Events, Places to Eat

Live Love & Eat Local: Lexington Eats Week 2017 Recap

Lexington Eats Week 2017

July is always an exciting month in Lexington! It’s a foodie month that I always look forward to, filled with amazing food events such as Lexington Burger Week and Lexington Restaurant Week. However, this year, Restaurant Week was canceled last minute because they lost a key sponsor. However, they have secured a new sponsor for next year, as well as having plans for expansion. Next year’s Restaurant Week will be held July 19-28, 2018, and I’m excited to see all of the new plans that have to make it even better. Lexington Restaurant Week has been around since 2013, so I was super bummed that it was canceled last minute. I went to so many amazing restaurants last year, and was looking forward to again!

However… there is good news!!

A bunch of restaurants teamed up together and formed Lexington Eats Weeks to fill the void where Restaurant Week would have been. Those involved featured three courses with set menus, which is the same concept as Restaurant Week. The prices were $26 for one or $26 for two, depending on how upscale the restaurant is. Also, $1 from each meal will go to the restaurant’s choice of charity. This week is the best time to eat out and try out new restaurants, since most would be more expensive if you were to go any other time. This year, I went to two restaurants and both were absolute hits. Both served the best burgers that I’ve ever eaten! Wonder where they are from? Or what’s on the burger? Keep reading to find out!

sunshine dream

I always used Restaurant Week (or Lexington Eats Week in 2017) as a perfect opportunity to try restaurants that I’ve never eaten at before. I’ve heard so many good things about Minglewood, but I had never went until Lexington Eats Week. For those that are local, it’s on North Limestone where a la Lucie was located. At Minglewood, you each got an appetizer, entree, and dessert. For the appetizer, you could choose between I’m High on Cheese, When I dip, you up, we dip, or a Warm Brussels Sprout Salad.

The drink pictured above is the Sunshine Dream. It’s vodka, champagne, grapefruit, and a hint of lavender.

i'm high on cheese

when i dip, you dip

I chose the I’m High on Cheese, which is smoked cheddar and parmesan pimento cheese with pickled jalapeno and grilled bread. My husband got the When I dip, you up, we dip, which is summer sour cream and vegetable dip served with fresh veggies and house fried pita chips. I stole his fried pita chips to go with my I’m High on Cheese. They were perfectly crispy and paired perfectly with my dip.

noli burger

There were three options available for the main entree. You could pick between the Sweet Chili Pork Tacos, the Caribbean Shrimp Cakes, or the Noli Burger. I was eyeing the burger, since I had never seen anything like it before. The Noli Burger was topped with melted brie, bacon and bourbon and orange marmalade. I know some people may think it’s weird that there is orange jelly on a burger. It just works… trust me! It’s ooey and gooey and messy, but definitely worth it! It’s probably the best burger that I’ve ever ate!

pork tacos

My husband chose the Sweet Chili Pork Tacos, which was grilled pork loin glazed with sweet chili sauce and topped with a pickled cucumber, red onion, jalepeño and basil salad on lightly fried flour tortillas.

minglewood dessert drinks

This was a little bit different than a typical dessert. Here you got to drink your dessert. I chose the Peach Bellini was fresh peach sorbet in a champagne float, and my husband chose the KY Breakfast which was rumchata and Knob Creek smoked maple on ice.

frog legs

Our next stop was Al’s Bar, which has been around in the Lexington bar scene for over 10 years. The building that is home to Al’s Bar is around 45 years old, but it reopened in 2007, when it switched owners. It’s not only a bar but also a music venue, beer garden, and eatery. The Beer Garden was added in 2013, and they also offer more then 40 Kentucky bourbons and whiskeys. It’s located on 601 North Limestone and on the corner of North Limestone and East Sixth Street. North Lime Coffee and Donuts and Arcadium are located nearby. The food at Al’s Bar is made by The Epic Cure.

