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The Top 10 Restaurants To Try In Lexington This Summer

Summer is a time of flavorful, abundant produce, warm temperatures, and good times with family and friends. Lexington, Kentucky is brimming with great summer culinary adventures whether it is a lovely outdoor space to relax in, delicious seasonal fare to sate hunger, or even a combination of the two. Here is a list of some of the restaurants offering visitors unique experiences for the summer.

Open every evening, Enoteca is a chic gathering spot for people looking to sample a host of wines — all selected by a sommelier — bourbon, craft brews, along with Spanish-inspired delicacies. Wonderful for a night out with friends or a more intimate outing, Enoteca is a hot spot during the summer and entices visitors again and again with not only a patio adorned with soft lighting but also an upstairs deck. While breathing in fresh air, guests can sample an array of tasty edibles, including patatas bravas with aioli, Brussels sprouts with manchego cheese, chorizo puffs with mustard sauce, beef tenderloin with green peppercorn sauce, and bread pudding with Willet Bourbon sauce to name but a few.

Read the rest of the article by Marcelina Morfin at The Culture Trip.

Everything’s Coming Up Roses with these Rosy Spring Cocktails

Now that we’ve finally made it to April, check out some beautiful floral rose cocktails for Spring and the upcoming May flowers!

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” is one of the most famous lines from William Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” and we certainly agree that the rose’s sultry sweetest transcends in any form, especially cocktails. As spring starts to awaken into bloom, bartenders are harnessing the romantic fragrance and sweetness of the Rose in their cocktail recipes.

Here are three cocktails from top bartenders who are toasting the season with the most celebrated of florals.



Rio Rose – created by Clare Stueart, Enoteca (Lexington, KY)
1.5oz Espirito XVI Cachaça
0.5oz Giffard Pamplemousse Rose Liqueur
2 Lime Wedges

Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail tin and shake well, then pour into a tall glass. Top with Fentimans Rose Lemonade. Garnish with Lime Wheel.

Read the rest of the article at Tipsy Diaries.

There’s something about eating outdoors that turns a summer dinner into an event, and Lexington loves to eat and drink outside.

“Lexington loves a patio. It’s a patio town,” says Seth Brewer, owner of Enoteca on Jefferson and Second streets. Last year, when the restaurant opened its patio and upstairs deck, the dining area in the treetops quickly became the most sought-after spot, he says.

“The patio fills up first. People like to have a vantage point. When you’re up there, you can see down Jefferson Street, see the Grey Goose, Blue Heron next door,” Brewer says. “It feels like you’re in a clubhouse, a little spot that nobody knows how to get to. It feels VIP. It’s been great for parties.”

Read the rest of Janet Patton’s article at the Herald Leader.