Landon’s Lexington Guidebook

Landon
Landon’s Lexington Guidebook

Local Food

Sometimes all you want are the Veggies! The Hot Bar at Good Foods is the best bet for vegetable lovers. They have Vegan and Vegetarian options as well as a deli/smoothie bar and full grocery. (10-15 min walk from Airbnb)
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Good Foods Co-op
455-D Southland Dr
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Sometimes all you want are the Veggies! The Hot Bar at Good Foods is the best bet for vegetable lovers. They have Vegan and Vegetarian options as well as a deli/smoothie bar and full grocery. (10-15 min walk from Airbnb)
Great Local Family run business. They have a very affordable (and filling) lunch Hot Bar. Full Deli and Butcher counter. Homemade desserts and sides. Exotic and high-end meats. Famous for their Fried Chicken and Tailgating Essentials. (10-15 min walk from Airbnb)
Critchfield Meats Retail Store
398 Southland Drive
Great Local Family run business. They have a very affordable (and filling) lunch Hot Bar. Full Deli and Butcher counter. Homemade desserts and sides. Exotic and high-end meats. Famous for their Fried Chicken and Tailgating Essentials. (10-15 min walk from Airbnb)
Neighborhood Wood fired pizza. Cozy local bar and restaurant, specializing in Pizza. $$
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PieTana
210 Rosemont Garden
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Neighborhood Wood fired pizza. Cozy local bar and restaurant, specializing in Pizza. $$
A picturesque country drive takes you to a country store converted into restaurant. Southern favorites by James Beard Nominee, Quita Michaels. Laid back atmosphere with homemade entrees and desserts. I once saw Bobby Flay eating here one weekend! Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Dine In, Outdoor Seating. $$
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Windy Corner Market
4595 Bryan Station Rd
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A picturesque country drive takes you to a country store converted into restaurant. Southern favorites by James Beard Nominee, Quita Michaels. Laid back atmosphere with homemade entrees and desserts. I once saw Bobby Flay eating here one weekend! Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Dine In, Outdoor Seating. $$
My favorite place for dessert downtown. Fun and surprising gelato flavors. Great owners and hospitality. Walk-able from many downtown restaurants. Skip dessert at dinner and visit here! Outdoor Seating $
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Sorella Gelateria
591 W Short St
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My favorite place for dessert downtown. Fun and surprising gelato flavors. Great owners and hospitality. Walk-able from many downtown restaurants. Skip dessert at dinner and visit here! Outdoor Seating $
A campus and Chevy Chase Favorite. Cajun fare with hearty portions. So good! Dine In, Take Out $
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Bourbon n' Toulouse
829 Euclid Ave
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A campus and Chevy Chase Favorite. Cajun fare with hearty portions. So good! Dine In, Take Out $

