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Donuts are displayed at North Lime Coffee & Donuts Thursday, June 6, 2019. The business was reviewed as one of Lexington's top 10 spots for a cheap bite.

Donuts are displayed at North Lime Coffee & Donuts Thursday, June 6, 2019. The business was reviewed as one of Lexington’s top 10 spots for a cheap bite.

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If you’re tired of cooking and high grocery prices, check out these Lexington restaurants serving up “cheap eats.” The city is home to a wealth of local eateries with great reviews for their dishes and prices.

Review-based travel advice company TripAdvisor provides information about what restaurants users say offer cheap food options. This top 10 list provides ratings for food, service, value and atmosphere, when available.

There are options for pizza lovers, beer connoisseurs, those with Cajun cravings and a taste for sweets. Don’t worry, bourbon and tacos aren’t left out.

Here’s where TripAdvisor users recommend stopping by for an affordable meal or treat.

10. Goodfellas Pizzeria – Mill Street

This pizza parlor has a wide selection of affordable treats. You can get a pizza slice, an extra large breadstick, three different salads, cannolis, cheesecake and cookies for $4 each. There’s also New York-style pies starting at $12.

Rating: 4.5/5 overall with 184 reviews, 4.5/5 Food, 4/5 Service, 4.5/5 Value, 4/5 Atmosphere

Type of food: Quick Bites, Italian, Pizza

Location: 110 North Mill St., Lexington, KY 40507

9. Dad’s Favorites Deli

The core of this sandwich shop’s menu is its cheese spreads, including flavors like asiago sun dried tomato, chipotle cheddar and green chili jack. You can also try a daily special such as chicken salad, tacos or a Cuban-style pork sandwich.

Rating: 5/5 overall with 86 reviews, 5/5 Food, 5/5 Service, 5/5 Value, 3.5/5 Atmosphere

Type of food: Quick Bites, American, Soups

Location: 820 Lane Allen Road, Suite 148, Lexington, KY 40504

8. West Sixth Street Brewery

This outfit has one location each in Lexington, Louisville, Frankfort and Newport. As of June 1, there were 18 on-tap beer options for the Lexington shop, as well as a tequila slushee and canned wine.

Rating: 4.5/5 overall with 110 reviews, 4.5/5 in Food, Service, Value and Atmosphere

Type of food: Pub, American, Bar

Location: 501 West 6th St., Lexington, KY 40508

7. North Lime Coffee and Donuts

Weekly specials, vegan options and latte art classes: this cafe’s got it all. If you’re afraid to miss out on your favorite flavor, you can sign up online to get the schedule texted to you weekly.

Rating: 4.5/5 overall with 184 reviews, 4.5/5 in Food, Service, Value and Atmosphere

Type of food: Bakeries, American, Cafe

Location: The TripAdvisor reviews were made about a former location at 575 N Limestone, Lexington, KY 40508. The donut shop currently has two locations in Lexington and one in Louisville.

6. DV8 Kitchen

DV8 Kitchen prides itself on offering employment opportunity to people in the early stages of substance abuse recovery. The bakery serves cinnamon rolls, croissants, bread and cookies. There’s a $5 biscuit and gravy dish, as well as other breakfast dishes and salads under $10.

Rating: 5/5 overall with 88 reviews, 5/5 Food, 5/5 Service, 4.5/5 Value

Type of food: Quick Bites, American, Cafe

Location: 867 S Broadway #140, Lexington, KY 40504

5. The Local Taco – Lexington

This taco joint has quesadillas, salads and enchiladas. Taco recipes include vegetarian options, barbeque, smoked brisket and steak. Those with a sweet tooth can enjoy sopapillas or brownies a la mode.

The Local Taco’s website says it used to be affiliated with a grassroots startup, but is now 100% independently owned and operated by Lexingtonians.

Rating: 4.5/5 overall with 257 reviews, 4.5/5 Food, Service, Value and Atmosphere

Type of food: Quick Bites, Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly

Location: 315 S Limestone, Lexington, KY 40508

4. Gumbo Ya Ya

The Gumbo Ya Ya location listed as a top pick from TripAdvisor users is no longer open, but you can check out the remaining restaurant at Brannon Crossing. This local favorite serves up jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, chicken creole and a variety of vegetarian dishes. Check out the mushroom fricassee, veggie white chili and desserts, such as pralines and bread pudding.

Rating: 4.5/5 overall with 393 reviews, 4.5/5 Food, 4.5/5 Service, 4.5/5 Value, 4/5 Atmosphere

Type of food: Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian, Vegan Options

Location: These reviews are specific to the now closed Gumbo Ya Ya at 1080 S Broadway Suite 107. The currently open restaurant is located at 294 East Brannon Road, Nicholasville, KY, 40356.

3. Bourbon n’ Toulouse

Check out Bourbon n’ Toulouse’s cajun/creole menu includes red beans with smoked sausage, southwest etouffee with crawfish, gumbo and cajun red chili. You can get a sandwich with a bag of chips for $7.50, and there are options for vegans and vegetarians.

Rating: 4.5/5 overall with 434 reviews, 4.5/5 in Food, Service, Value and Atmosphere

Type of food: Quick Bites, American, Cajun and Creole

Location: 829 Euclid Ave., Lexington, KY 40502

2. Crank & Boom Ice Cream Lounge

This ice cream shop has dessert favorites for children and adults alike. A single scoop is $4.50, and a spiked scoop (one scoop of ice cream and one shot of alcohol) is $8. Try signature sundaes such as the bourbon ball, peanut butter cup and strawberry butter cake.

Rating: 5/5 overall with 277 reviews, 5/5 Food, 5/5 Service, 4.5/5 Value

Type of food: Desert, American

Location: 1210 Manchester St., Lexington, KY 40504

1. Spalding’s Bakery

Spalding’s Bakery has been a donut mainstay in Lexington since 1929. The “original” is a glazed yeast doughnut, and you can enjoy chocolate icing, cream fillings and cinnamon twists. Other menu items include cream horns, sticky buns (available on weekends only) and gooey butter bars.

Rating: 5/5 overall with 358 reviews, 5/5 Food, 5/5 Service, 4.5/5 Value, 4.5/5 Atmosphere

Type of food: Bakeries, American

Location: 760 Winchester Road, Lexington, KY 40505

Note: This story was updated June 6, 2022, to reflect Gumbo Ya Ya and North Lime Coffee and Donuts’ new locations.

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This story was originally published June 6, 2022 6:00 AM.

Meredith Howard is a service journalist with the Belleville News-Democrat. She is a Baylor University graduate and has previously freelanced with the Illinois Times and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

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