Food & Drinks
You can see this everywhere you go: young, middle-class people whose lives are beginning to disappoint them making too much noise in restaurants and clubs and wine bars. 'Look at me! I'm not as boring as you think I am! I know how to have fun!' Tragic. I'm glad I learned to stay home and sulk.
Food. What would we do without it? Besides feel a little more peckish, it has long been surmised that Lexington would shrivel up and be a ghost town without its restaurant/fast food industries.
All it takes is a drive down Nicholasville Road to realize that half of our city's workforce earns their paycheck from the food service industry, while the other half is blowing their paycheck on the new Applebee's ethnically-themed steak.
Thus, it is all the more important to cull the cream from the curd, metaphorically speaking. With so many terrible restaurants out there to choose from,(and in so many wonderful locations) readers were emphatic about who does serve the best food in Lexington...
Huzzah for us. We'll show those crappy Americana chicken-tender-vending wall-filled processors yet. Our survey indicates that original, interesting, and imaginative fare can be rewarded.
Or as David Sedaris puts it, "I'm always searching the menu in the hope that some courageous young chef has finally recognized tobacco as a vegetable. Bake it, steam it, grill it, or stuff it into littleneck clams..."
Just another way to support our local growers.
Best Place to Buy Bread
Great Harvest Bread Co.
Best Place to Buy Cookies
Red Hot & Blue
WHAT LEXINGTON NEEDS
"more locally-owned restaurants that exhibit a little imagination, attention to detail, and prices that acknowledge Lexington isn't New York."
Best Bar & Patio
Cheapside Bar & Grill
Buffalo's & Dad's
Best Wine list
Best Beer Variety
Lexington City Brewery
Labrot & Graham
Phil Dunn Catering
A La Lucie's
Jonathan at Gratz Park
Bigg Blue Martini
Most Original Menu
Ed & Fred's Desert Moon
Best Place for Marriage Proposal
a la lucie's
WHAT LEXINGTON DOESN'T NEED
"Any more Applebee's style restaurants or chain restaurants of any kind..."
Best Restaurant Worth a Road Trip
Hall's on the River
Lilly's (in Louisville)
Shaker Village (Pleasant Hill)
Most Veggie Friendly Restaurant
Best New Restaurant
Best Role Model for Lexington Restaurant
Jack Fry in Louisville