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Alfalfa BlueFire Clawdaddys Columbias Distilled Dudleys Grillfish LeDeauville LexingtonDiner Mumbai Masala
Saul Good's Sawyer's Shakespeare's Table 310 Taste of Thai Tony's Triangle Village Idiot Vinaigrette
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At a time when many cities have struggling downtowns, Lexington is fortunate to have one that is thriving. In addition to beautiful small parks, such as Triangle Park shown above, modern hotels as shown at left, Rupp Arena hosting basketball, rodeos, concerts and circuses, The Opera House with its professional theatre, the downtown also holds 18 restaurants, some of which are among the finest in Kentucky. There's a good mix. You can find French, Contemporary, Seafood, Steak, Thai, Italian, Classic, Pizza, Southern, etc. In addition to the downtown core, Jefferson Street, two blocks west of the Hyatt, has shown an exciting 21st Century revival with a dozen restaurants, bars and coffee houses.

At Alfalfa you know you're in for an adventure as soon as you see the drink list: Ale 8, Ginseng Ginger Ale, Seltzer, Cinammon Coffee, Twig Tea and Soy Milk. Among various eccentric appetizers, we recommend the Spinach Mushroom Quesadilla. Order the Soup Of The Day. It's often quirky but always great. The best salad is the Phoenix, a mix of greens, apple, raisen, cucumber, red onion, alfalfa sprouts, and sunflower seeds. Chalk Boards list daily specials. Entrees rotate by season, but when available, we like their Meat Loaf, a hearty blend of ground chuck, red bell peppers, garlic, red onion, eggs, worcestershire, bread crumbs, spices, roast red peppers and chipotle. If you saw Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and remember Big Daddy's love for Hoppin John, but never got to eat it yourself, this is your chance. Alfalfa makes the best Hoppin John of any restaurant in Kentucky. It contains black eyed peas, brown rice, creole tomato sauce, diced onions, green peppers, and cheddar cheese. That's the classic Southern recipe. If you go for lunch, three sandwiches stand out. The Grilled Avocado on Whole Wheat is a concoction of hummus, swiss, cheddar, avocado and tomatoes. The Smoked Turkey adds lettuce and a cranberry herb pesto. The Original Dagwood (from the comic strip) stacks city ham, country ham, turkey, bacon, lettuce, cranberry herb pesto, and white cheddar. Lunch or dinner, save room for Carrot Cake, which includes whole wheat and honey, or Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake. Alfalfa's is on Main Street, four blocks east of Triangle Park, across the street from the Public Library. Alfalfa's
downtown Hyatt Regency's Blue Fire Grill is inside the atrium of the hotel adjacent to Rupp Arena. The ambience and menu are cutting edge. Among the appetizers, we like the Butter Bean Hummus, Bourbon Barrel Ale Onion Rings, and Catfish Fingers, but the Crab Cake (blue lump crab, avocado, charred corn salsa) is the star of the show. It, a soup and salad are all you need. They offer a Soup of the Day, but the White Bean & Tomato (toasted fennel, fresh basil) is available daily and is hard to beat. The Heirloom Tomato Salad (goat cheese, bibb, white balsamic) is the best of their five salads. Sides are pretty creative : Wild Rice, Bacon White Cheddar Grits, Sweet Potato Fries. If you're from out of state, you MUST try Burgoo, Bison, Catfish and Hot Brown while you're here, and the Blue Fire offers fine interpretations of those old Kentucky classics. Their Maple Bourbon Salmon (local maple syrup and Woodford Reserve) and Filo Pouch (green chili creme fraiche) are also very good. You may not have room for dessert, but if you do, there's a Mint Julep Creme Brulee, Blueberry French Vanilla Cobbler or Whiskey Vanilla Sauce Bread Pudding waiting.
