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🍳 Our most important meal of the day
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Mimosas at East End Tap & Table are a must. | Photo by LEXtoday
In this town, brunchin’ ain’t easy but it’s necessary. Whether you’re on the hunt for fluffy eggs, fried chicken and waffles, or mind-blowing bloody marys, the options can get as overwhelming as the lines at times.

Luckily, you have us to scout things out. We listed a whole bunch of brunch options (31 total), along with menu recs, pro tips, and an interactive map to track ‘em. Plan your weekend and pour those mimosas.

Note: All times listed are brunch-only

Weekend musts

East End Tap & Table | Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Enjoy a mimosa carafe with your choice of juice while chowing down on the Frosted Flake-crusted PB+J.

OBC Kitchen | Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Try the bacon in a glass with honey bourbon sugar glaze + peanut butter.

A cup of coffee in front of a sign that says "Rise n' Grind."

The minds behind East End Tap + Table have brought their made-from-scratch biscuits to Romany Road. | Photo by LEXtoday

Weekday wonders

Rise N Brine | Daily, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. | Do yourself a favor and schedule a nap after trying the French toast biscuit topped with fried chicken, cheese, whipped maple butter, and maple syrup.

Grounded All Day Cafe | Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Enjoy a morning on Leestown Road with a high-stacked bagel featuring unique spreads like the bacon pepper jam + basil peppadew cream cheese.

A pizza topped with a fried egg

Why yes, we will be finishing this entire Honey Ham breakfast pizza to ourselves. | Photo courtesy of @rollingoven

Great outdoors

Rolling Oven | Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Grab a seat in the beer garden, try out the cheesy avocado eggs or chicken + waffles, and sip on one of Mirror Twin’s brews.

Burl Brew | Saturday + Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Fuel up on Lucy’s Pancake Stack (which also features scrambled eggs + bacon) while soaking up the sounds of the Distillery District on this brewery’s spacious patio.

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    Wednesday, May 15
    • Seedlings in Steam: To The Galaxy & Beyond | Wednesday, May 15 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. | The Living Arts & Science Center, 362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lexington | Free | Preschool students will take to the stars as they learn about our solar system in the planetarium — register in advance.
    Thursday, May 16
    • Burn the Mic | Thursday, May 16 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Carnegie Center For Literacy & Learning, 251 W. 2nd St., Lexington | Free | Join poet Tosha Sun, owner of Levee, for an evening of readings, creativity, and connecting with fellow writers.
    Friday, May 17
    • Ms. Pat: “Ya Girl Done Made It” Tour | Friday, May 17 | 7 p.m. | Lexington Opera House, 401 W. Short St., Lexington | $35-$65 | This stand-up comedian, podcaster, and star of “The Ms. Pat Show” is bringing her hilarious, dark honesty to the stage.
    • The Lemon Twigs | Friday, May 17 | 8 p.m. | The Burl, 375 Thompson Rd., Lexington | $25-$30 | These brothers from Long Island will transport you to the psych rock days of the 1970s.
    Saturday, May 18
    • Founders Day | Saturday, May 18 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | McConnell Springs, 416 Rebmann Ln., Lexington | Free | Celebrate the founding + naming of Lexington at the site where it took place with historic reenactments, demos of pioneer skills, vendors, crafts, live music, and more.
    • Tour d’Coops 2024 | Saturday, May 18 | 1-4 p.m. | Redwood Cooperative School, 166 Crestwood Dr., Lexington | $0-$12.51 | Join the Cooperative Lexington Urban Chicken Keepers to tour backyard coops and learn how to build your own.
    Sunday, May 19
    • High Tea Party | Sunday, May 19 | 2-4 p.m. | Lyndon House Bed & Breakfast, 507 N. Broadway, Lexington | $55 | Secure your spot for an afternoon featuring a lovely selection of teas plus sweet and savory sandwiches and accompaniments.*
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    News Notes
    • Looks like a local brewery is pivoting it’s business model. Pivot Brewing, which makes + serves up dozens of ciders, is transitioning to a community and employee-owned company, better known as a co-op. Learn more about the change and how you can be a part of it.
    • A new survey from People Magazine and OpenTable found that this Lexington spot is among the most beautiful restaurants in the US. The Lost Palm, the art deco-inspired rooftop bar at The Manchester, was celebrated for its “indoor-outdoor homage to 1960s South Florida” and its pink + green tropical vibe.
    • This week, construction will begin on a new trail at Jacobson Park. The one-mile Meadow Loop trail will be multi-use for bikes + walkers and is expected to be completed by later this summer, weather depending.
    • As the city works on updating its Greenways Plan, it’s seeking input from the community about what we’d like to see in our green spaces. Think: Trails, trees, and educational opportunities. Take this survey to share your thoughts.
    • Hockensmith’s Fine Arts Editions will open its newest exhibition this week, “Hallelujah: Road from Despair,” tomorrow, May 16, 5:30-8 p.m. The contemporary folk art exhibit features the works of LaVon Van Williams and Father Norman Fisher. The full gallery will be available for viewing Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5:30 p.m.
    Plan Ahead
    • The Harry Dean Stanton Fest returns Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 14. The multi-venue cultural festival will take over Lexington with movie screenings, panel discussions, and live music from bands like Mydolls across the city. See the full schedule.
    • Cornbread Hemp’s CBD Sleep Gummies are available in two strengths and made with high-quality USDA organic CBD extract. Get 30% off with code CBDSLEEP30.*
    🛶 Water you waiting for?
    water and cliffs
    The ecosystem around the Kentucky River Palisades is ~450 million years old. | Photo by LEXtoday
    We’re just days away from pools across the city opening for the season on Saturday, May 25 and, in our minds, it’s officially summer.

    But today, we want to explore a few more adventurous watering holes in the Lexington area — where to canoe and kayak.

    Places to paddle

    • Jacobson Park, 4001 Athens Boonesboro Rd. | That’s right, you don’t have to leave the city limits for this one. Lexington Parks and Recreation even offers boat rentals.
    • Shaker Village, 316-398 Shakers Landing Rd., Harrodsburg | Paddle underneath High Bridge + explore the Kentucky Palisades

    Readers suggestions

    As we wait for our first public river park, Kelley’s Landing, to add more canoeing and kayaking options to the area this fall, we asked our readers where they like to splash around:
    • Elkhorn Creek in Frankfort — Readers Jill D. + Scott W.
    • Herrington Lake in Harrodsburg — Sue I.
    • Canoe Kentucky in Frankfort — Emily S.
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