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286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503-1932
+1 859-281-1116
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (8 reviews)
“burnt ends” (20 reviews)
“truffle fries” (17 reviews)
Open Now
10:30 - 23:00 Hours
American, Bar, Barbecue
££ - £££
286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503-1932
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

Truffle fries and Burnt Ends were tasty! Homemade sauces for dipping and live music by Brother Smith Band & Abbie Hamilton made an already great evening better. An attentive server (thanks Taylor) bringing Old Fashioneds and craft beer topped it off. We will definitely return!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

Hubs and I dropped in for a quick lunch today. Outstanding service in a funky little place with a great vibe. I had the southern fried catfish with a side of crispy, thin fries and some slightly spicy baked beans. The fish was nicely prepared,...More

Thank Theresa M
Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

Nice atmosphere. Great service - our sodas were never empty! Burnt ends were very good, but the sauces were somewhat lacking. Loved the crispy little fries (think Steak & Shake). The burgoo was ok. Thinner than I like and could have been warmer, but a...More

Thank Pata58
Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

Was pleasantly surprised with the quality of food. Large selection but I opted for the pulled pork wrap-delicious! Tried the frozen Mint Julep and was very good and inexpensive.

Thank Julie M
Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

Love this place. They have great meats and their sides are great. Try the pork burger (half pork- half beef) when it’s available. Brisket, pork and wings - all good.

Thank Ron E
Reviewed 22 December 2017

we had catfish poboy and pork sandwich. sauces at the table were very good. Catfish came no trimmings. I did expect some but guess not required. All food was very good at price. there's a pretty good selection of beers. We are West 6th fans...More

1  Thank Avelave
Reviewed 18 December 2017

Good local BBQ. Not awesome, but good. I usually love to order the Burnt Ends, but these were super dry and hard to chew. Good sauces. Good drinks. Clean and welcoming atmosphere. Friendly service which handled a large group well.

Thank Nancy B
Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

Burnt ends were pretty good , sides tasty. Service really poor , got my own drink refill. Server came back in about 25 minutes

Thank Charlie W
Reviewed 28 November 2017

Service was below average, it took forever to get our food even though the crowd was light. I got the ribs, and they were the worst ribs I have ever had, they were not tender and very dry. I could barely cut them with a...More

Thank tomsl1947
Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

Clean, sharp and edgy decor. Great happy hours prices. Had the oysters on half shell, a couple of beers and a shot of Bourbon. Pleasant staff. Will return.

Thank Paul B
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Questions & Answers
Terri S
7 October 2016|
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Response from Sugasweet1 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure if they have a specific gluten free option.. but with choices like fresh oysters, chicken wings, brisket and ribs. I have to believe there are offerings that will fit into a GF diet.
Amanda M
24 January 2016|
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Response from Sugasweet1 | Reviewed this property |
FYI.. they have definitely moved and their new location has a great patio!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503-1932
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: +1 859-281-1116
  • E-mail
American Eclectic Restaurant and Live Music Venue specializing in smoked meats, craft beer, and bourbon.
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