Food scene

Great Thai Inspired Street Food. Always fresh and delicious curries and stir fry. Dine in or Takeout. $
Thai Street Food Kitchen
3340 Clays Mill Rd
Great Thai Inspired Street Food. Always fresh and delicious curries and stir fry. Dine in or Takeout. $
MY FAVORITE PIZZA IN LEXINGTON! They make great salads and rotating specials as well. The best place Downtown for casual, delicious Za. Dine In, Outdoor Seating, Take Out. $$
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Pearl's
133 N Limestone
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MY FAVORITE PIZZA IN LEXINGTON! They make great salads and rotating specials as well. The best place Downtown for casual, delicious Za. Dine In, Outdoor Seating, Take Out. $$
BBQ with innovative, fusion dishes. Their menu is always changing so make sure to check out what they are currently serving. Brisket and Wings are always a solid choice here. Dine In, Outdoors Seating. $$
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County Club Restaurant
555 Jefferson St
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BBQ with innovative, fusion dishes. Their menu is always changing so make sure to check out what they are currently serving. Brisket and Wings are always a solid choice here. Dine In, Outdoors Seating. $$
Modern Italian Restaurant on Main Street. Great place for drinks and Antipasti or a full meal. Dine In. $$$
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ItalX
160 West Main Street
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Modern Italian Restaurant on Main Street. Great place for drinks and Antipasti or a full meal. Dine In. $$$
Amazing Mexican and Peruvian cuisine. Go simple or fancy here. Their black beans and rice is some of the best I've had. Great margaritas, cocktails and mocktails. Fun atmosphere and great food. A sure bet. Dine In, Outdoor seating. $$
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Corto Lima
101 W Short St
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Amazing Mexican and Peruvian cuisine. Go simple or fancy here. Their black beans and rice is some of the best I've had. Great margaritas, cocktails and mocktails. Fun atmosphere and great food. A sure bet. Dine In, Outdoor seating. $$
My Favorite Steakhouse in Lexington. For Special Occasions or a meal to treat yourself. They have a great bar for a quicker, lighter meal. Reservations highly recommended. $$$
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Tony's of Lexington
401 W Main St
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My Favorite Steakhouse in Lexington. For Special Occasions or a meal to treat yourself. They have a great bar for a quicker, lighter meal. Reservations highly recommended. $$$
Newer mixed-use development North of Downtown. Several restaurants and shops to explore. Check out their website for pop-up events and what they currently offer.
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Greyline Station & Market
101 W Loudon Ave
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Newer mixed-use development North of Downtown. Several restaurants and shops to explore. Check out their website for pop-up events and what they currently offer.
Right off UK's campus, a great place for Cruchwraps, Burritos or chips and queso. They have a full bar as well. Quirky, LGBT-supportive business. Dine In, Outdoor Seating, Take-Out $
girlsgirlsgirls Burritos
Right off UK's campus, a great place for Cruchwraps, Burritos or chips and queso. They have a full bar as well. Quirky, LGBT-supportive business. Dine In, Outdoor Seating, Take-Out $
Hidden Gem for big appetites. Small "hole in the wall" place, but oh so good. The katsu pork sand which or Hawaiian burger are enough for two people or one hungry person. Add an egg for even more flavor! $
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Big Kahuna Hawaiian BBQ
904 Liberty Road
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Hidden Gem for big appetites. Small "hole in the wall" place, but oh so good. The katsu pork sand which or Hawaiian burger are enough for two people or one hungry person. Add an egg for even more flavor! $
A Lexington staple. Classic southern fare. They have a "famous" pasta dish as well as Kentucky favorites like the Hot Brown. $$$
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Dudley's On Short
259 W Short St
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A Lexington staple. Classic southern fare. They have a "famous" pasta dish as well as Kentucky favorites like the Hot Brown. $$$
Popular Downtown Restaurant and Bar for Brunch and Dinner. Americana Fare. My favorite is the grilled brie plate! $$$
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Carson's Food & Drink
362 E Main St
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Popular Downtown Restaurant and Bar for Brunch and Dinner. Americana Fare. My favorite is the grilled brie plate! $$$
Great Greek Food tucked away in a great part of town. Dine In, Outdoor Seating $
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Athenian Grill
313 S Ashland Ave
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Great Greek Food tucked away in a great part of town. Dine In, Outdoor Seating $
Homemade Pasta and American/Italian fare. Dine In, Outdoor Seating $$
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Pasta Garage Italian Cafe
962 Delaware Ave
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Homemade Pasta and American/Italian fare. Dine In, Outdoor Seating $$
Magee's has been in business many years in Lexington. Great place to grab a coffee and small bakery treat, or enjoy a full meal. Their biscuit sandwiches are pretty darn good. $
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Magee's Bakery
726 E Main St
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Magee's has been in business many years in Lexington. Great place to grab a coffee and small bakery treat, or enjoy a full meal. Their biscuit sandwiches are pretty darn good. $
Great local diner spot for breakfast, brunch or lunch. The cheese grit casserole is my favorite side. They have huge pancakes and anything else you could want. Great service and casual dining.
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Josie's Restaurant
1973 Lexington Rd
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Great local diner spot for breakfast, brunch or lunch. The cheese grit casserole is my favorite side. They have huge pancakes and anything else you could want. Great service and casual dining.
A great spot for Mediterranean Cuisine. I love their hummus, stuffed grape leaves, and chicken shawarma. $
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Mr. Kabab
2901 Richmond Rd
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A great spot for Mediterranean Cuisine. I love their hummus, stuffed grape leaves, and chicken shawarma. $
The only place in Lexington I will go for Indian food. So comforting and delicious. For a sampling, try their lunch buffet. To get the full experience, you should really order from the menu. $$
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Masala Indian Cuisine
3061 Fieldstone Way
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The only place in Lexington I will go for Indian food. So comforting and delicious. For a sampling, try their lunch buffet. To get the full experience, you should really order from the menu. $$
West African inspired fare. Always fresh and delicious. Dine In, Outdoor Seating, Take-Out $$
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Sav's Grill & West African Cuisine
630 East Main Street
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West African inspired fare. Always fresh and delicious. Dine In, Outdoor Seating, Take-Out $$
Lexington and Campus staple. The main dining area is a converted church. Classic American Italian food. Famous for their garlic bread sticks and pizza. Dine In, Take-Out $$
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Joe Bologna's
120 W Maxwell St
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Lexington and Campus staple. The main dining area is a converted church. Classic American Italian food. Famous for their garlic bread sticks and pizza. Dine In, Take-Out $$
One of my favorite lunch spots for a soup and sandwich. Daily specials and specialty cheese spreads. Try their hot pepper sauce with your sandwich. It gets busy, so get there early or go after the lunch rush. Dine In, Outdoor Seating, Take-Out $
Dad's Favorites Deli
820 Lane Allen Rd
One of my favorite lunch spots for a soup and sandwich. Daily specials and specialty cheese spreads. Try their hot pepper sauce with your sandwich. It gets busy, so get there early or go after the lunch rush. Dine In, Outdoor Seating, Take-Out $
Classic Southern/Americana fare. Historic home for formal indoor seating and a great patio for more casual dining. They are famous for their fried chicken. $$$
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Merrick Inn Restaurant
1074 Merrick Dr
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Classic Southern/Americana fare. Historic home for formal indoor seating and a great patio for more casual dining. They are famous for their fried chicken. $$$

