16 Lexington Food Spots You Need to Know


We wanted to begin introducing you to the vast array of foods available in the city of Lexington so you can be thinking of what places you want to try out when you visit in March. The area is rich in farmers’ markets and is a strong force behind the farm-to-table movement.  Many of the eating establishments also incorporate the local bourbon into some of their dishes. And you just have to try some comfort food when you visit! It is Kentucky, after all!

Lexington is home to the state of Kentucky’s first food hall.  Located about 20 minutes from the Campbell House, the Barn at the Summit food hall boasts near 20 restaurants, many of which are locally sourced restaurants that keep with the traditions, meat, and produce of the region.  There’s also a Starbucks there, as well as a Blaze Pizza, a CoreLife Eatery, and a Whole Foods.

Within walking distance of the Campbell House are a few coffee and fast-food dining options — Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks (3 blocks), Pete’s Wok (pan-Asian), Zaxby’s, Rally’s, Arby’s, Pizza Hut, Jimmy John’s, and Dairy Queen.  There is also a restaurant, a grab ‘n’ go cafe, and a bourbon bar within the hotel itself.

Lexington is home to several food delivery services including UberEats, GrubHub, and DoorDash, and more than 30 food trucks. The food trucks can usually be found downtown on “Food Truck Fridays” or in the distillery district. We’ll also have a couple of trucks on-site behind the Campbell House for your use all weekend. More updates to come on the types of food/drink as they become available!

If you’re up for driving or ride-sharing to other parts of town, here are some great dining options, gathered from the Lexington Visitors Guide!

Blue Door Smokehouse $5-$15, 226 Walton Ave.

Doodles $7-$12, 262 North Limestone St.

Dudley’s on Short $14-$36, 259 West Short St.

Grey Goose $7-$15, 170 Jefferson St.

Keeneland Track Kitchen $8 and under, 4201 Versailles Rd.

Stella’s Kentucky Deli $7-$16, 143 Jefferson St.

Tolly-Ho (home of the signature “Ho Burger”) $3-$8, 606 South Broadway

Pizza from Pearl’s Pizza Pie, photo by Mary Jane Speer, courtesy of VisitLEX

And then… because photographers love Instagram, I did a bit of my own research and dug up some other options I thought our attendees might like!

Italian/Pizza: Pearl’s Pizza Pie, Pasta Garage Italian Cafe

Mexican: Corto Lima, Agave & Rye, Papi’s Mexican Restaurant & Bar

American: Dad’s Favorites Deli, East End Tap & Table, County Club

Health-conscious: The Press Juice Bar

Bon appetit! #sharethelex #lexeats #lexingtoneats