1. Locals Love Limestone BlueLimestone Blue
133 N Limestone
Yelp: 4 stars, 12 reviews Limestone Blue is THE local spot to get your grub on without breaking the bank. Their sandwiches run in the $8 range and go great with a side of BLT mac-and cheese. Wash it all down with a cold beer or an Ale 8. To top it all off, the shop is way into supporting local artists and creating a community atmosphere. This is one place you can get comfortable in while grabbing a bite and checking out.
2. In Lexington’s Food Scene, Saul GoodSaul Good Restaurant and Pub
1808 Alysheba Way
YelpScore 4 stars, 53 reviews Saul Good’s claim to fame is doing everything from from burgers to pizza the right way, from scratch. Their eclectic menu offers the best flavors from around the world, but if you know what to pick, look no further than their famous chicken and waffles. Crispy, spiced-up fried chicken stacked on pillowy waffles all smothered in maple syrup and hit with scallions. Your tongue won’t know what to do with itself. And, no matter what you fill up on, there is always room for chocolate covered popcorn. Salty, sweet and never guilt-inducing.
3. Would A Restaurant By Any Other Name Taste As Sweet?Shakespeare and Co
367 West Short Street
859 367 0413
Yelp: 3.5 stars, 56 reviews First, the decor. Shakespeare and Co is like a victorian doll-house mansion acid trip … in a good way. Eating there is surreal and once you find your center of gravity, the food will really ground you. Each menu item is artfully crafted and the flavors are superb. The Cobb salad comes out looking like a piece of art, but trust me, you’re gonna want to eat this. The smoked salmon sandwich with horseradish sauce is the best thing between sliced bread. In a college town known for wild students, Shakespeare & Co. is an upper-scale joint that’s a favorite of professors. When you want to feel like a learned scholar but still want to feel like a spring chicken, you know where to go.
4. You Don’t Have To Be A Member At County ClubCounty Club
555 Jefferson Street
Yelp: 4 stars, 32 reviews Small, hip, delicious, County Club specializes in locally sourced food. Mark your calendar because the house pastrami on rye is only served for lunch on Friday and Saturday.
5. It Doesn’t Get More Local Than Smithtown SeafoodSmithtown Seafood
501 West Sixth Street
Yelp: 4 stars, 21 reviews The folks at Smithtown Seafood are dedicated to educating customers about exactly where they stand on the foodchain. Attached to West 6th Brewery, Smithtown takes farm-to-table to the extreme by sourcing much of their greens less than 12 feet away from the kitchen. All that sustainability and responsibility means a lot, but it would all be for not if the food wasn’t amazing, but it is amazing. You can get your choice of seafood rolled and fried, batter dipped or griddle seared, but with fish this fresh your best bet is a tuna ceviche salad.
6. North Lime Is Turning The Donut Game On Its HeadNorth Limestone Coffee and Donuts
575 North Limestone
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 40 reviews North Lime combines the best of morning’s two must haves: coffee and donuts. The coffee is roasted locally and brewed fresh and the donuts are made in-house and sure to alter your life with just one bite. You can go all traditional-like with a plain glazed and chocolate iced or get funky with a funnel cake or cinnamonkey. Plus, they have rotating specials, so if you really want to spice your morning up keep your eye out for the mango glazed with Sriracha drizzle.
7. Sav Is The Friendliest Restaurateur In Lexington Sav's Grill & West African Cuisine
304 S Limestone
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 32 reviews Who says you can’t get authentic African cuisine in the heart of the blue grass state? The food is delicious and belly-filling. Try the leef-n-beef or peanut goat and forget the white rice, go for the fufu (plantain dumpling). The amazing food is only half the story though. The real selling point is Sav himself. His attention to detail is uncanny and he is far from shy about sharing stories about his food and his story. Diners instantly feel like they’ve been welcomed into his home rather than his restaurant. And, you can always get an extra rib if you haven’t heard enough.
8. Jean Farris Has Perfected The Art Of Wine PairingJean Farris Winery and Bistro
6825 Old Richmond Road
Yelp: 3.5, 32 reviews Nowhere else in Lexington can you get such an impressive pairing of wine and food. Because Jean Farris is both a working farm and a winery, their restaurant is able to offer an assortment of fresh herbs, vegetables and fruits along with hand-crafted wines that combine to create an experience like no other. The food is inspired and the flavors are bright and deliberate. The menu morphs as items come in from the farm, but Pan Seared Monkfish is fan favorite. The meat is dense, rich and delicious and it's served with sautéed spinach that would make Popeye swoon.
9. Alfalfa Restaurant Takes The (Griddle)cakeAlfalfa Restaurant
141 E Main St.
Yelp: 3.5 stars, 73 reviews It’s easy to feel at home at Alfalfa. And comfort is good because after the best breakfast in the Bluegrass you’re going to feel like loosening your belt a notch and taking a little nap. If bang for your buck is your breakfast go-to, the burrito is up your alley. At under $9 there’s no reason to not add mushrooms for a mere twenty-five cents. But you came for a game changer, so order the The Gravel Switch: three griddle cakes with one egg any style (over-easy) and choice of sausage, bacon, city ham or country ham for $1.00 (spend the dollar). Served with Alfafafries or cheese grits (get the grits).
10.Tolly Ho Answers Any Breakfast Cravings 24/7Tolly Ho
606 South Broadway
Yelp: 3.5 stars, 43 reviews Even when you’re feeling your best, get the Hot Mess—Texas Toast loaded with bacon, sausage, cheese, hash browns and a fluffy scrambled eggs.
11. Eat Pizza Like A GangsterGoodfella’s Pizza
110 North Mill Street
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 57 reviews Any way you slice it, the pizza at Goodfella’s is killer. Try the “wiseguy”--just don’t be one. Green peppers, onions, mushrooms, black olives and tomatoes--no one needs meat with that much flavor.
12. At Rincon Mexicano The Hospitality Is Warmer Than Their Hot SauceRincon Mexicano
818 E Euclid Ave
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 4 reviews The Fiesta Grande Burrito is no joke. It’s the size of your forearm and stuffed full of steak or chicken, peppers, onions, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, rice, black beans and shredded cheese plus red and green salsa. Then they go and smother it in special cheese sauce and sour cream. You’re going to want to complete the rainbow and wash it all down with a blue Hawaiian margarita.