Going back home to Kentucky for Thanksgiving isn’t a time where I am doing much eating outside of family houses but this time was a little different. We had a couple of extra days to sample some of the latest Lexington has to offer and were not disappointed. First up, a beer flight at Lexington’s very own brewery, West Sixth. They had about 13 various beers on tap, and we tried about 6 six of them. The crowd favorite was their seasonal Christmas ale, with notes of cinnamon and cloves.
West Sixth shares a space with Smithtown Seafood, a casual seafood place where you can order food and they can bring it right to the brewery where you are sampling beers. We had a dinner reservation so we were sadly only able to try some of the kids menu – local fish fingers and quesadillas – and both were delicious.
Across the street, we checked out the County Club. It was a lively scene and the bourbon cocktails and smoked meat dishes were quintessential Kentucky. We will have to come back to check this one out. Our dinner reservations were at Lockbox, an relatively new restaurant built inside of an old bank. The restaurant is actually also in the 21c hotel, a hotel that also houses a modern art gallery. You can actually reserve the table in the vault if you like – it still smells like money in there! Dinner was delicious, and the favorites were definitely the spicy charred broccoli salad and the octopus.
The other place we were sad to miss on this trip was Middle Fork Kitchen & Bar. It is a restaurant in an old bourbon distillery and the food looks fantastic. In particular, I would try the spätzle carbonara — free form house-dumplings, house-cured guanciale, pecorino romano, farm eggs, black pepper, & chilis. Yum.