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Birthday dinner in downtown Lexington

Carson's restaurant in downtown Lexington, KY

My birthday is on New Year’s Eve (which means I’m fairly behind in writing this post), but also means going out to celebrate can be tricky. Some places are closed for the holiday, while others are much more crowded and busy than I’m into. So for my birthday this year, Ben and I went out the night before my birthday for dinner. I had been wanting to try Carson’s since I heard about it last summer, so we made reservations and headed downtown.


Since it was just a few days after Christmas, the whole place was still decorated with trees and wreaths. Aside from the festive decor, though, Carson’s has a casual atmosphere with plenty of brick and exposed duct work. Yet, the oversized chandeliers add just enough “fancy” to keep the place from feeling rustic. There is a definite Prohibition Era-vibe with all the whiskey and bourbon barrels on display.

bearnaise truffle fries

We started our meal with bearnaise truffle fries, which were crispy, yet soft inside, and piled with plenty of parmesan cheese. To be honest, I could have made a meal out of these alone. So good!

Next was a round of steaks. Mine was the sweet and spicy sirloin, laid on garlic mashed potatoes and topped with fried onion straws and a glaze of sriracha bourbon bbq sauce. A perfect balance of spice and sweetness.

Ben opted for the prime sirloin with smoked gouda mac-and-cheese.

We decided to split dessert and decided on the derby pie. The crust was so buttery and the filling was sweet without being to rich. It disappeared from our plate embarrassingly quick.

If you’re in Lexington and looking for something new, I definitely recommend trying Carson’s

I’m dying to try brunch at Carson’s soon. The menu sounds delicious!

Have you eaten at Carson’s before? What’s your favorite there? Let me know in the comments!

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