Posted in: Dining Posted on: Sep 22nd, 2016

Grab a Quick Meal at One of These Restaurants Near the University of Kentucky!

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If you’re a student, chances are your list of responsibilities is long and your time is short. But you have to find time to eat while juggling classes, coursework, an internship, campus activities, and a social life. Fortunately, UK off-campus living means you have a decent variety of grab-and-go food options available at your fingertips. For a rundown of just some of the best restaurants that offer a quick bite, check out the guide compiled below.


Some folks believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day, something you should never miss no matter how busy you are. If this sounds like you, then National Boulangerie has you covered. This French-style bakery offers authentic breakfast pastries, a number of coffee and espresso drinks, and a great selection of various types of tea. Whether you’re in the mood for a breakfast sandwich made on a croissant (diners especially recommend the ham, egg, and cheese), a sticky bun, or even a piece of croque monsieur, this place is great for a sophisticated and fast bite to eat.


Eating a mid-day meal is essential so your energy is sustained for the rest of the day. Dad’s Favorites opened its doors in 2008 by James Caudill, also known as “Dad,” so he could share his most-loved deli-style creations with Lexington. By far, the Pepper Jack Club, from the signature hot sandwiches menu, is the most popular lunch item. Consisting of country ham, smoked turkey, and bacon served on a French roll with lettuce and tomato, this sandwich is sure to satisfy.

For something a little bit different, you should check out Gyroz Mediterranean Eatery and Market, which serves up high-quality on-the-go Mediterranean dishes like falafel sandwiches, chicken kabob sandwiches, and gyros to hungry lunch customers Monday through Saturday.


When it comes to UK off-campus living, you have numerous choices for dinner, the meal so often regarded as the time when people come together and savor some delicious food. All of that goes out the window in college, save for the delicious part. The chefs at Red Bang Bang are here to make your taste buds happy with their take on Chinese cuisine. Their nicely-sized menu features all the classic dishes you’ve come to know and love from your typical Chinese restaurant, including General Tso’s chicken and beef with broccoli. But what sets this place apart is the pricing: for $1.10, you can get a scoop of any of their dishes, allowing you to mix-and-match to your heart’s content.

Another solid option is Street Craves, which specializes in burgers and tacos. Order at the counter and enjoy your food inside the restaurant or get it to go. Some menu highlights include the Drunken Mushroom Burger, consisting of red wine portobello and button mushrooms, swiss cheese, mayo, lettuce, and tomato. On the taco side, go for the Saddle Up — slow-roasted chipotle brisket, guacamole, jalapeno slaw, and chipotle mayo. Vegetarian tacos and burgers are also available for those who don’t eat meat. When you have time for a sit-down meal at Street Craves, you might be happy to know that there are 12 craft beers on tap, from mostly local breweries.