restaurant review of Palmer's in Lexington KY,

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.

July 24, 2014 - Dinner


The Mall at Lexington Green
161 Lexington Green Cir
Lexington, KY 40503
(859) 273-0103
restaurant review of Palmer's in Lexington KY,
Actually if I gave ½ points, their score would really be 3.5

If you live in the Lexington, KY area and did not participate in last year’s Restaurant Week, you have another chance. Restaurant Week was created to bring traffic and interest to local dining establishments by offering $25 prix fixe menu specials and 2 for $25 dining offers during the dog days of summer when people are less likely to eat out. This year there are 60 participating restaurants ranging from fine dining to casual.

Palmer’s is located in Lexington Green, in the former Regatta Seafood building. The patio alone is worth the trip. Overlooking a picturesque lake, the outdoor dining and bar is the best spot in Lexington. On the night we were there, we got free entertainment with dinner in the form of a great blue heron fishing in the lake and eating his catch of large koi while patrons looked on and took photos.

The restaurant week menu offering for Palmer’s was a $25 prix fixe meal which included an appetizer, salad, entrée with sides, and dessert. Due to the abundance of food, my husband and I split the meal.  For our appetizer, we chose chipotle egg rolls consisting of: braised chicken, avocado cream, pico de gallo. They were crispy and good, especially with the avocado cream. My husband (the lightweight) pronounced them “too spicy.” The salad course was just your average house salad – nothing special here. For the entrée, we chose the steakhouse meatloaf made with house ground ribeye and chuck, served with tabasco infused onion rings, brandy cream sauce, whipped potato, and seasonal vegetables. My husband is a big fan of meatloaf. We both liked it (he more than I). I thought it was a little dry because it was all meat (no fillers) – which is a good thing, but at the same time, the lean meat did not seem to be moist enough. Neither of us was impressed with the tabasco infused onion rings – they were very bland. Finally, for dessert, we chose a slice of key lime pie which went home in a takeout box. It was very good – not Key West good, but very good for Lexington.

The service was fine, the patio ambiance is hard to beat anywhere, and the food good enough for a return visit.

Gluten Free Options – none advertised.
Vegetarian Options – you wouldn’t starve, but the selection is small.

For their full menu, check out their website:

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