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Jonathan at Gratz Park. Chef/owner Jonathan Lundy is a Kentucky native who counts his great, great, great grandfather William Monroe Wright as the founding owner of Calumet Baking Powder Company. This elegant place is an authentic Kentucky dining experience within Gratz Park Inn, the heart of Lexington’s oldest historic district. Ask about his “bourbon-inspired” specials.

Dudley's Restaurant. A mainstay since 1981, the restaurant is known for its award-winning creative American cuisine.

Jean Farris Winery and Bistro. A family-owned vineyard and restaurant, the place reflects a passion for fine cuisine and great wine. Many of the culinary herbs, heirloom tomatoes, and fresh vegetables and fruits are grown on their estate.

Coles 735 Main. A cheery provencal décor greets diners with a menu that emphasizes locally sourced ingredients with an eclectic flair. Executive Chef Cole Arimes accentuates passion, artistry and variety in all his dishes.

Where to stay: Southern luxury downtown

Of course you'll want to stay in a place that is historically unique to Lexington and oozes with Southern hospitality: that place is The Gratz Park Inn, located in the heart of downtown. Many of the restaurants listed above are within a short walking distance of the hotel. My favorite feature was the poster queen bed with Tempur-Pedic mattress; it made for some pretty restful nights.

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