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Old 06-27-2008, 12:05 PM
 
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There were so many responses to this thread, that I thought I'd compile a list of local eateries based on everyone's recommendations. To me there's nothing better than supporting local fare, and I'm looking forward to getting started!

Casual Dining/Soups/Sandwiches:

A.P. Roots & A.P. Suggins

Alfalfa's

Buddy's Bar & Grill

Courtyard Deli (open M-F from 11-2 only!)

Cheapside Bar & Grill

Giacomos (NY style deli)

Harry's (see Malone's/Sal's/Harry's combo below)

Ramsey's (diner style)

Sawyer's Bar & Grill (good burgers/casual flare)

Stanley J's (NY style deli)

Sunrise Bakery (also for pastries/desserts)

Tolly Ho

Two Keys Tavern ("pub grub")


Pizza/Grinders/Subs:

Brooklyn Pizza

Mancino's Pizza & Grinders

Pazzo's Pizza Pub

Smashing Tomato


Steaks/Seafood/Italian:

Bellini's

Harry's/Malone's/Sal's combo: (Malone's and Sal's for steaks, seafood, etc., Harry's for sandwiches)

Merrick Inn/Murray's

Rossi's


Pastries/Desserts:

Le Matin

Magee's Bakery

Spalding's Bakery (voted best donuts!)
(they do not have a website, but try this for an interesting read)


Other:

7 Leguas (Mexican)

Atomic Café (Caribbean/Jamaican flair)

Billy's BBQ (self-explanatory, but it's BBQ)

Bourbon & Toulouse (http://www.bntlex.com/dtown.htm - broken link) (Cajun)

China Hut (Chinese)

Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant (Mexican)

Mandarin (Asian)

Miyako Sushi & Steakhouse (Japanese/sushi)

Oasis (Mediterranean)

Planet Thai (Thai)

Siam Thai (Thai)

Tomo Restaurant (Japanese/sushi)


And finally, some recommended chains:

Chipotle (Mexican)

Donato's Pizza, Subs, Salads

Graeter's Ice Cream (I'm recommending this one, they have fantastic ice cream at a reasonable price! Try the raspberry chunk…)

Jimmy Johns (subs)

Pita Pit (pitas)

Puccini's Smiling Teeth (pizza)



Hope this helps any newcomers to the area, and if I labeled anything incorrectly, just give a shout!
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Old 06-27-2008, 12:13 PM
 
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Excellent list. Lexington has some nice local places but one of the glaring weaknesses in the scene is the lack of really fine dining as well as myriad ethnic options outside the standards.

Also, it should be known that some of those places are really college drunky hangouts. I am thinking mainly of Cheapside and Two Keys. You also have Bellini's which must be the sorority girl meet up place (hey they are pretty but awfully young). I think Rossi's is the standout on that list for me. I am still looking for standout restaurants in Lexington, and of course I never touch a chain in Lexington or anywhere else I visit.
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Old 06-27-2008, 02:17 PM
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Anyone who likes reasonable Mexican food should really give El 7 Leguas a try. It is just one mile west of Fayette Mall. I have never had a meal there that wasn't great, and they get the food out almost as fast as Taco Bell
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Old 06-27-2008, 02:32 PM
 
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Great list! Thanks!

You can add Furlongs on Richmond Road which has a Lousiana/Cajun flare.

www.furlongs.com - Food With Character
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Old 06-27-2008, 02:33 PM
 
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Some higher end places that you are missing. All are downtown within a couple blocks of each other.

Jonathan's at Gratz Park
Portofino's
La Deauville
a la Lucie's
Metropol
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Old 06-27-2008, 02:43 PM
 
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Great list TheCaptain !!
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Old 06-27-2008, 04:39 PM
 
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Natasha's is good.

Don't forget the ole Waffle House.

The Penn Station chain does pretty good cheese steaks, my wife who is from Philly approves of them. And they make fresh-cut fries too.
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Old 06-27-2008, 06:15 PM
 
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Some higher end places that you are missing. All are downtown within a couple blocks of each other.

Jonathan's at Gratz Park
Portofino's
La Deauville
a la Lucie's
Metropol
Thanks for this! The original thread had a more "Where can I go on a budget?" feel to it, so these are some great additions.

And the cheesesteak reference --- I LOVE a good cheesesteak, thank you!
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Old 06-27-2008, 10:08 PM
 
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Nice job with the list!
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Old 06-28-2008, 11:20 AM
 
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Some higher end places that you are missing. All are downtown within a couple blocks of each other.

Jonathan's at Gratz Park
Portofino's
La Deauville
a la Lucie's
Metropol
ah yes, I forgot about Portofino's! Thats the star in Lexington.
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