Top Choice New Southern in Lexington

Holly Hill Inn

Guests dine in the converted bedrooms and parlors of an elegant old farmhouse, just west of Lexington in the town of Midway. The husband-and-wife owners serve local bounty with a deft touch – lamb with scallion ravi…
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…
in Lexington

Billy's Hickory Pit Bar-B-Q

Even the green beans have meat in them at homey Billy's, an institution known for its Kentucky-style smoked pork, beef and mutton and its burgoo, a regional chili-like stew.
French in Lexington

Natural Provisions

This industrial-chic culinary complex in a former bottling factory houses a French brasserie, a boulangerie/coffee shop and gourmet beer hall/market; together, they bear the weight of Lexington's new cradle of cool.…
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…
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 remoulade and country ham), oatmeal bruleé and local egg casseroles; all organ…
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…