This restaurant defies description. It is an experience and not just a meal. The menu is very very eclectic. Cheese grits to chicken satay; apple pie to halwa. The decor is OVER THE TOP Victoriana. Breakfast is served all day, and they serve food until 11 pm. That alone has made this my new favorite restaurant in Lexington! The menu is very broad; burgers, pizzas, Mediterranean flatbreads, fried halloumi, lemon crepes, prawn and avocado sandwiches....and on and on. I'm working my way through the menu. Favorite so far: the Mediterranean breakfast with homemade yogurt, olives, haloumi, and saj. Yummy! Only disappointment so far: goat cheese and herb pizza seemed a little dry to me. The only other Shakespeare & Co. is in Dubai. Interesting.
My boyfriend's family invited us here for Easter brunch and I must say I was very impressed. Normally you order from a menu but since today was a special day they had a buffet. They had Lamb, Ham, Turkey, Pecan crusted chicken, tilapia, all the sides and salads and a huge selection of desserts. Every seat was full but the service was outstanding. I am really not sure what the price range is as this was a treat and I did not have to pay but I would guess somewhere between $25-$30 for the buffet when it is offered and I have heard menu price usually is about $20 for most things.
Favorite Dish: The ham was the best. It had a glaze on it that was delicious!!
This is a little off the beaten path of downtown but luckily for me it is only about a mile from my house. On the outside it looks as if though its from the 50's and time passed this little restaurant by. But out front you will see a huge smoker where they smoke anything from ribs, pork chops, bologna, etc. They have a few picnic tables if you want to sit out and watch the cars go by. Beautiful horse farms all around this area and the owners work in the restaurant and treat you like longtime friends. They take the time to ask you your name and to get to know you. The prices are some of the best in town. Wonderful breakfast and their hashbrown casserole is the best. They also make their own bbq sauce amongst other things to sale. Highly recommended and worth the drive if you want real kentucky cookin'.
Favorite Dish: The ribs are my favorite. They are juicy, tender, and the meat just falls off the bone. They make their own BBQ sauce which is delicious and adds to the taste.
We wanted to go to a place we had not been with a few friends for pt 1 of my boyfriend's birthday celebration. I am the culprit that selected Riptides on the River. It is about 12 miles south of Lexington off exit 99. Walking in we all thought it was very nice with the aquariums and the giant fire pit. Waitress took our drink order promptly and then it all went downhill from there.
Can I just point out my group of 8 plus maybe one or two other tables were the only customers in the entire establishment but yet we still had HORRIBLE service? They "Forgot" to make our appetizers.....so we never did get those. Although we did end up with 2 appetizers that we did not order. 1/2 of the group had cold food. (The only ones that were pleased were the 3 that got cheeseburgers) The so called Mac N Cheese that was "homemade" taste like velveeta. I have made homemade mac n cheese and trust me, this was not homemade. We had to wait extra time for the mac n cheese as well. Additionally, the menu that was online was double the size of the actual menu so we did not have very much to choose from. Also no pitchers of beer?? In a bar? Really?? We have no problem making a trip a little out of the way for good food and good service but both were definitely nonexistent here. This was my first and last trip to Riptides. Halls on the river is much better!
Favorite Dish: Cranberry Craze. It was a drink that had a mix of gingerale, cranberry juice, and vodka. The ONLY thing I enjoyed here.
Love coming here!! It's downtown within walking distance to a lot of other restaurants and bars. It has tables on the outside on the street so you can really experience Lexington. The pizza comes by the slice or pie. One piece is about the size of a 12 inch plate!! The breadsticks are the size of baseball bats! You can get the breadstick and pizza for around $5. Great food for a great price!!
Favorite Dish: Ham and Pineapple pizza is my favorite but all of the pizza is good! :)
Great little spot right on Main Street in downtown. They have their own parking lot so you should be able to get a spot. Come early because once the food is gone thats it! The biscuits and gravy is just like something your grandmother would have made! I also really enjoy the breakfast casserole. This restaurant has been in business since the 1950's so they must be doing something right! They close by 2PM most days.
Favorite Dish: The biscuits and gravy! And I am normally not a biscuit and gravy fan. Had a spicy taste and the biscuits were soft and fluffy. The gravy was thick and not runny. Delicious!!
Old brick building in the Chevy Chase side of town. Has a Mexican restaurant upstairs. When you first walk in its very dark. The only light is from the bar, the red candles on the tables and the fireplace if its cold outside. There are tables but also sofas near the fireplace which happens to be quite cozy on cold Kentucky days. Old books line the walls so it tends to look more like a library. I would assume you can read them if you choose to do so but its kinda dark for reading :) There are also several large televisions which are perfect to watch the games. The menu is good. Sandwiches, burgers, wings, salads, etc. You can get a liter of your favorite mixed drink for around $10 and beers are less than $2.
In the summer they have a really nice patio in the back. Truly a place for the locals and some tourists that happen to find it. Stop by the next time you are in town. You will not be disappointed.
Favorite Dish: Buffalo drummies is my food of choice at Charlie Browns! They are 50 cents each on Sundays and they are perfect. Big, juicy, spicy, and so good!
This is an upscale bar attached to Malone's Steakhouse (which is one of, if not the best, steakhouses in Lexington). So, if you're feeling lake a late night libation and also wouldn't mind being able to utilize the same kitchen as a great steakhouse, this is the place for you.
