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Classic Breakfast

Wheeler’s Pharmacy: Classic diner breakfast
PRO TIP: Don’t be deceived by its outward appearance – hidden within the drugstore lies one of Lexington’s best kept secrets! Keep your eyes peeled for frequent customers Joe B. Hall, John Calipari, and other notable UK coaches and players.

Josie’s: Southern breakfast with all the fixin’s
PRO TIP: Order the goetta, pronounced “get-uh.”

Stella’s Kentucky Deli: All-day breakfast

North Lime Coffee & Donuts: Fresh-out-of-the-oven donuts with flair!

Lunch & Dinner

Blue Door Smokehouse: Best BBQ in the tri-county area

*Carson’s: Best meal in the city, hands-down!
PRO TIP: Make a reservation, especially for brunch or dinner!

Shamrock’s: Best sports bar atmosphere with great food.
PRO TIP: Splurge and get the waffle fries, or better yet, the Irish Nachos.

*Local Feed: A beautiful 15-minute drive for a meal in a historic ice house.
PRO TIP: If you’re already going Georgetown, check out breweries Country Boy or My Old Kentucky Foam, or Slainte Public House for authentic Irish vibes.

Sawyer’s: For the best burger from the most established joint downtown.
PRO TIP: Strike up a conversation with the owner, Jim (he’s always there), and don’t skimp on the baked potato and chili bar!

Thoroughbred: Best hole-in-the-wall Southern food (that no one knows about)

O’Neill’s: Local sports bar atmosphere


*BabyCakes: Melt-in-your-mouth cupcakes (sadly, only available for pre-order now)

**Crank & Boom: The most unbelievable ice cream

Pizza (dine-in)

*Joe Bologna’s: Located inside an old church near UK’s campus.
PRO TIP: Don’t skip their legendary GIANT breadstick!

**Goodfella’s: Located inside the historic Distillery District.
PRO TIP: Fold your slice in half to eat!


Happy China (delivery)
PRO TIP: You can count on a complimentary pack of donuts with every order.

Buddha Lounge (dine-in)

*Morgan's Picks
If you have the chance, don’t miss these places and experiences!

**Do it all in the Distillery District!
There’s so much more to do in this thriving area than what I highlighted! Park near the water tower or on the mural side of the 5-story warehouse (you can’t miss it) and walk easily from place-to-place, OR Uber/Lyft. Just remember, it’s not pedestrian-friendly.