Just got back from Lexington and am dying for fresh vegetables. Butter and fried foods seem to be very near and dear to this southern town's heart:
Ramsey's was just clearing from the lunch rush around 1:30p and a friend of my sister's told her he'd waited 2 hours for his food. With this inauspicious start, when we told the hostess that a member of our party was in a wheelchair, she became totally unglued, fluttering about, "Wait, let me check. There are stairs up to the dining room." Almost 20 min later after saying she needed a manager to unlock to patio gate where there were only 2 steps, she returned saying there was no manager on duty. As we left, we noticed a side door at the lower level being propped open with a chair which had NO stairs (d'oh). So, finally seated, the servers were as sweet as can be; it was "honey this" and "sweetie that" in the genuine way only a southerner can do. Food was generally up and down from there. The place seems to do the slow cooking items the best. My husband enjoyed his brisket with mashed potatoes, but left almost all of his honey carrots (forgot to ask why). My daughter generally loves mac and cheese, but started playing after 3 bites. When I tasted her meal, the mac was overcooked and mushy, tasting more of flour than cheese. My sister said her creamed corn was good, made from real corn cut from the cob, but left her mac and cheese, as well as her green beans also. My bro-in-law said his burger was just fair. My chili was "the soup of the day". (So much for good intentions for eating light.) Good balance of heat to spiciness, a bit watery. My salad was basically the premade stuff you can buy in stores, and wilted at that.
Ed and Fred's Desert Moon was this board's rec for a nice dinner. The decor was very trendy and chic, if the temp was too cold. I went for salad again to fend off my arteries hardening any more, and although the greens were a nice mix of watercress and baby spinach, the basil vinagrette was way too oily and overabundant. The spicy corn gumbo others had was so peppery that the delicateness of the corn was overwhelmed. My seafood calzone was a disaster. The pastry was gummy and doughy, (I've had better from frozen food.) I counted maybe 3 scallops and no real discernible shrimp pieces in it; the filling was mostly just tasteless cheese. My sister said her pizza accent of pinenuts detracted from the whole unit. Seemed more for show than substance. My bro in law's mushroom tortellini was also a disappointment w/ heavy pasta and one dimensional filling. JB tried for a lighter fish entree and got it fried, which had not been made clear by our server. The ambiance was by far the best we'd seen in KY, but the food suffered from the over the top attempts to be upscale and creative.
On the other hand, Missy's Pies next door was all you could ask. Had the Kentucky Derby pie, which was a pecan pie mixed with chocolate chips. Light, short crust and buttery, nicely sweet filling.
Red Hot and Blue for "Memphis style" dry barbecue next day JB should cover, as the 'cue fan in our house, however my "fish and fowl" catfish and chicken fingers was beautifully nongreasy and only lightly breaded, so there was more fish and chicken than coating.
My brother-in-law had declared that the best place to eat in Lexington was home. Generally speaking, I found this to be true.