Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden

Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden is located in the East End where 3rd Street meets Midland and turns into Winchester Road. The park was constructed to recognize Isaac Murphy and other African-American men and women who have been instrumental in the thoroughbred racing scene.

Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden, May 19, 2015
Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden, May 19, 2015

The park will also be the trailhead of the Legacy Trail. The trail ends at the Kentucky Horse Park. Continue reading “Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden”

Alumni Drive Construction

The Alumni Drive construction is in full swing. The street is closed between Nicholasville Road and Tates Creek Road through project completion. According to an email sent out to the UK community from Eric N. Monday, Executive VP, Finance & Administration, construction will be complete by the end of August. Stay tuned for more pictures of construction progress. Continue reading “Alumni Drive Construction”

Children’s Garden Closed When School Is Out

The Children’s Garden at the University of Kentucky Arboretum is missing some prime opportunities being closed when school is out for Election Day. It’s bad enough that we have to pay to go into the area but to be closed when school is out?!

Closed sign on the Children's Garden on May 19, 2015
Closed sign on the Children’s Garden on May 19, 2015

The Macho Nacho


Macho Nacho
Macho Nacho

The space at the corner of High Street and Euclid is being prepared for a new restaurant. This spot has had trouble staying filled since Buddy’s moved out. The most recent tenant, Glenn’s Creek Beer Exchange, closed a year ago. The Macho Nacho is expected to open in mid-September 2015. Providing Tex-Mex foods to the local populace isn’t anything new but their promised delivery service is. According to their website, the place will be set up as a sports bar inside with 25-30 tvs. Stay tuned for more pictures as the transformation progresses.

The Macho Nacho website

Athenian Grill

Athenian Grill Lexington
Athenian Grill

Athenian Grill is a feel-good story of great food getting the support of those who love it and making it in this tough restaurant town. Athenian Grill started as a pop-up food truck which I enjoyed outside of West Sixth Brewery. Deciding to take the leap into a brick-and-mortar building, the owners launched a Kickstarter campaign that quickly gained steam. They achieved their goal and opened the business to a crowd of people that continues to demand more Greek food. Continue reading “Athenian Grill”

Asuka Grill Hamburg

ASUKA Grill & Sushi Hamburg

Asuka Grill had been on my list of restaurants to visit for a while. With a sitter procured, I was excited to have the chance to try a new place without the pressure of getting home or dealing with a fidgety toddler. I had tried to visit Asuka twice before this time but the completion at the Hamburg location had been delayed numerous times.

The restaurant has a closed-in quiet entry way which I know will be appreciated when the weather is either too hot or too cold. The interior of the restaurant is spacious. Most of the area is for hibachi tables which have three different dining spaces. There is a small section of tables for the sushi crowd. We were seated at a two-top booth although there were plenty of tables with a little more elbow room available. We were after the dinner rush so there wasn’t a concern about not being able to seat larger parties. The place is decorated with a modern flair with some stainless here and some decorative urns there. Continue reading “Asuka Grill Hamburg”

Billy’s Bar-B-Q

Billy’s Bar-B-Q

Billy’s Bar-B-Q has been a Lexington institution since 1978. They are located on a heavily traveled piece of road in Chevy Chase and are popular for eat-in and take-out including large orders for catering and tailgating.

We are regular Billy’s go-ers. Not only are we close by but the food is always good. There is plenty of seating inside at a table or at the bar and a covered patio outside in which to enjoy the nice weather. The inside is decorated with a lot of pictures and posters and a few animals hanging around. My son especially liked the hammerhead shark that was suspended over the door leading to the bathrooms and patio. The pictures look like yard sale leftovers with the goal of covering the wall. The booths are in bad need of replacement as many are ripped and lumpy. There are mood setting string lights but I’ve never actually seen them on.

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Brasabana Cuban Cuisine

Brasabana logo

I had been hearing about Brasabana from friends on Facebook for the past few months so I chose it to eat at on our rare night to dinner without any kids. Since we were going on a Friday night, I called first to make a reservation.

Brasabana is located in a strip mall on a fairly well traveled road between Harrodsburg and Versailles Roads. It’s a good location for a restaurant although the gourmet styling is new and a bit incongruous for the location.

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