a la lucie
159 North Limestone St.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Monday through Thursday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m;. Friday and Saturday, 4 to 11 p.m.
Prices: $18 to $30
This romantic downtown restaurant is renowned as one of Lexington?s best. A la lucie serves a mouthwatering menu of Southern American continental-style cooking.
141 E. Main St.
Hours: Open daily for breakfast and lunch (brunch on weekends) until 2 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday for dinner
Prices: $5.75 to $8.50 for sandwiches and brunch entrees; $7.75 to $13.95 for dinner entrees
This Lexington icon serves fresh food that’s as healthy as it is tasty, and as eclectic as it is popular.
265 N. Limestone St.
Reservations: only for groups of six or more
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Closed Sunday and Monday
Prices: $10.50 to $18.50
Even if the islands aren?t calling you, mon, this downtown eatery is. Enjoy the Caribbean theme with a fun group of friends.
115 W. Main St.
Reservations: suggested, especially on weekends
Hours: Dinner 5 to 10 Sunday through Thursday; 5 to 11 Friday and Saturday; Lunch 11:30 to 2:30ish, Monday through Friday
Prices: $10 to $15 for sandwiches; $20 to $35 for dinner entrees
This family-owned and ?operated hot spot serves classic (Northern) Italian cuisine in downtown Lex.
Billy?s Hickory-Pit Bar-B-Q
101 Cochran Rd.
Reservations: not accepted
Hours: Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Prices: $7 to $17.49
Savor authentic Western Kentucky-style barbecue, slow-cooked pork shoulder pulled from the bone and smothered in sauce, in a casual and comfortable atmosphere.
Bistro La Belle
121 E. Main St. in Midway
Hours: Dinner served Wednesday through Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Sunday through Tuesday
Prices: $14 to $37
An anchor of Midway?s dining district, this attractive spot is perfect for couples or groups. Check out the gallery bar, featuring regional artists, French cuisine.
Buddy?s Bar & Grill
854 E. High St.
Reservations: accepted, Friday and Saturday strongly recommended
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Sat, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; brunch Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Prices: $8 to $25
A friendly, casual place in Chevy Chase where folks can partake in good food and stiff drinks.
816 Euclid Ave.
Reservations: accepted for large groups
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.; Sunday 1 p.m to 11 p.m.
Prices: $6 to $8
A cozy, comfortable place to chill for an inexpensive, yet tasty, meal.
DeSha?s Restaurant & Bar
101 N. Broadway
Reservations: accepted for parties of seven or more.
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 noon; Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. brunch, dinner 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Prices: $7-13 (lunch) to $34
Enjoy Dudley?s historic elegance while dining on their delicious American cuisine. After dinner, stroll over to the attached British style pub, The Horse and Barrel, for a tall glass of imported ale from their extensive list.
3073 Paris Pike (U.S. 460) in Georgetown (Exit 125 on northbound I-75)
Reservations: not necessary
Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Prices: $4.75 to $22 for pizza; $6 to $10 for salads, subs and pasta dinners.
Minutes from the Horse Park, this restaurant is a pizza-lover?s dream. See story on page xx.
