Review: Dudley's, Lexington KY
I am an Arizona 'Hound visiting Lexington KY for a meeting. Thanks to posts on this board, I decided to try Dudley's last night. Here's my take:
Because it's unseasonably warm in Kentucky (as in a few places), I sat outside on the patio. It was quite pleasant--the constant traffic noise becomes white noise after a while. My server, Daniel, was very prompt and gave me the proper level of attention throughout the evening.
I was served some bread and olive oil with my manhattan and given time to consider the menu. The Autumn Linguine looked really good--butternut squash, browned sage butter, manchego cheese--but one of the seafood specials ended up swaying me.
My starter was the endive and blue cheese salad with butternut squash flan. The flan was amazing--pure essence of butternut. It was creamy with a tinge of sweetness. I could have just eaten that. I thought the endive competed a bit with its vinaigrette dressing and with the flan, but the pieces of endive that weren't as heavily dressed fared better. I was surprised that the endive and flan didn't work together really, but eaten separately they were delicious.
My entree was a queen snapper special, with a flagolet bean ragu and baby bok choy. The snapper was perfect--moist, seared on the outside for a beautiful crust, well seasoned. The beans were also good, although it was described as a bean and lobster tail ragu--if there was lobster in there, it was cooked beyond recognition. The baby bok choy was also well prepared and a nice foil for the snapper.
Because I had been traveling all day, I hadn't eaten all day either. So of course I had dessert. I ended up with the ice cream of the day, chocolate bourbon cherry ice cream. I was expecting a chocolate base with maybe bourbon soaked cherries in it, but instead it was vanilla ice cream with chunks of a chocolate, presumably bourbon and cherry, fudge. It was nice enough, but I think I would have preferred the chocolate base. It was served with a chocolate chip cookie.
All in all, I was pleased with my experience--the service was very good. I mentioned to my server, Daniel, that I often feel rushed when dining alone. Their pacing was spot on--I felt relaxed and able to enjoy my meal. If I had to change anything, I would add a few more "by the glass" selections to their wine list.
Thanks, CHOW'ers, for a great local recommendation.