Clawdaddy's is a classic Maine lobster shack transplanted to downtown Lexington. When the Hot Dog was introduced in New York in 1880, people up in Maine began inserting lobster into the bun instead of sausage and the Lobster Roll was born. Now it's Maine's most famous food item, and that's what Clawdaddy brings to Kentucky. You can also order a Shrimp Roll or Crab Roll. Those of us who vacation on the ocean are familiar with lobster shacks blending their lobster with celery or other fillers to help the supply of meat go further and keep prices down. Clawdaddy's doesn't blend any filler in, so what you get is 100% lobster. But, of course, this, plus shipping fresh lobster in from Maine, drives prices up, and the biggest threat to Clawdaddy's success is whether enough downtown service workers and casual shoppers will appreciate fresh lobster enough to pay for it. There's also Lobster Bisque and a Soup of the Day, usually Fish Chowder or Clam Chowder. Cole Slaw is available as a side. Desserts include Gelato, Homemade Blueberry Pie and the famous Maine Whoopie Pie (two pieces of cake with a creamy filling, sort of a cake sandwich, an oversized Moon Pie). For a beverage you can order tea, lemonade, soft drinks, wine and cocktails, but the star of the show is the Maine and coastal craft beer collection. Beer conneisseurs can try Great White, Shipyard, Scrimshaw, Anchor Steam and Rasputin, and sometimes the list expands to include others. Clawdaddy offers carryout and even delivery. 128 North Broadway, a block up from Triangle Park and West Main Street. 258-2529. clawdaddys
columbia's

Columbia's has been a Lexington landmark for 67 years. They, too, have opened additional outlets, but the North Limestone location is still their headquarters. Sports figures, presidents, governors, senators, executives, artists, writers and Old Money denizens have been visiting the Limestone Columbia's since 1948. The classic is the Nighthawk Special. For $15 you get a beef tenderloin broiled in garlic butter, served with baked potato and Diego salad. The special is named for The Nighthawk, Tom Kindall, a midnight to dawn disc jockey on WVLK, voice of rock and roll in Kentucky for 40 years. Kindall is long retired, but the special named for him is in its 50th year. However, the Nighthawk isn't the only thing special on this menu. There are five other steak entrees plus steak fries. Columbia's offers the best Australian wine list in town and the soup of the day is always good. Appetizers and salads are just average, but save room for a piece of the Kentucky Silk Pie, a lingering taste of the Old South. 201 North Limestone. From downtown, follow Main or Vine to Limestone, turn North, and drive two or three blocks. Look for Sayre School on your right. Columbia's is just across the street.

Distilled is within the Gratz Park Inn. The kitchen uses locally sourced meats and produce, the ambience is simple, informal and unpretentious, and the food is Southern with a very creative 21st Century edge. We think the Country Ham Tasting, Vanilla Bourbon Roasted Parsnip Soup, Apple Salad and Habiscus Poached Pear Beet Salad are the stars of their Appetizer ("Enticements") menu, but there are Scallops, Halibut, a Cheese Plate and Lobster Salad. Entrees include Rabbit, Duck, Potato Gnocchi, Snapper, Braised Pork Shank, Sweet Glazed Short ribs and a Dry Rub Filet. Distilled is also open for Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch. At Breakfast you can try a Frittata, Grits & Sausage, a Fresh Fruit Yogurt Parfait, or Buttermilk Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes. The Brunch menu offers Pimento Cheese Tartine, Hot Chicken & Waffles, Ham & Cheddar Omelette, Herb & Egg White Quiche and Crab Hoe Cakes. Lunch includes Tomato Gazpacho, a Crab Cake Sandwich, Tempura Fish Tacos, Diver Scallops and a Shrimp Po Boy. From Main Street downtown, turn North onto Limestone and go three blocks. Turn left onto Second Street. You'll see the rear of the building, shown here. Turn left into the Gratz Park Inn parking lot. Distilled
dudleys