Favorite Dish: Any of the steaks are good
This is a Cajun style restaurant with a local twist. Always crowded and a very small place. Reservations are recommended. I have been here a few times and really did not care for what I got either of the times I was here. I did try some of my boyfriend's seafood omelet and it was delicious however. I will still probably go back to give it another try. The atmosphere is really great.
Favorite Dish: The seafood omelet was my favorite! The shrimp were large
Since 1994, Regatta Seafood Grille has prided itself on serving the highest quality fresh seafood that Lexington has to offer.
Conveniently located in Lexington Green, at the intersection of New Circle Road and Nicholasville Road and connected to the popular Joseph-Beth Booksellers.
Inside and outdoor seating. On weekends it is recommended to make a reservation as it fills up fast. Sitting outside by the water and seeing the beautiful fountains and ducks is very nice.
I love the clam chowder and calamari. The prices are average as to other places that offer seafood.
Favorite Dish: Clam chowder and Calamari. But I also like the oysters on a half shell.
We had passed by here a million times and was always curious about it. We decided to give it a try on Valentines Day. The waiters were very nice and helpful. The service exceeded expectations. It was romantic as they had candles and fresh cut roses on each table. Our food did not take long to get but for the portion size you do not get a lot for your money. I have been to many places in Lexington and got much better food for less. I would not say that I would not try it again. They have a very nice patio area that was to cold to use at this time. So if you are looking for drinks this might be a good place to come. Parking also seems limited and might require driving around a few times.
Favorite Dish: I had the zucchini and potato casserole and my boyfriend had the steak and potatoes. Neither of us was very impressed with our meals. It looked much better than it tasted.
Great variety of food, great atmosphere with an eclectic style. This restaurant is unique to Lexington and has been around for almost 40 years!
Favorite Dish: Huevos Rancheros
Two poached eggs over rice with rancheros sauce, diced onion, chopped green pepper and white cheddar cheese. Served with toast. Only about $8. Great for brunch paired with a mimosa!
Had been meaning to try this place for awhile now and finally had the opportunity to have brunch there not long ago. I love the Gratz Park neighborhood in Lexington. It's one of my favorites-full of old houses and quiet streets and a hop away from some great restaurants like the Atomic Cafe and a la lucie's. In the evenings they sometimes have horse and carriage rides and it reminds me a lot of Washington Square in New York City. But I digress. The Gratz Park Inn is on the list of historical hotels and it's a quiet little place right off the square. Jonathan's isn't your typical hotel restaurant and is a notch above many of the area restaurants that seem to cater to college students and the young yuppie crowds. It's quietly elegant and subdued and upon entering the dining room you feel as if you have stepped back in time. It's a little pricer than most, but on par with a la lucie's and Bellini's and Metropol.
Favorite Dish: I was there for Sunday brunch and therefore had a different menu than what I would have had for dinner or lunch. I ordered the omlette filled to the brim with brie, mushrooms, and sweet onions. It had a little too many onions for my taste, but it wasn't bad. It came accompanied by homefries and my only complaint with them was that I didn't have enough of them. For a starter course I had the fruit and yogurt parfait that was absolutely wonderful. My dining partner had the dried apple and cinnamon oatmeal for a starter and the Kentucky hot brown (the biggest I have ever seen in my life) for a main course. For dessert we shared a slice of apple spice cake topped with slivers of green apples and smothered in caramel sauce. It was divine. The cost for two for brunch was $48, not including a tip.
This is a great place for regional food in a beautiful, Victorian setting. My mom likes the Kentucky Hot Brown and claims that it's the ebst to be found. I personally like the shrimp. For brunch you can have a great Hawaiian chicken salad, complete with little banana nut bread muffins.
Favorite Dish: The famous Kentucky Hot Brown (what my mom always orders):
A Kentucky tradition. A lunch portion of sliced breast of turkey smothered in a rich cream sauce, topped with cheddar cheese, crisp bacon and tomatoes broiled to a golden brown. It's rich, so be warned!!
Strips of chicken in a coconut breading, served with honey mustard sauce for dipping. NOt really comparable to Atomic Cafe's coconut shrimp though.
Golden Fried Shrimp:
Select shrimp, butterflied and lightly breaded then deep fried. Served with cocktail sauce and steak fries. This is pretty good. Had it a couple of times. My friend Bobbie Sue claims it's the best she's ever had.
Sampler includes potato skins, stuffed banana peppers, and coconut chicken. I'd go for this if you weren't sure what you wanted. The stuffed banana peppers are pretty good, too.
Cerified Angus Beef tenderloin filet char-grilled in a garlic butter with sauteed mushrooms and a Cabernet bordelaise. But then again, I love filet mignon so I am a little biased.
Also noteworthy: the stuffed mushrooms.
This is a restaurang I've tried to visit but friends tell me it is one of the best in Kentucky!! I WILL get there!. Furlongs, creator Tommy Walters hails from Lafayette, Louisiana, where he grew up cooking alongside his father, noted Cajun chef Roland Walters.
Favorite Dish: In addition to wonderful cajun food, my friends tell me that the selection of America's National Spirit -- Bourbon whiskey -- is wonderful here.