72 / BEYOND GRITS Maria’s Kitchen $ L D This hidden gem was a tiny taqueria that recently moved in to new (larger) digs. Order food to go at the counter or have a seat in the dining room if you want to relax while you enjoy Maria’s cooking.Order a crisp gordita loaded with pork,cilantro and minced onion,or barbacoa burrito.Everything is made from scratch.Muy autentico! 805 North Broadway – (859) 309-9039 Masala $$ L D V A surefire recommendation when you ask about Indian food around town, Masala’s menu is full of bright,authentic flavors.The chicken makhani and lamb rogan josh are crowd favorites,both perfectly complimented by tandoori- baked garlic naan.An extensive lunch buffet lets you sample the gamut of chicken,lamb,seafood and vegetarian specialties that many argue are some of the best Indian cuisine options in the region,let alone Lexington. 3061 FieldstoneWay – (859) 224-0001 – eatatmasala.net Miyako Sushi & Steak House $$ L D V With skilled hibachi chefs ready to put on a show and master sushi chefs preparing ultra fresh and colorful plates,Miyako has been a local favorite for over a decade.The avocado tower,dancing tuna,kiss of fire and fried crab are among the most popular sushi rolls.Customers also rave about the Miyako fusion salad featuring salmon and tuna over fresh spring greens with mango, shaved daikon,avocado,and pickled ginger. 2547 Richmond Road – (859) 268-0708 – miyakorestaurant.com 123 124 WORLD CUISINE 122