University of Kentucky: Best Late Night Food Spots By
Looking for a late-night spot to get your grub on and spend time with friends after a tough study session? These great University of Kentucky-area restaurants and pizza joints are open around your schedule. From Cajun to Italian and sushi to sandwiches, there’s something for everyone. Here are our favorites.
Up late working on a project or finishing the paper that’s due tomorrow and hear your stomach growling? Tolly-Ho on Broadway is open 24 hours a day and offers great burgers, milkshakes, and desserts that will get you filled up in no time. Convenient ordering online for pickup or eat in when you get there. Group ordering is available, too.
Combining great Tex-Mex favorites with southern culture has been elevated to an art form at The Local Taco on South Limestone. Good food without all the preservatives and MSGs that many eateries add, this restaurant is open until 10 p.m. on weekdays and until 12 a.m. on weekends. You can order your favorite tacos, enchiladas, salad, quesadillas, and sides online so it’s ready when you get there.
This lively little bar located on Southland Drive is open until 1 a.m. and has been voted the “Best Sports Bar in Lexington” by the Herald-Leader. They pride themselves on having the best food and drink and the most TVs so you never miss your favorite sports. With a great selection of draft and bottled beer, they also serve wine, specialty cocktails, and locally made Bourbons.
QDOBA Mexican Eats, located on Euclid Avenue is open until 4:30 a.m. every night except Sunday, and believes in creating a taste that lingers in your memory and keeps you coming back for more. Fresh food prepared in house is what makes the difference and when you say you like it spicy, that’s what you’ll get. Breakfast is served all day, every day.
If it’s Italian food you’re craving for those late nights, head down to Goodfellas Pizzeria. Two convenient locations in Lexington including one right on campus that’s open until 2 a.m. One of the best things about Goodfellas is that you can build your own pizza any way you like, but they also have awesome selections like the Fugetaboutit, made from every topping on the menu. They also have subs, salads, and desserts.
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If you crave late-night sushi, then Sushi Blue is the place for you. Located on Pasadena Drive, this is Japanese at its finest. Great service and great food make for one of the best dining experiences around, and the prices aren’t bad either. No matter when you find yourself there, you’ll get friendly fast service.
With a craft beer list that will stagger your mind, HopCat’s on Short Street is open until 2 a.m. for anyone over 21 years-old. You can enjoy Happy Hour earlier in the evening Monday through Thursday and a late-night version from 10 p.m. to closing. They also have half-off menu items Wednesdays through Sundays. Great bar food and great beer. What more could you ask for?
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If you need to get out and grab a bite to eat, but want a little more entertainment, head down to Willie’s Locally Known on Southland Drive. Open every night until 1 a.m., Willie’s has live music to go with their eclectic menu of late night munchies. If you love southern comfort food, you have to try the Smoke deviled eggs and the fried green tomatoes. They serve up a mean burgoo and their catfish is definitely a headliner.
Located on Richmond Road, Sir Pizza is one of the oldest pizza joints in the state. Consistently voted a best location for fresh, homemade pizza pies, Sir Pizza’s may be the best pizza on the planet. Open until 4 a.m. every night, you’ll never find it hard to find something on the menu that will satisfy your late-night craving. They have daily specials and if you’re not sure what to order, try the Royal Feast. It’s fit for a king (or queen).
Not open as late at night as some places, it’s worth going out a little earlier just for the experience of eating at Bourbon n’Toulouse. Located on Euclid Avenue, you’ll have some of the best Cajun and creole favorites around. You have to try the chicken etouffeé when you’re there, but you can’t go wrong with the jambalaya, red beans and smoked sausage, or the white chicken chili. But get there early enough—they close at 10 p.m.