By Whitney Sandusky


Uncle Maddio’s
Conveniently located on the edge of UK campus, Uncle Maddio’s introduces a new way to make pizza. This build-your-own pizza style restaurant allows you to select from 3 different dough options, 6 different sauces and over 45 different cheese, meat or veggie toppings. If you’re not up for the challenge of creating your own pizza, there are several signature styles to try. Jamaican Jerk and Buffalo Chicken are two of the many options. Pizza isn’t the only item on the menu, try a Greek salad or a Mediterranean Foldwich, both served with homemade Greek dressing. Uncle Maddio’s holds true to their slogan “fast, fresh, affordable”, with their unique take on pizza, attentive staff, and Thursday night trivia, all can agree this spot is also “fun, friendly, innovative”. 
630 East Euclid Avenue • (859) 309-0896 •

Visit the heart of downtown Lexington to try HopCat’s Crack Fries. Food Network Magazine named these addictive fries among America’s 10 Best French Fries . Pair the fries with one of their signature items, the Bar Zee Burger, topped with hickory smoked bacon, jalapeños & bar cheese. Other must-try dishes are their “street style” Better Living Through Tacos Plate and their Meat Head Pizza Roll, with house-made marinara. Enjoy these great dishes with a pint; they offer 100 beers on tap—Kentucky’s largest selection of craft beer. Their Local 20 menu gives a taste of Kentucky-made beers. HopCat’s happy hour is one of the greatest in town!
410 West Short Street • (859) 286-6847 •

Joella’s Hot Chicken
Joella’s is bringing Nashville style hot chicken to the Bluegrass. This restaurant is about more than chicken, it’s about Southern charm, tradition and a down home feel. Tony Palombino, founder and CEO, comes from a family with a restaurant history in fried chicken. Their brined and golden browned fried chicken comes in six levels of spice. Get the chicken served alone, part of a salad, atop a waffle, or on a sammie. A customer favorite is the Chicken and Waffles, a fluffy waffle served with three wings or tenders with a choice of maple syrup or spiked honey. Plus you can pick from a variety of made-from-scratch sides, like broccoli slaw and creamy mac and cheese.  
101 Cochran Road • (859) 269-9593 •

Upstart Crow
Old is new again at The Upstart Crow. Originally located at Broadway and Angliana in the 1970s, this eatery is reincarnated at the corner of Short and Limestone. The Upstart Crow is run by two brothers who are part of Lexington’s rich restaurant history. Tim and Mark Adams are former owners of Morgan’s Cafe. While enjoying a meal in this American tavern-style atmosphere, start with the Cornmeal Fried Oysters with Sriracha ketchup. Follow that with a House Burger and Duck Fat Fries. Don’t forget to order a cocktail served at the antique 1896 Rothschild mahogany bar from the original location. The authentic Irish Coffee is an original recipe Tim brought to Lexington in 1972, and is a “must-try”.  
101 West Short Street • (859) 523-7146

Sage Rabbit
With warm weather on the rise, Sage Rabbit’s pet friendly patio will be a go-to stop, located in the heart of Chevy Chase. This chef-owned restaurant is dedicated to using locally-sourced ingredients and seasonal offerings to create their dishes. The care the chefs take is shown in  details like their own freshly grown herbs and pasta made in-house each day. Daily specials allow guests to try something new. One of their signature offerings is the the Hoppy Burger, which is ground fresh daily, and paired with hand-cut fries. A casual atmosphere, with great service and even better drinks, Sage Rabbit will soon become a favorite.  
438 South Ashland Avenue • (859) 523-2095 •