Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Breakfast/Brunch restaurants in Lexington and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Jonathan at Gratz Park thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Ramsey's Diner, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Breakfast/Brunch.

9 Tolly-Ho Restaurant
Locally known as "the Ho," this UK campus mainstay is one of Lexington's best bets for a hearty breakfast 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. Loaded omelets, packed breakfast sandwiches and pancakes satisfy early-risers or hungry night owls. (859-253-2007)

8 Alfalfa Restaurant
Known for vegetarian fare, this casual establishment near the UK also satisfies carnivores with its menu's wide-ranging scope. For more than a generation, the place has offered healthy alternatives to favorite dishes, serving everything from quiche to chicken and salmon, not to mention plenty of vegetable accompaniments and side dishes. A terrific weekend brunch features omelets, eggs benedict, scrambles, breakfast burritos, pancakes, and French toast. Breakfast on weekdays offers similar fare. (859-253-0014)

7 Holly Hill Inn Restaurant
Originally a self-sufficient farm house and country home, this estimable restaurant is one of the top regional spots for superb cuisine using fresh, local ingredients. A husband-and-wife team, both Culinary Institute of America alums, heads the restaurant and creates imaginative themed meals. Three-course brunch menus include eggs benedict (several varieties), omelets, pan-fried trout meuniere, and even frog's legs. Cocktails are also available. A fifteen-minute drive from Lexington. (859-846-4732)

6 Magee's Bakery
This neighborhood establishment pulls in a loyal cast of regulars, who come to meet up with friends and chat about what's new in Lexington and in their own lives. They're joined by folks who simply crave some of the area's most applauded coffee as well as the homemade baked goods Magee's is known for. The family-owned business offers plenty of tasty items, from crullers to croissants, and also makes available breakfast casseroles, biscuits, and quiche. Since 1956. (859-255-9481, 800-540-9918)

5 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. Old-school fare like chicken and dumplings, pot roast, and plenty of good vegetables are standard, and brunch is a weekend tradition in the area. It's available all day long and features simple dishes like bacon, eggs, sausage, and hashbrowns. (859-259-2708)

4 Coffee Times Coffee House
Hip and funky, this coffee house is one of Lexington's most established and is a terrific place to savor a cup of joe. Coffees are fresh-roasted in-house, and the aromas that greet patrons provide a not-so-subtle hint of the good things to come. A variety of gourmet coffee and tea drinks satisfies eager visitors, who also partake of Italian sodas and hot chocolates. Along with the tasty, requisite desserts and pastries, light fare such as soups, quiches, and deli sandwiches can help ward off hunger pangs. (859-277-9140, 877-673-0577)

3 Keeneland Track Kitchen
To immerse yourself in the excitement and busy-ness of Keeneland and Lexington's horse industry, make it a point to visit the Track Kitchen. This onsite restaurant caters to folks affiliated with equine pursuits, so you're likely to dine in the midst of jockeys, groomers, owners, and the like. Breakfast is a cafeteria-style excursion into country goodness and includes home fries, bacon and eggs, creamy grits, waffles, biscuits and gravy, and a variety of lighter options. Affordable prices are as good as the food. (859-253-0541)

2 Stella's Kentucky Deli
While lots of high-end restaurants are promoting locally sourced foods, more casual eateries often find it difficult to compete. Not so Stella's. The easygoing place proves that premium foods don't have to come at premium prices. Fresh produce, baked-nearby breads, and local beef, lamb, and cheese figure into the menu, as seen in the classic hot brown sandwich and the seasonal fried green tomato BLT. Fair trade organic coffees and local ginger ale can also be had. Saturday's brunch buffet is help-yourself and includes great things like egg casseroles, sausage gravy, cheese grits, fruit salad, French toast, and baked goods. (859-255-3354)

1 Common Grounds Coffee House
Housed in an historic brick building, this neighborhood coffee house attracts a wide mix of folks, from college students to professionals. The laid-back ambience is ideal for lounging, and more than a few patrons read, chat, and take care of business while indulging in a white mocha latté or some other favored beverage. Hot and cold coffee drinks are featured, along with teas, hot chocolates, and sodas. You can also pick up a brownie, scone, or some other dessert to pair with your drink. From time to time, the place stages art shows and musical performances. (859-233-9761)

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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
Alfalfa Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Live Music, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
Holly Hill Inn Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
COST: $$$
Magee's Bakery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery, Deli
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: CHEVY CHASE
Ramsey's Diner 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner, Soul Food
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Smoking (outdoor area)
Neighborhood: CHEVY CHASE
Coffee Times Coffee House 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - LEX
Keeneland Track Kitchen 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - LEX
Stella's Kentucky Deli 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner, Regional
Dining Options: Catering
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
Common Grounds Coffee House 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop
Dining Options: Catering, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: CHEVY CHASE
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