Lexington diners who have mourned the loss of Flag Fork Herb Farm, which closed last fall after more than 15 years of business, can dry their eyes now that its replacement, Georgia’s Kitchen Cafe, is in full swing. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, Georgia’s is a refreshing new local dining option, with an affordable and unique menu, exemplary service, and lovely, inviting indoor and outdoor seating options.
I recently went for lunch and found myself making plans to come back before our food had even arrived. My guest and I sat outdoors in the courtyard, a garden patio that makes it easy to forget the restaurant is situated on one of Lexington’s busiest roads close to the center of town. With a weathered brick patio surrounded by full-bloom herb and flower gardens, the setting is closer to a New Orleans courtyard than any other spot in Lexington that I’ve seen.
The lunch menu features a handful of healthy and appetizing salads, including a quinoa salad (with parsley, tomatoes, onion and a lemon dressing, $9), a vintage salad (mesclun greens, toasted walnuts, grapes, dried cranberries and multi-grain chips, $10) and a roasted vegetable salad (eggplant, zucchini, peppers and onion, $9), as well as several sandwiches (chicken salad, falafel, pulled BBQ, a ground beef and hummus wrap, all $7-10) and “casserole” options, which include baked brie with mango chutney in a puff pastry, eggplant parmigiana, and cassoulet (beans, bacon andouille sausage and fresh herbs). Breakfast is also served during morning and daytime hours; options include breakfast casserole, chocolate brioche and country-style benedict. The dinner menu is what inspired my plans to return soon – it features dinner portions of many of the same lunch items, with additional entrees that include a hangar steak with chimichurri ($22), sesame seared Ahi tuna ($24) and sweet potato gnocchi with peas an yellow peppers ($16).