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.
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.
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.
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.
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.