Farewell to JDI Grille & Tavern | Lexington, Kentucky

JDI Grille & Tavern

2017 has started out on a sad note.

The JDI Grille & Tavern closed for good on January 1, 2017.

The “original” JDI (also known as the Jefferson Davis Inn) was located at West High and Limestone Street where Jefferson Davis lived with the US Postmaster General, while attending Transylvania University in the 19th century in Lexington, Kentucky. It was a popular bar all throughout the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, but closed in 1996. That building is now home to the Bombay Bar and Grill. After being closed for nearly 20 years, the “new” JDI opened up in a brand new location on Cedar Street, off South Broadway between Bolivar and Maxwell Street, on March 1, 2013. I always thought even the new location was located in a historic building, because it had the ambiance that I love, but it was built from the ground up.

If you never had a chance to go there, this is what you were missing…

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A Tasting With Brent Elliott at OBC Kitchen | Master Distiller of Four Roses

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I was on facebook last week, when I saw an event pop-up in my newsfeed. It was for a pop-up tasting for Four Roses with Master Distiller Brent Elliott. Like I mentioned before, when I met Jimmy Russell, it’s not everyday that you get to hang out a Master Distiller from one of the distilleries. So, when an opportunity presents itself (especially if bourbon is something you enjoy), you should take it!

There was a catch with this event. It was at a “secret” location, and the location wouldn’t be disclosed until that day around noon. Also, only the first fifty people in attendance would be allowed for the event. I made sure to gather my clothes, my camera, and everything I needed the night before. I wanted to be prepared and not be running around like a chicken with its head cut off hours before the event. I set my alarm, so I could be awake way before they announced the location. I wanted to be one of the first there, and I didn’t want to miss this opportunity.

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A Night With Jimmy Russell at Chatham’s | Master Distiller of Wild Turkey

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{Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller of Wild Turkey}

A lot of my friends already drink bourbon (I mean, we live in Kentucky, so it is pretty much a given. 95% of the world’s bourbon is produced here), but I always like meeting new people and going to events (especially food and bourbon ones), so I came across a group called The Lexington Bourbon Society. I wanted to find a group of like-minded individuals that shares some of the same passions as me. The Lexington Bourbon Society is a bunch of Lexingtonians and friends that love America’s native spirit, which is bourbon. I’m not a member yet, but I plan on paying the membership dues and being one soon (it’s only $100 per year)! Once you become a member, you get lots of discounts to local restaurants and businesses, other perks that are listed on their website, and discounted prices to events. For example, this event in particular was $35 for members and $40 for non-members, but all events are priced differently.

A few weeks ago, I remember being on facebook and saw an event pop up from the Lexington Bourbon Society. Once I saw the event go live and was posted on facebook, I immediately called the restaurant, so I could have one

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Lexington Restaurant Week 2016


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Lexington Restaurant is such an exciting week. It was from July 21st to July 30th. There were 44 of the best locally-owned, independent restaurants participating in this event (no chain restaurants!). For Lexington Restaurant Week, there was a special menu that you could order off of.  Some restaurants were two can dine for $26, and usually it included two or three courses. For example, for that deal, you shared an appetizer, you each got an entree, and you got to share a dessert. However, each restaurant, offered different things, so some may have only offered two courses.

The other restaurants were $26 per person, and those were also multi-courses as well. For example, for that deal, you each got an appetizer, you each got an entree, and you each a dessert. Lexington Restaurant Week is another good event to try out restaurants that you may or may not have heard of before. It’s also a good chance to especially try out the fancier, more costly restaurants to see if you would like them or not. The $26 per person is a steal, because at some of the restaurants, an entree alone is $26 or more.

Like I mentioned with Lexington Burger Week, which was a little over a week before Lexington Restaurant Week, there are

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Lexington Burger Week 2016

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I know this post is a little bit long overdue, but I just could not, not mention it. Lexington Burger Week is an exciting week in Lexington that takes place in July. This was it’s second year, and it didn’t disappoint! Last year, 21,000 burgers were sold. Last year, I ate only one, but this year, I ate four, even though I was planning to do seven or eight. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way.

This year, there were 36+ participating restaurants, and these burgers are completely different than the ones they had last year. Plus, there were different restaurants participating as well. Each burger was $5 and each burger is one-of-a kind, meaning it is not on the regular menu. So, this event is one that shouldn’t be missed! Hopefully, if you are reading this, you didn’t miss it. And if you did, then there’s always next year!

There was so many mouthwatering choices that it would be impossible to try them all in one week! Unfortunately,

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