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Report on trip to Lexington, KY

Ginger | Apr 16, 200403:41 PM

Sorry to my Lexington friends that it has taken me so long to get this posted . . . just worn out from our fun weekend eating and going to the races!

We got into town on Friday a lot later than we anticipated, and had had a late lunch, so we ended up going to Annabelle's for some drinks, appetizers, and dessert. We had the caprese salad (tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil w/ balsamic reduction), surf and turf quesadilla with some sort of aioli on the side, and the Kentucky egg rolls. All were really quite good -- the egg rolls probably a little more basic than you'd anticipate from something called "Kentucky egg rolls"! One friend was more hungry than the rest of us and had the steak, which he said was perfectly cooked, mashed potatoes and asparagus, which were somewhat underseasoned according to our culinary school graduate. All had gone well until dessert . . . hubby and I ordered a slice of pound cake with some sort of sauce (have forgotten the specific fruits/flavorings involved). The cake was very dry and the "sauce" had pretty much crystallized on the cake. Seemed like it had been sitting around on a plate all night. Not a happy note to end on. The service was good, though, as was the ambience -- love the giant red lampshades and the cool circular booth in the front of the restaurant.

Won't bore you with the details of our tailgating at Keeneland on that gorgeous Saturday morning, but it was much fun! Too bad our bets didn't pay off!

Saturday night we went to the Holly Hill Inn for dinner. Here's a link to April's menu if you're interested:

Among our group of seven, we managed to try everything except for the rabbit, which my mom's friend at another table had and said was great. Most everything was wonderful, although most of our group who ordered the salad were underwhelmed. Some highlights: the crab cake with a salad of cucumber, jalapeno and sweet & sour vinaigrette (so refreshing to get such a fresh, light accompaniment to a crab cake instead of something mayo-based), the chowder of scallops, leeks and wild celery (light and velvety), the homemade noodles and sauce that came with the veal (couldn't stop eating them, much to Dr. Atkin's chagrin), and the chocolate bourbon pecan torte (so simple, yet so good). I also added the $20 wine flight, which matched wines to the soup/salad, entree and dessert courses. Unfortunately didn't write down the names, but all were very nice wines. Service was great -- helpful and friendly without being intrusive -- and the restaurant itself is beautiful, although the room we were seated in was too brightly lit for such a nice, romantic, white tablecloth kind of environment. The room my parents and their friends were seated in was much dimmer (probably should have switched so they could read the menu!). Overall, the Holly Hill Inn was a great experience.

Thanks for the hospitality, Lexington -- we had a fantastic time!!

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