Lexingtonians tend to see things a little differently. We are confident in our traditions; confident enough to add a dash of irreverence. Our cuisine scene reflects our passion for the land and for the hand-crafted, time tested traditions of past generations. But we also embrace innovation and cutting edge trends enliven all things culinary in Lexington. Sure, we do all the Southern staples, and do them well. But in Lexington, Southern goes way beyond grits!
For a taste of what we are talking about, browse our list of over 100 independent restaurants representing our diverse and robust cuisine scene.
If you are a fan of Food Trucks, you'll see them scattered around town. The trucks and the locations rotate, but every Friday from 11 am to 3 pm, you'll find plenty of food trucks corralled at the corner of Main and Vine.
Our food culture involves a lot more than going out to eat. The craft beer scene is exploding in Lexington. Bourbon finds its way into every aspect of our cuisine. Local wineries are gaining nation-wide respect. We are passionate about locally sourced foods and the farm to table movement. We even care about traditional food preservation methods such as smoking, curing, canning and pickling. Our chefs and artisan entrepreneurs are constantly exploring and redefining Southern cuisine.
Perhaps you've heard of the Donut Trail? The New York Times published an article about this delicious concept. It includes several Lexington establishments. Read the full article here.
Looking for something a little more participatory than simply dining out? Check out these unique opportunities during your visit to Lexington:
Wild Thyme Cooking School
Want to try your hand at culinary excellence? Led by Kentucky native and respected chef Allison Davis, Wild Thyme provides hands-on cooking classes for all skill levels. With new class themes and meals featured each day, from "Cooking with Kentucky Bourbon" to "Risotto Workshop," it's one of Lexington's most fun and rewarding dining experiences.
1060 Chinoe Road, Lexington, KY (859) 523 2665 www.wildthymecooking.com
Phil Dunn's Kitchen
Local chef and restaurant owner Phil Dunn was chosen as Queen Elizabeth's personal chef on her first trip to Kentucky. In his class, learn tips and techniques for crafting gourmet meals in a state-of-the-art showroom kitchen. Part educational, part social and fully delicious, Chef Dunn's class is always a recipe for a good time.
345 Lafayette Avenue, Lexington, KY (859) 533-3553
Boone Creek Creamery
One of a handful of urban cheese makers in the United States., Cheese Master Ed Puterbaugh hand-makes artisan cheese the old-fashioned, old world way. Check their website for their next cheese making class. They are offered once a month from October to March. Tour groups are welcome by special arrangement: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2416 Palumbo Drive, Lexington, KY 40509 (859) 402-2364 or (866) 835-2135 www.boonecreekcreamery.com
Bleu Plate Tours
Learn a little history and a lot about Lexington's cuisine scene as you stroll through downtown Lexington, stopping at a variety of restaurants for a sampling of their offerings. Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., April through October. Private tours for groups of 12 or more are offered by advance arrangement. (855) 563-6464.