Keeneland Race Track restaurant!: Burgoo
Ever had that Kentucky classic, burgoo? What about a mile-high corned beef sandwich? How about bread pudding with Keeneland's very own Maker's Mark bourbon sauce? If you haven't sampled some of these delectables, then you don't know what you're missing.
Keeneland is almost as well-known for its great food as it is for its great racing.
Equestrian Room is located on the ground floor of the grandstand adjacent to the finish line, this casual dining room offers an a-la-carte menu with appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and light entrees. Sandwiches and entrees range from $7.95 to $10.95. Individual and small groups are welcome.
EVEN THE CONCESSIONS STANDS offer Burgoo and Bread Pudding!!
Favorite Dish: Burgoo!! Burgoo is a savory stew made from a varying array of ingredients. The meats could include any or all of the following meats: mutton (sheep/lamb), beef, pork, chicken, veal or opossum. You will also find some combination of these vegetables: potatoes, corn, lima beans, tomatoes, or okra. Of course there are also many spices to choose from as well
Friday's: Before I learned of Furlongs.... we ate here
Our hotel staff could not recommend a good local restaurant or pub in the area. After checking out a few very busy chains we took the table we could get at TGI Friday's. I am a points member with them and the food was pretty good. But it did not satisfy like a local place would have. Next time I'll go to Furlong's !!
Favorite Dish: BLACKENED-CAJUN CHICKEN SANDWICH
Served on toasted ciabatta bread with melted cheddar cheese - it must hvae been the "blackened" part that made it tasty
Bruster's: REAL Ice Cream
Bruster's advertises its product as "real ice cream" and having tasted it, I find it hard to argue with them. We made a mid afternoon stop for a pick me up and I found my favorite flavor of ice cream - black walnut. The portions are huge so be prepared to eat a lot. Our granddaughter had a sunday with gummy worms - yuk! but she found it wonderful. I also like the waffle cones which they bake on the premises (though I am sure the mix is shipped from somewhere else) and you can get your sundae in an edible waffle bowl as well.
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Red State BBQ: BBQ on the northside of Lexington
Someone had suggested Red State when I asked about BBQ or Southern food in Lexington and we were right up the street from it at the Kentucky Horse Park, same exit from the highway. We got there a little after 6pm on a Friday, there was a short wait for a table to open up and lots of people who look like they came from the Horse Park, but we were seated in about 15 minutes and once we ordered the food was delivered really quickly. Wait staff and hostess extremely friendly, if I lived here, I'd go here all the time. They even gave me a to go cup for my sweet tea.
Favorite Dish: I loved the food here, everything we had was good. I ordered a pulled pork dinner which came with 2 sides, I had really wanted to try the corn pudding but they ran out at 4pm! So I ordered mac and cheese and beer cheese grits and they gave me a side of bread, toasted and buttered, so I could make a sandwich out of the pulled pork. There are regional variations on pulled pork, this came dry with no sauce or coleslaw on top, you can add sauce from a variety of different bottles on the table.
David ordered a full slab of ribs, shortly after he ordered they also ran out of ribs! And they ran out of brisket before we got there. So the secret appears to be go early or be prepared to eat your 2nd choice.
Burgers and Shakes: The burgers really are 84 cents!
Classic just like an old drive in diner! The food and drinks even stayed the same price. You get a huge real beef patty burger for only 84 cents!!! The french fries are the best around. You can't beat the prices or the food. The only downside is they only take cash. No credit or debit accepted.
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Natasha's: An enchanting evening
While visiting Kentucky for the Derby, we made the short trip over to Lexington to tour some of the incredible horse farms. What a beautiful countryside they have! In the evening we headed downtown to dinner for a change of pace-- and lucky for us-- our daughter spotted the colorful umbrellas outside Natasha's. We were immediately drawn in by the worldly charm of this enchanting bistro! The ambiance is both rustic and elegant-- surroundings of art and decor rich in culture and history. Reminds one of urban lofts found in larger metropolitan areas.
The eclectic menu was impressive-- with delicious selections from around the world-- including Mediterranean, Eastern European, Asian, and even some local favorites. The kids each tried one of the homemade pizzas-- smiles all around-- no small feat with teenagers!. My husband was quite happy with his pesto pasta (loaded with flavor), and I couldn't have been more satisfied with my greek salad and sweet chili stir-fry dish. We topped off the meal with some fine Turkish coffee. A thoroughly enjoyable experience in every way.
Adjacent to the restaurant is their boutique-- offering many unique gift selections-- such as the Moroccan lanterns and other artifacts seen in the restaurant, gorgeous jewelry, Chinese shoes, beautiful Russian scarves, and so much more. A must see! They also offer live music and theatre on a regular basis. We do hope to return to Lexington soon for the beautiful scenery, and another fabulous enchanting evening at Natasha's!
