While summer break might be a distant memory for many of us, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the warmth and care-free energy that the season brings. That’s why we’re rounding up our favorite spots around town to soak up the sun.
For the biophiles
Windy Corner Market, 4595 Bryan Station Rd.
Take the scenic route through Lexington’s horse farms to enjoy beer cheese and southern fare.
Kentucky Native Cafe, 417 E. Maxwell St.
Grab a glass of rosé, seasonal plates, and take a stroll through Michler’s florist.
The Grove, 109 S. Upper St.
You’ll forget you’re in the heart of town when you head to this business collective, where you can start your day off with yoga and a cup of joe from Nate’s Coffee.
For the water lovers
Proud Mary BBQ, 9079 Old Richmond Rd.
Head down south to the outskirts of town to enjoy fresh BBQ and a scenic overlook of the Kentucky River.
Palmer’s Fresh Grill, 161 Lexington Green Cir.
No need to go far for those zen patio days — just to Lexington Green for seafood, a tiki bar, and views of its pond.
Goodfellas, 1228 Manchester St.
Snag a slice of New York-style pizza, sip on some local bourbons, and enjoy the view of Town Branch Creek.
Waterfront Grill + Gathering, 220 Athens Boonesboro Rd., Winchester
Enjoy a signature sandwich cooked on a salt block, while overlooking the Kentucky River.
For the city dwellers
Zim’s Cafe, 215 W. Main St.
Another Ouita Michel-owned spot, this downtown restaurant creates local-inspired classic southern dishes.
Corto Lima, 101 W. Short St.
Bask in the city glow across from the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse plaza with seasonal, Latin-inspired small plates, including smoked jackfruit empanadas.