Bars, Breweries and Nightlife

Sand Volleyball, 100's of beers, German Food. What's not to like? A staple of Southland Drive, Marrikka's is a great bar and restaurant with plenty of room to watch a sporting event, play pool, darts, or volleyball. Try the Banana Bread Beer on draft.
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Marikka's Restaurant & Bier Stube
411 Southland Dr
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Sand Volleyball, 100's of beers, German Food. What's not to like? A staple of Southland Drive, Marrikka's is a great bar and restaurant with plenty of room to watch a sporting event, play pool, darts, or volleyball. Try the Banana Bread Beer on draft.
Popular Brewery in The Distillery District. Known for their science background and experimental brews.
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Ethereal Brewing
1224 Manchester St
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Popular Brewery in The Distillery District. Known for their science background and experimental brews.
Laid Back Local Brewery with plenty of indoor and outdoor dining. Rolling Oven Pizza is based inside for food options.
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Mirror Twin Brewing
725 National Ave
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Laid Back Local Brewery with plenty of indoor and outdoor dining. Rolling Oven Pizza is based inside for food options.
Great menu and cocktails. Vegetarian options. Downtown. Indoor and Outdoor Seating $$
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Minglewood
159 N Limestone
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Great menu and cocktails. Vegetarian options. Downtown. Indoor and Outdoor Seating $$
Local brewery. They have very popular brews. Small taproom with outdoor seating. There are usually food trucks on sight.
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Country Boy Brewing
436 Chair Ave
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Local brewery. They have very popular brews. Small taproom with outdoor seating. There are usually food trucks on sight.
Lexington's newest EDM club. Would be a mixed crowd with a lot of students, but if this type of atmosphere is your thing, check out who's playing!
Clubhouse
385 South Limestone
Lexington's newest EDM club. Would be a mixed crowd with a lot of students, but if this type of atmosphere is your thing, check out who's playing!
Local Music Venue in the Distillery District. Check out who's playing while you're in town. Separate bar behind with an arcade.
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The Burl
375 Thompson Rd
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Local Music Venue in the Distillery District. Check out who's playing while you're in town. Separate bar behind with an arcade.
Local Brewery known for their cider selection. Pasta Garage or JY Kitchen is within walking distance if you wanted to eat on this street.
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Pivot Brewing
1400 Delaware Ave
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Local Brewery known for their cider selection. Pasta Garage or JY Kitchen is within walking distance if you wanted to eat on this street.
A popular, local karaoke dive bar.
Survivors
161 E Reynolds Rd
A popular, local karaoke dive bar.
Fun downtown cocktail bar.
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Ona
108 Church Street
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Fun downtown cocktail bar.