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
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La Gormet Pizza: Surprisingly good pizza
This place definitely qualifies as a "hole-in-the-wall" kind of pizza joint but their pizza is really quite tasty. We were looking for something light so stopped for a small salad and some pizza. I was impressed when I saw that they were tossing the dough and placing ingredients on it as I was afraid they might be pulling it out of the freezer. Nothing fancy here but a very edible light meal. It is nicely located just near Rupp Arena and the Lexington Center. They also have on-line order capability.
The Regatta Restaurant/ Halls on the River: Seafood
I've listed two choices: For authentic seafood, the Regatta Restaurant (located in the Lexington Green Mall overlooking the lake) is decent considering Lexington is located nowhere near an ocean. Fish are flown in weekly and it has a wide selection.
For a local central Kentucky treat, try one of the casual catfish restaurants on the Kentucky River near Athens, such as Hall's on the River. Try the famous snappy beer cheese. This is a great place to enjoy a warm fall day overlooking the river and eat catfish in a casual atmosphere.
Joe Bologna's: Italian/Pizza
Joe Bologna's located North of the University of Kentucky campus (120 W. Maxwell) has great food and is a favorite with students and visitors. It is located in a historic old church building and has nice stained glass windows. This resturant can be crowded, especially after basket ball games.
See http://lexington.citysearch.com/review/4317455/?order_by=positive for other reviews.
Favorite Dish: I've never had a bad pizza here. Choose among your favorite ingrediants.
The Campbell House Inn: Southern Hospitality
After many years of neglect, the Campbell House Inn is being restored and has a great Sunday buffet featuring roast beef, fried chicken, and side items.
Another good Sunday Buffet located near I-64/75 is the Marriott at Griffin Gate.
Dave's Famous Ribs/ Tony Roma's: Several Barbecue choices
Lexington doesn't have an outstanding local barbeque restaurant, but several chains serve good barbeque.
The newest for Lexington is Famous Dave's Ribs located in front of the Lexington mall (New Circle at Richmond Rd), where several other resturants have failed. Famous Dave's has good ribs and side items. I hope it can remain in business despite the unlucky location. An old standby near Joseph Beth Booksellers is Tony Roma's. Excellent sauce selections.
Favorite Dish: Ribs. Its the only thing I've ordered from either restaurant.
The Parkette Drive-In: 50's Nostalgia
Authentic drive-in similar to that in the movie American Graffiti. The late Joe Smiley opened the restaurant in 1951 on a gravel road off Liberty Road, years before there was a New Circle Road. The resturant unexpectedly closed but has been reopened by a group of businessmen who wanted to save this local landmark.
With its carhops, double-decker Poor Boy hamburgers and distinctive neon sign, the Parkette will take you back to the days poodle skirts, cars with lots of chrome and fins on the back, and simple box lunches without happy toy treats for the kids.
Favorite Dish: Frankly, the food is only average (which is the true with most fast-food restaurants). But it is fun to come here on Friday nights when bikers and members of car clubs bring their hot rods and restored antique cars from the 1950's. See photos and story about reopening on contact information below.
Dudleys/ Merrick Inn/ Cheapside Bar and Grill: Several Choices for Good Patio outdoor dining
I've listed several local favorites for eating outdoors: Dudley's has a bricked in patio. This restaurant is located in an old school building built about 1884 on Maxwell street between Mill and Upper, near UK. Chefs usually have interesting selections.
The Merrick Inn located on Tates Creek Road (3380 Tates Creek Rd.) just off New Circle Road is in an old restored house in a complex of apartments. Casual, yet upscale food. (though some critics might find atmosphere stuffy). This is a favorite of racing fans that come to Lexington during Keeneland's spring and fall meets. Reservations highly recommended at that time.
The Cheapside Bar and Grill, located at 131 Cheapside next to the old court house on Main street is a good place to mingle with Lexington's young single professionals after work downtown and have a drink while listening to a local band.
Favorite Dish: These three restaurants have stayed in business for many years because they have consistently good food and service. If you like dining outdoors (in good weather), you can't go wrong with any of these. Dudelys and Merrick Inn are more upscale. Cheapside would appeal more to the single crowd.
Alfalfa's: Long time Vegetarian Favorite
I'm not a vegetarian, so I may not be the best person to give advice. However, this restaurant has been a favorite of UK students for 30 years. Kentucky Monthly magazine named it Kentucky's best vegetarian restaurant in 2003. I like it because of its homey atmosphere. The waitressess treat customers and each other like family.
See web link below (other) for reviews from other vegetarian diners. See Kentucky listings.
Favorite Dish: I've enjoyed the whole grain breads and buckweat pancakes.
Kashmir Indian Restaurant: Kashmir Indian Restaurant
Kashmir's has THE BEST Indian food in town. It's lunch prices are well within reason (about $5-7) and it has a lunch buffet everyday. This isn't a chain, it's the real deal. The atmosphere isn't much to speak of, but the place stays busy because of the food.
Favorite Dish: Chicken Korma
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