Restaurants

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, siracha-lime smoked chicken wing…
Top Choice Modern American in Lexington

Table Three Ten

Prohibition-era cocktails? Check. Farm-to-table cuisine? Check. Hipster wait staff? Indeed. Everyday farmers pull up in old pickups hauling baskets of rabbits, hens, pork shoulder and veggies, the raw material from …
Top Choice Modern American in Louisville

Decca

A beautiful space with a cork-and-wood floor, fountain-strewn patio and gorgeous Laguiole cutlery opened by a chef from San Francisco (albeit a Southerner by birth). Kentuckians were skeptical, but Annie Pettry wooe…
Top Choice Southern US in Louisville

Hillbilly Tea

An excellent-value little diner off Main St, it specializes in Appalachian food with a modern twist, which means you may find smoked catfish served over smashed potatoes, cornish hen over brussels and parsnips, and …
Modern American in Louisville

Proof

Arguably Louisville's best restaurant. The cocktails ($8 to $15) are incredible, the wine and bourbon 'library' (they're known to pour from exclusive and rare barrels of Woodford Reserve and Van Winkle) is long and …
Top Choice Mexican in Louisville

Mayan Cafe

Check your visions of piñatas and mariachis at the door – Chef Bruce Ucán's subtle farm-to-table Mexican mainstay is a journey about flavor, not patriotic pomp and circumstance. Impossibly-fresh, sustainably-produce…
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

Coles 735 Main

Original fox-and-hound murals line the walls of this long-standing restaurant location (eight have tried and failed over the course of decades) but Coles 735 Main has spruced-up what looks like little more than a ch…
Southern US in Bardstown

Chapeze House

Michael Masters (known only as 'the Colonel') will lead you through a tasting from his collection of more than 100 premium and vintage bourbons. Afterwards, wife Margaret Sue, president of the Kentucky Bourbon Cooki…
Modern American in Louisville

Gralehaus

There's breakfast all day at this small eatery housed in a historic early-20th-century home and you should indeed indulge in their chef-centric takes on traditional Southern comforts at all hours (think locally-sour…