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Wanted: Ethnic Food Suggestions for Lexington, KY

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My work is taking me to Lexington for a long weekend in a few days. I've been there several times before, but I feel mostly clueless as to ethnic food availability. I really like Banana Leaf near UK, but I'd like to know if there are other Asian or other ethnic places that are worth going to. I don't care about ambiance, location (as long as it's within 20ish minutes of the UK area), or price; anything authentic, whether hole-in-the-wall or expensive sushi, would be fantastic. Help me exceed my low expectations!

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  1. The good news is that pretty much everything is within 20 minutes of UK in Lexington, so that won't be a problem. The bad news is that when it comes to Ethnic food, I find that Lexington leaves a lot to be desired. Having said that, here's a few places that may not disappoint:

    Tomo
    (859) 269-9291
    848 E High St
    (less than 1 mile from campus)

    I have friends that do business in Japan that say this is the most Authentic Japanese Cuisine in Lexington. I have had mostly good experiences there and would recommed it.

    Hunan Chinese Restaurant
    859) 278-3811
    115 Southland Dr
    (less than 1 mile from campus)

    Authentic Chinese, uh no, but my wife and I like the (lack of) atmosphere and the General Tso's chicken is the best in Lexington. The pot stickers are a great way to start as well.

    Planet Thai
    (859) 373-8269
    2417 Nicholasville Rd # 2
    (a mile or so from campus, maybe 2)

    The food is just good. Not great, but certainly not something I wouldn't recommend. If you like spicy food, order it hotter than you would normally.

    May I also suggest:

    Billy's BBQ
    101 Cochran Rd
    (859) 269-9593
    (less than 1 mile from campus)

    I know this doesn't fit your request, but as Lexington BBQ goes, Billy's has great pulled pork, tasty sides, and their fried pickles are excellent.

    Sorry I noticed this post late. I could probably think of a few more places given a little more time. As it is, hope you enjoy Lexington.

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    1. re: CaptTrim

      Thanks! This is definitely helpful. I'll report back early next week. And the BBQ suggestion is much appreciated as well.

    2. Panda Cuisine is the most authentic Chinese we've found in the area: http://www.pandaky.com/

      Because there is a nearby Toyota facility there are many Japanese / sushi options. We like Nagasaki for quick, reasonable sushi. There are others...

      Some Lexington locations will be discussed in the forums on the Louisville focused Hot Bytes blog: http://www.louisvillehotbytes.com/

      1. any recent thoughts on natasha's cafe? i haven't been there for many, many a year, but i seem to recall them serving a good, authentic borscht and hungarian goulash.