeah, they have legendary pizza, breadsticks and pasta. Many would agree that this is Lexington’s signature pizza spot. 120 West Maxwell Street – (859) 252-4933 – www.joebolognas.com
 
Han Woo Ri
371 S Limestone, Lexington | (859) 258-2208
 
Louies Wine Dive
http://louieswinedive.com/
 
Bangkok House
275 Ave of Champions, Lexington | (859) 226-9711
 
Chipotles
345 S Limestone, Lexington | (859) 389-6643
 
Fazolis
130 Winslow St, Lexington | (859) 233-0022
 
Firehouse Subs
535 S Upper St | (859) 226-0111
 
Jamba Juice
535 S Upper St, Lexington | (859) 523-2421
 
Jimmy Johns
385 S Limestone | (859) 231-8989
 
The Local Taco
315 S. Limestone, Lexington | (859) 523-3700
 
Mellow Mushroom
503 S Upper St, Lexington | (859) 281-6111
 
Noodles Company
395 S Limestone, Lexington | (859) 469-4899
 
Pazzo's Pizza Pub
385 South Limestone, Lexington | (859) 255-5125
 
Qdoba
265 Euclid Ave, Lexington | (859) 281-6706
 
Smashburger
535 S Upper St, Lexington | (859) 280-2202
 
Raising Canes
544 S Upper St, Lexington | (859) 455-3353
 
Fine Dining 
 
Holly Hill
The flagship restaurant from Ouita Michels, the 1986 National Debate Tournament Champion. Some of the best food in the region located a short drive out of Lexington.
http://www.hollyhillinn.com/
 
Middle Fork Kitchen Bar
Recently named one of the top 100 Best Restaurants in America by Open Table, Middle Fork Kitchen Bar began as a beloved food truck and evolved into a top-notch new-American dining experience in the heart of Lexington’s Distillery District. Located in the Old Pepper Distillery Building, Middle Fork features a custom-built Argentinian wood-fire grill and an open kitchen design, serving locally-focused seasonal fare that infuses complex and rich flavors, all in a cozy atmosphere. Stop by on Sundays to enjoy a “comfortably late breakfast.” 1224 Manchester Street – (859) 309-9854 – www.middleforkkb.com
 
Lockbox
Located within 21c Museum Hotel, experience fresh, farm to table options from acclaimed chef, Jonathan Searle. His "thoughtful yet simple preparations" will leave your taste buds delighted. And while you’re there, you’ll notice it’s not just the food that’s creative; enjoy "Tomorrow’s Weather," a multimedia work of art that hangs from the ceiling. Truly an all-around experience no one should miss! 167 West Main Street – (859) 899-6860 – www.lockboxlex.com
 
Cole’s 735 Main
Executive Chef and Lexington native Cole Arimes puts an eclectic, global touch on familiar Southern cuisine in this refinished historic landmark. The tasteful décor is inspired by the French countryside, and the cuisine is simply inspired. Must-try dishes include the shrimp and grits featuring truffle infused lobster cream with Midnight Moon goat cheese, the warm brussel and house bacon salad, spicy aioli and honey pistachio aioli. 735 East Main Street – (859) 266-9000 – www.coles735main.com
 
Tulip Bistro and Bar
A French-American inspired menu with cozy lighting and intimate seating. Offering everything from white crab bisque, mussels and pommes frites, to Chesapeake Bay oysters, Cubano sliders and short ribs. This upscale French bistro is a wonderful place to bring a date or grab some friends and sip a cocktail on the patio. 355 Romany Road – (859) 367-6687 – www.thetulipbistroandbar.com
 
Distilled at Gratz Park Inn
Chef Mark Wombles and team’s creation specializes in farm-to-table fare, incorporating an artful and elevated approach to southern cuisine. Located in historic Gratz Park Inn, the establishment removes all unnecessary ingredients from fine dining, leaving only the artistic expression of food. 120 West Second Street – (859) 255-0002 – www.distilledatgratzparkinn.com
 
