Corto Lima

Buckle up. Get your stretchy waistbands ready. Corto Lima is one of our favorite restaurants in Lexington and a go-to place to take out-of-town guests. There are SO many great dishes and drinks at Corto Lima that it took me three times visiting to hit all the dishes I wanted to highlight! It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it…

Corto Lima is a modern Latin-inspired restaurant with influences all over Mexico, South America, the Caribbean and even the Southwest US. It is a small, lively, well-decorated venue that always seems to be popping with energy. The head chef is Jonathan Lundy, who previously was at Jonathan at Gratz Park and Coba Cocina, both of which are now closed. Read More

Cúrate (Asheville, NC)

We love going to Asheville. From Lexington, it’s an easy 4 hour interstate drive, except for about 30 minutes on one long S-curve on I-40 before arriving. It makes an ideal weekend trip. Asheville is a haven for foodies and brewery fans, which are two main reasons we love this city.

Last trip to Asheville, we waited too late to make reservations to Cúrate (pronounced COO-rah-tay). The pronunciation reminds me of Ross pronouncing Karate. Cúrate means “cure yourself” in Spanish. Very appropriate. It is, after all, the number 1 restaurant in Asheville. The chef is Katie Button, who trained under Ferran Adrià, who runs the debatably #1 restaurant in the world, elBulli. I would recommend booking this place at least 3-4 weeks in advance of your trip.  Read More