LEXINGTONVisitLEX today announced the release of the newest edition of its dining guide, Beyond Grits, as well as a new culinary walking tour.

The guide features more than 140 establishments in categories such as Date Night, Foodie Approved, and Porches and Patios.

“No matter your tastes, occasion or budget, this guide has something for you,” said Mary Quinn Ramer, president of VisitLEX. “It’s a great way for visitors and residents alike to learn more about our thriving culinary scene, try something new, and support our creative chefs and entrepreneurs.”

Here are the highlights of what’s new this year:

  • 16 new restaurants
  • A Sweet Treats section, which includes local favorites such as Sorella’s, Crank & Boom, and Habibis Sweets and Pastries.
  • Features on diverse businesses owned by married couples:
    • DV8 – Rob and Diane Perez
    • Wine+Market – Seth and Renee Brewer
    • Creaux – Ieasha and Dougie Allen

Walking tour

VisitLEX also is kicking off the first Beyond Grits: Kentucky Classics Culinary Walking Tour on Saturday, Aug. 24.

“With inventive, field-to-fork cuisine at every turn, and local chefs on a mission to showcase the unique southern flavors in and around Lexington, this city is undergoing a culinary movement,” Ramer said. “The development of this tour, in partnership with Alex Cain, is a natural progression in our culinary tourism initiatives for the destination.”

At 10 a.m. every Saturday, local foodie Alex Cain will take participants on a two-hour culinary walking tour through downtown Lexington.

All tours will focus on a two-block radius beginning at the Lexington Visitors Center and ending at the Lexington Farmers’ Market. Cain will share information about the community’s deep agricultural roots and booming food scene, Kentucky food traditions, and historical facts while visiting some of the best restaurants in downtown. At most of the stops, participants will hear directly from the chefs themselves while they enjoy locally sourced, bite-sized offerings. 

Tour stops include:

  • Welcome in the Lexington Visitors Center
  • Zim’s Café
  • Lockbox
  • Sunrise Bakery
  • Dudley’s
  • Lexington Farmers’ Market

Tickets for the culinary tour will cost $45.00 and are available on visitlex.com: visitlex.com/restaurants/culinary-walking-tours/

Copies of Beyond Grits are available at the Visitors Center in Courthouse Square.

About VisitLEX
VisitLEX is a destination sales, marketing, and service organization charged with promoting Lexington's Bluegrass Region for the purpose of attracting visitors and growing the economy.  For more information:  www.visitlex.com