By Jen Brown
STELLA'S KENTUCKY DELI
Stella’s approach to Kentucky cuisine is all about the comforts of home. This popular eatery serves up home-style cooking using locally-sourced foods in a quaint converted house on booming Jefferson Street. Menu offerings include fried green tomato BLT, biscuits with chipotle gravy, and even a good selection of vegetarian dishes. What else is on their menu? This joint even shows its local love by giving their food producers a shout out on the menu.
Downtown • 143 Jefferson Street
This living history museum is a true celebration of the land. Work up an appetite by exploring the pristine grounds, and then dine in the Trustees’ Office Dining Room, which serves up food grown in the gardens on site, as well as other local sources. Diners enjoy Kentucky favorites such as coleslaw, cornbread, fried chicken, corn pudding, and a variety of seasonal dishes. Fish fries, garden suppers, and other food-centered events are regularly featured on their calendar.
Harrodsburg • 3501 Lexington Road
With Chef Jeremy Ashby at the helm, Azur serves up creative dishes inspired by international cuisine that are uniquely Kentucky. In the simple and quiet ambiance of the dining room or out on the relaxing patio, diners enjoy fusion dishes, such as a black-eyed pea tart, bourbon fried chicken, and deviled duck eggs. However, it’s the specials, such as pork and country ham ragu or duck risotto, plus seasonally changing fare that truly make Azur a celebration of local foods.
Beaumont • 3070 Lakecrest Circle, #550
WINDY CORNER MARKET
Windy Corner is an idyllic diner overlooking picturesque and beloved horse farms. This hideaway serves up locally-sourced country cooking with a kick of Cajun. Diners place their orders off newsprint menus at the counter and then take their seats in the quaint dining room or patio. Menu offerings include breakfast plates, po’ boy sandwiches, southern dinner specials (such as meatloaf or shrimp and grits), and an array of bakery treats. Patrons can even pick up local honey and other sundries.
North End • 4595 Bryan Station Road
Since 1973 Alfalfa has been a beloved community hot spot. This art-filled urban eatery serves up a wide variety of locally-sourced creole style food, and boasts an impressive selection of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free foods. Daily specials such as jambalaya or chicken talese, a wildly popular brunch complete with mimosas, homemade desserts, and even local & organic wines keep locals coming back and building memories in the heart of Lexington.
Downtown • 141 East Main