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286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503
+1 859-281-1116
11:00 - 02:30
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Sun 11:00 - 00:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 02:30
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Food isn't anything to write home about. Good luck getting the kitchen to get your order correct. Servers don't really care and are slow. I've seen the owner/manager walking around and socializing with his friends. Never stopped by our table. This is my consistent experience over three visits.

Thank Brett M
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Mmmm....I can still smell the smokiness of the brisket sandwich. One of the best I've ever had! Fries, which appeared to be handcut, were OK. Friend got shrimp po boy and the chickpea dish that I tasted. Chickpea dish unique, but tasty. Shrimp poorboy was excellent too. Server was attentive and helpful, answering all questions about menu items and making... More 

Dahlonega, Georgia
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90 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

This is a great place to eat and just hang out. I must have spent 5 hours in this place on my visit here to see a relative and to see a special band playing here. I was here during the day and had the bartenders wait on us. Later that night Allie was our waitress and she provided a... More 

Thank WhitmanThoreau
Lexington, Kentucky
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150 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Yumnmny! This is the best barbecue restaurant in town! This friendly, locally owned and operated restaurant has music nightly, and is not only has good food but is a fun experience for all.

Thank Leelex
Bradenton, Florida
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66 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Stopped in as we heard that they had great BBQ. Well, The BBQ was fair at best. The smoked deviled eggs were by far the best thing that we had that night!. I would order some appitizers and stick around for the music!!!

Thank coreygrubb
Lexington, Kentucky
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55 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Three friends and I just ate at Willies's. A total disaster. Our waitress was on another planet. Our appetizers came at the same time as the dinner. Appetizers were Fried Green Tomatoes and they were so-so. We also ordered the Smoked Dressed Eggs and they were nothing like the ones we had at Crave. There was NO smoked taste and... More 

Thank Suzanne2012012112
Richmond, Virginia
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Went here at recommendation of a friend. Good barbeque dinner (pulled pork for me, chicken for my wife). Our server was efficient and informative. He told us that live music was starting around 8:30 and we stayed through the first set. Enjoyable performers and not too loud. Wide selection of craft beers on tap. Would definitely go back.

Thank divedocmd
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

We were looking for a place to hang out, have some appetizers, drinks, in a relaxing atmosphere! It was a Friday, we were sitting in their outdoor area, which i highly recommend, there was a band inside shortly after we got there... try the bacon flight! Fried green tomatoes, smoked eggs, the truffle fries and of course the wings! You'll... More 

Thank Sugasweet1
United States
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We had 11 ppl in our party. Rose was helping us and got us a big table outside at our request (didn't want to pay $7 pp cover chg bc band was playing inside.) She was ABSOLUTELY the best server that any of us have ever had. She had a great memory, was always pleasant and friendly, very quick to... More 

Thank Gramma S
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Went for the brunch. Music was great!!! Food excellent !! Was seated quickly. Waitress explained menu very well. Manager checked to see if everything was good.

Thank Keith W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: +1 859-281-1116

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?