Dudley's has been a downtown tradition since 1984, when it opened as the original tenant in Dudley Square. In 2009 owner Debbie Long and four partners bought the 1889 Northern Bank Building on Short Street and restored it. Dudley's became the primary tenant, occupying two floors. They serve Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner, specializing in Contemporary Cuisine. Dudley's retains the classy air the building once had, and is a good place to take a business client to close a deal. They don't advertise themselves as a seafood restaurant, but with eight entrees seafood is the largest single category on the one page menu, and each one is prepared very well. The Beer Battered Grouper is probably their best, but the Grilled Sea Scallops, Lump Crabmeat and Seared Tasmanian Salmon are close seconds. They also offer Oysters and Seared Tuna, plus Steamed Mussels and a large Shrimp Cocktail. If you're not in the mood for seafood, there's also Beef, Duck, Chicken and Lamb. They also have five "short plates," which include Pork Belly Tacos, Crab Wraps, a Vegetarian Array (avocado, tomatoes and zucchini). Dudley's offers several interesting Salads. There's a Kale Salad (with parmesan, cherries, pine nuts and lemon slices in olive oil), Beet Arugula Salad (with goat cheese, pistachios, fennel and a vinaigrette) and Brussell Sprouts Salad (with cheese, pine nuts, and balsamic vinegar dressing). For more traditional tastes, they offer the standard Bibb, Caesar, and Tomato/Mozzarella. From 11 am to 2:30 pm, you can order a Quiche of the Day or what Dudley's calls a Debbie Brown, an open faced ham, turkey, cheese, and tomato sandwich. Of their eight Desserts, we think the Black Tie Sundae (vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, brownie, chocolate truffle and whipped cream) is the most decadent, but there's also Sherbert, Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie, Lemon Icebox Pie and Blackberry Crumble.

Le Deauville is patterned after a French bistro, including a slow kitchen and some of the highest prices in town. But don't let this deter you, for the food is worth waiting for and worth the price. Their Onion Soup Gratinee is the best in town, mainly due to the great beef broth, fresh onions, and crusty cheese. The preliminary menu is spectacular. It offers Oysters, Clams, Shrimp, Lobster Tails, Caviar, Escargot, Sardines, and Mussels fixed four different ways. There are five salads. This is the only place in town offering Chicory Salad, and it's great. But the Beet, Endive and Nicoise Salads are also delicious. These greens are local, fresh and lovingly prepared (although we don't see any olives at all and the tomatoes have that picked in Mexico, gassed and shipped in taste). Among entrees, we highly recommend the fish. There's Tuna (sauteed in hoisin cream, wasabi oil and ginger rice), Monkfish (herb crusted, sauteed in mussel sauce), Salmon (sauteed in tarragon cream, tomatoes and tarte), Scallops (pan seared in citrus brown butter and risotto), and Bouillaibaisse (shrimp, mussels, clams and scallops in saffron, fennel and a tomato broth with roulle). They're all good but we love their Scallops. If fish is not your thing, try the Roast Duck (with peach compote and vegetable risotto), Pork Chop, Rack of Lamb or one of three steaks. 199 North Limestone. From the Hyatt, go east on Main and north on Limestone for three blocks. On Restaurant Row across from Sayre. le Doueville
lex diner Lexington Diner is a classic corner diner across the street from the old courthouse. Owners Ranada and Karin West Riley, with a chef's background and an MBA respectively, have created the general ambience of a 1940s diner with locally sourced foods but in truth they have a cutting edge menu and a 21st Century kitchen. The diner is open three meals a day, and their breakfast has actually become quite a downtown tradition, with its own loyal clientele. The menu includes overstuffed Omelettes; Burritos; a Brown, which is chorizo, eggs, bacon, tomatoes, gravy and parmesan; a Bourbon Turtle Pecan; and a Caramel Apple. Later in the day, Appetizers include Roast Garlic Hummus, Kentucky Nachos, Southwestern Egg Rolls, and Chicken Quesadillas. There are Salads and a Soup of the Day. Of the Entrees, we like their Creole Mac n Cheese, Open Faced Roast Beef Sandwich, Mediterranean Wrap, Hot Brown and Italian Beef. They're a little heavy on burgers and short on plated lunches or dinners, but it is, after all, a diner. Chef Ranada keeps dreamingh up new items so the menu changes weekly or daily. Caramel Apple French Toast, Thai Burgers and a Hot Brown Omelette have all appeared briefly. Ranada uses a lot of ingredients from local farms and cooks with a heart healthy style.
