Local Dish: Graze Market and Cafe, Lexington KY

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Two days ago, I said good-bye to Lexington and became a PA resident!  The moving aftermath is a bit chaotic: my house is full of plastic tubs, there are six million collapsed cardboard boxes on the back porch, I still can’t find the washcloths, and it turns out that I own three partially-used boxes of tapioca.  My poor pup Zoe spends a lot of time cowering in the corner, afraid that the furniture will be rearranged again (and probably wondering why in the world I have so much tapioca).  On the bright side, I passed at least five Indian restaurants today.  It’s a sure sign that I have moved to the right place.

During August, our Friday posts here at The Table will all be Local Dishes, focused on some of our favorite restaurants.  I’m not going to have time to get to all of the Indian restaurants that I’ve been eying, so instead I’ll be telling you about a few of the places in and around Lexington that I really enjoyed.  The PA restaurants will come later, no worries.

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Laura wrote about Gulf Shores Steamer last week, but we’re going for more inland cuisine with today’s Local Dish: Graze Market and Cafe.  I visited this fantastic little place with my mom and her friend Janet.  What fun!  Graze is located outside of Lexington, KY with a Winchester address.  It’s out of the way and you’d never find it if you weren’t looking, but it’s definitely worth the search.

The restaurant has a tiny and continually changing menu – there were only four things the day we went for lunch.  We ordered three of the four and gave them all great reviews.  Graze purchases many of their ingredients from the surrounding farms, including cheese, vegetables, and meat.  With such fresh ingredients, it should be no surprise that the food was fabulous. From Janet’s burger (topped with brie), to my mom’s skillet (which included eggs, sausage, potatoes, and other veggies), and my pork stir-fry with veggies, everything was full of flavor.

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We also split a lovely chocolate mousse cake for dessert.

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I highly recommend Graze, but with one caveat: be sure to call ahead for reservations.  We went for lunch in the middle of the week.  When we arrived at 11, the restaurant was empty, but before we left, every seat was filled.  Graze is tiny to begin with, so it’s a good idea to call ahead and ensure that you have a table.

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