Winchell’s has gone way down hill since the owner died. And the service is the pits.
Lexingtonian living in DC here, want to again highly recommend Belle’s Bakery. Great place for a snack, light breakfast. Tremendous scones, cookies, that kind of thing. If you’re doing Ramsey’s or Billy’s for lunch, it’s really close by, on Ashland Ave between Euclid and High Street. You won’t be disappointed. Also, if you’re in a hurry, I love their pimento cheese and chicken salad. Usually take a big tub with me when I’m driving back.
Gold Star is okay. I don’t like it as much as Skyline, but some folks do.
Alfalfa’s is a great recommendation. Winchell’s on Southland Dr (off Nicholasville Rd, south of town) is a great breakfast joint too.
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Pazzo’s is okay, but they leave a lot to desired in the service department. I prefer Mellow Mushroom…I know, I know, it is a small chain but the quality of the food and service is much higher. I love the meatball and banana pepper pizza!
Okay, so the truth is that I have a grudge with the management at Pazzo’s. To put it nicely, they are not too bright. Late last August I was harassed (practically assaulted) by the parking attendant in their lot. Apparently, you must have a receipt from Pazzo’s when you leave the lot. I was never told this, no sign posted, nothing. I did not have a receipt because I did not pay. The attendant had nothing to identify him as an employee. I thought he was some nut, who knows in that area. He was sitting in a car which and smelled heavily of he marijuana and was very aggressive. I had to call the cops and when I complained to management they did almost nothing about it. The department I am associated with at UK used to hold our weekly social functions here (dropping about $250 bucks each time). We go to the Mushroom now.
Thanks for cluing me in on Pazzo’s, ruffusd and ghcornwell. I’ll have to try it out. It’s been a long time since I explored Lexington’s restaurants in depth. A lot has changed in that town, I’m sure.
Former Lex native, occasional visiter here –
I say Pazzo’s best pizza in town. I like the white pizza there, also great beer specials on pints and a hell of a draft selection.
Belle’s Bakery – by far, the best scones I’ve ever had. Great pimento cheese, chicken salad. Near Ashland and HIgh Street. Best bakery in the Bluegrass.
Billy’s – decent ‘cue, but nothing to write home about.
Lynagh’s – best burgers. BCOR, medium rare, every time.
I agree with a lot of what Andrea, above, says. I particularly recommend Wilson’s Pool Hall, for an old time pool hall greasy spoon feel. I do, however, disagree with the Joe B’s pizza recommendation. Pazzo’s, next to the UK campus, is probably the best. Plus, they have about 20 or more beers on tap. Definitely worth trying, even if they don’t have Joe’s breadsticks.
Oh, Sir Pizza is still open in a few locations. I know there’s one off Nicholasville Rd. in the Crossroads strip mall.
For pizza, is Sontino’s still open on Southland Dr?
For the best Chinese in Lex, try Asian Wind in Palomar Centre. George’s special hot sauce is to die for. For the downtown area, the Atomic Cafe (Caribbean theme) and Columbia’s (great steak!). Pizza, Joe Bologna’s hands down. For Italian, we like Giuseppe’s. For seafood, Regatta. For a real roadfood burger, try Parkette on New Circle or Wilson’s Pool Hall in Versailles. For the best Pad Thai, try Siam on New Circle Road. For traditional fare for a nice dinner, the Merrick Inn is very good. For an interesting lunch and a nice drive in the country, try Irish Acres in Nonesuch.
Lex is "chain city" but there are still some very good places to eat.
Only been to Lexington once, but I still recall the meal at the Columbia steak house downtown. Very good!!
If you like Japanese there’s a great place called Nagasaki off of Tates Creek, just outside the circle. They have top notch Japanese cuisine and a house dressing for their salads that is killer!! This is quite possibly the best Japanese restaurant in the region.
There were several locations of SIR PIZZA…I always went to the one on SOUTHLAND DRIVE…I know there was one on Versailles Road and on Richmond Road…
I don’t remember the place you’re talking about that was close to Joe B’s…
I remember the name Sir Pizza, but I can’t remember where it was.
Although I only went there once, I do remember another pizza place somewhere around Limestone and Maxwell in Lexington within a few blocks of Joe Bologna’s called (I think) Mama Mia’s Pizza. All I remember about it was that it served the largest pizza I had ever attemped to eat at that time. One slice and I was full (and I can put it away when I want to). It’s not there anymore. I’d have to get out a mid-1970s city directory to establish its precise location.
I’m thinking about TACO TICO…that little "hole in the wall" place on Moore Drive…they had the best of everything!
I had forgotten about JOE B’s bread sticks..but you know what I miss????
Thank you, ernieson. The El Toro address of 30 years ago may still be the same today; I just couldn’t remember where it was located. Now I only need to get there to see if they still have that watermelon drink. It’s a 200-mile drive for me. I hope I can try it before the year is out.
What I’ll do when I arrive in Lexington is go to Columbia Steak House for "The Special," El Toro for the watermelon drink and Joe Bologna’s for breadsticks all in one trip, probably all in the same day.
El Toro is at 1917 Nicholasville Rd. It may have been somewhere else back in the day.
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