Mumbai Masala Mumbai Masala replaces Bombay Brasier as downtown Lexington's Indian restaurant at the same High Street - Limestone corner. Mumbai offers the usual Indian entrees, with a few unique twists. In addition to Nan Breads, they offer Nan stuffed with cheese, lamb, chicken and/or herbs then baked. Among their Appetizers, we like the Gobi Manchurian (cauliflower spiced and fried, then cooked in sweet and sour sauce with peppers and onions), Chicken 65 (chicken cubes cooked with fried curry leaves, yogurt and spices), and Samosa Chat (vegetarian samosas covered with masala, spices, diced onions, diced tomatoes, mint and tamarind). They have an interesting "street food" section in their menu, which offers such treats as Vada Pav (deep fried spicy garlic potato pattie). Rather than the usual Spinach Sorba, Mumbai offers Chicken Sorba as their house soup. There are five Tandoori entrees, of which we like the Seekh Kebab (minced meat, onions and herbs roasted in the tandoor on skewers). They have nine Lamb orders, but it's hard to beat their Lamb Vindaloo (highly spiced lamb baked in a tangy sauce) and Lamb Tikka Masala (lamb pieces roasted in a clay oven, then simmered in a tomato and cream sauce). Mumbai features 10 Chicken entrees, most of which are Indian standards, but the Chicken Patia (cooked in sweet and sour mangoes, spices, ginger and scallions). Five of their six Seafood entrees are Shrimp, although Salmon Tikki Masala is the exception and very good. The Biryani (yogurt) menu includes Goat (pieces curried then cooked with rice, saffron and nuts). 15 Vegetarian entrees complete the menu. The Eggplant Bhartha is the best of these. For Dessert there is Kheer (rice pudding with nuts, cardamom and rose). Mumbai offers a lunch buffet every day.
Saul Good's features a very upscale menu of two soups, six appetizers, six salads, nine exotic pizzas, four sandwiches, four burgers and nine desserts. The French Onion Soup, for example, is made with red, yellow, and green onions, shallots, melted Swiss cheese and sherry. The Beer Cheese Dip is made with aged Cheddar, amber beer, garlic and Worcestershire served with celery, cucumbers, pita chips and crackers. There's also the Steak and Beer Cheese Nachos, a platter of crisp blue corn tortilla chips, marinated steak, tangy beer cheese, five different white cheeses, jalapenos, cilantro, scallions, lime and a sea salt topping. It's an amusement park for pizza lovers. There's the Saul Cheese Pizza (Arrabiata tomato sauce plus five cheeses), Kentucky Hot Brown Pizza, Parisian Pizza, Thai Pizza, Mexican Pizza, Argentinian Steak Pizza, BBQ Chicken Pizza, and Saul Meat Pizza. Saul's does interesting things with sandwiches. For instance, the Szechwan Steak Sandwich includes marinated grilled steak, spicy shallot soy mirin glaze, sesame ginger dressed spinach on a toasted artisan hoagie. A Saul burger starts with a third pound beef patty with your choice of Cheese and Bacon, Blue Cheese, Hawaiian or Texas style. Or you can substitute a chicken breast for the beef patty but keep the flavoring. The desserts are another fireworks display. There's the Bananas Foster Waffle and Waffle Sundae but the main track is a very decadent chocolate page. It offers Chocolate Pizza, Chocolate Popcorn, Chocolate Beer Float, Kahula Cupcake, Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae, Chocolate Fondue, and White Chocolate Cheesecake. There are specials directed at the dinnertime fans : Grilled Salmon, Wild Turkey Top Sirloin and Chicken Waffles. There's also a Saul's Big Breakfast with eggs, maple pepper bacon, potatoes and a Belgian waffle. After the lunchtime crowd disperses, there's a 3-7:00 Afternoon Delite with a rotating series of daily specials at half price. Good's opened at Fayette Mall, but this much larger downtown space on North Broadway, a block from Triangle Park, is now their showcase location. saul goods
sawyer's

