Love tapas? Babalu promises “Tapas Worth Sharing”. Take their 3 Meat Albondigas, which includes braised lamb, chorizo and beef meatballs with a chipotle tomato sauce and cotija cheese–there’s a perfect bite for just about everyone! They also have a great selection of tacos, including a sweet seasonal fruit option.
4040 Finn Way Ste. 150 • Lexington • 859.309.4780 • EatBabalu.com
Slide into Corto Lima and sample their Platos Pequeños. Their Papas en la Latta features hand-cut fries with queso blanco, jalapeño, smoked salt and pico de gallo, but it’s even better with their barrel smoked pork carnitas added. Looking for something vegan and gluten-free? Try the Green Plantain Empanadas featuring barbequed jackfruit and cashew crema.
Corner of W. Short & N. Limestone • Lexington • 859.317.8796 • cortolima.com
For the uninitiated, the name is short for Standing Room Only. This eatery by Hidenori and Shima Yamaguchi offers delicious sushi, Japanese tapas and drinks served from behind a counter. Guests are invited to mix, mingle and nosh, but as the name suggests, there are no chairs. If the buzz on social media is any indication, every bite is worth standing for!
106 W. Sixth St. • Lexington
This New Orleans-inspired bar has been slowly working food bites into their menu, and the results are tasty. Their chicken and sausage gumbo, creole meat pies and lobster beignets are perfectly portioned for eanjoying while you mingle and listen to the live music. They’re perfect for enjoying alongside one of Creaux’s signature cocktails.
310 W. Short St. • Lexington • 859.469.8960 • creauxlex.com
CRÚ Food & Wine Bar
An essential piece of CRÚ’s ongoing mission to make wine more casual is their list of “Taste & Share” plates. These shareable bites are perfect for enjoying while sipping and savoring wine. From their indulgent Fritto Misto of calamari, rock shrimp, zucchini, fresno chilies served with Comeback sauce to their signature Artisan Cheese Flights, it’s a perfect choice for Girl’s Night Out or a casual date.
107 Summit At Fritz Farm #120 • Lexington • 859.971.9463 • CruAWineBar.com