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Fred Green Tomatoes
Thick slices of green tomatoes marinated in buttermilk then caked in seasoned cornmeal and fried golden brown. Served with our ranch dressing.
Pork Rinds
A time honored snacking favorite refined to its highest form, made completely from scratch in house, tossed in a salty and tangy seasoning our pork rinds will blow your pork lovin' mind
6 wings $6.00
12 wings $12.00
6 or 12 Wings
We smoke these famous wings right out back seasoned with our house rub, applewood smoked, then deep fried for a crispy finish. Tossed in your choice of BBQ, mild, hot, blackberry habanero, or, for the brave, a concoction we call stupid sauce, made from some of the planets hottest chilies! Served with carrots and celery and your choice of blue cheese or ranch dressings. (Platters available upon request. Twenty-four hour notice recommended. )
BBQ Cheese Fries
Our legendary hand cut fries loaded with your choice of pulled pork or chopped brisket, diced red onion, crisp bacon drenched in our house BBQ sauce and topped with shredded smoked cheddar. Served with ranch dressing.
Made fresh daily, our sweet and tangy slaw make any meal that much better
BBQ Baked Beans
Made from scratch with pure maple syrup, molasses and a hearty helping of pulled pork, these beans are the perfect balance of sweet, tangy and savory.
Sweet Potato Wedges
Baked and cut into wedges and finished in the fryer, then tossed in a chili molasses butter.
Truffle Fries
Our hand cut fries tossed with chopped parsley, garlic, white truffle, salt, black pepper and a generous drizzle of white truffle oil. Truly as good as fries get.
Potato Salad
Diced baked potatoes, red onion, dijon mustard, fresh dill pickles and hard boiled eggs make up this southern picnic staple.
Collard Greens
Fresh‎ greens cooked down with red onion, garlic, and smoked bacon then seasoned with a dash of vinegar.
Pulled pork $+3.00
Wedge Salad
A crisp wedge of iceberg lettuce topped with shaved red onion, diced tomato and crispy bacon. Served with your choice of blue cheese, ranch or balsamic vinaigrette
Ky Bibb Salad
Crisp bibb lettuce layered with shaved red onion, fresh peaches, toasted pecans and blue cheese crumbles. Tossed with a true KY dressing, our homemade bourbon vinaigrette. this is as southern as salad gets
All main attractions served with our house made chips and dill pickle
Willie's Pork Burger
Our famous pork burger starts with an 8-oz ground pork Pattie that is char-grilled and topped with smoked cheddar, BBQ sauce, bibb lettuce, BBQ onions and a thick fried green tomato slice, all stacked on a cornmeal-dusted bun. delicious...period.
Chicken Sandwich
(Fried or grilled): a tender buttermilk marinated chicken breast served fried or grilled with crisp bibb lettuce, sliced tomato, red onion, smoked gouda and our house sauce on a cornmeal dusted kaiser roll. Get it buffalo style: fried or grilled marinated chicken breast tossed in our house mild sauce, bibb lettuce, sliced tomato, shaved red onion and topped with blue cheese dressing.
Catfish Basket
A hand-breaded, farm-raised catfish filet fried to perfection and served with our delicious remoulade, crisp coleslaw and house made BBQ chips.
BBQ Baked Potato
A‎ huge salt-crusted baked potato stuffed with butter, sour cream, shredded cheddar, and your choice of pulled pork or brisket, all smothered in our house BBQ sauce. A thing of beauty
BBQ Sandwich
Your choice of one of our house-smoked pulled pork or beef brisket covered in our house BBQ sauce piled high on a cornmeal-dusted bun. (Only pulled pork topped with slaw. )
Pork Belly Sliders
Tender, juicy slow cooked pork belly slices are slightly seared and stacked on sesame buns with a red onion jam, bibb lettuce and a balsamic glaze 3 of these delicious beauties are served with our fresh chips and a pickle spear, an instant Willie’s favorite
Half $10.00
Full $18.00
Baby Back Ribs
Succulent baby back ribs seasoned with our house dry rub and slow smoked until they nearly melt, then finished on the grill and smothered with our house BBQ sauce. Served with coleslaw, our house BBQ chips, and a pickle. A must try
Burnt Ends
Paradise in the form of BBQ, these unbelievably succulent cubes of brisket will have you begging for more. These delicious brisket bites sell out quickly, so be sure to check with your server before ordering.
Scratch shortcake biscuits baked fresh and filled with fresh fruit and a light whipped cream cheese filling, a perfect ending to a night at Willie’s. Ask your server about our current available shortcake.
American Eclectic Restaurant and Live Music Venue specializing in smoked meats, craft beer, and bourbon.
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

We ate at Willy's after a long, rainy, cold day at Keeneland. The decor, aura, and atmosphere we're exceptional. We were seated just as UK football scored a last second game-winning touchdown. The place went nuts which was cool. The food was solid. Our chips...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Nathanael I
Reviewed 20 October 2018

Stopped by Willie's on a Sunday night. Enjoyed some great baby back ribs & potato salad. It was a laid back atmosphere & the staff was friendly.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank George H
Reviewed 2 October 2018

You can eat to your hearts desire with some great food, if you can get a server to your table. I have been in the restaurant and there will be several servers just standing around talking and no one checking on tables. I get there...More

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

Great BBQ, salmon, black eyed peas salad and collard greens. Wait staff friendly and efficient. Rustic decor, music is really loud and you'll need ear protection if you want to leave , with hearing in tact.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 685arminah
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

Our first time here. We weren't disappointed. Typical bbq type menu. The service was fast and courteous. We have been to many bbq restaurants and Willies ranks up near the top. A good choice of items at decent prices. They also have a pretty good...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank MikeEWorthington_Ky_
Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

I’m originally from Lexington but have lived away for the last eight years. In the time I’ve been gone Lexington has opened so many restaurants. So on the recommendation of a family member, my husband and I tried Willie’s last week! We really enjoyed it....More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank corey p
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

Willies never disappoints! We have eaten here multiple times, every time I try something new, I’m never disappointed! My all time favorites are the deviled eggs, bbq baked potato, and the brisket! Love the sauces on the table too! Great variety!

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank 460laurad460
Reviewed 29 August 2018

We brought the family to try Willie's on a weeknight. It was busy, but we were able to be seated quickly. There is plenty to love about the menu, but the smoked turkey sandwich is divine. The fries are very tasty. We tried the wings...More

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank Kimberly D
Reviewed 19 August 2018

Listening to a little jazz sounded like a nice extra for Sunday brunch, but damn! Bruce Lewis and friends were not just a little jazz. They really had it going ... on Sunday morning ... wth a great brunch ... and a $10 mimosa carafe!...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank stuartwil
Reviewed 16 August 2018

Had done my research on this place. Chose it as a pit stop on vacation. So we stopped in for lunch on a Sunday. It was around 1pm and the band was just packing up. It was a little crowded but we got right in....More

Date of visit: August 2018
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