Certain restaurants are known for their expertise at turning out signature foods really well. They've pinned down the ingredients, mastered the process, and gained a strong following as a result. Lexington has had much success cultivating great restaurants and creating a substantial market for Hot Browns. Locals can't get enough of the city's excellent food, and you'll often find them, along with eager tourists, at popular Ramsey's Diner or at deSha's, a major player in the field. Make sure you see what all the fuss is about!

Cheapside Bar & Grill

Pub ambience colors this local mainstay, especially in the front room, dominated by a large bar, wood paneling, and memorabilia from days past. The back room looks out on the patio and features exposed brick and artwork. Both venues attract...  Read More

Columbia Steak House

This restaurant, the flagship of the local chain, is a time-tested destination for a pleasant dinner, whether it be business-related or just among friends. Of the steaks, the filet is the premiere cut, although practically anything you order is...  Read More

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,...  Read More

Dudley's On Short

Occupying a one-time school house, this long-lived local favorite sits not far from either downtown or the UK campus and attracts a professional crowd. Along with the cozy dining room, it boasts an outdoor patio, and a great bar. The menu...  Read More

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...  Read More

It's hard to beat sharing food and conversation in the great outdoors, especially when intriguing regional dishes and a beautiful riverside locale come into the picture. That's just what you can expect to find at Hall's, which takes its heritage...  Read More

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,...  Read More

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