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286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503
+1 859-281-1116
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (6 reviews)
“burnt ends” (17 reviews)
“truffle fries” (16 reviews)
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American, Bar, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503
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Reviewed 6 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Avelave
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

Clean, sharp and edgy decor. Great happy hours prices. Had the oysters on half shell, a couple of beers and a shot of Bourbon. Pleasant staff. Will return.

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 15 November 2017

I had not eaten here in a year due to poor service and mediocre food after they first opened last year. I do like the atmosphere so I decided to try again. I had a salad (large portion) with grilled chicken with the house-made balsamic....More

Thank Lem1
Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

I'm a fool for catfish. Ask anyone. I got Willie's Southern-fried Catfish as a carry-out order last week and it was incredible. The batter was so light and crispy. And the inside was perfectly tender and tasty. I'm a catfish fanatic and this was, perhaps,...More

Thank Toucan-Stan
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

Been to Willies many times and always love going there. Food is awesome, atmosphere is incredible. Go late for the music but be ready for a crowd.

Thank Terry M
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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
23 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
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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 AM - 12:00 AM
10:30 AM - 12:00 AM
10:30 AM - 12:00 AM
10:30 AM - 12:00 AM
10:30 AM - 12:00 AM
10:30 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 286 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503
  • 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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