Uptown Lexington was all decked out for the Barbecue Festival
When I was first assigned the morning beat of the Lexington Barbecue Festival, I was a little worried. It was October—sure enough, a truly cold day—and besides, no one was going to be out of bed at 8:30 on a Saturday for something as silly as barbecue, right?
Asheville’s Underhill Rose perform at HRO last spring. Photo by Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch
Across the street from the Old Davidson County Courthouse in Uptown Lexington sits a hidden gem of a place that isn’t quite so hidden anymore.
In recent months, High Rock Outfitters has grown from a small upstart serving up canoes, kayaks and other outdoor equipment with a side of Marley Coffee, to a destination spot for after-five entertainment and the elusive (in Lexington, at least) pint of craft beer.
Cupcakes, cheesecakes, and ice cream ahead!
I don’t know about you, but around here the summer heat really makes us crave sweets. So we set out to find some of the best places in and around Lexington to get that sugar high. Set aside your diet plans for a day and enjoy the sun and some special treats.
Naples Italian Grille
Located in the heart of uptown Lexington, Naples Italian Grille offers the only Italian food in the area. Luckily for Italian lovers, it’s pretty good stuff.
On Sunday, Zachary and I got a chance to check out Lexington Style Trimmings, or LST. Back in May 2010 we wrote a little piece about a restaurant Henry James Family Dining. If you didn’t get a chance to check it out I’ll sum up the experience for you: It sucked. Anyways, we were left a comment by Stephen Lynch that LST was one of the best BBQ places in town. We got some follow up commentary that agreed and there was mention of amazing hushpuppies. Stephen said if we weren’t satisfied with our food, then lunch was on him. I’m happy to report that Stephen, you can keep your money.
Just off of Main Street is a little place that something of an institution here in Lexington; I’m talking, of course, about Main Street Pizza & Deli. In a town known mainly for it’s barbeque, this restaurant has garnered a reputation for its own specialty—pizza crust and sandwich bread made entirely in-house.
The secret door to a world of magic.
The city of Lexington is full of many things for families to do during the day–there’s The Candy Factory, a place that has hard-to-find treats; there’s the Bob Timberlake Gallery, which exhibits many of the local artist’s works; or there’s Lanier’s, which is Lexington’s only downtown hardware store. But, if you’re over twenty-one, and don’t want to go to bed before 10:oo p.m., there’s very little to do.
Enter Shoto, a very unassuming Japanese hibachi restaurant, which sits just off of Main Street.