Jean Farris Winery and Bistro
A scenic drive down a country lane will deliver you to this charming bistro surrounded by beautiful vineyards. The owners’ passion for wine, good company and fine cuisine shine through in every last detail. Many of the ingredients come from the estate’s herb and vegetable garden, and the seasonal menu is full of big flavors for refined tastes. Try the exceptional mezza secco, then move on to first-class entrées such as bouillabaisse or duck with goat cheese mashed potatoes. 6825 Old Richmond Road – (859) 263-9463 – www.jeanfarris.com
 
Le Deauville
As the name suggests, authentic French cuisine. With sidewalk seating available, it’s as close as you’ll get to a casual Parisian bistro in town. Try the bouillabaisse or duck confit, or stop in for all-you-can-eat crêpes on Mondays and mussels and fries on Tuesdays. An always-delicious prix-fixe meal is available Monday through Friday as well. 199 North Limestone Street – (859) 246-0999 – www.ledeauvillebistro.com
 
Portofino
Located in a beautifully renovated downtown building, this fine Italian eatery is all about sophistication. Complementing an award-winning wine list, the menu features pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and salads made from only the best ingredients. Greeted by elegant décor and walls lined with paintings from Kentucky artists, you’ll have a hard time deciding whether to sit inside or on the patio, ensconced by a wall of vines. 249 East Main Street – (859) 253-9300 – www.portofinolexington.com
 
Nick Ryan’s Saloon
A neighborhood restaurant and bar named after the Ryan family who ran a number of saloons in Lexington at the turn of the century. Dishing out contemporary American favorites like slow-braised short ribs and beef stout potpie, and for dessert, fried Oreos with ice cream. Enjoy Prohibitionera drinks while unwinding on the porch, facing the happening Jefferson Street. 157 Jefferson Street – (859) 233-7900 – www.nickryans.com
 
Kentucky Fare  
 
Ramsey’s Diner
This is what Lexington is all about, a place where the regulars are both young and old, country folk and city folk alike. Try the hot brown or the meatloaf, and don’t forget to ask about the pie. It’s the home-style comfort food, the Southern appeal and the genuine hospitality that make this diner feel like home—no matter where you’re from. 151 West Zandale – (859) 259-2708 4053 Tates Creek Center – (859) 271-2638 3090 Helmsdale Drive – (859) 264-9396 4391 Harrodsburg Road – (859) 219-1626 www.ramseysdiners.com
 
Windy Corner Market and Restaurant
Smack dab in the middle of horse country, everything here is locally grown. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, including the "Mabel’s Nut burger", a delicious local burger topped with spicy peanut dressing. Enjoy a fresh, home-style meal followed by an ice cream cone while sitting on the screened-in porch, surrounded by lilacs and horses. 4595 Bryan Station Road – (859) 294-9338 www.windycornermarket.com
 
BBQ
 
County Club
In a stylishly renovated garage complete with chandeliers, County Club is "committed to exploring and expanding on the American tradition of smoking meats using hardwoods and low temperatures." Kentucky-raised beef, pork, lamb, goat and chicken is all smoked on site and are perfectly complimented by an evolving menu of fresh daily salads, sides and other blackboard specials. Check out the Sunday brunch! 555 Jefferson Street – (859) 389-6555 – www.countyclubrestaurant.com
 
Blue Door Smokehouse
With a pit proudly on display as you walk in, you’ll often get an aromatic preview of the smoked beef brisket, pork, chicken, ribs and sausage that might grace your plate. You’ll find various sauce options, but you might want to experience the slow-smoked, lightly seasoned flavor of the meat on its own before dousing too much. Expect big portions with a bevy of delicious sides, served with patient and friendly service. Southern Living named Blue Door Smokehouse one of the “10 Must-Visit Kentucky Barbeque Joints” 226 Walton Avenue – (859) 252-4227 – www.bluedoorsmokehouse.com
 
Red State BBQ
Take a trip to the outskirts of Lexington to experience this hole-in-the-wall BBQ joint, serving brisket, pork, chicken and ribs. Just a short drive from the Kentucky Horse Park, dine on a checkered red and white tablecloth as you sample sauces from BBQ’s best regions, from Texas Spicy to Memphis Sweet. Look to try their beer cheese grits for an extra helping of Southern goodness. 4020 Georgetown Road – (859) 233-7898 – www.redstatebbq.com
 
