Taking cues from the Yucatan and sourcing its meat exclusively from local farms, the Mayan Cafe serves the essential ingredients of Mayan cooking: dishes rich with smoked chilies, pumpkin seeds, lime, oil infusions and roasted meats. Even if you’ve never voluntarily eaten them before, you must try the Tok Sel roasted lima beans.
This bistro, located in an historic former stop on the L&N railroad, has an exposed-brick interior and fireplaces that lend a cozy feeling. The seasonally-changing menu offers dishes to pair perfectly with the extensive wine selection, which can be ordered by the taste, glass, or bottle.
This brewpub, located in the heart of St. Matthews, is the latest in this expanding, Lexington-based group. Lunch and dinner is classic bar food — like hot wings, shrimp poppers, burgers and ribs. The beer list includes the big American brands plus 24 microbrews. We hear it’s a happening late-night spot, too.
A variety of homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts. The popular Hoppin’ John and — a mix of chili and chicken gumbo — keep customers coming back for more. Try the Ultimate Reuben served on a pretzel roll.
This casual restaurant has an assortment of Cajun/American entrées, from the good-old Hot Brown and bacon-wrapped scallops to jambalaya. The menu changes seasonally and live music is offered on some nights.