Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner In Jessamine County, KY

November 11, 2019
Dining at Fuego at Chrisman Mill Vineyard in NIcholasville KY (Jessamine County, KY) - JC Phelps of JCP Eats, a Kentucky-based food, travel, and lifestyle blog

Hey, y’all!

I recently wrote an article about my dining experience at Fuego, which is an intimate dining experience at Chrisman Mill Vineyards & Winery in Nicholasville. I’m still thinking about (and drooling over) the meat prepared via Argentinian-style grilling. It’s fabulous. Read about that experience here.

That said, there’s a plethora of dining options for a visit to Jessamine County. A neighbor to Lexington, Nicholasville provides the charm of Central Kentucky, locality, and is conveniently located to many. I was very impressed by the individuals that I met and the institutions that I visited: the chefs were passionate, talented, and certainly made me a happy diner. I left knowing that I could, without hesitation, recommend that y’all visit Jessamine County and stay a while – in fact: stay for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Breakfast:

Scott Station Inn

305 E. Main St.

Wilmore, KY 40390

As far as I am concerned, there’s no better way to kick off your visit to Jessamine County than with a stay at Scott Station Inn, which is beautifully located in Downtown Wilmore (home of Asbury University). Scott Station Inn is a first-class, charming bed and breakfast that will keep you coming back. Every room is lovely and beautifully-curated; upon walking in, I assure you this: you will feel like you are at home.

 

Breakfast is, of course, the most important meal of the day at Scott Station Inn. And for good reason – it was delicious! You’ll love the owners, Bo and Sarah; they are passionate about food, hospitality, and friendship — and that was made clear from the get-go. The Scott Station Inn also offers extended dining (and they’re famous for their crab cakes) – I can’t wait to go back and experience that!

Your Guide To Dining in Nicholasville (Jessamine County), Kentucky by JC Phelps of JCP Eats, a Kentucky-based Food, Travel, Lifestyle Blog

Your Guide To Dining in Nicholasville (Jessamine County), Kentucky by JC Phelps of JCP Eats, a Kentucky-based Food, Travel, Lifestyle Blog

For breakfast the morning I visited? A hearty, rustic frittata, the most delicious muffins, Ghirardelli Chocolate Brownies, Fresh Fruit, Coffee, and Tea. Is there a better way to kick off your day? From conversations about Kentucky, my love of Aretha Franklin and Carole King, to dining and Broadway — we all shared the loveliest conversation. I truly felt sad when I left, yet excited to return. Don’t miss out on the Scott Station Inn!

 

Your Guide To Dining in Nicholasville (Jessamine County), Kentucky by JC Phelps of JCP Eats, a Kentucky-based Food, Travel, Lifestyle Blog

Your Guide To Dining in Nicholasville (Jessamine County), Kentucky by JC Phelps of JCP Eats, a Kentucky-based Food, Travel, Lifestyle Blog

Lunch:

Solomon’s Porch

111 E. Main St.

Wilmore, KY 40390

Solomon’s Porch has been a community staple in Wilmore for over 20 years – and in the restaurant world, that says everything that you need to know. Their menu has local flair, along with a mix of classic and quirky items. I think that is what I loved the most.

The classics on the menu range from sandwiches and wraps and are called “The Hole-iness”, “The C.S. Lewis”, “The King Solomon”, and “The Garden of Eden” to name a few. Alongside a multitude of speciality drinks, they also serve salads and “Holy Cow Burgers”. How fun is that?

Solomon's Porch Nicholasville KY

Well, friends, it doesn’t stop there. The menu section that caught my eye the most? The 12 Apostolic Franks: the Thomas, Cephas, Andrew, Simon the Zealot, Judas, John, Jude, Matthew, Bartholomew, Phillip, James of Zebadee, and James of Alpheus. I don’t think that I’ll ever forget this menu naming convention. I ordered the Judas, which is coined as a hotdog that he couldn’t even deny. It is a bacon-wrapped frank topped with beer cheese and tomatoes. Yes, it was as good as it sounds.

 

Dixie Café

108 Keene-Troy Rd.

Keene, KY 40339

Another great option for lunch is the Dixie Café, which is located in rural Keene, KY. I really enjoyed the drive out to the restaurant; upon walking in, I knew I was in the right place. It was chock-full of locals – and the #1 rule in culinary tourism is to go where the locals go.

