Best Value

Trying to pin down words like frugal, value, and deal can be exasperating because different people have different ideas of cost savings. For 10Best, the range is broad - we include impossibly cheap eateries with amazing menus, and we share really nice restaurants that have perks like an impressive wine list with no corkage fee or a terrifically affordable prix fixe menu. If you're looking for Best Value restaurants in Lexington, let us introduce you to a few of our favorites, starting with Billy's Hickory Pit Bar-B-Q and Bourbon n' Toulouse. They're low in expenditures and high in appeal.

8 Good Foods Market & Cafe
If you're concerned about how food is raised and the environment is maintained — or even if you just enjoy fresh, local ingredients — you'll like this cafe. Dedicated to healthy foods and given only to a light tread on the planet, the enterprise delivers the best in natural, unadulterated foodstuffs. You'll find organic coffees, smoothies, and juices that are the ultimate in quality, along with salads, sandwiches, sushi, and hot dishes for carnivores and vegetarians alike. Available for eat-in or take-out. (859-278-1813)

7 Ramsey's Diner
Although Ramsey's has several locations in town, this one — set in a big, white house — is the original. Everything's casual, nothing matches, and folks love it that way. People come from all over to indulge in big portions of incredible, home-cooked food, and the much-loved signature dish is the hot brown: toast, turkey, bacon, tomato, and cream sauce, broiled to perfection. You can also sample old-school fare like chicken and dumplings, pot roast, and plenty of good vegetables. Brunch is a weekend tradition in the area, and hot biscuits and frosty, bottled Cokes are reason enough to visit. (859-259-2708)

6 Tolly-Ho Restaurant
Locally known as "the Ho," this UK campus mainstay is one of Lexington's best bets for delicious, high-calorie fare (including breakfast) that's available any time of day. A favorite with college kids, the place also appeals to folks from all walks of life, from blue-bloods to blue-collar. Burgers are de rigueur and go great with hashbrowns or cheese fries, while the cheesy omelets are sure to satisfy. Late at night, you'll find hordes of campus folks hanging out, warding off hangovers with hearty food or indulging in one final pitcher before the beer is put up at 1am. (859-253-2007)

5 Bourbon n' Toulouse
Brightly painted and adorned with bold art, this little eatery delivers classic Cajun fare at incredibly reasonable prices. Entrees ring up at $6 each, which is an amazing bargain considering the zesty, well-portioned dishes you get. Jambalaya often goes fast, thick with sausages and chicken, but you can also indulge in gumbo, red beans, crawfish, etouffee, and more. A half-dozen options stay on the menu, supplemented by daily specials. If you want to try a couple of different items, they'll supply you with two half-orders for just $6. (859-335-0300)

4 Banana Leaf
South Indian food is fresh-made on the premises at this family-owned restaurant, and careful attention to spices and to balanced flavors make the place a popular stop-off. The vegetarian-friendly menu includes plenty of options, from satays and samosas to entrees centered around lamb, goat, chicken, seafood, and vegetables. Take, for example, mango chicken, fish curry, hot and spicy shrimp, and pan-fried goat as representative dishes. Lots of build-your-own dosas can also be had, along with mild, exotic desserts. Great lunch buffet too. (859-492-0467)

3 Winchell's Restaurant & Bar
Native sons, high school friends, and CIA compatriots from way back, "Abe" Lansdale and Graham Waller own and operate this easygoing enterprise. While the bar/restaurant concept is familiar, these guys kick things up a substantial notch with their experienced take on down-home comfort foods. From fried catfish to chicken livers, almond-crusted trout to barbecued pork, all your soul-soothing favorites are here — along with that Lexington mainstay, the cheese-laden hot brown. Friendly bar scene too. (859-278-9424)

2 Billy's Hickory Pit Bar-B-Q
Simple and laid-back, this local joint takes pride in its Western Kentucky-style barbecue, which is slow-cooked pork shoulder, pulled from the bone, chopped and sauced up, and often served on grilled bread. It's good alright, but they also do beef brisket, mutton (a local, robust delicacy), baby back ribs, and will even serve you chicken or a burger if you so desire. Sandwiches and plates can both be had, and you'd do well to add in some Mexican corn bread or an order of "frickles" (deep-fried pickles, for the uninitiated!). (859-269-9593)

1 Cantuckee Diner
If you've got a hankering for good, old-fashioned comfort food, you'd be hard-pressed to find any better than that served at Cantuckee. Unpretentious and friendly, the place offers country cooking galore. Chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, fried catfish, country ham, barbecue, and fried chicken all hold places of prominence on the menu; they come with scrumptious homemade yeast rolls and wonderful side dishes of cole slaw, greens, mashed potatoes, and green beans. Desserts are also a treat, and if you can't make it for one meal, rest easy and know that another one waits just around the corner! (859-744-7377)


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Good Foods Market & Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - LEX
COST: $
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Ramsey's Diner 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner, Soul Food
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Smoking (outdoor area)
Neighborhood: CHEVY CHASE
COST: $
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Tolly-Ho Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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Bourbon n' Toulouse 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Cajun
Dining Options: Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly
Neighborhood: CHEVY CHASE
COST: $
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Banana Leaf 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Indian, Malaysian
Dining Options: Catering, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
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Winchell's Restaurant & Bar 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - LEX
COST: $
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Billy's Hickory Pit Bar-B-Q 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Local Specialty
Dining Options: Catering, Family Friendly, Smoking (outdoor area), Take Out
Neighborhood: CHEVY CHASE
COST: $
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Cantuckee Diner 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner, Soul Food
Dining Options: Family Friendly
COST: $
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