Sawyer's is on the corner of Broadway and West Main Street, but you enter it from inside the closed mall and the windows look out on Triangle Park. This is basically an upscale burger joint, and many of its loyal followers think it has the best burgers in town, large and juicy. You get your burger and then take it to the toppings bar (cheeses, veggies, sauces, bacon, dressings, garlic, mushrooms, etc.) and fix it however you want. The friendly and energetic owner, Jim, is right there behind the counter and knows regular customers by name. Lunchtime lines on weekdays can extend out the door but they move fast. The chili is a Lexington favorite and customers debate whether it may not be better than the burgers. There's a Chili Pie, probably the only one served in Kentucky (or the nation). They have five good beers on tap. There's a Daily Soup n Burger Special. The home made Kettle Chips rank right up there with the homemade rye chips at La Favorite as the best chips in town. In addition to its devoted crowd of secretaries and downtown executives during lunch hours, Sawyer's has a loyal throng dropping by before and after home UK basketball games, since it's right across the sky walk from Rupp Arena. Drive around the back and park, then have Jim validate your ticket.

Shakespeare's is in a beautifully restored 1890s building at the corner of Short and Broadway. It's only a block from Triangle Park and well worth the walk. The decor is an eclectic mix of frilly pink, purple, blue and turquoise. The menu is a 22 page extravaganza of British, European and Middle East. The first page consists of four $12 Breakfasts : American, British, Mediterranean and Healthy. The American, for example, includes eggs, grits, hash browns, sausage, bacon, toast, butter, jam, juice and coffee. There are also various orders of eggs (Smoked Salmon, Roast Potatoes, Hollandaise Sauce Folded Into Scrambled Eggs) and Crepes (Turkey & Cheese, Almond Caramel, etc.). Once you turn to the lunch and dinner menu, you find six kinds of Flatbread and five soups. We like their Tomato Soup with ginger and cream. You can pick from six Salads. Oddly, we like their Mediterranean Salad the best, but it is NOT a Mediterranean Salad. Of their Sandwiches, the Smoked Salmon stands out. Which brings you, way back on page 14, to the Entrees. There are some hard choices to make here, but we think their Red Snapper, Rack of Lamb and Baby Back Ribs are their best. It takes several pages to list all their exotic teas and coffees, beers, wines, bourbons, and mixed drinks. Outdoor seating is available in warm weather. More so than most restaurants, it will take many visits to sample all the nooks and corners of this menu. Shakespeare's
table 310 Table 310 is a little hard to categorize. Its menu is out there on the intersection of Contemporary, Pub and Lunch. Krim Boughalem introduced himself with Wine & Market, an eclectic combination of deli, bakery, cheese shop, wine store and coffee house, where you could get wines, beers and cheeses available nowhere else in town. With Table 310 he and his kitchen staff have upped the ante. You can order wines by the sample, glass, carafe or bottle. There are 20 cheeses and 11 meats to mix and match as appetizers. And they offer the most interesting condiments : pickled carrots, fig chutney, etc. But on to the entrees. Among the standards, we particularly recommend the Crab, Scallops, Steak Tartare and Mussels. Those Scallops are memorable. Underlain with a bed of sweet potatoes, the Scallops are dressed with red chilies, cilantro, red onion and olive oil. The Crab comes with cucumber slices and mint. And then there are the Specials. If they're serving the Grilled Rainbow Trout (with kale), Slow Roasted Mustard Rabbit or Stuffed Quail (with arugula, apples and cranberries) the day you visit, someone at your table should order them, because the Trout and Quail are among the best interpretations of those dishes in town and no one else is even serving the Rabbit. 310 also offers great Pork Chops and Prime Rib. Just remember this is a very creative kitchen, and whatever you order will be prepared with a unique twist you haven't tasted before. Come with an open mind. Save room for desserts, as they whip up some interesting and delicious offerings. Interior is a bit noisy, and service is slow. Sample some of the dozen premium beers and the short but great wine lists and relax.
