31 Aug Coles 735 Main in Lexington, KY
When I thought about fine-dining in Lexington, Kentucky, I envisioned traditional Southern, white tablecloth, fine-dining establishments with dress codes for men and women. But, our experience at Coles 735 Main was nothing like that. Owned by Lexington born Chef Cole Arimes, Coles 735 Main is located in a refinished 1938 historic landmark. It’s a bit like walking into your grandmother’s home with gingham print pillows. While not the most contemporary decor, it is not stuffy, formal or stodgy.
We sat outside on the charming patio as the fireflies buzzed and lit up around us. The menu offers Southern cuisine with an eclectic global influence and features fresh local ingredients.
Baked Brie en croute wrapped in phyllo, apricot and tomato chutney, balsamic drizzle, toast points
Pork Bruschetta – a special of the night, the tender pork was from a full pig that Coles had been working with.
Warm Brussel and House Bacon
Shrimp & Grits – smoked garlic Weisenberger grits, pickled onions, baby arugula, truffle infused lobster cream, midnight moon goat cheese
Short Ribs – another special for the night, the short ribs were served over pasta and had an Asian flair
Black Angus Falls NY Strip – all natural beef, smoked Weisenberger grits, house made compound butter
Bourbon Ball Flourless Chocolate Torte
Fresh Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies – a perfect end to the night, Chef Cole had stopped by our table on his way out and was taking some of the fresh made cookies to his pregnant wife who was at home.