The Woodland Grill on Richmond Road may just be Lexington's gustatory salvation. In a sea of run-of-the-mill and mediocre chain restaurants, The Woodland Grill is a shining beacon of hope for foodies in the Bluegrass. This new venture by Jonathan Lundy, executive chef of Jonathan at Gratz Park, hosts a quirky mix of home-style-inspired and fine dining fare and utilizes the freshest regional ingredients (Bison Reuben, anyone?).
The first time I ate there, I ordered the Woodland Grill Salad and a side of their Smoked Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese. After that I was hooked, and their sensational Mac and Cheese became the subject of many waking dreams :) The flavors in the salad went together beautifully and positively DANCED on my tongue! Dried fruit, a grilled chicken breast, and goat cheese all tossed on a bed of baby spinach--you can't beat that! My husband ordered their cheeseburger, which was also delicious (and a perfect medium rare, I might add. Shhhhh, don't tell the food police). We also tried their Cherry Cheesecake with a Cola syrup. The cheesecake was light, and the combination of the cake and syrup tasted like a Cherry Coke! They also have a refried Spalding's donut topped with ice cream on the menu that we haven't been brave enough to try (for those of you who don't know, Spalding's is a mom and pop donut INSTITUTION in Lexington. If you come here, you've GOTTA go to Spalding's!!).
The next time we went, I had their fried chicken, which, although blander than the fabulous salad, was the BEST fried chicken I have ever eaten. It was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, and the chicken actually tasted like good, moist, well-seasoned chicken, as opposed to being completely overshadowed by the breading! This time, hubby got the Bison Reuben with fries, and we both loved their interpretation on the classic sandwich.
Their service is excellent, and they have innovative drink specials. Their prices are exceedingly reasonable: $8-$17 for lunch and $10-$25 for dinner.
Four stars out of four, two thumbs up, etc.