By Alexa Bacon
Inside the rustic brick walls covered with colorful paintings and chalkboard menus is Alfalfa Restaurant, a vegetarian friendly restaurant that focuses on producing local, yet eclectic food. This eatery offers a wide variety of delicious vegetarian options such as their black bean quinoa burger, lasagna alfalfa, and a four-part veggie plate. Even try their famous Tomato Bisque soup that Lexington’s own Coach Calipari frequently tweets about!
Downtown • 141 East Main Street • (859) 253-0014 - alfalfarestaurant.com
GUMBO YA YA
A local creole favorite since 2004, Gumbo Ya Ya is renowned for their authentic and inexpensive Cajun cuisine provided within a festive atmosphere. This lively eatery offers over 15 different vegetarian dishes like their popular Tofu E’toufee, which is poured over either a hefty serving of white rice or penne pasta. Owners Greg and Tressa are a friendly couple that promise an enjoyable meal and encourage free samples.
S. Broadway Park • 1080 South Broadway • (859) 252-9292 gumboyayaky.com
Sahara Mediterranean Cuisine is a family owned restaurant that combines an array of fresh Mediterranean food within a welcoming environment. With an emphasis on providing healthy options, the local eatery offers multiple vegetarian dishes such as their famous falafel, which can be paired with a side of the colorful Greek salad or an order of homemade hummus to top off this very nutritious meal!
Beaumont • 3061 Fieldstone Way (859) 224-1138 • sahara-lex.com
Asian Wind delivers upscale Chinese food without the monotonous presence of a buffet styled restaurant. This sit down eatery’s attentive service and authentic food is only outdone by their variety of vegetarian dishes. Vegetarians can eat outside of the box by dining on different Kwachic and Kwabif dishes, which are nicknames of meatless chicken and beef, or an order of egg drop soup.
Palomar • 3735 Palomar Centre Drive • (859) 223-0060 asianwindrestaurant.com
GOOD FOODS MARKET AND CAFE
This unique combination of a local fresh food market and eatery creates the wholesome feel of Good Foods. This cafe features a hot buffet, and soup and salad bar filled with a wide range of vegan and vegetarian choices, as well individual on-the-go items. The buffet menu changes daily but offers options such as eggplant lasagna or vegan Cajun lentil soup that will please any customer!
Southland • 455 Southland Drive • (859) 278-1813 goodfoods.coop