By ALLIE ENGLERT
A woman without regrets
1. Pazzo’s Pizza Pub $$
Serving hand-tossed pizzas as well as fresh salads soft pretzels and delicious soup, Pazzo’s is a venue you don’t want to miss out on. Located in the heart of downtown Lexington, boasting a full bar and unbeatable prices, Pazzo’s is the perfect place to hang out and watch the UK game in the heart of Lexington or just chill with friends. With low lighting and a European pub-like atmosphere, this casual dining experience is one every college student should check out. Try the pretzel appetizer.
2. Mi Casita $
While this writer is perfectly aware that Georgetown offers several Mexican restaurants to choose from, it is my personal opinion that Mi Casita offers the best Mexican cuisine in town. If you’re like many people who love to indulge in Mexican food, Mi Casita is the perfect venue to satisfy your craving. With prompt service and reasonable prices, Mi Casita provides both a hospitable environment and delicious entrées made with fresh ingredients. Try the homemade guacamole and fajitas.
3. Tolly Ho $
Although Tolly Ho is a University of Kentucky hotspot, this little dive is open to people of all ages and walks of life. If you’re a people watcher, check out Tolly Ho late at night for rather interesting spectacles. Breakfast is served all day along with a smorgasbord of other items including burgers, fries, sandwiches, chicken fingers and other diner favorites. Try the “Ho Burger.”
4. Galvin’s $
Frequented by many Georgetown students, Galvin’s serves as a popular destination to hang out with your friends. Not only is it located in Georgetown, it is within walking distance of campus. Serving up a plethora of pub food choices including burgers, Strombolis, pizza and wings, Galvin’s is a hotspot in Georgetown that all Tigers should check out. With few “sports bar” restaurants in the area, this restaurant offers the perfect location to cheer on the team of your choice. Try the Philly cheesesteak sandwich.
5. Lock and Key $
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this recently renovated coffee shop café creates a unique dining experience to other restaurants in the Georgetown area. Whether you’re in the mood for a fresh sandwich, salad, smoothie or scone, Lock and Key is the place for you. Like Galvin’s, this venue is located on Main Street and is within walking distance of campus. Try the fruit smoothie of your choice.
6. Ramsey’s Diner $$
If you’re tired of eating GC’s poor excuse for food in the Caf and are craving a home-cooked meal, then check out Ramsey’s Diner in Lexington. Serving Southern homestyle comfort food and breakfast all day, patrons leave satisfied and full. The omelets are excellent, and many enjoy Southern favorites such as fried green tomatoes, corn bread and the Kentucky Hot Brown. The staff is extremely friendly, and you’ll definitely have more than enough food to bring home and snack on later. Try the veggie platter.
7. Donut Express $
Taking a trip to this donut shop is arguably a rite of passage as a GC student. Also known as “Hong’s” by its loyal Georgetown patrons, this donut shop is open late. Whether you’re up cramming for finals, or simply hanging out with friends late at night, grabbing a fresh donut from Hong’s is a must. With ridiculously inexpensive prices, as well as fast and friendly service, Hong’s is a college student’s best friend. Try their donuts one time, and I assure you, you won’t regret it! Try the maple glazed donut.
8. deSha’s $$$
Located within walking distance of Rupp Arena, deSha’s Restaurant and Bar offers a unique atmosphere to its customers and is perfect for a night out with friends or your significant other. This restaurant takes reservations and is a popular destination for Georgetown students prior to heading to fraternity and sorority formals or groups of students wishing to get out of the “Georgetown bubble” who head out for a night out in Lexington. Try the grilled chicken sandwich or the Hot Brown.
9. Bourbon n’ Toulouse $
If you’re looking for the perfect place to celebrate Mardi Gras or are interested in trying a new cuisine, check out Bourbon n’ Toulouse. This hole-in-the-wall captures the atmosphere of a New Orleans dive perfectly. Serving authentic Cajun and Creole food, this restaurant features Louisiana favorites such as gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice and etoufee. With prices that suit a college student’s budget, you’re certain to leave satisfied. Try the white chicken chili.
10. Mill Stone Market $
A local cafe in Georgetown provides fresh sandwiches and delicious soups that beat out mainstream venues such as Penn Station, Jimmy John’s and Subway. For more information check out a full review of Mill Stone Market in the Features section on page 6. Try the potato soup and honey roasted turkey sandwich.
Do yourself a favor; break away from the redundancy of chain restaurants in the area by sampling a few of these classy establishments.
And if you don’t know, now you know, Tigas.
*Prices based off of urbanspoon.com.