Taste of Thai is downtown's Asian outlet, and it's a good one. The Hot and Sour Soup with its bamboo shoots, mushrooms, egg and special gravy is a must. Among the appetizers, we recommend the Chicken Satay, skewered chicken marinated and fried and served with a cucumber salad and peanut sauce; or the Golden Squid, battered and fried. There are six salads, all a foundation of onions, cilantro, chili, lime juice tossed with either chicken, beef, shrimp, squid or mixed seafood. Main course soups include coconut, lemon grass and mushrooms with your choice of chicken or shrimp, Lemon Grass Spicy and Sour base with either chicken or shrimp, or a medley of shrimp, mussels, squid and scallops. TT offers ten Stir Fry entrees and six Curried meats. Of these, we like the Sweet and Sour Chicken and Pad Prew Wan (chicken, pork or beef with garlic, onions, chili, cucumber, tomato, pineapple, and sweet and sour sauce), and others in our group like the Pad Woon Sen (your choice of meat with vermicelli noodles). The fish entrees include Catfish fileted, deep fried and then stir fried; or a whole Tilapia deep fried in chili sauce. Beverages include authentic Thai coffee or tea, both cold (it's too hot and steamy there for hot drinks). 100 West Main Street. From Hyatt, walk east four blocks and look for Taste of Thai on the corner of Limestone directly across from the Courthouse Complex. taste of thai
tony's Tony Ricci has invested heavily in his attempt to make Tony's the premier restaurant in Lexington. He has a good start with its location across from Rupp Arena. It's the only downtown restaurant offering valet parking. The decor is classy, and the menu touches all the bases. The Raw Bar serves Oysters and Alaskan King Crab. Appetizers include Crab Cakes, Calamari, Steak Tartare, Mussels and Seared Tuna. There are six Salads and six Pastas, of which our favorites are the Pappardelle Fra Diavolo (heavily peppered shrimp, tomatoes, black olives, roast peppers and spinach), Pasta Pescatore (shrimp, mussels, scallops, clams, linguine, cherry tomatoes in a lobster saffron sauce) and Pistachio Pesto Orechiette (grilled chicken, parmesan, asiago and romano). Seafood includes Scottish Salmon, Chilean Sea Bass, Blackened Yellow Fin Tuna, Shrimp & Grits ande Lobster. Other Entrees are Lamb, Ribs, Pork Chops and Chicken. The Sides refuse to be upstaged by all this. The Five Cheese Mac & Cheese is very good, Creamed Spinach better, and Bourbon Whipped Sweet Potatoes With Homemade Cinnamon Maple Marshmallow memorable. Which, finally, brings us to the Steaks, Ricci's main focus. These are good steaks, well prepared (although the kitchen has a habit of fumbling the order, as in well done instead of medium rare, then tries to redo the same steak to fit the other preference, an unforgivable offense at a premium restaurant). There's Filet Mignon, New York Strip, Porterhouse and Ribeye, with or without Bone In. The problem is price. These Steaks range from $40 to $65, and even the other Entrees range in the $30s. In a predominantly Middle Class city, this makes Tony's a Special Occasion restaurant for most people, an expense account stop for business executives, and a one time experience for visiting sports fans. Lexington has a lot of restaurant options. Maintaining a large enough customer base with these prices will be a challenge.
