It all begins with, "So where should we eat?" the often anxiety-ridden question that prefaces any date night. Lucky for you, I've rounded up twelve of my favorite spots and organized them into genre's to help make answering "where should we eat" that much easier! So whether its a date night for you and your babe or you and all your fave gal pal's, I've got some awesome places for you to try out!
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1. High on Art and Coffee
523 E. High St. Lexington, KY 40502
(Where I am currently writing this post) This place offers good deli-style food and even better coffee and other cafe drinks! They even have a mini market and art for sale by local artists. Theres plenty of outdoor seating which features eclectic decor, lots of string lights, and music that tends to sway towards the classics (rock + jam). Perfect for a casual lunch or breakfast date and they even have some ice cream you can grab to-go!
2. Common Grounds
343 E. High St. Lexington, KY 40507
Just a little further down High St. is Common Grounds, located in an old brick building. They have some pretty smooth coffee and pretty delicious sandwiches and wraps (avo toast is on the menu, don't worry). You can sit outside at there little cafe tables or find a spot in one of the 4 separate rooms they have throughout the coffee house! Perfect is you're planning to stay and chat and relax for awhile, and if you stay long enough some nights they have live music and performances.
Ethnic Style Eateries
111 S. Upper St. Lexington, KY 40507
You've already heard me talk all about Nat's (peep the post below, NAT'S Thai Food) and how perfectly authentic and delicious it is. Head here for a casual day date where you can get Thai food and Irish beer all in one stop! If you don't feel like eating in the pub, take it to go and find a cafe table in Triangle Park for a Thai food picnic.
4. Girl'sGirl'sGirl's Burritos
500 Euclid Ave. Lexington, KY 40502
Eating their burritos was like love at first sight. They take classic mexican food like burrito's, quesadillas, and tamales and add their own modern twist with a myriad of add on options including the option to make your meal vegan (crispy tofu, yum)! Another little spot located in a bar, Girl'sGirl'sGirl's Burritos is inside the Best Friend Bar and you can simply eat there on the patio/indoors OR take it go like we did and grub out on your front porch with a home-made margarita or beer in hand! They open after 5 pm so if you're thinking chill, yet delicious dinner spot, think of this place.
5. Buddha Lounge
109 N. Mill St. Lexington, KY 40507
Who doesn't think of sushi when they think date night? Well mix up your regular sushi place with a visit to the Buddha Lounge for a fun date spot! They have a cool modern interior and even better sushi (Philadelphia roll is amaaaaazing). On top of that they have a happy hour monday through Friday from 3-6 pm, half price drinks and sushi is a no-briner for a fun date night in downtown Lexington!
(Nat's Thai Food Feat. below)
6. Windy Corner
4595 Bryan Station Rd Lexington, KY 40516
Nothing is as classic "Lexington" as a trip out to Windy Corner market. For a no-fuss meal that boasts a beautiful view of horse country, head here. I literally had a glass of wine and a sandwich while I watched a horse gallop through a field, you can't beat it. It doesn't hurt that they cookies and deserts are delicious too for an after dinner treat. If you want a mini escape and relaxing evening, head here for your date spot!
191 Jefferson St. Lexington, KY 40508
For a romantic night with your significant other or a chic dinner with girlfriends, this is your spot to have delicious wine and tapas (small plates). They also have an extensive bourbon or beer list, but I highly recommend going with the wine. The food is all shareable and is perfect for a night filled with lots of conversation (probably prompted by wine)!
8. Kentucky Native Cafe
417 E. Maxwell St. Lexington, KY 40508
Hidden behind Michler's Floral shop is an outdoor cafe that features food that is fresh and great drinks that are perfect for eating & drinking in the garden atmosphere. At night all the twinkly lights come on and you can walk through the outdoor greenhouses, very romantic I must say. This is a great hidden gem for anyone looking to escape to a new atmosphere for the evening!
(Buratta+ pesto+ tomato plate from Kentucky Native feat. below)
9. Smithtown Seafood
501 West Sixth St. Lexington, KY 40508
Food that goes great with beer: classic seafood Po'boys and platters. Attached to West Sixth Brewery is this great little seafood joint where you order, take your number and sit inside the brewery to await the delicious food. Local beer, local food, locally sourced, you can't go wrong!
10. Local's Lex
701 National Ave. Lexington, KY 40502
One of the first food posts I did was about Local's (Local's Lex) and that is simply because it is one of our favorite places for a quick date lunch or to go and grab a beer and appetizer! The roasted Cauliflower with Korean BBQ sauce is crave-worthy and you can eat it and drink your beer while sitting their shady rooftop! grab a beer, slider, and app and have a chill date here.
(Below, roasted cauliflower & sliders feat. from Locals' Lex)
11. County Club
555 Jefferson St. Lexington, KY 40508
I have probably brunched here too many times, but every Sunday they have a new special toast so naturally I have to try them all! Come here for awesome smoked meats and breakfast sandwiches (vegetarian options are available for those of you like me) and I can't forget to mention the $10 bottomless Mimosa's or the relish Bloody Mary's! You'll enjoy cheap drinks, great food, and an amazing musical playlist (R&B, Classic rock, 90's throwbacks) any time you decide to have a brunch date at County Club!
12. Stella's Kentucky Deli
You want comfort food, they've got it. Stella's has some seriously amazing home-cooked style foods for you brunch date and theres something everyone can enjoy! The best part is, you get more food than you ca stuff your face with for a pretty awesome price. I went here on girl's brunch date and we seriously chowed down on some amazing food in the cute old yellow house that houses the restaurant.
(Below feat. special toast, brisket + eggs, and garlic potatoes from County Club)
I hope these date spot recommendations help you with your next big decision of figuring out where to eat!