Is there a better meal than brunch? We dare say there is not. Take a look at our tour of brunch spots around Lexington and let us know if you are Team Sweet or Team Savory. Whichever side you are on there is something to satisfy the meat lover, the sweet tooth and the vegan in Lexington. Plus, no one says anything if you order a cocktail at 10am. Hello bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys!

Different types of bagels stacked high on rods at Great Bagel and Bakery.

1. Great Bagel and Bakery

Great Bagel makes me feel like I’ve stepped into a big drop of sunshine. The bright, airy space and pops of yellow are so much fun. The overall vibe is reminiscent of a cool Nashville or Portland spot. Their perfectly crafted bagel sandwiches would give a New York bagel a run for its money. This is a great place to grab a quick bite to-go or to dine in.

Eggs Benedict from Bronte Bistro.

2. Bronte Bistro

Bronte Bistro is a hidden gem in Lexington. I almost don’t want to tell anyone about it because it is my go-to place for brunch without a wait on the weekends. Tucked into one of Lexington’s beautiful bookstore, Joseph-Beth, Bronte Bistro has been around for longer than I can remember. I love its quiet charm and cozy atmosphere. My regular order is the vegetarian eggs bennie, served with a fried green tomato in place of the traditional ham.

A monster egg sandwich, hand-rolled cinnamon roll and tasty breakfast tacos at DV8 Kitchen.

3. DV8 Kitchen

DV8 Kitchen is a newer addition to the Lexington food scene and makes some of the best homemade southern biscuit sandwiches I’ve ever had. When you walk in, you’ll be greeted by the friendliest staff and owners who created DV8 to provide a place of employment to those who are in substance abuse recovery and need a second chance. Before leaving, snap a shot for the ‘gram with the angel wing mural by Colette Miller of the Angel Wing Project.

Fried chocolate mocha donuts at Lockbox.

4. Lockbox

Lockbox is located right in the middle of downtown and a part of the 21c Museum Hotel. Come for the rotating seasonal menu featuring fried chocolate mocha donuts or shrimp and grits (is your mouth watering yet?!) and stay for the funky art. I love kicking back in their lounge area on the oversized couches with friends and mimosas.

A veggie-loaded Eggs Benedict at Josie’s.

5. Josie’s

Getting a late start to your day? No problem! Josie’s serves brunch until 2pm. I definitely recommend coming hungry because like any good southern mama they are going to stuff you full. This kid friendly joint has a laid-back vibe and is in the heart of one of Lexington’s oldest neighborhoods, Chevy Chase.



A soft-shell crab sandwich and an overloaded Bloody Mary at Carson’s.

6. Carson’s Food & Drink

As soon as you step into Carson’s you just feel a little bit fancier. The decor is done so well and their bourbon wall is a Kentucky dream. Carson’s makes the most artistically topped Bloody Marys and decadent bread pudding French toast. You’ll want to Instagram these beautifully plated dishes before diving in. Make sure you make a reservation one to two weeks in advance though, as they only serve brunch on the weekends and it is a sought after hot spot in town.

Eggs Benedict served at Epping's on Eastside.

7. Epping’s on Eastside

Looking for a fresh bakery plus a creative chef’s take on the classics? Epping’s on Eastside has you covered. Stop in and enjoy French toast with house raisin bread, shrimp & grits, or eggs benedict, plus their brunch bar with offerings like bellinis with peach puree and raspberry, Bloody Marys and bottomless mimosas. Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays only.

To round out our list of 10, VisitLEX is adding three extra brunch hotspots to Vidyuta's original list! But hold onto your mimosa because Lexington's brunch scene has so much more to offer. Dive into the full brunch list here!

Origin Brunch

8. 33 Staves at Origin Hotel

Indulge in a delightful brunch experience at 33 Staves located in Origin Hotel Lexington, where every bite is a culinary masterpiece. From fluffy waffles and crispy bacon to savory omelets - don't miss out on the perfect blend of elegance and deliciousness in the heart of The Summit

Mama Tequila Brunch

9. Mama Tequila 

Embark on a fiesta of flavors at Mama Tequila in Downtown Lexington, where brunch becomes a vibrant celebration! Savor authentic dishes alongside refreshing cocktails for a brunch experience that's in the heart of it all. 

Granddam Brunch

10. Granddam 

Treat yourself to a luxurious brunch affair at the Granddam nestled within the Manchester Hotel in Lexington's Distillery District. Dive into a sumptuous spread featuring delectable bagel and lox, fresh fruit bowls, and sip on the finest brunch cocktails.

Original content from July 2020. Any businesses that have closed since the initial article was written have been removed.