At Al’s Bar, we were given an appetizer to share, which were maple-glaze frog legs. This was the first time that I’ve ever had frog legs, and they were pretty tasty!

swayze burger

For our main entree, we each got the Swayze Burger, which was also offered during Lexington Burger Week. The Swayze Burger had Swiss and American cheeses, fried bologna, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, and Grippos. For those that don’t know, Grippos are the most amazing barbeque chips. They originated in Cincinnati, Ohio and can be found in Ohio and Kentucky. If you live elsewhere, you are basically out of luck on finding a bag in stores. However, you can order them online!

This was also such an amazing burger! It also ranks up there with one of the best burgers that I’ve ever eaten!

cookie dough dip

Just like our appetizer, our dessert was to share. This was a cookie dough dip, which was made with cookie dough, marshmallow fluff and sour cream served with cinnamon sugar tortilla chips. I’m a sucker for anything sweet, and the cinnamon sugar tortilla chips were on point!

where to eat

Lexington Eats Week 2017’s participating restaurants and menus:

Aqua Sushi (Lansdowne, Palomar & Hamburg locations), Bella Notte, Clawdaddy’s, Coles 735 Main, Columbia’s Steak House, Distilled at Gratz Park, Drake’s, Dudley’s on Short, Enoteca, Grey Goose (Lexington & Midway locations), Grillfish, Harry’s American Bar & Grill (Palomar & Hamburg locations), Holly Hill Inn, Honeywood, Josie’s, The Ketch Seafood Grill, Le Deauville, Lexington Pasta Garage, Malone’s (Lansdowne, Palomar & Hamburg locations), Minglewood, OBC Kitchen, Palmers Fresh Grill, Portofino, Saul Good Restaurant & Pub (Downtown, Fayette Mall & Hamburg locations), Willie’s Locally Known

Even though Lexington Eats Week is over, you are still able to order everything off of the Lexington Eats Week menu, since it is all on their regular menus.

 

What’s your favorite “weird” food? Are you an adventurous eater?

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  • OH.MY.GOSH. That burger looks like absolute burger-perfection! I’m drooling and it’s only 7am!

    • It was soooo good!! I can’t wait to eat both of them again! Hahah

  • Oh my goodness! All this food looks divine but what really stands out to me is that pickle on the burger! 🙂

    • I took the pickle off because I don’t like pickles hahah!

  • SO many good eats! If I ever visit I know where to dine!

    • Yesss! I highly recommend both of these!

  • Nicole Leith

    Everything about that meal is making me drool! Restaurant week is one of my favorite times of the year and I look forward to trying new foods every year.

    • Me too!! There’s just so many restaurants, so little time, and lots of $$$ spent lol.

  • Wife Sense

    That bacon, bourbon, and orange marmalade burger sauce! I’m going to concoct that recipe for this weekend. Yum!!! I could hardly read another word after I saw it. 😳

    • If you do, I’m coming over to eat hahah!

  • EviFigg

    Every time I see your posts I get travel lust for the South. That burger looks transcendental!

    • You should! The South has the best food!

  • Chelsea Watkins

    I love Lexington! It is so pretty there. And those pork tacos…yes!

    • I love living here! It’s such a great city!

  • amberdawn

    This all looks so good! I dont live far from there… Cincinnati…. guess we did to take a day trip and eat some good food!

    • We’re super close! I was in Cincinnati earlier in the month for the Taco Festival!

  • mmm all the food looks SO good! I am literally salivating!

    • It was soooo good! I’m getting hungry thinking about it!

  • Christine Keys

    Oh my gosh, yum! My husband and I are going away for 5 days this month and I’m so looking forward to trying some new restaurants. 🙂

    • Trying new restaurants is one of my favorite things to do!

  • Wow. Lots of great food. We tend to be adventurous though my husband much more than I am. He will eat absolutely anything.

    • My husband will eat almost anything. I am a former picky eater turned foodie, so I’m pretty adventurous now 🙂

  • Maya Maceka

    Girl, you have my mouth watering with this post. Definitely bookmarking this for the next time I’m in the area!