The restaurant has an interesting history. To quote: “In the early 1950’s, Dixie Alexander opened the original “Dixie Café” in Borger, Texas. She and her husband Edward lived nearby in a small Phillips Petroleum Company oil field camp. The grocery store, located in Phillips, was called the “Quick Stop Grocery”. Edward had moved to Texas from Missouri where he grew up on a farm. His great, great-grandfather had moved to Missouri from his family’s farm in Woodford County, Kentucky. Now, Edward’s youngest son, Lynn, completed the full circle by moving from Texas, where he lived all of his life, back to a Kentucky horse farm. Lynn and his youngest daughter Kasi decided to open a restaurant showcasing family Texas recipes and thus was born the first “Dixie Café & Quick Stop” in Keene, Kentucky.” How cool is that?

Whether it’s located in Kentucky or Texas, one thing is certain: it’s southern, y’all. So southern that I decided to order a Fried Bologna Sandwich, one of my favorites. Oh, and they have soup beans + cornbread!

 

Coffee:

Drinklings

325 E. Main St.

Wilmore, KY 40390

Drinklings pours “Coffee With A Mission” – and I was immediately in love. They believe that all businesses should be cognizant of their social mission footprint… and I wholeheartedly agree. As a company and as a coffee shop, they are committed to: 1) quality products, 2) fair trade and just practices, 3) supporting local and relevant industries, 4) exemplary customer service, 5) keeping their priorities straight, & 6) social mission and justice.

 

What more could one ask out of a business? I am proud to give them my stamp of approval and implore that y’all give them a visit! I had a seasonal fall drink, though also tried their freshly-roasted coffee. I highly recommend both and feel confident in saying that you will be in good hands however you choose to order.

 

Oh, and be sure to visit the Olive Branch Boutique next door — it’s lovely! Imagine this: a store chock-full of curated goods from local, Kentucky makers + artisans. Sound great? That’s the Olive Branch Boutique.

 

Dinner:

Fuego

2385 Chrisman Mill Rd.

Nicholasville, KY 40356

My dining experience at Fuego was, simply put, amazing. So much so that I wrote an entire post about it. To learn more about the dining experience, click here.

Dining at Fuego at Chrisman Mill Vineyard in NIcholasville KY (Jessamine County, KY) - JC Phelps of JCP Eats, a Kentucky-based food, travel, and lifestyle blog

Dining at Fuego at Chrisman Mill Vineyard in NIcholasville KY (Jessamine County, KY) - JC Phelps of JCP Eats, a Kentucky-based food, travel, and lifestyle blog

Public Well

104 S. York St.

Nicholasville, KY 40356

Upon walking into the Public Well, I knew that it was a place for me. From local restauranteur Charlie Hensley (of Euro Wine & Tapas Bar), Public Well is a modern, hip, and family-friendly taco oasis. Start with queso, corn croquettes, or the nachos (highly recommend) — and stay for the street-style tacos.

Public Well Nicholasville KY

As for tacos, I ordered the Carne Asada (white onions, cilantro and adobo salsa verde), Spicy Sriracha Shrimp (cilantro lime slaw), and the Key West Korean BBQ Beef (slaw and soy lime dressing). I loved them all and look forward to trying the Baja Fish Tacos on my next visit!

Your Guide To Dining in Nicholasville (Jessamine County), Kentucky by JC Phelps of JCP Eats, a Kentucky-based Food, Travel, Lifestyle Blog

Euro Wine & Tapas Bar

102 S Main St.

Nicholasville, KY 40356

Euro, like Public Well, stems from Charlie Hensley – a staple in Jessamine County, Kentucky. Charlie believes in adhering to quality, service, all while housing it in a relaxing atmosphere — and he does just that.

 

Perfect for sharing, my table enjoyed the Pan-Fried Ravioli, Hot Chicken Wing Dip, and the Mini Hot Browns.

I mean — Mini Hot Browns.

If that isn’t the epitome of a Kentucky tapas restaurant I do not know what could be.

Your Guide To Dining in Nicholasville (Jessamine County), Kentucky by JC Phelps of JCP Eats, a Kentucky-based Food, Travel, Lifestyle Blog

As for tapas, there’s something special about sharing courses and conversations with those that you love — and whether you’re doing it in Spain (where I was first introduced to tapas culture at age 14) or in Nicholasville… precious memories are sure to be made. Oh, and add a Gin & Tonic to the mix. That always helps, too!

 

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Adventure awaits in Jessamine County, KY – and I know that I will be returning soon to experience even more of it. Just south of Lexington, it’s the perfect weekend getaway outside of the city and is both adult and family-friendly. Oh, and foodie-friendly, of course!

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living.

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This post was kindly sponsored by Visit Jessamine; all expressed opinions, as always, are my own.

 

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