Traveling to Lexington, Ky., for the 2019 Keeneland spring meet or just looking for a great local restaurant to tickle the tastebuds? We’ve got a local dining superfecta that will satisfy all of your culinary cravings while offering a true taste of Kentucky.
Kentucky Native Café = $$ - Beer Garden
417 E. Maxwell St.; 859-254-0383
Relax in a refreshing, hip, and quiet garden-like atmosphere at a café that essentially is outside in a greenhouse. This café specializes in small plates with a wonderful, but limited selection of always-fresh and ever-changing food. Bavarian pretzels are one of the specialty items, and Kentucky Native Café offers wine and local craft beers as well as a terrific selection of salads.
Bear & the Butcher = $$
815 Euclid Ave.; 859-469-9188
Looking for a casual spot to grab a bite and a beer or to celebrate a great day at Keeneland? Bear & The Butcher has you covered with an incredible selection of cocktails and craft beer, hand-made sausages on location, and a remarkable venue overlooking the Chevy Chase section of Lexington, featuring balcony seating and open-air dining. This also is an ideal spot for a delicious weekend brunch — Saturday/Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — before a day at the races.
Carson’s = $$ - American traditional
362 E. Main St.; 859-309-3039
Carson’s focuses on capturing the essence of Lexington by using Kentucky Proud products, featuring local craft breweries, and exploring new, exciting recipes. By pairing delicious food with “prohibition” cocktails in a unique, rustic atmosphere, Carson’s aims “to utilize all of your senses to their fullest capacity. With sight, smell, sound, touch, and taste it is a pure sensory journey the moment you step through our doors.”
Windy Corner = $$ - American traditional
4595 Bryan Station Rd.; 859-294-9338
Venture out into horse country for a scenic drive and stop by Windy Corner for an unforgettable meal in a comfortable atmosphere surrounded by Central Kentucky horse farms. Local foodie Greg Charkoudian calls Windy Corner by far his favorite place to eat in Lexington and chef/owner Ouita Michel a “genius.” With an old, country store feel, Windy Corner uses Kentucky products in all of its recipes and is known for savory Po-Boy sandwiches, amazing dinner specials, and a mouth-watering bakery section.