Willie’s Locally Known
New location-same great food. Ribs, Po’ Boys, collard greens, sweet potato wedges, fried green tomatoes and other dishes beloved by fans of Southern cooking. Plus: blues, honky-tonk, country or bluegrass almost every night of the week. 286 Southland Drive – (859) 281-1116 – www.willieslocallyknown.com
 
Steak House 
 
Malone’s
Lexington’s signature USDA prime steakhouse, serving the "best beef on the planet," brought in fresh from Chicago butchers. Filet mignon, prime rib, New York strip, porterhouse cuts—all cooked to perfection and served with over-the-top-hospitality. The hundreds of celebritysigned menus on the wall confirm this is one of the most prestigious steakhouses in the country. Three locations in town, but the original is on Tates Creek Road. 3347 Tates Creek Road – (859) 335-6500 1920 Pleasant Ridge Drive – (859) 264-8023 3735 Palomar Centre Drive – (859) 977-2620 www.bluegrasshospitality.com
 
Tony’s of Lexington
Tony’s is an exciting upscale addition to downtown’s "The Square" shopping center. Dedicated to delivering elevated hospitality and artful dishes, Tony’s aged and hand-cut USDA Prime steaks are seasoned with a proprietary paprika-based dust that adds both depth of flavor and creates a char that seals in juices. An ultra fresh selection of seafood dishes, including an exceptional take on shrimp and grits fills out the menu. Even the sides are of top quality, including the popular bourbon whipped sweet potatoes. 401 West Main Street – (859) 243-0210 – www.tonysoflexington.com
 
Columbia Steak House
One of central Kentucky’s oldest restaurants, Lexingtonians have gathered at this traditional steakhouse since 1948. Stop in for a late night steak, and you’ll likely have the "Nighthawk" special recommended, a local favorite since the 1960s. Not in the mood for a steak? Try the hot brown, crispy fried banana peppers or famous lamb fries. 201 North Limestone Street – (859) 253-3135 2750 Richmond Road – (859) 268-1666 www.columbiassteakhouse.com
 
Japanese
 
Osaka
You’re never short on big-flavor options at Osaka, with an extensive menu featuring more than 50 sushi rolls, fresh sashimi, teriyaki dinners and a wide array of noodle dishes. The staff takes pride in attentive and friendly service. Regulars recommend chef specialties such as the grilled red snapper and shogun chicken, the "Snow White" and "Lexington" rolls, and the spicy tuna or spicy salmon avocado salad. 3805 Dylan Place – (859) 296-2625 – www.osakajapaneselexington.com
 
Asuka Grill
"Respecting ingredients and their natural flavors" is Asuka’s MO, boasting "the largest sushi bar in town" and a menu full of fresh, colorful and carefully prepared entries. The "derby roll" stands out among a creative roster of house specialty rolls. And if you’re in the mood for a teppanyaki-style meal, a skilled chef will happily serve traditional Japanese flavors straight from the grill, along with a few laughs and friendly service. 267 East Brannon Road – (859) 272-0020 2300 Sir Barton Way – (859) 543-0010 www.asukagrill.com
 
Vietnamese
 
Pho BC
If you are a pho aficionado, this is a must; and if you don’t know what pho is, there’s no better place to get your first taste. Try this perfectly balanced and spicy soup or venture into their other traditional Vietnamese dishes like the vermicelli bowl or a hand-rolled egg roll with lemon dipping sauce. 171 West Lowry Lane – (859) 276-0557
 
Chinese
 
Panda Cuisine
The best Chinese food in Lexington. Dim Sum on Sundays
(859) 299-9798
 
Thai 
 
Archa Nine Thai Kitchen
859-309-2726
 
Bangkok House
275 Ave of Champions, Lexington | (859) 226-9711
 
Korean 
 
Han Woo Ri. Good lunch spot near campus
371 S Limestone, Lexington | (859) 258-2208
 
Ariang Garden
https://www.arirangky.com/
 
Indian 
 
Curry House. Good lunch buffet
http://www.curryhousenep.com/
 
Masala
A surefire recommendation when you ask about Indian food around town, Masala’s menu is full of bright, authentic flavors. The chicken makhani and lamb rogan josh are crowd favorites, both perfectly complimented by tandooribaked garlic naan. An extensive lunch buffet lets you sample the gamut of chicken, lamb, seafood and vegetarian specialties that many argue are some of the best Indian cuisine options in the region, let alone Lexington. 3061 Fieldstone Way – (859) 224-0001 – www.eatatmasala.net
 
