Lexington, Kentucky

The Top Ten Brunches of the Bluegrass

By: Vidyuta Rangnekar

Biscuits, eggs bennies, Bloody Marys…oh my! Read on to see Lexington’s best spots to get your brunch on.

Various brunch options at DV8 Kitchen.

Is there a better meal than brunch? We dare say there is not. Take a look at our tour of brunch spots around Lexington and let us know if you are Team Sweet or Team Savory. Whichever side you are on there is something to satisfy the meat lover, the sweet tooth and the vegan in Lexington. Plus no one says anything if you order a cocktail at 10am. Hello bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys.

 

When at Great Bagel…the more bagels the better.

Great Bagel and Bakery

Great Bagel makes me feel like I’ve stepped into a big drop of sunshine. The bright, airy space and pops of yellow are so much fun. The overall vibe is reminiscent of a cool Nashville or Portland spot. Their perfectly crafted bagel sandwiches would give a New York bagel a run for its money. This is a great place to grab a quick bite to-go or to dine in.

Eggs Benedict at Bronte Bistro, a true brunch classic.

Bronte Bistro

Bronte Bistro is a hidden gem in Lexington. I almost don’t want to tell anyone about it because it is my go-to place for brunch without a wait on the weekends. Tucked into one of Lexington’s beautiful bookstores, Bronte Bistro has been around for longer than I can remember. I love its quiet charm and cozy atmosphere. My regular order is the vegetarian eggs bennie, served with a fried green tomato in place of the traditional ham.

A monster egg sandwich, hand-rolled cinnamon roll and tasty breakfast tacos at DV8 Kitchen.

DV8 Kitchen

DV8 Kitchen is a newer addition to the Lexington food scene and makes some of the best homemade southern biscuit sandwiches I’ve ever had. When you walk in, you’ll be greeted by the friendliest staff and owners who created DV8 to provide a place of employment to those who are in substance abuse recovery and need a second chance. Before leaving, snap a shot for the ‘gram with the angel wing mural by Colette Miller of the Angel Wing Project.

Fried chocolate mocha donuts at Lockbox.

Lockbox

Lockbox is located right in the middle of downtown and a part of the 21c Museum Hotel. Come for the rotating seasonal menu featuring fried chocolate mocha donuts or shrimp and grits (is your mouth watering yet?!) and stay for the funky art. I love kicking back in their lounge area on the oversized couches with friends and mimosas.

A veggie-loaded eggs Bennie at Josie’s.

Josie’s

Getting a late start to your day? No problem! Josie’s serves brunch until 2pm. I definitely recommend coming hungry because like any good southern mama they are going to stuff you full. This kid friendly joint has a laid-back vibe and is in the heart of one of Lexington’s oldest neighborhoods.

French toast at Alfalfa…the brunch of champions.

Alfalfa

Alfalfa has been around longer than Rupp Arena. Okay, maybe not that long… but a solid 25 years. They offer everything from thick cut cinnamon swirl French toast to a breakfast poutine. Whether you are a meat lover or a vegan there is something for everyone. Alfalfa only serves brunch on the weekends so definitely work it into your travel schedule while in town.

A soft-shell crab sandwich and an overloaded Bloody Mary at Carson’s.

Carson’s Food & Drink

As soon as you step into Carson’s you just feel a little bit fancier. The decor is done so well and their bourbon wall is a Kentucky dream. Carson’s makes the most artistically topped Bloody Marys and decadent bread pudding French toast. You’ll want to Instagram these beautifully plated dishes before diving in. Make sure you make a reservation one to two weeks in advance though, as they only serve brunch on the weekends and it is a sought after hot spot in town.

The most photogenic eggs Benedict of all time. Served at Eppping’s on Eastside.

Epping’s on Eastside

Looking for a fresh bakery plus a creative chef’s take on the classics? Epping’s on Eastside has you covered. Stop in to grab a homemade pop tart, stuffed croissant and cappuccino or stay and enjoy their quiche or croque madame. Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays only.

Perfectly ripe avocado toast at First Watch.

First Watch

Feelin’ hipster? Come satisfy your craving for avocado toast and eggs at First Watch. They specialize in brunch and lunch, have three locations in Lexington and are open seven days a week. So, you can get your brunch favorites and power juices any day of the week.

The mouthwateringly delicious hash brown tater tots and a cinnamon roll at Wild Eggs.

Wild Eggs

Wild Eggs specializes in breakfast, brunch and lunch and is a true sweet or savory conundrum. I have the hardest time deciding between one of their specialty pancakes, the giant cinnamon roll or their take on the eggs bennie. Their meals are filling, and you’ll have leftovers for lunch. Tip: If your order doesn’t come with hash brown tater tots, add them on as a side! Wild Eggs has two locations in Lexington making it easily accessible no matter which part of town you are coming from.

Guide Recap

  • Great Bagel and Bakery
  • DV8 Kitchen
  • Lockbox
  • Josie’s
  • Alfalfa
  • Carson’s Food & Drink
  • Epping’s on Eastside

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Vidyuta Rangnekar

Vidyuta is a Lexington native who has watched the food scene grow and evolve over the past 10 – 15 years. She is a travel and tourism photographer, content creator and brunch aficionado who wants to share her love of all things Lexington with those new to town.

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