BBQ Restaurants in Gainesway

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Established by the owners of Shamrock Bar & Grille and featuring 29 flat-screen TVs and a game room, The Cellar nourishes bellies of all ages with a menu marked by dressed-up salads, sandwiches, and entrees. Make hands feel giant with an order of mini brauts ($5) before making nice with a made-to-order Cellar burger ($8) or one of many sandwich selections. The entree section includes salads, steaks, seafood, and a mouthwatering full rack of barbecue baby-back ribs ($20). The parmesan-pressed chicken breast ($12.50), like any streetwise debutante, surrounds itself with a bounty of bow-tied tasties and goes well with myriad bourbon varieties.

3256 Lansdowne Dr
Lexington,
KY
US

Shamrocks is the "Classic" neighborhood pub. We have the best pub food in Lexington and a huge beer & drink selection. The O'round is a must. Everyone is family and laid back. We always have a great cross section of Lexington from families to college students, from lawyers and professionals to painters and plumbers.

4750 Hartland Pkwy
Lexington,
KY
US

J. Gumbo's menu transports southern flavors upriver, pleasantly scorching palates with po boys, wraps, and hearty bowls of spicy Cajun fusions. Unleash a contingent of Scoville units on anxious tongues with voodoo chicken, which treats poultry to a warm Cajun tomato-sauce bath and a sprinkling of crushed red pepper ($6.13). Traditional creole-style jambalaya marries sausage and chicken with other gluten-free ingredients ($5.66), and a bumblebee stew ($5.66) that features spicy butter sauce and a medley of veggies warms up diners who have been practicing the tango with a snowman. The chicken red-hot po boy douses shredded meat in tangy buffalo sauce and serves a savory knockout punch in open-faced or wrapped form ($6.37). Kick off feasts with southern-inspired appetizers such as crawfish cheese dip ($5.66) and Nola nachos ($5.66).

535 S Upper St
Lexington,
KY
US

The Penguin's dueling pianos lock chords at nightfall in an effort to relive the greatest hits of the last 50 years. Talented musicians are flown in from around the country to ensure a fresh crop of faces and entertainment every week. Onstage, two baby-grand pianos sit opposite one other in front of entertainers ready to tap out any of thousands of songs from the past five decades, all committed to their mental jukeboxes.

517 W Main St
Lexington,
KY
US

Al's Bar's servers sling a menu of locally sourced gourmet burgers and myriad bourbons and Kentucky whiskeys. The Willie burger piles a local-beef patty with beer cheese and bacon ($6.50) and the bison burger dresses a quarter-pound of local bison in a spicy frock of chipotle-bourbon mayo ($6). In the stuffed portobello burger, a fried egg luxuriously stretches across a portobello-mushroom cap packed with house-made beer cheese ($8), more mouth-watering than a mouth sprinkler. To aid burger bites on their esophageal journeys, guests can tipple a Kentucky Speedball—a concoction of Ale-8-One and Maker's Mark ($5)—or a glass of Four Roses single-barrel bourbon, one of more than 25 bourbons and Kentucky whiskeys in Al's arsenal.

601 N Limestone
Lexington,
KY
US

Equal parts sports fanatics and wings enthusiasts, Wildcat Wings owners Gordon and Emerie Duke create a culinary environment that mirrors the vibrancy of a live sporting event. The idea for Wildcat Wings came to them while rooting on Kentucky versus UCONN in the 2011 NCAA basketball Final Four game. Sensing that wings were the missing ingredient to celebrating the game properly, they quickly discovered the area was lacking an eatery to meet that need. The next thing they knew, both Gordon and Emerie were in their own restaurant slinging more than 20 sauces to slather golden-fried wings in everything from a bourbon glaze and mango habanero to honey mustard and peanut butter and jelly. They also pour frosty brews such as Kentucky Ale with which patrons can wash down feasts of wings and chicken tenders. To keep Gordon and Emerie’s inspiration ever-present, the venue’s TVs air all UK games, as well as broadcasting other sports, including baseball, football, and full-contact Connect Four.

1001 Elizabeth St
Nicholasville,
KY
US