Ten Minutes to a Tasty Meal

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Restaurants, Lexington KY

The Clarion Hotel Conference Center South is located conveniently to many important things: the Interstate, beautiful horse farms, golf and sporting events. However, perhaps most important is our close proximity to several local favorite eateries. (Hey, we like to eat.)

For your dining pleasure, enjoy our list of the best restaurants around the corner from our Lexington KY hotel. Some have more than one location, so these are the addresses you’re looking for:

Sutton’s Restaurant
110 N Locust Hill Drive
(859) 268-2068

1920 Pleasant Ridge Drive
(859) 264-8023

Saul Good Restaurant & Pub
1808 Alysheba Way
(859) 317-9200


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Sutton’s Restaurant

You can get to this Italian neighborhood spot faster than you can say, “Meatball Marinara.” Okay, maybe not quite that quickly, but you’ll be dining on ‘Italian fare with an American flair’ before you know it.

This cozy, family-owned restaurant is dimly lit, with Al Capone clippings lining the wall. It features a full bar with TVs set to all the games. You can sit inside or on the outdoor patio, where a large mural on the building’s exterior will transport you to Italy.

The staff is friendly, and the menu is huge – including beef, pork, seafood, flatbread pizzas … and, of course, pasta.

Here are our Don’t-Miss Dishes:

  • The Hot Brown Flatbread has an out-of-this-world parmesan cream sauce and BACON. (Need we say more?)
  • The Lasagna is just like your mom would make, only better.
  • The Garlic Cheese Bread. FUH-GEDDA-BOUT-IT.
  • The Calamari with Banana Peppers has just the right amount of crisp.

Sutton’s offers daily Happy Hour and Early Bird specials, as well as take-out, delivery and catering. (So if you don’t want to make the short drive, you don’t have to. Just tell them you’re staying with us.) They also host frequent Bocce Ball tournaments, gathering crowds of more than 70 people at a time.

It’s very family friendly. Make note: kids eat free on Monday nights.

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Located in Hamburg Pavilion, a popular complex featuring more than 30 dining and shopping options, think of this restaurant as three-in-one: Malones, Harry’s and Aqua Sushi. It’s an easy 10-minute drive from the hotel.

Harry’s is the more casual space. That’s where we sat, but we also ordered sushi from the Aqua menu. Malone’s is more upscale, if you have a special occasion to celebrate or just want to get a little fancier. You can order from any of the three menus, no matter where you sit – choose from great salads, sandwiches, sushi and steaks. Malone’s was voted one of the ‘Great Steakhouses of America’ in 2015.

There’s a very local vibe here, with lots of Kentucky touches, from the horse-themed decor to the racing stats that line the wall and table-top treasures, like soy sauce served out of a Maker’s Mark (proudly made in Louisville) bottle.

It’s the kind of place that makes you want to stay a while. There’s a fireplace in the bar, with open seating featuring bar stools and high top tables. We counted at least 15 TVs, all tuned to sports. The extensive collection of liquors is artfully arranged.

The food is good and the service is friendly, but never rushed. Dining here is an experience. Locals who come here for lunch take their full allotted hour. No one is hurried, and neither should you be.

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Saul Good Restaurant & Pub

We’re certainly not the first to say it, but it’s all good at Saul Good Restaurant & Pub – and only a 10 minute drive to Exit 108. There’s a zebra out front to let you know you’re in the right spot. (Like, a statue, not a wild animal.)

The restaurant features a black, red and white color scheme, with ornate mirrors hanging on the walls and chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Choose from indoor or covered patio seating. If you need to sneak in some work, this is one of the few places we’ve found with free Wi-Fi.

Their varied menu includes pizza, sandwiches, salads, burgers and daily specials. Pizza dough is made from scratch daily. You can even order breakfast for dinner, if you like.

Or … wait for it … you can even order JUST DESSERT. They have an entire chocolate bar for dessert. And we don’t mean like a dinky Hershey’s chocolate bar. A physical bar top , where decadent, dripping chocolate confections are laid out for your sweet pleasures. It’s pictured smack dab on the front of the menu, as a visual warning to save room.

We sampled the Nutella Hot Chocolate Cake – simply amazing in every way. The chocolate fondue is a local favorite. Oh yeah, we also had a salad and steak and beer cheese nachos. But I mean … it was all about that cake!

On a special note, Saul Good is also DOING good. The restaurant offers a free meal to a child in need for every Facebook check-in. There’s signage at the entrance and printed info with your bill to tell you how to participate.

So, you can feel extra good about all the chocolate you just consumed.

– Ashley Kahn Salley
Lead Storyteller, Innisfree Hotels