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Would Appreciate Lexington, KY Recommendations

HairIcon Sep 26, 2013 05:28 AM

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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    cocobinga Oct 19, 2013 06:02 AM

    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.

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      etonian Sep 26, 2013 09:09 AM

      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.


      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
        NonnieMuss Sep 26, 2013 10:06 AM

        +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
          chileheadmike Sep 26, 2013 11:37 AM

          Pretty good write-up in the Herald Leader on Enoteca.

          1. re: NonnieMuss
            etonian Sep 26, 2013 06:24 PM

            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.

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              HairIcon Oct 13, 2013 02:27 PM

              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. NonnieMuss Sep 26, 2013 08:24 AM

          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
            cocobinga Oct 19, 2013 06:05 AM

            Agreed on Table 310.

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            chileheadmike Sep 26, 2013 05:40 AM

            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

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            1. re: chileheadmike
              HairIcon Sep 26, 2013 07:24 AM

              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.

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