While last year may have been dubbed "2014: The Year of Jimmy Russell" to mark the 60th anniversary that the "Buddha of Bourbon" had been with the Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky - ...more
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 in 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 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.
If you are visiting during the last week of July, you are just in time for Restaurant Week!
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
Blue Plate Tours
Try a walking tour of downtown's most popular eateries. With three different guided weekend tours, this is a great way to get a taste of Lexington's greatest eats, all while soaking in the culture, history and atmosphere of the city. Tours cover a little of everything from upscale to casual comfort food and some of Lexington's hidden gems.
(800) 979-3370 www.blueplatetours.com
Kitchen Concepts Kentucky
Known for designing beautiful custom kitchens, Kitchen Concepts invites you to "The Chef's Table" in their own kitchen for an educational and inspirational cooking demonstration. Every Wednesday, classes meet and prepare a five-course tapas style menu with local ingredients and Bluegrass flair.
4001 Mall Road, Lexington, KY (859) 881-1766 www.kitchenconceptsky.com