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mustardgirl Sep 25, 2006 07:27 PM

Going to Lexington next week and looking for Dinner Rec's for two nights(got the first night covered)
in 1) Downtown 2. Scenic Drive By the river or not
Heard about Halls on the River
Holly hill Inn?
In Downtown - looking for moderate price not too fancy

  1. JennyL Sep 25, 2006 10:01 PM

    see my reply to "SD"-something a couple of days ago below. Hall's menu looks pretty horrific, but I've never been there, nor has anyone I know.
    Holly Hill Inn is outstanding.
    there's nothing good downtown except some wondeful supercasual south Indian place called Banana Leaf and Korean food a few doors down. those places are truly the best things to happen to downtown, except for the tuna sandwiches (but not much else) at ALfalfa's on Main. have fun! check out the other post below.

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      mustardgirl Sep 25, 2006 11:36 PM

      Holly Inn sounds good for one night. There must be decent palces to eat Downtown- Anabelles?

    2. JennyL Sep 26, 2006 01:26 AM

      No, that place is overpriced and mediocre. Jonathan's at Gratz Park (the Inn) is wonderful, especially the trout if they have it. I'd go there instead of anything else $$$ downtown, it's also downtown. Dudley's is ok but not memorable.

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        mustardgirl Sep 26, 2006 01:43 AM

        OK if not downtown where else in lexington and come on there must be decent food with in Downtown. We are a group of 4 From SF Bay area who are attending a conferance at Hospice of the Bluegrass
        We are from Hospice of Marin. I heard that the downtown area of Lexington is really nice. So what do you suggest . We will go to Holly hill inn one night. We are staying at the Hilton at Lexington Green . The first night (since we arrive at 7:30 PM )will eat at Regatta SEafood . Would love another Rec . Thursday night will be SPLURGE NIGHT at Holly Hill.

      2. JennyL Sep 26, 2006 09:23 PM

        there's a bookstore next to your hotel which is excellent. And it's open late, like 11pm. But I hesitate to tell you that Regatta is not great. I have a student who works there and she told me that they lie about how fresh the fish is. It's kind of like a more expensive TGIFriday's.

        Don't get me wrong, I want to like the food here, and some of it is fantastic, but a lot of it is mediocre. I eat out a lot because of my job, and because I don't cook.

        Especially if you're from the Bay area--I go there to eat!

        Anyhow, downtown if you're looking for low prices, I'd suggest Billy's BBQ. Also the Japanese food here is beyond good, it's outstanding (again, in SF you probably have better, but still) because of a nearby Toyota plant. Find and eat at the wonderful Sugano, which is in a sketchy strip mall but is so good and the prices are ridiculously low. Or Tomo, which is near Billy's. Downtown has bad overpriced food. Really. I have a lot of friends who think too so and we're not snobs or anything. It's pretty, especially the farmer's market and the outside of the Victorian Sq. shops.

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          mustardgirl Sep 27, 2006 01:53 AM

          I really appreciate your honesty- But I think we , do to the time frame and the late hour near our hotel, we will do Regatta.
          Thursday will be Holly Hill Inn. So Wendesday Downtown - Some people on Trip Advisor highly reccomend Bistro 147 on n. limestone? so what do you think??? or

          1. JennyL Sep 27, 2006 12:16 PM

            Honestly, it's not as if eating downtown will be a very memorable experience. it's nicer just to walk around there during the daytime.
            I have eaten at Bistro 147 with my husband and it's terrible. I'm not exaggerating, I just can't imagine why anyone would say it's good. I had pasta that was goopy and undercooked chicken. There's never anybody in there either.
            Jonathan's at Gratz Park is just lovely and it's on a Square a block or two from Main St. that's the most architecturally rich in the whole city. I'd go there for dessert then if you are still hungry (we've done that and they don't mind), just to look around. But dinner downtown? Honestly there is nothing. I live there, hate to drive (am from Cambridge) and I don't eat there. Even the Thai place isn't good, and we really want to go there more often (that said, there is a Thai place near your hotel, take Nicholasville Rd towards town and look on the left, called Planet Thai which is quite good). What I'd do is see downtown and then drive a mile to Billy's BBQ. It's cheap, fun, local favorite, and has lots of options. There's a good sandwich place, Alfalfa's, right on Main St. (and tuna sandwiches just as good in the cafe in the library across the street, but it's only open for lunch), but that's the extent of my downtown eating. There's a fun offbeat place run by a Russian woman and with a bunch of middle eastern options, called Natasha's (the menu's online), nice people, good lunch buffet, and real Turkish coffee, but the food's not special. It is competent though it costs much more at dinner than Billy's which is laughably cheap (like a full dinner for $6). I go there to support downtown businesses but that's the only reason!

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              bluesontap Sep 28, 2006 03:24 PM

              I honestly don't know where these people get the idea that downtown Lex has nothing to offer. There are lots of good places, foremost being a la Lucie on Limestone across from the new courthouse. Jonathan's at Gratz Park is nearby. Never eaten there, but hear from reliable sources that it's great. Natasha's cafe on Esplanade is a reliable option. Annabelle's (sp?) is good but a little overpriced. I would very strongly recommend Metropol on Short Street. I always try to tout it. It's in the old Federal-style PO building. Never had a bad meal there, but I fear that it is underappreciated. I've always had great food also at Bellini's on Main Street (almost on the corner of Limestone). In fact, since the new courthouses have been completed, there has been something of a restaurant renaissance downtown. Things are looking good.

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                bluesontap Sep 28, 2006 03:27 PM

                Are you aware that Holly Hill is not in Lexington but in Midway nearby?

                1. JennyL Sep 28, 2006 10:12 PM

                  Never been to Metropol and now will definitely try it, thanks!
                  And I did highly recommend Jonathan's, twice above...
                  I kind of recommended Natasha's, but again, it's not special, if you're spending only a weekend here.
                  Sorry, but Bellini's is awful. Their pesto tastes like it comes from an old jar, all their fish is farm-raised, their chicken is really dry, and their tomato sauce is way too tangy. The only thing they do well is calamari, IMHO. But that's hard to mess up.
                  Annabelle's is overpriced and I feel that way about A La Lucie's too, never seen the appeal. Ditto for both Dudley's for dinner, not lunch, and Portofino's.
                  Yes, there has been a renaissance, but I'm amazed that those places stay in business. it makes me think that this town really settles for mediocrity when it comes down to it, or maybe most of the people who go there are out-of-towners who have it even worse. Or like me they get stuck going to these places because they're close to work and to the hotels where clients/guests stay.

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                    bluesontap Oct 13, 2006 01:39 PM

                    a la Lucie is expensive, but I've never felt that it wasn't worth it. I have heard that Bellini's has been inconsistent, but I've never had a bad meal there. Have eaten there 3-4 times.

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