Red State BBQ

Restaurant review of Red State BBQ in Lexington KY,
My step-mom, Becki, is back at it and has posted another restaurant review.  Are you enjoying having her reviews back?  I know that even though I don't live in Central Kentucky, I enjoy reading about all the different places she tries out.  I also know that when we go down to visit, if she's not cooking, that she'll take us somewhere good.

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.

September 15, 2015 - Lunch

Red State BBQ

4020 Georgetown Rd.
Lexington, KY 40511
(859) 233-7898
Restaurant review of Red State BBQ in Lexington KY,

Red State BBQ is another one of those rural roadhouse establishments that are popping up everywhere.  It is located approximately 6 miles from Lexmark.  It seems farther because of its country setting – at the county line between Fayette and Scott counties.  It is housed in a building which appears to be the former restaurant for the Sunset Motel.  This is a no frills place where you place your order at the counter and your food is delivered to your table.  A variety of sauce bottles, rolls of paper towels and the typical vinyl red checkered tablecloths are the norm here.

The menu offers the typical barbecue joint fare.  They have sandwiches which come with one side, dinner plates that come with two sides and a handful of appetizers.  There was also a large craft beer menu and a couple of desserts on the menu – neither of which I tried I ordered the beer cheese brisket sandwich and a side of baked beans.  Drinks are self-serve.  Food service was fast.   My sandwich initially was sent out wrong, but quickly remedied by the kitchen.  I am not sure if the order taker couldn’t hear me due to the loud blasting music (better suited for the nighttime crowd) or if the kitchen didn’t read the ticket correctly. At any rate, the food was good – the brisket was in moist, tender chunks and the baked beans were decent.  I tried the Texas Spicy and the NC Spicy Vinegar BBQ sauces.  Both were good. There were several other sauces to choose from.  It wasn’t the best barbecue I have ever had, but for the north side of Lexington where there is little choice for lunch except for fast food, I suspect that Red State does a booming business.  I was tempted to order the Peach Bread Pudding, but decided to save it for another day when I had more time.

Another positive note, the round trip from Lexmark was 50 minutes door to door during the lunch rush - not a bad alternative to fast food when you want a quick home cooked lunch.

Check out their hours of operation and full menu on their website.

Gluten Free Options – their menu has a significant number of sauces, entrees, and side items denoted as “GF - Gluten Free Items prepared in a non Gluten Free Kitchen.”

Vegetarian Options – none advertised.

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