‘Beyond Grits’ is a must-have guide to restaurants

beyondgritsIf your restaurant visits revolve around three or four spots, you need to be reminded that there are so many great places to eat in Lexington. When you are tired and hungry you often don’t put much thought into where you’ll eat out. But with a copy of “Beyond Grits” in your car or purse you can enjoy great food every time you eat out, and support local restaurateurs.
The pocket size culinary guide was designed by Connie Jo Miller, owner of Group CJ, for the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“The idea for the guide happened almost simultaneously,  as Group CJ was in the midst of doing some pro bono work for Downtown Lexington Corporation to spiff up their downtown restaurant listings,” Miller said.
Jim Browder, executive director of the Visitors Bureau, asked Miller to do a more comprehensive guide of all locally-owned dining spots, and “Beyond Grits” was born.
“The title is my baby and we hope it expresses that the culinary scene in Lexington is more sophisticated than one might imagine. We go way beyond grits (Not that we don’t love grits mind you),” Miller said. The motivation: “The huge explosion of really innovative restaurants.”
The guide was created with visitors in mind, but you’ll definitely want your own copy. It lists 106 locally owned restaurants. You’ve probably eaten at these places at least once, but if they’re not in your neighborhood, the restaurants might not pop into your head when making the decision where to eat.
Restaurants are not categorized by cuisines, but by themes: Uptown ambiance; new hot spots; southern comfort food; world cuisine; patios, porches and sidewalk cafes; singular sensations, rise and shine; off the beaten track and neighborhood favorites; pub grub and suds; and giddy up and go.
The booklet is available at the Visitors Center in Victorian Square, 401 West Main Street, or at Beyondgrits.com.