Christina's Guidebook

Christina
Christina's Guidebook

Locally brewed beer

My husband recommends this place if you like IPA’s and interesting flavors. I’m not a beer girl, but I enjoy the sangria slushee in spring and summer, and the caramel apple slushee in fall and winter.
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West Sixth Brewing
501 West 6th Street
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My husband recommends this place for German lagers and British ales. He likes the Dunkel. I’m writing this review as I sit at the Blue Stallion by the window, looking out at the snow and drinking the Blue Stallion hot toddy. Yum!
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Blue Stallion Brewing Co.
610 West 3rd Street
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My husband recommends this place for German lagers and British ales. He likes the Dunkel. I’m writing this review as I sit at the Blue Stallion by the window, looking out at the snow and drinking the Blue Stallion hot toddy. Yum!

Food scene

Delicious seafood, salads and burgers by our beloved, local chef, Ouita. Order on the app and have the food delivered to your table, or take it to go.. West Sixth Brewery is here too, so order a flight and try some of our local beers.
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Smithtown Seafood
501 West 6th Street
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Delicious seafood, salads and burgers by our beloved, local chef, Ouita. Order on the app and have the food delivered to your table, or take it to go.. West Sixth Brewery is here too, so order a flight and try some of our local beers.
Hands down, the best barbecue I’ve ever had. And, you can smell it smoking all day long from our front porch. The cocktails are also delicious. The outdoor seating has great ambiance.
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County Club Restaurant
555 Jefferson Street
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Hands down, the best barbecue I’ve ever had. And, you can smell it smoking all day long from our front porch. The cocktails are also delicious. The outdoor seating has great ambiance.
I tried my first sparkling coffee with ginger beer here, but the lattes are my favorite! They have homemade pop tarts! The coffee is roasted here and they offer roasting classes. Check out the mural on the side of the building.
Jefferson Street Coffee
471 Jefferson Street
I tried my first sparkling coffee with ginger beer here, but the lattes are my favorite! They have homemade pop tarts! The coffee is roasted here and they offer roasting classes. Check out the mural on the side of the building.
I was reluctant to try the escargot, but everybody recommended them. They were so good! All the food and wine was amazing. This is a lovely little date spot. The owner and all of the staff are warm and friendly. This has been a Lexington hot spot for years. I can’t believe it took us so long to discover it, but it’s definitely a new favorite.
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Le Deauville
199 North Limestone
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I was reluctant to try the escargot, but everybody recommended them. They were so good! All the food and wine was amazing. This is a lovely little date spot. The owner and all of the staff are warm and friendly. This has been a Lexington hot spot for years. I can’t believe it took us so long to discover it, but it’s definitely a new favorite.
My husband likes steak and I like sushi, so we always find a happy balance here. I’m my opinion, one of Lexington’s top 5.
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Malone's Palomar
3735 Palomar Centre Drive
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My husband likes steak and I like sushi, so we always find a happy balance here. I’m my opinion, one of Lexington’s top 5.
This is one of my favorites! This place is full of Kentucky charm, whether you eat outside on the patio or inside the historic home. I get the pork loin and corn pudding every time! I should branch out, but it’s just so good.
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Merrick Inn Restaurant
1074 Merrick Drive
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This is one of my favorites! This place is full of Kentucky charm, whether you eat outside on the patio or inside the historic home. I get the pork loin and corn pudding every time! I should branch out, but it’s just so good.
This is my kids’ favorite. Humongous slices of pizza in a cool old warehouse. The lunch special is pretty nice. You get pizza, a drink and a side or dessert. The kids go for either the giant breadstick or the cannoli. This place is family friendly, but there is also a 21 and over section upstairs.
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Goodfellas Pizzeria - Distillery
1228 Manchester St
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This is my kids’ favorite. Humongous slices of pizza in a cool old warehouse. The lunch special is pretty nice. You get pizza, a drink and a side or dessert. The kids go for either the giant breadstick or the cannoli. This place is family friendly, but there is also a 21 and over section upstairs.
Try the blackberry buttermilk ice cream! Or perhaps you’d prefer the bourbon ice cream. It’s all local, fresh and delicious here.
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Crank & Boom Ice Cream Lounge
1210 Manchester Street
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Try the blackberry buttermilk ice cream! Or perhaps you’d prefer the bourbon ice cream. It’s all local, fresh and delicious here.
Try the sandwiches, try the soup and definitely try the pie! The staff here is wonderful. The patio is pet friendly and they will bring your furry friend some water and maybe even a treat.
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Stella's Kentucky Deli
143 Jefferson St
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Try the sandwiches, try the soup and definitely try the pie! The staff here is wonderful. The patio is pet friendly and they will bring your furry friend some water and maybe even a treat.
Dudley’s has a classy, yet relaxed, atmosphere. You can sit in the lounge or eat in the elegant dining room. I love their rolls and have to be careful not to fill up on them, because the food here is amazing! I hear brunch is awesome. If you try it, tell me what you think.
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Dudley's On Short
259 West Short Street
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Dudley’s has a classy, yet relaxed, atmosphere. You can sit in the lounge or eat in the elegant dining room. I love their rolls and have to be careful not to fill up on them, because the food here is amazing! I hear brunch is awesome. If you try it, tell me what you think.
Walk here from the Airbnb! The bar is beautiful, the staff is friendly and the food is delish. The crème brûlée is my favorite thing here!
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The Blue Heron Steakhouse
185 Jefferson Street
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Walk here from the Airbnb! The bar is beautiful, the staff is friendly and the food is delish. The crème brûlée is my favorite thing here!
This restaurant is small, so get there early. This is my favorite local breakfast place. The savory French toast is so good. They also have seasonally flavored options. You can walk there from the Airbnb.
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Minton's
760 North Limestone
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This restaurant is small, so get there early. This is my favorite local breakfast place. The savory French toast is so good. They also have seasonally flavored options. You can walk there from the Airbnb.
This is one of those hole in the wall spots that surprises you with their goodness! It’s inexpensive, the portions are large and it’s soooo yummy! It’s just a short drive from the Airbnb.
Big Kahuna Hawaiian BBQ
904 Liberty Road
This is one of those hole in the wall spots that surprises you with their goodness! It’s inexpensive, the portions are large and it’s soooo yummy! It’s just a short drive from the Airbnb.
My family enjoys strolling down Jefferson street to Sorella for some gelato. It’s always fresh and there are always seasonal and unique flavors. The hours tend to be a little unpredictable, so check to make sure they are open before you go.
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Sorella Gelateria
219 N Limestone
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My family enjoys strolling down Jefferson street to Sorella for some gelato. It’s always fresh and there are always seasonal and unique flavors. The hours tend to be a little unpredictable, so check to make sure they are open before you go.
Great vibe, delicious, large portions of food, and the best Bloody Mary around!
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Carson's Food & Drink
362 E Main St
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Great vibe, delicious, large portions of food, and the best Bloody Mary around!
This is my favorite restaurant on Jefferson street! It’s a very “Lexington” dining experience. The patio is fabulous and the food is too. I love the goat cheese ravioli and the fried chicken. (That’s all I’ve tried so far!) The house dessert is a chocolate, raspberry and macadamia mouse. It’s light and so yummy!
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Distilled at The Sire
120 West 2nd Street
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This is my favorite restaurant on Jefferson street! It’s a very “Lexington” dining experience. The patio is fabulous and the food is too. I love the goat cheese ravioli and the fried chicken. (That’s all I’ve tried so far!) The house dessert is a chocolate, raspberry and macadamia mouse. It’s light and so yummy!
This is a great lunch spot especially if you love all things Chicago. My son-in-law is from Chicago and he says this place is the real deal.
South of Wrigley
472 Southland Drive
This is a great lunch spot especially if you love all things Chicago. My son-in-law is from Chicago and he says this place is the real deal.

