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120 W. Second St.
Lexington, KY 40507

When we heard that the chef owner of the Gratz Park Inn's house restaurant, Jonathan Lundy, was a protégé of Emeril our dinner decision was made.

The room is an elegant cave of a space, all warm woods and high-backed booths giving it the same cozy library feel as the rest of the hotel. Big windows add light but disappointingly look onto a brick wall. Some plants would've been nice out there but that's just nitpicking.

The menu is something akin to steakhouse but with some Kentucky twists and surprising additions. Pork prime rib with Kentucky hot slaw and pork jowl bacon cracklins, blackened salmon with crawfish corn pudding, shrimp and white cheddar grits, fried green tomato salad - these are the kinds of things that make the traditional over into something extraordinary.

Gazpacho with rock shrimp, country ham pot-stickers with a bourbon soy sauce and a peach glaze for Mary, a chicken and Vidalia onion sausage soup and a bacon wrapped filet on a bed of mashed potatoes for Rick, and a hot caramel Bundt cake for both of us. Wow that was good.

Prices are probably very expensive for Lexington but if you're used to LA and Vegas prices like we are we found it downright reasonable. Entrees range from $29-42, which considering how excellent everything was seems like a bargain.

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