Like many places in the South, Lexington has had its food specialties influenced through the years by what the land has to offer. Buying local produce is a consistent theme that runs through many menus you’ll find in the area — and the quality and freshness are evident.
Wallace Station is no ordinary deli. Guy Fieri already discovered this gastronomical heaven, but I’m more than happy to be a step behind in reporting to you — if you’re in the Lexington area, make it a point to go.
The setting is an old train depot that has large deck out back where the scent of tree blossoms and fresh cut grass blend with the savory wonderfulness floating out the back door of the kitchen. Delightful. And then there’s the food: a choice of sandwiches, soups and burgers derived from creative combinations of locally grown ingredients.
Don’t forget to check out the specials chalk board just to the left as you enter the deli – I didn’t notice it until after my meal (not to say my Inside Out Hot Brown on homemade wheat bread was anything short of mouth-watering). Taste is magnified when the produce comes from a few farms down the road. This type of eating experience will wake up your taste buds and propel them into a new world of flavors. Sandwiches range from $3.95 to $8.95 and include sides.
Shaker Village is a whole topic unto itself (I dedicated a whole blog post to it), but as for food — a garden side supper should be on the docket if you make it out there.
The food is quintessentially Kentuckian and comprised of locally farm fresh goods – dinner was fried chicken seated on top of a ham steak with family style servings of greens, corn pudding and some of the best coleslaw I’ve ever tasted.
Though, in my estimation, the very best thing about my meal was the Shaker lemon pie! True to the Shaker philosophy no part of the lemon goes to waste when making this pie and — ooooheeee, I was told you either hate or love it, and love it I did. Dinner entrees range from $14.95 – $18.95 and are seasonal.
Fancy with a country view: high-end food and a good wine selection is what Jean Farris Winery has on offer. The atmosphere is artsy with old world dark wood interior and views of rolling farmland in every direction. This is a couples or grownups only environment, where you linger over the meal enjoying the well-thought-out nuances of each bite.
The winery offers a solid selection, and out of all the wines I tried, I’d recommend the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (please note, I’m not a wine expert – I’m going on my own preference for a hearty multi-layered wine). My only regret is ordering the duck, and I believe that’s mostly due to my bad duck karma. I’ve never had a successful entrée where duck was the leading cast member. This time my dalliance with duck was not so good as well – literally charred on the bottom. The cheeses, charcuterie, salad, desserts and (apparently) all ten of my dinner partners’ meals were outstanding. Dinner Entrees are from $19 – $35, Charcuterie and Cheeses are 1 for $6, or 3 for $14.