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Visiting - Lexington, KY

Here's a link to a previous post that might help:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/414305
Also, www.topsinlex.com has links to restaurants/menus

Dec 03, 2008
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Visiting - Lexington, KY

For breakfast, you could try Ramsey's (several locations around town) OR Winchell's on Southland Drive is one of my favorite breakfast places. What kind of dinner place/price range are you looking for?

Dec 03, 2008
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Moe's - is it just me?

I eat there occasionally, but I only like their vegetarian nachos (I refuse to use their stupid names). The meat that I've had there is really poor quality.

Jan 15, 2008
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Max & Erma's

I don't eat there very often, but every once in a while I get a craving for their chicken tortilla soup. I've also have a few pretty decent burgers there, and I'm not sure if they still do this, but they used to bring cookies straight from the oven on the baking sheet to your table with a tall glass of milk. When I was in college, I loved going there for these!

Aug 30, 2007
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Review: Heirloom, Midway, KY- Hidden Gem in Small Town

Thanks so much for the review. I have heard about this place, but I always forget about it when we are thinking of new places to try. I think I'm going to talk the husband into taking me there this weekend. I may not be able to pass up the double dutch choc. ice cream though....maybe I'll just make my husband get the apple crisp so I can have both!

Aug 30, 2007
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Help with Lexington KY and surrounding areas

Check out this link for info:
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/383298
Also, www.topsinlex.com has a restaurant link to menus and such.

Aug 17, 2007
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Vegetarian hot brown in Kentucky?

They have one at Ramsey's in Lexington. There are several throughout the city. I've never tried the veggie hotbrown, but I love the rest of their food. I think their menu is posted at www.topsinlex.com or do a search on google for Ramsey's Menu Lexington, KY.

Jul 30, 2007
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Lexington, KY-anniversary dinner

Metropol is downtown (I think it is on Short St.). It is close to Cheapside in a very plain looking white building. Doesn't look like much, but is supposed to be great. I had similar thoughts on Woodland Grill. I haven't tried it yet, but will probably do so on a regular weeknight, not a special occasion. If it is anywhere near the quality of Jonathan's, I am sure we'll love it. Thanks for your suggestions!

Jun 14, 2007
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Lexington, KY-anniversary dinner

Hello fellow Lexington foodies....I need your help! My husband and I are celebrating our anniversary next week, and we want to try a NEW place. These are some of the places I am considering...give me your thoughts:

Azur
Murray's
Metropol
Grotto (can't find a menu for this, so if anyone has eaten there, let me know what they have that is good)

I know there are probably better places out there, but we've been to all of them a million times! We really want to go somewhere new and somewhere not too stuffy.

Jun 12, 2007
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Need a good breakfast place in Lex, KY

Alfalfa's is still open, but has moved downtown to Main St.

May 16, 2007
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Need a good breakfast place in Lex, KY

Tolly Ho is a greasy spoon kind of place that caters to the local college crowd and the after-bar crowd. It has the typical fare found at any greasy spoon.
Ramsey's serves breakfast all day, but they just have one choice for breakfast. You can choose up to 5 eggs, pancakes, bacon, etc. for one price so it is good for those that want to eat all of that. You still pay the same price no matter what you order so you're screwed if you just want half that!
One of my favorite non-chain breakfasts is at Winchell's on Southland Drive. They have great specials and everything I've tried there is pretty good. The last time I went, I had pecan choc. chip pancakes...so good. Also, I'm not a huge grits fan, but people that are have said their jalepeno grits are wonderful.
Other places I've heard are good, but have yet to try: Rossi's in Chinoe Center, Cheapside downtown.
Good luck!

May 16, 2007
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Anyone dared try KFC's Famous Bowl?

I've tried it, and they are not too bad considering the source. Kind of takes me back to my childhood when I liked to mix my mash potatoes and corn together. I did pick the chicken off and eat it first...it seemed to weird to eat it mixed in with everything else.

May 07, 2007
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Cuban or Spanish places in KY

I've heard they have good pressed Cuban sandwiches, but haven't made it over there yet. If I go, I'll let you know how it is!

May 01, 2007
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GREAT new restaurant in the heart of Lexington!

Thanks CatePoole. I love Jonathan's so I can't wait to try this! I've never thought about putting ice cream on a Spalding donut, but it would be worth it to get a Spalding's donut without having to wait in the long line in the morning! Thanks again for the rec. Can't wait to try it!

May 01, 2007
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Havana Rumba in Louisville-review

Just wanted to share my experience. Several people on the board have recommended this place so when I was visiting friends in Louisville last weekend, I had to try it. Everything my husband and I had was excellent. We started with the papas rellenas (mash potato balls), and they were so good, I wish we had more than 2 of them. I had the ropa vieja as my entree, and my husband had the lechon asada. Both of us loved the entrees as well as the sides (fried plaintains, yucca, black beans and rice...yum!). The best part of it was that we had so much food, that we each took boxes home and had it for lunch the next day!
For any that haven't tried it, please do. It looks like a hole in the wall, but the food is excellent as was the service. Thanks for the recs everyone. We thoroughly enjoyed it!

Apr 16, 2007
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Dinner in Lexington, KY

Not sure what kind of food you are looking for, but here are some of my favs:
Merrick Inn: Good southern cooking, kind of off the beaten path on Tates Creek Rd.
a la lucie's: one of my favorite places, very trendy, can be expensive if you get the works, I love their French Onion Soup!
Bellinis: little Italian place downtown, great pastas and steak
Sal's Italian Chophouse: also on Tates Creek, great steaks and seafood, love their mini cheeseburger apps, risotto, and there is a fun bar next door, or a piano bar just a short walk away
For Sunday, there is Ramsey's (several throughout the city): good down-home cooking and breakfast served all day
Winchell's: on Southland Drive, just had breakfast there yesterday. Great local neighborhood place, also a down-home cooking kind of place
You may also want to check out this website for other ideas and menus:
www.topsinlex.com.
Good luck!

