Keeneland Track Kitchen outpaces local restaurant competition



Paidin Dermody

Hidden among the barns and stables at Keeneland is a place that Lexington natives have dubbed “one of Lexington’s best-kept dining secrets” – the Keeneland Track Kitchen.

Forget the usual breakfast outings to Waffle House, Denny’s or a campus dining hall, because this hidden jewel will blow newcomers away in just one visit with its delectable Southern home cooking, charming staff and affordable prices. Not to mention one just might get to see jockey Robby Albarado sitting at the next table.

The Track Kitchen, located in the barn area near the black water tower on Keeneland’s grounds and open year-round, is the place to be this spring. Whether you’re enjoying the races, watching the horse sales, or simply just want a bite to eat, the Track Kitchen is a great place to start the day with a meal your grandmother would approve.

Keeneland’s website says that the kitchen is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Renovations on the Track Kitchen just recently ended in March, according to the Keeneland Twitter page, and its reopening coincides perfectly with the start of racing season.

After this past winter and the continually unpredictable weather in Kentucky, UK students should make sure to take advantage of the nice spring days ahead. An afternoon of fun at the track pairs perfectly with a stop by the newly renovated Track Kitchen.

The portions are more than respectable, and for such an incredible price – about $5, will get an entire tray of food. We’re talking eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fried cinnamon apples, and the best home fries around.

So, whether you are winning or losing the bets that you make at the track this spring, you will always be the winner if you choose the Track Kitchen.

Paidin Dermody is a journalism and English freshman.

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