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Lexington, KY, info

CatHound | Jan 9, 200512:54 AM

Couple of things on Lexington:

1. Nadine's (formerly Roy and Nadine's) at the Palomar Center at Harrodsburg Road and Man-O-War has apparently changed ownership and definitely changed chefs (within the last 2 weeks). The new chef, Christopher Cruse formerly of downtown Lexington's a la lucie, is working diligently to overhaul a tired menu. Expect great things from Nadine's in the next few months. I had a great meal there recently under Cruse's direction, and Nadine's should only improve and should make any Lexington Chowhound's list of places to visit. Always ask specifically for Chef Cruse's recommendations - he's a talent Lexington is lucky to have.

2. Tragically, the legendary bakery Spalding's at 6th and Lime has closed indefinitely following a pistol-whipping robbery of the 79-yr-old owner James Spaulding in late November as Spalding recovers. Although there has been no official statement on Spalding's and its famous honey-dripped, secret-family-recipe doughnuts that may be lost forever (Mr. Spalding has said that his recipes are not written, just stored in his head), many local merchants think Spalding's has cranked out the last of its doughnuts. If so, the culinary quality of Lexington has been inexorably diminished...

3. Had a dreadful meal recently at a popular Lexington place that gets positive reviews in some foodie conversations. I like to see locally-owned chef-driven places succeed, so I'll hope it was an off night and just recommend Nadine's instead of naming the place that tested my gag reflex with its food and tested my nerves with its disastrous service.

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