Adventure and Outdoors

World Class Zipline Canopy Tour and guided hikes in Historic Boone Creek Gorge. You are in the trees the whole time, right here in Fayette Co! There are 6 ziplines, a rappel, two sky bridges and a floating staircase. They also have a ropes challenge course for smaller children. Keepsake pictures are included in every tour. Great guides and exhilarating fun.
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Boone Creek Outdoors
8291 Old Richmond Rd
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World Class Zipline Canopy Tour and guided hikes in Historic Boone Creek Gorge. You are in the trees the whole time, right here in Fayette Co! There are 6 ziplines, a rappel, two sky bridges and a floating staircase. They also have a ropes challenge course for smaller children. Keepsake pictures are included in every tour. Great guides and exhilarating fun.
Great place for a stroll, a picnic, or a run. Well maintained paths, gardens and trails. Check their website for scheduled events. Parking lot entrance on Alumni Drive, as well as smaller entrances from adjoining neighborhoods. If you park in a neighborhood be courteous and check signs for "no parking" areas.
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The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of KY
500 Alumni Dr
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Great place for a stroll, a picnic, or a run. Well maintained paths, gardens and trails. Check their website for scheduled events. Parking lot entrance on Alumni Drive, as well as smaller entrances from adjoining neighborhoods. If you park in a neighborhood be courteous and check signs for "no parking" areas.
Lexington owned Nature Sanctuary with Kentucky River overlooks. Miles of well maintained trails. Can be busy during peak seasons. I would avoid after a heavy rain as trails get muddy.
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Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
3885 Raven Run Wy
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Lexington owned Nature Sanctuary with Kentucky River overlooks. Miles of well maintained trails. Can be busy during peak seasons. I would avoid after a heavy rain as trails get muddy.
Amazing hidden gem in Lexington. Lovingly maintained private nature sanctuary. All hikes are guided, but if you have the opportunity when in town, check out their schedule! The limestone tufa formation at Elk Lick Falls is very unique. These formations can mainly only be found here in Kentucky and in France.
Floracliff Nature Sanctuary
8000 Elk Lick Falls Rd
Amazing hidden gem in Lexington. Lovingly maintained private nature sanctuary. All hikes are guided, but if you have the opportunity when in town, check out their schedule! The limestone tufa formation at Elk Lick Falls is very unique. These formations can mainly only be found here in Kentucky and in France.
Unique smaller nature sanctuary with a waterfall and tranquil creek. Shorter trails, but a great spot.
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Jessamine Creek Gorge
1232-1406 Corman Ln
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Unique smaller nature sanctuary with a waterfall and tranquil creek. Shorter trails, but a great spot.

Sightseeing

Historic park downtown next to Transylvania University. I love the architecture in the area. Many of the lots in the area are long and narrow, as they had ropehouses or ropewalks used to make hemp rope.
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Gratz Park
250 W 3rd St
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Historic park downtown next to Transylvania University. I love the architecture in the area. Many of the lots in the area are long and narrow, as they had ropehouses or ropewalks used to make hemp rope.
The heart of downtown. Fountains and plenty of seating to enjoy a quick rest or enjoy a picnic. Adjacent to Rupp Arena.
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Triangle Park
400 W Main St
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The heart of downtown. Fountains and plenty of seating to enjoy a quick rest or enjoy a picnic. Adjacent to Rupp Arena.
The small art museum inside 21c is worth checking out. It is free and has rotating exhibits.
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21c Museum Hotel Lexington
167 W Main St
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The small art museum inside 21c is worth checking out. It is free and has rotating exhibits.
The University of Kentucky Art Museum. Check out their current exhibits.
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University of Kentucky Art Museum
405 Rose St
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The University of Kentucky Art Museum. Check out their current exhibits.
History nerds will appreciate The Henry Clay Estate. One of Kentucky's famous politicians and Speaker of The House. Known as the "Great Compromiser" in the US Senate. Stroll the manicured grounds and gardens or schedule a tour.
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Ashland - The Henry Clay Estate
120 Sycamore Rd
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History nerds will appreciate The Henry Clay Estate. One of Kentucky's famous politicians and Speaker of The House. Known as the "Great Compromiser" in the US Senate. Stroll the manicured grounds and gardens or schedule a tour.
One of North America's best thoroughbred horse racing tracks. A great place to visit during the racing season or in the off season. The grounds and barns are open year round. There is a library on-site as well for the true horse fans.
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Keeneland
4201 Versailles Road
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One of North America's best thoroughbred horse racing tracks. A great place to visit during the racing season or in the off season. The grounds and barns are open year round. There is a library on-site as well for the true horse fans.
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Kentucky Horse Park
4089 Iron Works Pkwy
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Neighborhoods

Beautiful, historic homes downtown. Take a walk, and enjoy the views for several blocks around 2nd and 3rd streets.
West 2nd Street
West 2nd Street
Beautiful, historic homes downtown. Take a walk, and enjoy the views for several blocks around 2nd and 3rd streets.
Designed by the Olmsted brothers, one of Lexington's most popular neighborhoods. Lovely streets to stroll.
Ashland Park
Designed by the Olmsted brothers, one of Lexington's most popular neighborhoods. Lovely streets to stroll.