Just had my second meal at Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, about a 20-minute drive from downtown Lexington. The beautiful bistro is adjacent to the vineyards and the owners' old farmhouse. We first ate there in August and sat on the covered porch; went again last Sunday for brunch on a much colder day. Both times the food has been really excellent with heavy emphasis on locally-grown and sourced everything. In fact, as we left Sunday, owner Jeanie was coming in with a bunch of beets she'd just picked -- the same delicious varietiesthat were in my yummy salt-roasted beet & goat cheese salad. Duck risotto featured perfectly-crisped duck quarter with brussels sprouts -- and even if you aren't a fan of either beets or brussels sprouts, these might change your mind! My friend who was with us loved the house-cured bacon on her better-than-classic hot brown, and the chef was kind enough to sell her some for a wine-club appetizer she was making for the next night.
The Bistro gets top-10 rankings in several Open Table categories, and is definitely worth adding to any list of places to try in Lexington . . .
Jean Farris Winery
6825 Old Richmond Road, Lexington, KY 40515