30 / BEYOND GRITS Buddha Lounge $$ L D A modern,metropolitan sushi and tapas bar,featuring exposed brick walls,a 30-foot walnut bar,natural wood seating and a semi-open kitchen where you can watch sushi be made and presented.It’s one of the most exciting additions to a blossoming downtown dining scene—one you’ll definitely want to check out. 109 North Mill Street – (859) 523-4723 – buddhaloungeky.com Cole’s 735 Main $$$ D V G Executive Chef and Lexington native ColeArimes puts an eclectic,global touch on familiar Southern cuisine in this refinished historic landmark.The tasteful décor is inspired by the French countryside,and the cuisine is simply inspired. Must-try dishes include the shrimp and grits featuring truffle infused lobster cream with Midnight Moon goat cheese,the warm brussel and house bacon salad,spicy aioli and honey pistachio aioli. 735 Main Street – (859) 266-9000 – coles735main.com Lockbox $$ B L D Located within 21c Museum Hotel,experience fresh,farm to table options from acclaimed chef,Jonathan Searle.His“thoughtful yet simple preparations”will leave your taste buds delighted.And while you’re there,you’ll notice it’s not just the food that’s creative; enjoy“Tomorrow’sWeather,”a multimedia work of art that hangs from the ceiling.Truly an all-around experience no one should miss! 167West Main Street – (859) 899-6860 – lockboxlex.com 42 43 FOODIE APPROVED Lockbox made Open Table’s list of “Top Restaurants for Art Lovers.” 41