TOP 5 DINING: LEXINGTON LEGACIES

By Madison Rexroat

 

Merrick Inn 
For more than 40 years, Merrick Inn has been the home of Southern culture. As a former pre-Civil War era manor house on one of Lexington’s finest horse farms, the Merrick Inn venue was the training grounds of countless famous thoroughbreds, including the namesake horse, Merrick, himself. Now, it’s Lexington’s go-to hotspot for authentic, contemporary Southern cuisine. The menu features locally sourced options like the classic Southern Fried Chicken and the Merrick Hot Brown, but they also serve tastes with a twist like the Frenched Pork Chops and Shrimp & Grits. You may not be able to spend the night at this establishment, but the food will make you wish you could.
1074 Merrick Drive • (859) 269-5417 • themerrickinn.com
Alfalfa
If you want to eat like Calipari, Alfalfa is the place to be. Founded in 1973, Alfalfa was the first restaurant in Lexington to serve brunch. Their Cajun/Creole style has also set them apart from other eateries. They use as many local ingredients as they can get, ranging from pasta to wine, but they’re not afraid to serve some marvelous organic imports. With options like the Black Bean Quinoa Burger, the Jamaican Run Down and the Chocolate Guinness Cake for dessert, Alfalfa is a long-time favorite of Lexingtonians. Cal’s food of choice? A bowl of Tomato Bisque soup. The stats don’t lie – give it a try! 
141 East Main Street • (859) 253-0014 • alfalfarestaurant.com|
Malone's
If you haven’t been to Malone’s, are you even a Lexingtonian? The epitome of a steakhouse, Malone’s seems to be synonymous with a Lexington celebration, and that’s the sentiment of countless celebrities, too. Just one step into one of the three locations (that’s how popular it is) and you’ll spot autographed menus from stars hailing from Hollywood to Nashville to right here in Lexington. Besides celebrities, Malone’s attracts regulars with their classic steaks and creative entrées like the Maple Bacon Grilled Chicken and The Anthony Davis, a prime NY strip with blackened jumbo shrimp and Creole butter. A couple of visits and you, too, can feel like an NBA superstar.
3347 Tates Creek Road, (859) 335-6500 • 1920 Pleasant Ridge Drive, (859) 264-8023 • 3735 Palomar Centre Drive, (859) 977-2620 bluegrasshospitality.com
Le Deauville
Never been to Paris? No problem! Take a trip to the historic downtown Lexington location of Le Deauville, a French inspired bistro with escargot, mussels, lamb, steak…you name it. With sidewalk seating and a cozy dining area, Le Deauville manages to blend the romance of French cuisine with the casual atmosphere of a Lexington legacy. You can’t have a French restaurant without an extensive wine list (which they do), and you can’t do Monday night dinner without Le Deauville’s all you can eat crêpes. Bon appétit!
199 North Limestone • (859) 246-0999 • ledeauvillebistro.com
Parkette
A Lexington landmark, Parkette has been serving up the good times since 1951. The drive-in restaurant doesn’t need to fake a retro vibe; they were born into it. Parkette prides itself on creating the real Kentucky Fried Chicken (no Colonel Sanders here), and that’s not their only claim to fame. Parkette has had mentions on Rachel Ray, they’ve been visited by Guy Fieri and they’ve even won an Emmy. With menu features like the Hot Brown Burger and the Poor Boy, it’s no surprise that the legacy of Parkette hasn’t gone unnoticed by Lexington natives and visitors alike. For dessert, try the delicious Pink Cadillac, the perfect cherry on top of a fabulous fifties experience. 
1230 East New Circle Road • (859) 254-8723 • theparkette.com

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