With food meccas like New York City, Chicago, and New Orleans, Lexington might not seem like an obvious choice for your culinary adventures. But with new restaurants opening around the clock, food festivals, and world-renowned chefs the food scene in Lexington is nothing less than extraordinary. Discover these five reasons you should visit Lexington for the food.
Kentucky’s first food hall
With food halls on the rise as a popular eating destination, it’s no wonder Lexington offers Kentucky’s first food hall, The Summit at Fritz Farm. The Barn features the region’s best local foods with 20 different dining options. This community gathering place provides high-end apartments, office space, and retail shops making this a popular hang-out amongst residents and visitors alike. Local favorites to check out at The Barn include Crank & Boom and Atomic Ramen.
James Beard Award semifinalist chef Ouita Michel has made a home for herself in Lexington, KY with six different restaurants scattered throughout the city. She also serves as the chef-in-residence at the Woodford Reserve Distillery. Her latest project, Honeywood, can be found at The Barn.
Another local eatery with culinary street cred is Corto Lima. Opened by Jonathan Lundy, a James Beard Award-nominated chef, this casual restaurant serves up some local Latin flavors with a modern twist.
Food festivals are a great way to discover many different types of food, restaurants, and chefs in one place. Held in August, the Crave food festival is the ultimate foodie festival to satisfy those hungering taste buds. With over 50 local restaurants and food trucks, craft cocktails, food demonstrations, and live music this one event not to miss in Lexington during the summer.
It would almost seem natural that the unofficial capital of Bourbon Country would have a culinary scene to compliment it. They do so with the numerous food trucks around the city and notable restaurants along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. You are almost guaranteed that at any visit to a local distillery you are bound to find a food truck stationed there for the day. Roaming favorites include Athenian Grill, Up In Smoke BBQ, and the Thailand Express. Be sure to check the distillery’s website for scheduled food trucks as they vary.
There are also several noteworthy eateries along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail that pair excellently with your spirits. Be sure to add these restaurants to your tasting arsenal while discovering the capital of Bourbon Country.
Stay at Bluegrass Extended Stay
The best way to enjoy Lexington’s food scene is with a stay at Bluegrass Extended Stay. With our convenient location along Richmond Rd. and minutes from downtown Lexington, our rooms offer all the comfort without the large price tag. From our standard rooms to our two-room jacuzzi suite, we offer accommodations to suit any travel needs. Book your reservation online to ensure you receive the best rates possible for your Lexington vacation.