Lexington Visitor Center
One of the first things I noticed about Lexington is how green it is here. It really stood out after my six week tour through Texas. I like architecture and there are also a lot of beautiful old churches. One of the antique stores I went to was in a wonderful building that used to be a church. Another impressive building I was admiring turned out to be the visitor center so I went in to chat with the staff. They gave me a great dinning guide and a little history about a large statue of a horse painted blue they call Big Lex. Lexington is known as the horse capital of the world and there was a real horse named Lexington that helped the city earn this title. This may have been the horse the statue originally portrayed, but when the visitor center moved to its current location they moved the horse too and painted it blue. It turns out there is also a myth about a horse named Big Lex that turned blue from all the Bluegrass he ate. I love a good myth!
Breakfast at Shakespeare & Co
The traditional English breakfast is my favorite, but it’s a rare find in the United States. So, I was very surprised to find it on the menu at a café in Lexington, Kentucky. When I went in for breakfast at 9:00 am it was empty, which was just fine by me. They are better known for lunch, happy hour and live music in the evenings. They also serve as a venue for weddings and other events. Shakespeare & Co has a Victorian themed décor with Middle Eastern influences which is both elegant and comfortable. It looks like a place that would serve a good cup of tea, which they do (English and Moroccan), but aside from the English Breakfast, their menu is actually a mix of American and Middle Eastern cuisine. They offer a lot of options so, I asked about their signature dishes. My waitress said their avocado toast, eggs benedict (for breakfast), and Mediterranean chicken skewers (for lunch/dinner) have been very popular. I noticed earlier, when looking at their website, that the only US locations were in Kentucky (there are two, one downtown and one in Hamburg). The rest of the locations are in places like Abu Dhabi and Dubai. So, of all the US cities (New York, Chicago, Los Angles), why Lexington? According to the staff, the owner, businessman Edward Saad, went to the University of Kentucky and met his wife there. He is fond of the area, but it also turned out to be a good business decision since they were able to open the second location and both seem to be doing well.
My meal was very close to the traditional English Breakfast I enjoyed while living in London minus the tomato slices and with extra mushrooms. I like mushrooms, but a whole bowl, probably too much. Potatoes can be tricky and theirs were cooked really well. You have to ask for bacon and sausage since it’s not automatically included. A lovely pot of English breakfast tea made a perfect finishing touch.
I would have preferred soft instrumental over the loud 80’s music that was playing, but the service was great. Yes, I was the only one there, but amazingly that does not always guarantee good service (go figure). I enjoyed the meal, the décor and the plush seating. Who does not like a big comfy chair? I would defiantly go back and sample their dinner menu the next time I’m in Lexington. They are planning to expand and add more locations in the US and Canada. So hopefully, I’ll come across this restaurant again as I travel.
- Location: 367 West Short Street, Lexington, Kentucky USA
- Phone: +1 859 367 0413
- Online: https://www.shakespeare-and-co.com/
Lunch at Saul Good Pub
Saul Good Pub had me at “baked” Macaroni and Cheese served in a skillet. Baked Mac & Cheese is my weakness and theirs was amazing. I also ordered their Turkey Club. The first bite was perfect because I got a little of everything – the turkey, bacon, feta and avocado. That’s probably not the combination they’re talking about when they promote their “world fusion” menu, but it the perfect comfort food meal for the that day. Saul Good Pub actually has an eclectic menu. You’ll find everything from pizza and burgers to chicken and waffles. You can get beer cheese and steak nachos or shrimp and grits. Their dessert menu includes chocolate fondue. You don’t see that everywhere and you can’t go wrong with chocolate.
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
I managed to get a seat at the bar after the lunch rush and before happy hour. I liked the atmosphere and the décor. There are giant mirrors with ornate frames and elegant chandeliers. I thought it had kind of a 1920’s feel, which was cool. The service was great. I appreciate a wait staff that keeps you water glass filled without even asking. Saul Good Pub was all good!
- Downtown location: 123 N Broadway; Lexington, KY 40507
- Phone: +1 859.252.4663
- Online: http://saulgoodpub.com/
Afternoon Tea at Greentree Tearoom
If you want to go to afternoon tea at the Greentree Tearoom you will definitely need a reservation. It’s a popular place. The Greentree Tearoom is located in a cottage built in 1901 that was once owned by Mary Todd Lincoln’s grandmother and the décor is elegant. They create a unique seasonal menu for each month and their scones are served warm.
If you enjoy afternoon tea on a regular basis, the tea service will be different than what you are used to and only one type of tea is served. Instead of bringing the food out on a three-tier stand the soup, a scone and quiche were served as individual courses. The tea sandwiches and desserts were served buffet style.
chocolate covered apricots
tea sandwiches and dessert
While I enjoy the more traditional presentation, the nice thing about the buffet was being able to pick out the items you liked. There were a couple of items I could not have and it was nice that I did not have to pay for food I was not going to eat. The staff was polite, attentive and quick to refill my teapot.
- Location: 521 West Short Street; Lexington, Kentucky 40507
- Phone: +1 859.455.9660
- Online: http://www.greentreetearoom.com/
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