14 places to eat breakfast in the Bluegrass

swthompson@herald-leader.comSeptember 22, 2011 

Many Central Kentuckians eat breakfast on the run, but occasionally we start the day with a relaxing meal at a restaurant.

Places that serve a sit-down breakfast aren't as plentiful as drive-through restaurants, but the ones that open for the early meal get raves from their customers.

On a recent Facebook post, I asked friends to suggest their favorite places to eat breakfast. Here are some of their suggestions.

It's a good idea to check Web sites or call ahead, because several of the places are open only on weekends.

Alfalfa Restaurant in Lexington offers a nice vegetarian menu. Visit: Alfalfarestaurant.com.

■ Pamela Knight of Lexington is a member of a reading group that meets for brunch and is always on the lookout for new places to enjoy. One of her favorites is Josie's Grab & Go in Chevy Chase, (859) 523-8328. "My favorite thing about breakfast at Josie's is the egg white omelet that is both delicious and healthy," Knight said. "I had never had one before and was surprised at how much flavor the one at Josie's has."

■ State Rep. Rita H. Smart of Richmond enjoys a comfort-food breakfast at Opal's in Richmond. "Her old-fashioned breakfast keeps me full all day," Smart said. (859) 623-2090.

■ Pamula Drake Honchell of Lexington likes to drive to The Garden Girls Café in Winchester. Visit: Gardengirlscafe.com.

■ Also in Winchester is Stinky & Coco's Diner, which is known for its shrimp and grits breakfast dish. Visit: Stinkyandcocos.com.

■ Gayle Tomkinson of Lexington likes to eat breakfast at Windy Corner Market in rural Fayette County, where she is surrounded by horse farms. "I enjoy taking my time eating the biscuit breakfasts on the back porch with friends. I feel welcome whether I am in my bicycling clothes or dressed up for a business meeting," she said. Visit: Windycornermarket.com.

Hanna's on Lime is known for serving locally grown foods. Visit: Hannasonlime.com.

Also known for locally grown foods is Doodle's. Visit: Doodlesrestaurant.com.

■ For decades, the Meadowthorpe Café in Lexington has been a popular spot to get a bountiful plate of gravy and biscuits. (859) 258-2222.

The Crossroad on Southland in Lexington serves its specialty dessert, bananas Foster, atop a Belgian waffle for breakfast. Visit: Thecrossroadonsouthland.com.

Some other popular places to enjoy the first meal of the day include:

Fava's in Georgetown. (502) 863-4383.

Kathy's Country Kitchen in Clay City. (606) 663-4179.

Ramsey's Diner has four Lexington-area locations that serve a breakfast menu all day, and they open early on Saturday and Sunday. Visit: Ramseysdiners.com.

Winchell's Restaurant in Lexington. Items include trout and eggs, blue-and-white pancakes and a pork chop platter. Visit: Winchellsrestaurant.com,

More Central Kentucky bucket lists:

Reach Sharon Thompson at (859) 231-3321 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 3321.

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