Restaurant review of Winchell's in Lexington KY, Central Kentucky restaurant review of Winchell's,

Review guidelines:

1 Fork = I would rather eat dog food.
2 Forks = I would eat there if I was starving.
3 Forks = Not bad; someplace I would occasionally consider eating.
4 Forks = A good place to eat; I will put it into my rotation of places I dine frequently.
5 Forks = One of my all time favorites!

One caveat to note – I am allergic to fish and seafood, so if you are looking for those recommendations, you will have to consult someone else.

Because I have a daughter-in-law with Celiac and a really good friend who is Vegetarian, I will try to point out whether those options are present when I review a restaurant.

Friday, March 29, 2013 - Lunch


348 Southland Dr.
Lexington, KY 40503
(859) 278-9424
Restaurant review of Winchell's in Lexington KY, Central Kentucky restaurant review of Winchell's,

The occasion was a quick lunch while doing errands in Lexington.  Winchell’s theme is a combination sports bar and home-cooking restaurant.  Their menu is extensive and frequently includes side dishes made with local products and produce.  Selections include: Large variety of appetizers, soups, salads, lunch plates, entrees, sandwiches, side items, and desserts.  Many of the selections have a decidedly Kentucky or Southern flavor such as the grits, green beans, kale greens, vinegar slaw, and several desserts made with Bourbon. * Note* - If my doctor is reading this – skip this next section.  I ordered the Country Fried Steak with mashed potatoes (both covered in cream gravy) and a side of Jalapeno Cheese Grits.  The steak was a little tough, as Country Fried Steak can sometimes be – but I have ordered it several times before at Winchell’s and it was very tender.  Alas, tenderness is a fundamental issue with Country Fried Steak in general – mainly dependent on the person doing the cooking.  The Cheese Grits are some of the best in town, and the Jalapenos give it a little more kick.  Each day, the daily special board features about 10 entrees, 2-3 soups, several sandwiches, and a few desserts.  Most of the specials are seasonal items – either due to produce availability or holidays and other special occasion themes.  Sometimes the “specials” include a few price reductions of existing menu items.  There is also a kids menu, a large selection of breakfast plates served all day, and a Party Menu if you would like Winchell’s to cater your next event.  They require 48 hour notice on catering orders.  Service was quick and efficient – a plus at lunchtime.  The meal cost $12 not including tip.

My husband and I have eaten at Winchell’s many times.  We have never been disappointed yet!  It is a favorite stop on Sunday for lunch because the location of the Sunday Farmer’s Market in Lexington is the Winchell’s parking lot.  Given that Winchell’s is also a bar, it is a great hangout for watching sports with plenty of TVs – however, they are also very family friendly.  Thursday night is Trivia night; one of my former staff members used to play on a team there frequently.

Gluten Free Options – none advertised.

Vegetarian Options – there are a couple of appetizers, soups, salads, a vegetable plate, and a roasted Portabella sandwich at a minimum – not including daily specials.

For Winchell’s schedule of upcoming events, complete menu and hours of operation, check out their website:

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