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Hello Fellow Hounds……
I’m doing a quick road trip from Atlanta through Kentucky for the St James Art Show in Louisville, The Bourbon Trail and two days in Lexington doing horsey things before heading back.
I’ve got my Louisville itinerary set. Decca on Friday night, Harvest on Saturday night and Milkwood on Sunday. I did have a reservation at Proof on Main till I read on Eater that the Sous Chef and Chef de Cuisine both left recently. My son is a chef at Husk in Charleston, so we are going to stop at Husk in Nashville on the way home for lunch, but I have no idea where to eat two evening meals in Lexington. A client recommended Portofino, Bellini’s or Dudley’s on Short, and even though they all look good, I was hoping to find something a little more interresting and progressive.

Any Suggestions??

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  1. Check out Holly Hill in Midway.
    Portofino serves some very good food, but it isn't anywhere near cutting edge.

    We recently ate at A La Lucie and enjoyed it very much.

    Also, there is Table 310
    http://www.table-three-ten.com/

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    1. re: chileheadmike

      Thanks,
      Holly Hill was on my radar but is not serving the days we are here.
      A La Lucie looks like it would appeal to my wife who likes more options and not as much cutting edge cuisine. Also, the price point seems very good.

    2. I'd avoid Table 310, with respect to chileheadmike. We had a terrible experience there - foodwise. The service was lovely, but the food was inedible, precious, overdone, and the place smelled like dirty hair. I haven't heard one good thing about it. It just wishes it was like Husk. I wish it was like Husk! I'd steer you towards Nick Ryan's, which is a little more modern than A La Lucie, but still serves good basic food as well.

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      1. re: NonnieMuss

        Agreed on Table 310.

      2. The Holly Hill chef recently opened what looks like a casual fish joint. Not been but would love to go based on experiences at Holly Hill Inn.

        http://smithtownseafood.com/

        Been to Table 310 once and had good service at the bar with a knowledgable bartender. Kumamoto oysters seemed less than fresh and somewhat bland. Don't remember other specifics but food seemed less impressive than the menu read. Might go back at some point for another visit.

        Wine + Market is great for French inspired lunch sandwiches. Enoteca is across the street and same owners. It is new but may be worth trying for tapas and wine bar.

        Looking forward to visiting Nashville in Nov and have reservations at Husk as well. Have fun!

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        1. re: etonian

          +1 on Wine + Market. Incredible sandwiches - simply made with fresh good quality ingredients. It's a little spendy for lunch, but split a sandwich and a bowl of soup and it's wonderful. I haven't heard about Enoteca, and I live in that area. Strange. Enjoy Husk - one of the best meals of my life.

          1. re: NonnieMuss

            Pretty good write-up in the Herald Leader on Enoteca.
            http://www.kentucky.com/2013/09/26/28...

            1. re: NonnieMuss

              Great to hear about Husk. If you make it to Enoteca let me know how it goes. I don't make it to Lexington much but it is next on my list with my next visit.

              1. re: etonian

                Just left your beautiful city.
                We had dinner at Nick Ryan's Saloon (what a terrible name) on Monday night. My wife's Salad Nicosia was delicious but my Cobb Salad with chicken was so disappointing (we gorged in Louisville and wanted to eat light). We did have an amazing waitress , Samantha, so that kinda made up for it. The place seemed to be not a Saloon and with everyone running around on a slow Monday night, there didn't seem to be a strong management in place. Would definitely not return.
                We did walk to Enoteca for a drink afterwards and found the place empty but had one of the most amazing conversations with the Owner, Seth and their Mixologist (love that term) who taught me more about Bourbon than I had learned in two tours earlier that day at Makers Mark and Woodford Reserve. They gave us some delicious dessert samples, but I would have loved to eat there.
                Tuesday we did Portofinos. Nice space, great waiter, but even though the food was adequate, the plating and originality seemed old-fashioned. No complaints, just not Chowhound worthy.
                Thanks for all your advise and help......

          2. Lexington is disappointing, to me, aside from a few ethnic options.

            The best dining experience in the area is at a very unassuming Japanese izakaya that is only open for a few hours each night: Yamaguchi's Sake & Tapas. Go now - thank me later.