Fava?s Restaurant159 East Main St. in Georgetown (502) 863-4383Reservations: noneHours: Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 9 p.m.Prices: $3 to $7 for sandwiches; $7 to $16 for dinner entreesFind casual, down-home dining with plenty of fun and tasty menu items.Hall?s on the River1225 Athens-Boonesboro Rd., 8 miles from Interstate 75, exit 104, Winchester, KY(859) 255-8105Reservations: accepted for groups of 15 or moreHours: Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 8 p.m.Prices: $6 (lunch) to $20 Hugely popular eatery offers Southern style cooking and hospitality on the Kentucky River. It’s worth the drive. Heirloom125 Main St. in Midway (859) 846-5565Reservations: acceptedHours: Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. , with wine tastings and bar menu available from 3 to 5 p.m.; dinner Tuesday through Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.Prices: $6 to $13 for salads, sandwiches and lunch entrees; $18 to $32 for dinner entreesNew to the Midway lineup of fine dining, Heirloom?s ambience and menu is midway between California cool and Manhattan memorable.Holly Hill Inn426 N. Winter St. in Midway(859) 846-4732Hours:Saturday and Sunday brunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Visit www.hollyhillinn.com for updates.Prices: fixed price; $35 for dinner; $15 for Sunday brunchSet in a historic pre-Civil War home, the innovative modern cuisine is cooked using only locally grown ingredients. Joe Bologna?s Restaurant and Pizzeria120 W. Maxwell St.(859) 252-4933Reservations: noneHours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, until 11 p.m.Prices: $4.25 to $29.75Set in a historic church, Joe B.?s serves up pizzas and casual Italian dishes in a family-friendly atmosphere. Catch a basketball game on one of the large-screen TVs. Jonathan at Gratz Park Inn120 W. Second St.(859) 252-4949Reservations: suggestedHours: Monday through Friday, lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday, brunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Monday through Sunday, 5:30 to 10 p.m., bar open as needed till 1 a.m.Prices: $7 to $38Enjoy award-winning Southern cuisine in Jonathan?s classic formal dining room. Le Deauville199 N. Limestone(859) 246-0999Reservations: suggestedHours: Monday through Saturday, 5:30 to 11 p.m. Prices: $6.50 to $28Classical French bistro food presented in a charming street-cafe setting. Malone?s3347 Tates Creek Rd.(859) 335-65001920 Pleasant Ridge Dr.(859) 264-8023Reservations: ?not required, but helpful?Hours: daily from 11:15 a.m. to 11:15 p.m.Prices: $15 to $30Patterned after the famous steakhouses of Chicago, Malone?s serves up prime beef in a relaxed atmosphere. Marikka?s411 Southland Dr.(859) 275-1925Reservations: for parties of four or moreHours: Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., dining room till 9:30Prices: $5.99 to $15Serving flavorful German-American fare and pouring beer from a list of 400 of your favorites. Natasha?s Bistro & Bar112 Esplanada(859) 259-2754Reservations: acceptedHours: Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.Prices: $4 (lunch) to $20Contemporary dining and imaginative New American cuisine in the funky-elegant atmosphere of a Soho bistro. Portofino249 E. Main St.(859) 253-9300Reservations: suggested Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch; Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m. Prices: $5 (lunch) to $36Delightfully Italian, with a California accent. A creative menu, impressive wine list, and excellent service make this a satisfying dining experience. Pazzo?s Pizza Pub385 South Limestone(859) 255-5125Reservations: none Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.Prices: $5.45 to $21.75To satisfy a craving for pizza and beer, Pazzo?s makes all of their dough and sauce fresh daily and carries 40 varieties of draft beer. Regatta Seafood & Grille161 Lexington Green Circle(859) 273-7875Reservations: suggestedHours: 11:15 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. every day; winter 11:15 a.m. to 10:15 p.m.Prices: $9 to $36Fish flown in daily makes Regatta the place for the freshest seafood in town. Save room for their award-winning apple pie. Sam?s RestaurantU.S. 25 S. at the Scott/Fayette county line; 1.85 miles from the Kentucky Horse Park entrance.(502) 863-5872Reservations: no way!Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.Prices: $5.95 to $13Roadside dining at its finest. Eat breakfast (anytime), lunch and dinner here, and then argue which is the best. Be sure to try the pie! Tachibana785 Newtown Court(859) 254-1911Reservations: accepted for four or moreHours: Monday through Saturday, lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; dinner 5:30 to 10 p.m.Prices: $6 (lunch) and upAuthentic Japanese cuisine, including a sushi bar and tatami room, with some of the freshest seafood in town. Wallace Station3854 Old Frankfort Pike, Versailles(859) 846-5161Reservations: noneHours: Monday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (5-8 p.m. fried chicken on Mondays, fried fish on Fridays); Tuesday through Thursday, Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Prices: $5 to $8.50 for sandwiches.This quaint, enticing eatery is favored by locals and the horse-farm crowd; it’s a must-find for tourists.