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Willie's Locally Known

€€ - €€€American, , Barbecue
286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503-1932
+1 859-281-1116
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (6 reviews)
“burnt ends” (20 reviews)
“truffle fries” (17 reviews)
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American, Bar, Barbecue
€€ - €€€
286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503-1932
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Found this place on TripAdvisor and decided to try it. We had a great server who recommended the turkey plate with a side and it was a great choice. He also suggested the bama white sauce which was another great suggestion. Everything that we ordered...More

Thank jharris57
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Truffle fries and Burnt Ends were tasty! Homemade sauces for dipping and live music by Brother Smith Band & Abbie Hamilton made an already great evening better. An attentive server (thanks Taylor) bringing Old Fashioneds and craft beer topped it off. We will definitely return!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hubs and I dropped in for a quick lunch today. Outstanding service in a funky little place with a great vibe. I had the southern fried catfish with a side of crispy, thin fries and some slightly spicy baked beans. The fish was nicely prepared,...More

Thank Theresa M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Nice atmosphere. Great service - our sodas were never empty! Burnt ends were very good, but the sauces were somewhat lacking. Loved the crispy little fries (think Steak & Shake). The burgoo was ok. Thinner than I like and could have been warmer, but a...More

Thank Pata58
Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

Was pleasantly surprised with the quality of food. Large selection but I opted for the pulled pork wrap-delicious! Tried the frozen Mint Julep and was very good and inexpensive.

Thank Julie M
Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

Love this place. They have great meats and their sides are great. Try the pork burger (half pork- half beef) when it’s available. Brisket, pork and wings - all good.

Thank Ron E
Reviewed 22 December 2017

we had catfish poboy and pork sandwich. sauces at the table were very good. Catfish came no trimmings. I did expect some but guess not required. All food was very good at price. there's a pretty good selection of beers. We are West 6th fans...More

1  Thank Avelave
Reviewed 18 December 2017

Good local BBQ. Not awesome, but good. I usually love to order the Burnt Ends, but these were super dry and hard to chew. Good sauces. Good drinks. Clean and welcoming atmosphere. Friendly service which handled a large group well.

Thank Nancy B
Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

Burnt ends were pretty good , sides tasty. Service really poor , got my own drink refill. Server came back in about 25 minutes

Thank Charlie W
Reviewed 28 November 2017

Service was below average, it took forever to get our food even though the crowd was light. I got the ribs, and they were the worst ribs I have ever had, they were not tender and very dry. I could barely cut them with a...More

Thank tomsl1947
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Questions & Answers
Terri S
7 October 2016|
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Response from Sugasweet1 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure if they have a specific gluten free option.. but with choices like fresh oysters, chicken wings, brisket and ribs. I have to believe there are offerings that will fit into a GF diet.
Amanda M
24 January 2016|
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Response from Sugasweet1 | Reviewed this property |
FYI.. they have definitely moved and their new location has a great patio!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
10:30 - 00:00
10:30 - 00:00
10:30 - 00:00
10:30 - 00:00
10:30 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503-1932
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: +1 859-281-1116
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American Eclectic Restaurant and Live Music Venue specializing in smoked meats, craft beer, and bourbon.
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