Latin 
 
El Rancho Tapatio
Family owned and operated, the authentic "not your everyday Mexican" menu features taqueria-style tacos, tostadas, burritos and fajitas, along with street fare favorites such as sopas, gorditas, empanadas and more. Add some excitement with Mexican karaoke on the patio during the summertime. 144 Burt Road – (859) 373-9091 – www.elranchotapatio.com
 
Jalapeno’s
Don’t let the inexpensive menu fool you, you’ll find plenty of delicious Tex-Mex classics at this colorful and friendly town favorite. Serving hearty, flavorful salsas alongside inventive specials such as cochinita pibel-roast pork with pickled red onions and beans, you’ll have plenty of fresh and authentic options to choose from. Some claim it home to the best queso in town…there’s only one way to find out! 3130 Mapleleaf Drive Suite 160 – (859) 543-0441 1030 South Broadway – (859) 281-5171 295 New Circle Road – (859) 299-8299
 
Brasabana
Modern, stylish and inspired. Chefs Jeremy Ashby and Miguel Rivas are bringing Cuban cuisine with Caribbean flair to the Lexington scene. You’ll find colorful, classic Cuban dishes such as "arroz con pollo" and "ropa vieja" alongside plantain crusted whitefish or Peruvian chicken, and a number of bold Latin fusion items. The drink list features an array of mojitos, margaritas and specialty drinks–only further amplifying the chic tropical vibe. 841 Lane Allen Road – (859) 303-5573 – www.brasabana.com
 
Mediterranean
 
Athenian Grill
Cooking up authentic recipes from founder Ilias Pappas family tradition. Partnering with local farmers to bring fresh ingredients and serving meals with warm hospitality has created an unmistakable local family atmosphere. Must-try specialties range from spanikopita (a spinach pie), to classic gyros, and traditional pita dips such as tzatziki, hummus and htipiti. 313 South Ashland Avenue – (859) 303-5048 115 North Locust Hill Drive – (859) 368-9725 www.atheniangrill.com
 
Sahara Mediterranean Cuisine
Make no mistake, this place puts the quality of its food before anything else. Fresh ingredients are used to make refreshingly authentic Mediterranean dishes at a surprisingly affordable price. Order made-from-scratch Middle Eastern cuisine like shawarma, falafel or kebabs, with sides of rice or hummus for one of the healthiest and tastiest meals in town. 3061 Fieldstone Way – (859) 224-1138 – www.sahara-lex.com
 
African
 
Sav’s Grill and West African Cuisine
Greeted by a big smile and warm colors, this West-African grill is as genuine and welcoming as it gets. Owner Sav cooks up recipes he learned growing up in Guinea, West Africa with a nod to traditional Southern favorites. From homey grits and hearty stews to fried plantains and peanut goat, you’re sure to leave feeling sunny and satisfied. 304 South Limestone Street – (859) 368-7287 – www.savsgrill.com
 
Pizza
 
Mellow Mushroom
503 S Upper St, Lexington | (859) 281-6111
 
Goodfella’s Pizzeria
Tiny space, huge pizzas—their motto is "size does matter," after all. Featuring delicious New York-style pizza available by the pie or slice, and enormous breadsticks, this downtown joint is usually hopping for lunch, dinner and late night. Order a slice and chow down streetside (there’s no indoor seating), or take a box to go. Visit once, and you’ll definitely want to be part of the "family." 110 North Mill Street – (859) 281-1101 333 South Limestone – (859) 523-3353 www.goodfellaspizzeria.com
 
Pazzo's Pizza Pub
385 South Limestone, Lexington | (859) 255-5125
 
Pub Grub 
 
Smithtown Seafood
A farm-to-table venture of one of Lexington’s most celebrated restaurateurs, Ouita Michel. Creative and traditional made-from-scratch dishes feature local, sustainable ingredients. Greens, herbs and tilapia are sourced from neighboring urban farm, FoodChain. Menu options are aplenty—wild-caught fried catfish, flavorful salads, fresh-shucked oysters, ethnic Tilapia dishes and more. Adjoined to West Sixth Brewery, grab a seat in the beer garden and enjoy top-notch seafood with quick and casual service. 501 West Sixth Street – (859) 303-4100 – www.smithtownseafood.com
 
