Tuesday, February 1, 2011
My wife and I recently took a trip to Lexington, Kentucky to see an old friend. She lives in an area that, from what I can tell, has three main sources of entertainment: food, bourbon and horses. A deadly combination if enjoyed in that order. I was lucky enough to get my fill of all three. Our trip started with lunch at Wallace Station Deli. A local favorite, this tiny restaurant in Versailles, pronounced VER-SALES, lies literally right in the heart of horse country. There is horse paraphernalia everywhere. It's on all the walls, in the bathroom and on the menu. My friend, Simple Foodie even got asked if he was a Jockey. He did what anyone would have done when being called small, "yes, I am." He answered.
Ordering was fairly easy. I noticed on the wall a spray painted sign that said Guy Fieri had been here and rated the Wallace Station's Big Brown Burger as one of his top 5 burgers on his show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. "I'll have that one," I told the uncommonly nice woman behind the till. The others ordered and we sat down. I had heard that Wallace Station was always extremely crowded, but on this occasion, we were the only diners there. After a few sips our of Ale-8-One, a Kentucky soft drink that tastes like ginger and caffeine, our food arrived.
I was a little disappointed with my Big Brown Burger. At first sight it doesn't appear to be much. But when I bit into the Giddled on the Bun Burger with Ham, Bacon, Tomato and White Cheddar Mornay I became a believer. The meat is tender and juicy and the Bacon and Ham add extra layers of flavor. This is not a Burger for those on a diet. This is a serious, calorie infused monster that will have you wishing for sprouts and apples for a week. But it is delicious!
Simple Foodie's Mediterranean Burger with Creamy Feta, Local Lettuce, Roasted Peppers, Olive Salad and Thin Sliced Red Onion was the best of all of our meals. There was still that huge, juicy, tender burger meat, but with the delicate, fresh flavors from the Vegetables and Feta. I much preferred it. My wife was struggling with her enormous Bourbon Trail Triple Crown with Roast Turkey, Cheddar, Bacon, BBQ Sauce, Mayo, Lettuce and Tomato, which is stacked three layers high, so I decided to help her out. Once we dislodged the middle layer of bread we could actually get our mouths around it and it was quite tasty. A little boring, but it would do in a pinch.
And finally, I tried Picky Foodie's Santa Anita Club with Roast Turkey, Pepper Jack Cheese, Bacon, Guacamole, Lettuce and Tomato. Picky Foodie got her name because she simply cannot make up her mind in a restaurant. We have to go around the table umpteen times before she's finally ready to order. And when she does, she usually asks the poor waiter to change one, or more of the ingredients. Case in point, we went for BBQ and she asked them if they could use only white meat. It was no different at Wallace Station. She opted to have the Guacamole left out of the sandwich, which left it tasteless and dead. She regretted it later. And so did I. But that's why we love her so much! Dining with Picky Foodie is always an adventure.
To round out the meal we had a giant Ginger Cookie, which helped settle my stomach after so many calories and different meats.
If I lived in Versailles, or near it, I'd probably be a regular at Wallace Station. There's nothing spectacular about their food, but for a quick lunch, it's pretty darn good y'all.
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