Corto Lima: Lexington, KY

March 1, 2019
Corto Lima Lexington KY

Hey, y’all! I’m excited to tell you about one of the best restaurants to dine at in Lexington: Corto Lima. Dining at Corto Lima (Lexington) provides a few guarantees: exceptional flavor, courses, and cocktails. That I will promise you! While it is a small restaurant, it brings unparalleled food to the Kentucky food scene.

This post was updated November 2021.

This post is in partnership with Corto Lima. Thank you all for supporting those that make JCP Eats possible. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Corto Lima: Lexington, KY

The masterminds behind the restaurant? Chef/Owner Jonathan Lundy (former owner of Jonathan at Gratz Park and a James Beard Award Semi-Finalist for Best Chef in the Southeast) and Owner/Director of Operations TJ Cox.

At its core, Corto Lima is a small plate and tapas restaurant; however, there are larger menu items and I found the offerings to be great for sharing. The Latin American plates draw inspiration from all over the Spanish-speaking world, ranging from Mexico to South America.

Downtown Lexington KY Restaurants
Downtown Lexington KY Restaurants

Corto Lima is known for their wide-ranging menu, amazing cocktails (most notably their margaritas – be sure to try it with Prickly Pear!), house-made sauces, and friendliness to all diners: meat-eaters, vegetarians, and those requiring gluten-free options.

The Cocktails

If a small restaurant makes 300 margaritas/day… while hand-pressing each and every lime… they are clearly doing something right!

I tried three of the offerings. The Margarita de Casa features Sauza Blue Reposado Tequila, Lime, and Agave. The Mezcal Margarita boasts Vida Mezcal, Lime, Agave, and Charred Jalapeño. The Hemmingway is composed of Cruzan Light Rum, Lime, Grapefruit, and Luxardo Maraschinos.

All three were show-stoppers!

Corto Lima Lexington KY
Corto Lima Lexington KY

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The Cuisine

Corto Lima Lexington KY

Queso Blanco: warm cheese dip with onions, peppers, tomatoes, and the option to add chorizo.

Corto Lima Lexington KY

Blue Corn empanadas: Chilean rock crab, green chilies, cream cheese, served with a pineapple-banana pepper hot sauce.

Corto Lima Lexington KY

Cauliflower “Al Pastor”: achiote-sour orange marinated cauliflower, pineapple, onions, cilantro, and coconut-cashew crema.

Corto Lima Lexington KY

The best guacamole in Kentucky: avocado, roasted garlic, red onion, tomatoes, and barrel smoked salt.

Corto Lima Lexington KY

Huitlacoche Quesadillas: corn truffles, epazote, onions, jalapeños, Oaxacan cheese.

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Corto Lima Lexington KY

My favorite dish: Chicken Chicharron – fried chicken thighs, crispy chicken skins, chili escabeche, cilantro, lime.

Corto Lima Lexington KY

Tamales: freshly-ground masa stuffed with barrel-smoked pork, served with salsa verde.

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Barrel-Smoked Pork Tacos, Steak Rajas de Poblano Tacos, and Quinoa Chaufa.

Visit Corto Lima Lexington

You can visit Corto Lima at 101 W. Short St in Lexington, Kentucky. Visit their website, follow them on Instagram, and like them on Facebook. Tell them that I sent ya!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

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