Village Idiot
Lexington’s first gastropub, the Village Idiot’s simple, yet inventive menu and an outstanding craft beer selection make for a guaranteed good time, every time. Classic dark wood finishes and a laid-back atmosphere give this spot a real pub feel, while serving unique sharables like "The Pot" of mussels or the "pulled pork mac & cheese". 307 West Short Street – (859) 252-0099 – www.lexingtonvillageidiot.com
 
Louies Wine Dive
http://louieswinedive.com/
 
Tapas and Wine Bars
 
Enoteca
An ultra-stylish lounge and patio designed for sharing Spanish-style tapas and conversation over fine wine. The extensive wine list is curated by Lexington’s only certified Sommelier. You’ll find an impressive selection of bourbons and craft beers behind the bar, too. And the tapas? Chorizo puffs, stuffed mushrooms, scallops, gamba y grits (shrimp with 3 cheese grits), and an assortment of both foreign and domestic cheeses and cured meats—all of them pair well with a nice wine and good company. 191 Jefferson Street – (859) 687-0346 – www.enotecalex.com
 
Louies Wine Dive
http://louieswinedive.com/
 
Coffee Shops
 
Coffea Coffee House 385 Rose St, Lexington | (859) 253-6779
 
North Lime Coffee and Donuts 575 North Limestone Street (859) 554-6026
 
Common Grounds Coffee Shop 343 East High Street (859) 233-9761
 
Breakfast  
 
Doodle’s
"Comfort food with a conscience." This remodeled gas station has become a trendy spot for both breakfast and lunch, specializing in local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Get breakfast a la carte, including fresh buttermilk biscuits and beignets, or try any of their signature items, from the "dirty" shrimp and grits, to the often limited-quantity strata casserole. 262 North Limestone Street – (859) 317-8507– www.doodlesrestaurant.com
 
Tolly Ho
http://tollyho.com/
 
Waffle House
859 S Broadway, Lexington | (859) 225-8795
 
Great Bagel
A near-campus staple cooking up hot handcrafted bagels daily. Stop in to try nearly 20 different kinds of hand-dipped bagels, from plain to chocolate chip to maple bourbon, or try a bagel sandwich from their breakfast or lunch menu. Bagels are baked at 6am, 9am and 12pm, so plan ahead and you can get your Great Bagels fresh out of the oven. 396 Woodland Avenue –(859) 258-2210 – eatgreatbagel.com
 
Josie’s
An eclectic family diner atmosphere where you can order breakfast any time of day. The menu covers a lot of bases, so everybody can find something they’ll love—steak and eggs, pancakes and bacon, homemade pretzels with spicy pimento cheese, reuben, build-your-own salad or pasta, pork chops, fried chicken …the list goes on and on, and it’s all quite delicious. Fresh, made-from-scratch quality meets warm hospitality. 821 Chevy Chase Place – (859) 523-8328 – www.josieslex.com
 
Magee’s Bakery
Family owned since 1956, this is where Lexingtonians go to satisfy their craving for sweets and fine baked goods. Desserts, cookies, breakfast and deli sandwiches round out your options, but if you’re looking for something truly legendary, you have to try their birthday cake. Most customers go for the buttercream icing, and for good reason. 726 East Main Street – (859) 255-9481 – www.mageesbakery.com
 
Minton’s at 760
Come for brunch and try the morning hot brown or stop by at lunchtime for a number of delicious and inventive kitchen creations such as the “little brother” sandwich—smoked sausage split in half and pan fried, topped with homemade mac and cheese. The “desserts” section of the menu offers treats that rotate on a daily basis, and they’ll be happy to make an entire cake to call your own. This café-style restaurant is a laid back way to enjoy Southern staples with a creative twist. 760 North Limestone Street – (859) 948-1874 – www.mintonsat760.com
 
