Winchell’s Bar and RestaurantOctober 4, 2011 by: Cavan
This is the first time I’ve written about Winchell’s Resturant, but I promise it won’t be the last. It is by far one of my favorite spots in Lexington. Winchell’s promotes itself as a sports bar but it is much much more. The chefs are CIA (Culinary Institute of America) grads and their training totally reflects in the food they serve. And, as Al Purnell says, “It’s gooood.”
Let’s start with breakfast. Hands down the best breakfast in Lexington, period. And they serve one of the top 3 corned beef hashes I’ve ever eaten. I do consider myself a qualified connoisseur of the hash. Pictured below is their breakfast sampler: 3 eggs, bacon, home fries (don’t use ketchup on these home fries), jalapeno cheese grits, gravy and biscuits. I could literally write a couple of paragraphs about the grits and gravy—literally—but I won’t bore you with that. I will say that each of these items are simply fan-damn-tastic and no matter what you order you should always order a side of the grits. They also serve the gravy with the corned beef hash. I’d never had gravy with corned beef hash before Winchell’s served it on the side, but I love it! After writing this I now kind of regret not ordering the hash last weekend. Looks like I’ll have to go on Sunday and write a solo corned beef hash post.
Now dinner… I have a hard time venturing from what I know is really really good at Winchell’s for dinner. I generally order the fried oysters, fried chicken, shrimp and grits, or the pulled pork quesadilla. But I’ve heard the sirloin medallions, Winchell Bros Sammich (which is their version of the famous Primanti Bros Sandwich), and mahi-mahi fish taco are fantastic—along with just about everything else on their menu. They do have a rotating specials board so make sure to check it out on your way in.
This is their oyster plate. As you can see the oysters are huge and have a corn mill batter. The oysters are meaty and have a slight briny twang.Their serving size is also more than generous. I recommend getting the kale greens with the oysters but they also have lots of options for sides. If you do get the kale greens make sure to ask for vinegar. It’s not bathed in it like it is at Ramsey’s but it does need a squirt.
OH, by the way, I feel like skipped over the fried chicken too quick. Order it. Listen to me! Order it… You’re going to think “Oh, it’s just fried chicken.” No.. No it’s not! Order it dammit!
I feel like I’ve gushed about Winchell’s enough now to convince you that it’s well worth a visit. Say hi to Robin for me if you sit at the bar. You can also visit their website here: http://www.winchellsrestaurant.com/