52 / BEYOND GRITS Lexington Beerworks $ D Lovers of beer,rejoice!With more than 100 beers and 12 rotating taps, Lexington Beerworks offers a cozy,dark-wood setting to enjoy some of the world’s best craft beer,complemented by a menu of artisan pizzas and perfectly sharable appetizers.It’s the kind of experience that’ll leave you inspired,with a bucket full of beer making supplies in hand and the knowledge to take your craft beer connoisseurship to the next level. 213 North Limestone – (859) 317-8137 – lexingtonbeerworks.com Paddock Grille at the Embassy Suites $$ L D You may be familiar with the Kentucky hot brown,a staple dish of the Bluegrass,but the Paddock Grille at Embassy Suites takes it a step further with their hot brown pasta.Order from their extensive small batch bourbon list and you have a uniquely-Kentucky night.Fine steaks,signature burgers, and a number of wonderfully crafted entrées such as“shrimp and grits”fill out theAll-American menu. 1801 Newtown Pike – (859) 455-5000 Parlay Social $$ D G With seven different kinds of gourmet grilled cheese,oysters,pizzas and more, the menu alone is enough to get people talking.Fortunately,Parlay Social is designed for the gregarious,as a fun social gathering featuring live music every night.Inspired by a Prohibition-era speakeasy,this downtown spot perfectly balances mellow sophistication with lively entertainment. 249West Short Street – (859) 244-1932 – parlaysocial.com 89 90 PUB FOOD 88