All over Lexington and within 35 miles both residents and visitors alike enjoy tours and tastings of "America's Official Native Spirit" along numerous tours and trails.
To get you started, check out the history behind the storied Kentucky Bourbon Trail which runs right through Lexington. Meandering through picturesque bluegrass fields, boutique towns and stunning horse farms, the trail highlights world renown distilleries including the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Wild Turkey in Lawrenceburg, and Buffalo Trace in Frankfort.
Lexington also proudly boasts a Distillery District spanning 25-acres and chock full of exciting food and drink offerings. Two more world renown distilleries can be found here: the namesake James E. Pepper Distillery whose roots date back to the American Revolution, and Barrel House Distillery, proprietor of Devil John Moonshine and RockCastle Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
Other entities in the District include The Burl Arcade, an adult 1980s-themed arcade venue; Middle Fork Restaurant, named after the middle fork of the Elkhorn River on which Lexington was founded; Goodfellas Pizzeria, a craft cocktail bar and New York-Style pizza joint; and Ethereal Brewing, the only brewery in Lexington with a dedicated yeast lab.
On the culinary front, Lexington offers a delightfully delicious array of independently owned restaurants that the locals say go “way beyond grits.”
Fida’s Beach House Coffee & Tapas is a Caribbean-inspired eatery featuring small plates, Haitian coffee, tropical cocktails and more. Malone’s, named one of the “Great Steak Houses of North America,” features premier steaks, and seasonal chef specials, and fresh fish and seafood selections, while Taj India Indian Restaurant is the place for some of the best authentic Indian food “with Punjabi touch.”
For a taste of the Bayou dine at Creaux Lexington where New Orleans eats, cocktails and live brass band, soul, jazz, funk and blues take center stage (literally!).
You’ll find delightful seafood, pasta and steak entrees made with fresh, local and organic ingredients at Tony’s of Lexington, and Honeywood Restaurant, owned by Kentucky restaurateur and six-time James Beard nominee chef Ouita Michel, focuses on outstanding local food with creative gastronomic twists (vegans and vegetarians will find a wealth of options here as well).
For a smorgasbord of tastes try The Barn at Summit at Fritz Farm, Kentucky’s first and finest artisan food hall featuring entities like Greek street food, savory barbecue, craft ice cream, pasture-raised fried chicken, French crepes, Japanese ramen, Brazilian rodizio and other fare.
If you love unique beverage and knife and fork adventures, Lexington is a must for your foodie destination bucket list!
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