Last weekend, my husband and I ventured to Lexington for a night before heading to Louisville to watch UK play Cincinnati. Chevy Chase is one of our favorite areas, and we always stop by whenever we are town. It was pretty late when we rolled in, and we were both tired, so I told Kyle that I just wanted a good beer and a BBQ sandwich the size of my face. He told me he knew the perfect spot. Off we went.
My husband went to law school at UK, so he knows his way around Lexington pretty well, having lived there for three years. He never disappoints me, when he takes me places, and this spot was no different. I spotted an autographed picture of John Prine hanging on the wall, and I told him that I could definitely dig this place. The overall feel of the restaurant was very down home, Americana-Rock N Roll-Cool. All kinds of UK memorabilia, and eclectic stuff decorating the walls. Just my style. I’m not into fancy places where they give you linen napkins and a wine menu. Those places are fine, but just not my forte. I’m a “eat with my hands, watch whatever ballgame is on, and drink draft beer” kinda girl, and always will be. (You can take the girl out of Eastern Ky, but you can’t take the Eastern KY out of the girl.)
Anyways, they have a really cool/quirky beer menu. I’m a fan of West Sixth Brewing, and also, Country Boy Brewing, so I had to get a Cougar Bait with my meal. I ordered the Billy Blitz, which is a pulled pork or beef sandwich topped with cole slaw, a pickle, cheese, and a tomato. It was delicious, and I felt like I was going to pop after eating it. I was tempted to try their Kentucky Burgoo which is supposedly world famous, but I decided to save that for another trip. They also offer mutton, and a variety of appetizers, but I’ve heard their jalapeno rings are the best. I also really enjoyed the fact that they serve Ale-8 in a glass bottle. So cool.
Billy’s has been serving up real pit BBQ in Lexington since 1978, when two Western KY boys decided to take their area of expertise to the city. Co-Founded by Billy Parham and Bob Stubblefield, the restaurant has served many folks, and perfected their own brand of barbeque that earned them Lexington’s vote for the best BBQ in town. They certainly would have my vote, IF I were a resident of Lexington.
In short, if you’re in the area, or maybe if you’re from Lexington and never have visited, I suggest you give them a try. I’m not a food critic, or even a “food blogger” but I know good beer, good BBQ and a kick ass atmosphere when I see it, and Billy’s has all three.
Located: 101 Cochran Road Lexington KY 40502
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