The University of Kentucky campus offers one of Lexington’s more eclectic dining corridors, serving up everything from greasy spoon fare to pizza to Korean barbecue and some of Lexington’s best burgers. This is the Campus segment of Ace’s ten part dining series (downtown, Chevy Chase, campus, popular breakfasts and brunch spots, coffee, international markets, beer guide, patios, etc) based on the 20+ years Ace writers and readers (not to mention UK interns) have been eating out in Lexington, Kentucky.
Great Bagel 396 Woodland Ave., in University Plaza shopping center 859.258.2210. Locally owned with a wide assortment of bagels made fresh each day that can be ordered on their own or as breakfast and lunch bagel-sandwiches. Sometimes simple is best and the Cheese Toast bagel-sandwich is reassuringly delicious evidence of this. They brew Intelligentsia coffee that’s spot-on.
Joe Bologna’s 120 W. Maxwell Street, Lexington KY 859.252.4933. Pizza in a (former) Synagogue. Heavy circa 1970s red Italian style (the type found in a red-checkered tablecloth establishment, though those are missing here). Famed for the breadsticks as long as your arm, drenched in garlic butter (request Lipitor sprinkles on the side).
Lynagh’s 384 Woodland Ave 859.255.1292. Campus pub dive with Ace staff vote for favorite burger in town, the O’Round — big as your head, add bacon and cheese. Hold the mayo. Chips not fries. (Chips are not a side in our opinion, but what are you gonna do?) If you’re not a burger fan, try the T n A (add B), or the BLT (add A). Popular beer cheese. The (relatively) new owners have updated and upgraded the beer delivery system. Lexington’s been smoke-free for years, but the tobacco-residue still lingers in the air at Lynagh’s.
Pazzo’s 385 S. Limestone Lexington KY 859.255.5125. Famous for Wednesday pint night and vast beer selection. Allow plenty of time to accommodate service. Garden of Eatin’ and pesto pizzas are favorites among the Ace writers. Patio seating out front looks out onto the main UK drag.
Sav’s Grill 304 South Limestone 859.368.7287. How many places in Lexington have goat and fufu—plantain based dumplings—on their menu? Not many but Sav’s does and both are great. There is also a selection of domestic and imported beers (don’t you dare go domestic!). Plus the owner is one of the nicest guys around.
Tin Roof 303 S. Limestone Lexington KY 859.317.9111. Popular with students for bar, big screens, and entertainment, this Nashville-grown outlet at the corner of S. Limestone and Maxwell has also been the site of some of Lexington’s largest NCAA celebrations, and a tech laboratory or two.
Tolly Ho 606 S. Broadway Relocated from its Limestone campus location, its new home is on S. Broadway near the Reynolds Building (another UK tradition). There’s no more famous/infamous midnight fried egg and cheddar tot post binge diner dive fare. There’s a facebook group dedicated to “I’ve been drunk at the Ho,” and if you haven’t been before, expect a certain amount of attention as a “Ho Virgin.” Oatmeal has been added to the Menu in the new location, presumably for the Healthy Ho in you.
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