Sometimes, you just don’t want to stay at home. Luckily, when living in Lexington, KY, you have a lot of options when it comes to going out. Whether you want to grab a meal first thing in the morning or are looking for a place to go to bring your night to a close, the city has plenty to offer. Some restaurants in Lexington even participate in Restaurant Week, an annual event during which establishments offer $25 prix fixe menus or two for $25 meals. But even when it’s not restaurant week, you can find plenty on offer throughout the town.
For some reason, enjoying breakfast out seems to be more of a treat than eating lunch or dinner out. If you’re looking for a place that takes the most important meal of the day seriously, head to Doodles Restaurant, which is in a converted gas station. The place features dishes with whimsical names, such as Egg Doodle, which is an egg cooked in toast, Pigs and Puff, which is bacon and beignets, and The Cure, which is eggs, your choice of meat, and a side.
If you prefer the sweeter things in life at breakfast, you’ll want to head to North Lime Coffee and Donuts. The donuts on offer at North Lime have been described as “life changing.” Along with the standard glazed and chocolate frosting varieties, the coffee and donut shop offers a selection of limited edition donuts, such as funk-fetti, which features sprinkles and bacon on top.
Lexington is the Horse Capital of the World, and if you want to be close to the action, there’s no better place to get breakfast than at the Keeneland Track Kitchen. The kitchen serves breakfast from 6am until 11am everyday, with lunch on race or sales days. If you hope to bump into a jockey or trainer, grabbing breakfast at the track’s kitchen is the way to go.
You might think of Kentucky as the land of bourbon. But, it’s also home to a number of small breweries. Located in what was once a bread factory for Rainbo bread, the West Sixth brewery features a taproom and beer garden that serves the company’s beers. The brewery and taproom are in the same location, and tours of the brewing area are available on weekend afternoons. Typically, the taproom features seven of the beers produced by West Sixth on tap. It also offers a special, limited edition firkin on Thursdays. Those who are interested in trying new brews should visit on Wednesdays, when the brewery gives the public a taste of new styles of brews it’s working on.
Over at Blue Stallion Brewery, which has a taproom open seven days a week, the owners and founders hope to take a bit of attention away from IPAs and to highlight craft German lagers and British ales instead.
It doesn’t matter when you get hungry, Lexington’s dining scene has a lot to offer. From breakfast to lunch and from dinner to drinks, you’ll find something to satisfy any craving.