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travisleroy | | Aug 19, 2010 05:56 PM

We have been staying downtown, at the Hyatt ($45/night on priceline). Walked around our first night and looked at menus. Lots of terrific looking places but out of our price range. Wound up at the Mellow Mushroom where we had to wait for a table, which was a good thing, because looking at the pizzas and salads, we decided not to stay. Just didn't look appetizing, crust too thick, iceberg lettuce, etc. The noise levels were over-the-top. Wound up across the street at Chipotle, my favorite fast food chain.

Had better luck the 2nd day. Lunch at Guiseppi's Italian Restaurant. Terrific salads, sandwiches, pastas. The best thing was the garlic potato chips. Truly delightful. The price was very reasonable, especially considering the elegant setting and excellent service. We were so full we skipped dinner.

3rd day we drove up to Georgetown and tried Fava's, which is celebrating it's 100th anniversary this week. Good diner food, nice atmosphere (happy locals), friendly service. The price was right.

That night we tried to visit the Istanbul Palace for dinner, but it has closed. Used an iPhone ap to locate something popular nearby, and it suggested the Good Food Cafe. WOW! What an amazing buffet. Good meat selections: talapia au gratin, roast lamb. The highlight was the vegetable selection: spinach and carrot loaf, leak and fennel casserole, fresh corn, kale, roasted eggplant, etc, etc. The chef is very knowledgeable. Big salad bar, good looking soup selection, tempting desserts. My dinner was $6.18. The place is packed so the selections stay very fresh and hot.

Today we drove to Berea and had lunch at the Historic Boone's Tavern. I have been avoiding the ubiquitous "Hot Brown" but decided to try it here. Again: WOW! I doubt it is done better anywhere in Kentucky. Tell me if I'm wrong. I suspect it can be done badly a million ways. If you don't already know, a Hot Brown is an open-faced turkey sandwich, smothered in cheese sauce, and topped with bacon and a slice of tomato. At Boone's all of the ingredients were perfect, especially the thick slices of real roast turkey.

This evening we were back to Good Food Cafe, where my afore knowledge of the food's superiority caused me to blow $8.43. Stuffed. The cafe is attached to a very wonderful grocery store, specializing in organic items. (Not to be confused with Whole Foods, which is across town, and wishes it's buffet was half as wonderful.)

Fava's Restaurant
159 E Main St, Georgetown, KY 40324

345 S Limestone, Lexington, KY 40508

Istanbul Palace
393 Waller Ave Ste 16, Lexington, KY 40504

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