Apr 16, 2007
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What's safe at Johnny Carino's?

I love the Italian nachos, and the solo portion is huge. Sometimes, I just order this for my meal. If I do make it past the nachos, then I usually order the bowtie festival for my dinner with an Italian Margarita, of course!

Apr 10, 2007
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Lexington, KY Choices

I went to Bananas once, and it was not very good. Everything was breaded and deep-fried until it all tasted the same. I've heard Hall's is a little better, but about the same type of deep-fried food. Hall's is definitely more of a party atmosphere where a lot of locals go to hang out and drink.
Bistro 147 is good, but not outstanding. I've only been there for lunch so maybe their dinner is better.
Deshas is good. They have good steak, and I love their cornbread. I've heard Annabelles is good for drinks, but not for food.
Other places you may want to try:
Jonathan's: Pretty expensive, but worth it. Kind of stuffy, unless you sit in the bar.
a la lucie's: Very quirky, trendy place with great food. Their French Onion soup is about the best I've had, and I love their chicken in phyllo.

Apr 02, 2007
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Cloud 9 Ice Cream?

We just had a Cloud 9 Ice Cream open near my work. Apparently it is a chain, but I've never heard of it. Has anyone heard of these or been to one?

Mar 23, 2007
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Chipotle

I'm really not into eating fast food, but I love Chipotle. My favorite thing is the vegetarian fajita burrito. I love the veggies, black beans, rice....everything. It's hard to find good vegetarian choices in the fast food places here so I love to eat there when I'm in the mood for something fast. I think I'm going there for dinner tonight!

Mar 21, 2007
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Please help me pick a restaurant in Lexington, KY

Jonathan's is one of my favorite restaurants in Lexington. It can be a little stuffy in the main dining room, but they also have a bar area with booths and a fireplace. They have patio seating when the weather is nice, too. The food is about the best I've had in Lexington. lucie's is also one of my favorites, definitely not stuffy! I've never had anything there that wasn't good. Merrick Inn is good, but I consider it more an everyday kind of dining place, rather than a special occasion place. Their food tends to be more heavy southern cooking. I haven't been to Grotto or Holly Hill yet, but I've heard both are very good. A lot of people on this board have raved about Holly Inn, but I just haven't had time to make the drive yet.
If they are into Italian, you may want to consider Bellini's or Portofino's downtown. Other people on this board seem to be hit and miss with them, but I've always had good experiences with them. This website has a lot of info. on restaurants in Lexington as well as menus for most of the above places: www.topsinlex.com.
Good luck!

Mar 21, 2007
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Need Recs from Nashville to the northern KY border

Most of the good BBQ in KY (in my experience) is in the western part of the state. Owensboro has several places, the most well-known are Moonlite (www.moonlite.com) and Old Hickory Pit. If you are near, you should definitely try one of those. I grew up eating at Moonlite, but I've heard that Old Hickory Pit is even better.

Mar 14, 2007
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long weekend in louisville, KY - where to eat?

One of my favorite, fun, inexpensive places to go is Palermo Viejo on Bardstown. It is an Argentine restaurant that is only open for dinner. I always have their provoleta or potato fritta for an appetizer, and I love their empanadas and sangria. They also have some decent Argentine wines that are very cheap. Also, I've never been, but my husband loves Havana Rumba.

Feb 08, 2007
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Best Restaurant in the State of Kentucky....

I think it was the combination of a great atmosphere, good food, and good wine. We sat in the bar near the fireplace on a cold winter night so it was very cozy! I had the beef medallions with asparagus and mashed potatoes, and my husband had the filet (wrapped in Maker's Mark smoked bacon). Nothing too out of the ordinary, but they were cooked to perfection and paired with a great bottle of wine! I've had many great meals in KY from dives to fine dining, but this definitely topped them all.

Feb 07, 2007
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Best Restaurant in the State of Kentucky....

Jonathan's in Lexington...can be stuffy, but seating in bar is quite cozy. Had the best meal that I've ever had in Lexington/Louisville.

Feb 07, 2007
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Lexington KY Restaurants

Dudley's is good...although the cool breeze may be a little too cool this time of year. They have several interesting things on their menu, but a safe bet is the Pasta Dudley's style. If you go here for dinner, sometimes it can be a little stuffy. They have bar seating too if you want it to be a little less formal.
Jonathan's...great steaks and seafood, can be a little pricey and stuffy, but they have bar seating too.
Italian: Bellini's downtown is pretty good, if you want to get away from downtown area, Giueseppe's out past Fayette Mall on Nicholasville is good and they have jazz (sometimes not great jazz!) on the weekends
Mexican: Good, cheap food at several local places with standard Mexican food: Rincon on Euclid, El Toro on Nicholasville road
Southern: Ramsey's diner (several throughout the city) has good down home cooking and great pie. Suggin's on Romany Road is a neighborhood bar kind of place with down home cooking
Those are just a few off the top of my head. There are so many restaurants so if you have something in particular you're looking for I may be able to recommend more. If you're looking to eat and do some bar-hopping try one of the places downtown. This website has some good info. and menus: www.topsinlex.com.
Hope this helps!!!

Feb 07, 2007
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Cuban or Spanish places in KY

Does anyone know of any good Cuban or Spanish restaurants/delis in the Lexington, KY area? I know there are some places in Louisville, but I've yet to find anything in Lexington!

Jan 25, 2007
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