Local businesses

Support the locals! Find local art, locally made products, food and drinks here. It’s just a fun place that always feels like a party.
This place is fun! They have a big sports bar, a cool bowling alley, a huge arcade, and the most comfortable movie theater that I’ve ever been to! (Seriously, I’m totally spoiled now!) You can order food from the restaurant and have it delivered to your seat in the theater! There is also an attached parking garage and you can get free parking for a couple of hours.
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LexLive
301 South Broadway
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This place is fun! They have a big sports bar, a cool bowling alley, a huge arcade, and the most comfortable movie theater that I’ve ever been to! (Seriously, I’m totally spoiled now!) You can order food from the restaurant and have it delivered to your seat in the theater! There is also an attached parking garage and you can get free parking for a couple of hours.
Lovely wine selection, everything you need to make cocktails, huge craft beer selection. beautiful cheeses and elegant snacks! My husband and I love strolling down here on our date nights.
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Wine + Market
486 West 2nd Street
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Lovely wine selection, everything you need to make cocktails, huge craft beer selection. beautiful cheeses and elegant snacks! My husband and I love strolling down here on our date nights.
This place has locally owned restaurants and bars, plus shops and artist booths. There are Saturday morning yoga classes and block parties once a month. Everyone in here is so friendly and it's like a cheerful neighborhood gathering every time I go here.
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Greyline Station & Market
803 North Limestone
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This place has locally owned restaurants and bars, plus shops and artist booths. There are Saturday morning yoga classes and block parties once a month. Everyone in here is so friendly and it's like a cheerful neighborhood gathering every time I go here.

Sightseeing

Drive to the arboretum for a walk or run. Enjoy the flowers and trees along the scenic trails. This is my daughter’s favorite way to spend a morning.
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The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of KY
500 Alumni Drive
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Drive to the arboretum for a walk or run. Enjoy the flowers and trees along the scenic trails. This is my daughter’s favorite way to spend a morning.

Fun for kids

If you are traveling with kids, this is a fun place to visit. Check out their calendar online.
The Living Arts & Science Center
362 North Martin Luther King Boulevard
I’ve been bringing my kids here for years! There’s fun and educational things for toddlers and up. We have spent many hours in the play areas and the bubble room. The art rooms are full of fun supplies and I have one kiddo who could easily spend all day in there.
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Explorium of Lexington
440 West Short Street
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I’ve been bringing my kids here for years! There’s fun and educational things for toddlers and up. We have spent many hours in the play areas and the bubble room. The art rooms are full of fun supplies and I have one kiddo who could easily spend all day in there.