TOP 5 DINING: MOVERS & SHAKERS

By Whitney Sandusky

 

Some of our favorite restaurants have moved or opened new locations. Don’t miss out on the foodie favorites of these movers and shakers of the local restaurant scene. 
Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen
If you’re wanting a gourmet salad option, there’s no better place than Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen. This casual dining experience with a modern farmhouse inspired interior will soon become a favorite, if it isn’t already! A popular selection is the Bluegrass Blackberry Salad with crumbled feta, strawberries, apple chips, and pecans with Blackberry Sorghum Vinaigrette. Pair a salad with soup, such as the Kale, Sausage and Potato soup, which consists of leafy kale and Stone Cross Farm sausage coupled with hearty potatoes and white beans. You can’t leave without having one of their craft lemonades; flavor options, which frequently rotate, have been blueberry basil, cucumber and lavender—to name a few. A new menu item are their frozen pops, in six tasty flavors. Diners can get their Vinagrette fix at the downtown location in The Square.
1781 Sharkey Way, Suite 115, (859) 317-5966 • 113 North Broadway, (859) 569-4040 • vinaigrettesaladkitchen.com
Courtyard Deli
A long standing downtown staple of over 23 years, originally located in Cheapside Park, Courtyard Deli now finds its home on Church Street. Courtyard Deli offers standard deli classics like soups, salads, and sandwiches, but with unique flavors. Try their Roast Turkey and Avocado Spinach Wrap with sprouts, tomato, provolone and basil vinaigrette. The “Quiche of the Day” makes for a great lunch selection with flavors like their spinach, salmon, and cream cheese quiche. Don’t forget to add one of their homemade sides, like spring pasta with zucchini and cucumber spirals or sour cream and dill potato salad. Grab an order to go at their drive-up door or dine at their street side patio. A reason for their long standing success is a great staff where customers feel more like friends —and of course because of their great food!
351 Church Street • (859) 252-3354 • courtyarddelilex.blogspot.com
Willie's Locally Known
An old favorite in a new home, Willie’s Locally Known has recently relocated to Southland Drive. The new space is a bigger venue for local and regional live music talent. Willie’s is more than music; it has BBQ too! A top opener is the bacon flight, featuring flavor-infused cured bacon. Try their smoky, crisp Burnt Ends, but get there early these are a limited menu item. You will also enjoy any of their classics: ribs, wraps, or sandwiches. Any item you order should be paired with the homemade BBQ baked beans—a balance of sweet, tangy and savory. A great ending to the meal is the Donuts Days Bread Pudding with bourbon sauce.
286 Southland Drive • (859) 523-5558 • willieslocallyknown.com 
Dad's Favorites Deli
James “Dad” Caudill’s years of cooking for friends and family led Dad and Susan Bratton to open Dad’s Favorites in May 2008. They now have two locations—the original location on Lane Allen and now a convenient downtoan location. The base to many of their popular menu items are their “distinctively different” cheese spreads. Grab a package of cheese spread, like Chipotle Cheddar or Pepper Jack, to try at home on sandwiches or on crackers. Better yet, stop by Dad’s for a sandwich or daily special, such as Monday’s Farmhouse sandwich with bacon, lettuce, tomato, Dad’s Pimento Cheese & Dad’s Chicken Salad. Dad’s has gained a strong local following because of their innovative products and Southern hospitality shown by their friendly staff. 
820 Lane Allen Road, (859) 309-1930 • 236 East Main Street, (859) 252-9812 • dadsfavorites.com
Maria's Kitchen
Looking for an authentic Mexican experience? Maria’s Kitchen is the place. This local gem is currently a “walk up and order” style space with picnic tables, but plans on moving to a more expansive space on North Broadway, formerly occupied by Willie’s Locally Known. Patrons know this restaurant for consistently great service and menu offerings. Their tacos with homemade tortillas are a favorite; a variety of options are available but the barbacoa is a must try. They have more than tacos: there are also burritos with your choice of filling, like shredded beef or adobada and platters, with options such as the Red Enchiladas in cheese or chicken. Top any dish with the green salsa verde or roja salsa. Pair your meal with a Mexican Coca-Cola. 
895 North Broadway • (859) 294-9537

 

 

 



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