The Triangle is the Radisson Hotel's ground floor restaurant, with big picture windows looking out on Triangle Park's fountains and trees. There's also a three season patio opening onto the sidewalk. This could be the most neglected and underrated restaurant in Lexington. It's suitable for a business lunch or a romantic dinner. Chef Josh Winslow is talented, buys from local farmers and includes as many Kentucky heirloom dishes as possible. Fried Green Tomatoes is an example. He layers them with Country Ham, Red Pepper and Cream Cheese for possibly the best interpretation of this classic in the state. There's also Flatbread, Quesadillas and Mussels. Sous Chef Jessica VanHouten offers two spectacular Soups: Country Ham, Bean & Collard; and Tomato Avocado Blue Crab Gazpacho. Of six Salads, the Field Greens stand out. VanHouten lays a foundation of Arugula, Mesculum, etc., then adds Walnuts, Blue Cheese, Green Apple Slices, Strawberries and a Cider Balsamic Vinaigrette. By the time you enjoy the Fried Green Tomatoes, either Soup and this Salad, you'll have already had one of the best meals in town. But there's more. Entrees include Black Cod, Kentucky Lamb, King Salmon, Kentucky Short Ribs, Shellfish & Grits (shrimp, mussels, clams, sausage, white wine, garlic, lemon) and Yellowfin Tuna (in cilantro lime). You choose your two sides from Roast Asparagus, White Cheddar Grits, Garlic Yukon Mashed Potatoes, and six others. They're also open for breakfast and lunch.
village idiot The Village Idiot is certainly a historic experience. The building dates from 1810. It was the original Lexington Post Office, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Converting it to a pub presented challenges, which they have solved very creatively. It's worth visiting just to see the building. The food, however, is unexpectedly good. This is a gastropub, a tavern with gourmet beers plus gourmet food. They've taken it seriously enough to hire two certified and experienced chefs and stock an impressive cellar of wines, spirits and beers. You can order some cutting edge items here : Pork Belly with sauce and kimchee, gourmet popcorn, Cheese Waffles, Scotch Eggs (hard boiled eggs deep fried in ground beef), Roast Brussels Sprouts (with bleu cheese, potatoes and onions), Smoked Trout, Sloppy Joes, Mussells, Seared Scallops and Country Ham. 307 Short Street. 381-9493. From the Hyatt, walk two blocks north on North Broadway, turn right on West Short Street, and look for the Village Idiot at the end of the block on your left.
Vinaigrette is a lunch stop specializing in Lexington's greatest Salads. There are 10 of them, plus a Soup of the Day and beverages (lemonade, tea and soft drinks). Our favorite is the Blue Grass Black Berry Salad. It includes Mixed Greens, Strawberries, Apple Chips, Red Onion, Pecans, Crumbled Feta, Blackberry Sorghum Dressing with an option to add Country Ham. The Kale Salad includes Kale, Quinoa, Sweet Potatoes, Parmesan Cheese, Dried Cranberries, Sunflower Seeds, Rice Noodles and Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette. The Vegan Power Salad is a tour de force : Mixed Greens, Cabbage, Quinoa, Chickpeas, Carrots, Cucumbers, Grape Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers, Roast Sunflower Seeds, Endamame, and a Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette. The list goes on : The Santorini, Chicken Taco, Orange Blossom, Tuscan, Chicken Salad, Acapulco Caesar, and BLT Deluze. You can ask for Blackberry Sorghum Vinaigrette, Bourbon Smoked Paprika Ranch, Chipotle Lime Caesar, Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette, Honey Orange Sesame Vinaigrette, Balsamic Vinegar, Pure Ranch, and Tuscan, Salsa or Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette. This North Broadway location is four doors up from West Main Street and Triangle Park. vinaigrette
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