Top Choice Diner in Frankfort

Rick's White Light Diner

The kind of place American eating is all about, local character Rick Paul whips up excellent (mostly Cajun) greasy spoon dishes at this tiny diner near the Singing Bridge. Dishes like crawfish pie and Cajun omelette…
Top Choice Barbecue in Lexington

County Club

This smoked-meat sanctuary occupies the former storage garage of a Sunbeam bread factory. Though the service is best described as hipster aloof, the wares – a burger, brisket on rye, sriracha-lime chicken wings, por…
Top Choice Southern US in Bluegrass Country

Holly Hill Inn

This winsome 1845 Greek Revival estate, nestled beneath the oaks, houses one of the best restaurants in Kentucky. The married chef-owners serve a simple but elegant multicourse brunch or dinner of wholesome soups, h…
Modern American in Lexington

Middle Fork

From worshipped food truck to the culinary anchor of Lexington's hottest epicurean district, the Old Pepper Distillery campus, Chef Mark Jensen calls on a custom-built Argentinean-styled wood-fire grill for much of …
Deli in Lexington

Stella's Kentucky Deli

This don't-miss deli has 30 years under its apron, but the latest owners refocused a few years back, upping the cool quotient and concentrating on invaluable provisions from local farmers. Great sandwiches, soups an…
Southern US in Lexington

Carson's Food & Drink

Prohibition-era cocktails ($7 to $8) and Bloody Marys (garnished with bacon, shrimp, celery, olives, smoked Gouda cheese and pepperoncini!) make for great chasing at this rustic upscale newcomer that serves a meat-h…
Cafe in Lexington


Breakfast fiends should head to this former gas station to fill up on scrumptious comfort food led by shrimp and grits (with green onion rémoulade and country ham), oatmeal brûlée and local egg casseroles; all organ…
Modern American in Lexington

Village Idiot

Hip young foodies descend for dishes comfy and familiar, but with a twist. Think: duck confit and waffles, pulled pork mac 'n' cheese, or fried chicken eggs Benedict. It has a decent bourbon selection too.