Bakery 
 
Missy’s Pie Shop
Their pies have been legendary for almost 30 years, but they also offer tasty light fare seven days a week. Take a seat or grab and go. Have the Asian spiced sliced filet or the ham and Swiss panini. Your sandwich doesn’t come with a pie, but it does come with a homemade cookie! 502 East High – (859) 253-0449 – www.missyspieshop.com
 
Magee’s Bakery
Family owned since 1956, this is where Lexingtonians go to satisfy their craving for sweets and fine baked goods. Desserts, cookies, breakfast and deli sandwiches round out your options, but if you’re looking for something truly legendary, you have to try their birthday cake. Most customers go for the buttercream icing, and for good reason. 726 East Main Street – (859) 255-9481 – www.mageesbakery.com
 
Delivery 
 
Check out Grub Hub or Lexeat.com
 
Breweries and Food Trucks 
 
For a list of where the food trucks are check out Lexbeerscene.com
 
Country Boy Brewing 436 Chair Avenue (859) 554-6200
 
West Sixth Brewing Co.
501 West Sixth Street (859) 705-0915
 
Blue Stallion Brewing
610 West Third Street (877) 928-2337
 
Ethereal Brewing 1224 Manchester Street (859) 309-1254
 
Mirror Twin Brewing Co. 725 National Avenue (618) 406-3598
 
Lexington Beerworks
Lovers of beer, rejoice! With more than 100 beers and 12 rotating taps, Lexington Beerworks offers a cozy, dark-wood setting to enjoy some of the world’s best craft beer, complemented by a menu of artisan pizzas and perfectly sharable appetizers. It’s the kind of experience that’ll leave you inspired, with a bucket full of beer making supplies in hand and the knowledge to take your craft beer connoisseurship to the next level. 213 North Limestone – (859) 317-8137 – www.lexingtonbeerworks.com
 
Craft Cocktails 
 
Arcadium
http://www.arcadiumbar.com/
 
Middle Fork
http://www.middleforkkb.com/
 
Bourbon Trail 
 
Town and Branch
http://kybourbontrail.com/bourbon-trail-passport-start-here/town_branch/
 
Woodford Reserve
http://www.woodfordreserve.com/age
 
Late Night 
 
Tolly-Ho
A late-night tradition and rite-of-passage for the University of Kentucky student, this 24/7 establishment serves up its signature "Hoburger" all night. Along with breakfast, milkshakes and arcade games, Tolly-Ho is all about having a good time, and if it’s your first time, be sure to let them know! 606 South Broadway – (859) 253-2007 – www.tollyho.com
 
Waffle House
859 S Broadway, Lexington | (859) 225-8795
 
Live Music 
 
Willie’s Locally Known
New location-same great food. Ribs, Po’ Boys, collard greens, sweet potato wedges, fried green tomatoes and other dishes beloved by fans of Southern cooking. Plus: blues, honky-tonk, country or bluegrass almost every night of the week. 286 Southland Drive – (859) 281-1116 – www.willieslocallyknown.com
 
Al’s Bar
Many know Al’s as the place to catch some of the best in local and regional music, but the kitchen rocks in its own way. "Al’s Regulars" include signature burgers (try lamb or bison) and sandwich creations featuring local ingredients. You’ll find classic bar food like nachos, quesadillas and Al’s famous chili alongside unexpected fare like the falafel salad, jambalaya, and killer vegetarian options such as the tomatoes creole. Did we mention that everything’s under $10? 601 North Limestone Street – (859) 309-2901 – www.alsbarlexington.com
 
Where to watch the game 
 
Pazzo’s Pizza Pub
With a maze of dining areas and bars, featuring 47 beers on tap, this pizzeria offers a different experience on every visit. But one thing is always the same: fresh ingredients and perfect pizzas. Located on the edge of the UK campus, Pazzo’s provides a fun environment with plenty of patio seating for those warm summer outings. 385 South Limestone – (859) 255-5125 – www.pazzospizzapub.com
 
Winchell’s
The only thing this place is more serious about than sports, is food. And the only thing more impressive than the number of TVs is the quality of the menu. After graduating from the renowned Culinary Institute of America, two Lexington natives decided to open a sports bar with all the classics, prepared the right way. The spicy beef nachos are a must try! 348 Southland Dr. – (859) 278-9424 – www.winchellsrestaurant.com