Chef Jonathan Searle’s Insider Guide
- 21c Museum Hotel
- County Club
- Lexington Farmer’s Market
- Bourbon Country
By: Jonathan Searle
Looking for a recommendation from an insider in the Lexington food and drink scene? Lexington’s own Jonathan Searle, Executive Chef at acclaimed 21c restaurant, Lockbox, shares a few of his favorite spots with us.
Lexington is a truly special combination of Horse Country, Bourbon Country and genuine Southern hospitality.
555 Jefferson Street
“Try any special they come up with on weekends,” Jonathan says. Be prepared for a full house from 11-3 on Sundays during their weekly brunch, which features always-on-the-menu classics like Biscuits & Gravy, or innovative breakfast sandwich specials. countyclubrestaurant.com
348 Southland Drive
“Country fried steak, catfish, you name it. There’s hardly a miss on that menu.” One of Jonathan’s favorite dinner spots, Winchell’s is also a great place to catch a game, having been voted Lexington’s Best Sports Bar by the Lexington Herald Leader. winchellsrestaurant.com
“The Lexington Farmer’s Market is considered one of best farmer’s markets in America because of its beautiful downtown centralized Pavilion and the amazing variety of purveyors with high-quality offerings. It’s a dream come true being a stone’s throw away.” The Farmer’s Market has seasonal hours and locations, so take a peek at their website to see where to find them.lexingtonfarmersmarket.com
As you’ve probably heard, one of the reasons Lexington is so unique is due to its proximity to world-famous bourbon distilleries – and locals agree. “Outside of food, I have no greater passion than bourbon.” Jonathan tells us, “I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Plan Your Trip