A longtime destination for Bourbon lovers, Lexington\u2014dubbed the \u201cHorse Capital of the World\u201d by some for its racetracks and many equestrian farms\u2014isn\u2019t on most people\u2019s culinary radars. However, this Kentucky city is on track to change that. Recent openings and an increasingly diverse scene that includes West African, Sri Lankan, Greek, Japanese, Cuban and Vietnamese cuisine have seized attention from the long-time sports bar and steakhouse staples.\r\nWhere to Eat\r\n\r\nHoneywood\r\nHoneywood is the latest from Lexington culinary icon Ouita Michel, whose restaurants have defined farm-to-table cooking in the region for almost two decades. Southern comfort food made with local ingredients doesn\u2019t get much better. Look for chicken with creamed wild rice and Kentucky seedling pecans, brown beans in country ham broth with cornbread croutons and Bourbon chess pie. Michel also runs the Bourbon-centric Glenn\u2019s Creek Caf\u00e9, housed at Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles.\r\n\r\nHoneywood is located in The Summit at Fritz Farm, soon to host the state\u2019s first food hall, The Barn.\r\n\r\n\r\nMiddle Fork Kitchen Bar\r\nMiddle Fork Kitchen Bar\u00a0sits at the heart of \u201cPepper Campus,\u201d the former site of the late-1800s James Pepper Distillery that\u2019s set to reopen early next year. The complex houses another distillery, Barrel House, as well as microbrewery Ethereal, casual watering-hole The Break Room and more. Much of Middle Fork\u2019s inventive menu is cooked over fire, like their duck breast served with a pilaf of brewers\u2019 grains and kumquat marmalade.\r\n\r\nDon\u2019t miss Middle Fork\u2019s version of a Northern Kentucky favorite, goetta (sausage made of beef, pork and oats). It\u2019s served with confit of red and green tomatoes, locally milled grits and a poached egg.\r\n\r\nThe beverage director, Michael Florence, has crafted an extensive, natural-minded list of small-production wines that would stand out in any major city, but served with trademark Lexington hospitality.\r\n\r\n\r\nCounty Club\r\nOstensibly a barbecue restaurant, County Club avoids the obsessive regional specificity of most other Kentucky \u2018cue joints. It offers responsibly-sourced local meat slow-smoked over hardwood, along with global touches that abound in dishes like smoked pork belly b\u00e1nh mi, smoked crispy chicken skins with pepitas and habanero-lime sauce, and the Original 193 Burger, made with Kentucky beef, smoked mushrooms and housemade gochujang ketchup.\r\nWhere to Drink\r\n\r\nEnoteca\r\nEnoteca,\u00a0Lexington\u2019s best wine bar offers an extensive bottle list that\u2019s heavy on France and California, and a by-the-glass program with 20 selections via Coravin in 2- or 5-ounce pours. It also offers robust beer and whiskey lists.\r\n\r\nThe tapas menu includes traditional Spanish dishes like patatas bravas, tortilla espa\u00f1ola with piquillo pepper sauce, and mussels with saffron in a white wine sauce. There\u2019s also the occasional down-home pick like shrimp and grits, or bread pudding with Bourbon sauce.\r\nOna\r\nOna is a neighborhood bar, booze-industry hangout and hipster cocktail lounge in one. Drinks are simple but impeccably balanced. Try the modestly named \u201cSour,\u201d with pisco, mezcal, aromatic herbs, lemon and frothed egg white. Or grab a can of apple-peach-cranberry cider from Cincinnati\u2019s Rhinegeist Brewery.\r\n\r\n\r\nBeer Trappe\r\nBeer Trappe is a retail shop and bar with one of the widest beer selections in the country\u2014more than 500 options on sale any given day. Many are made in such small quantities that they\u2019re only available at the bar. Don\u2019t look for cider, though. In Kentucky, cider is classified as wine, and Beer Trappe is beer only. Select Sundays also feature \u201cBeer School,\u201d with educational themed tastings for $10.\r\n\r\n\r\nWhere to Stay\r\n21c Museum Hotel is a hotel and contemporary art museum located in the historic Fayette National Bank Building, built in 1914. The hotel\u2019s restaurant, Lockbox, serves imaginative Southern cuisine with comprehensive local beer and Bourbon lists.\r\n\r\nFun Facts\r\nGeorge Clooney, Mary Todd Lincoln and musician Richard Hell were all born in Lexington.\r\nLexington\u2019s annual Halloween parade is followed by a massive reenactment of Michael Jackson\u2019s \u201cThriller\u201d video, with thousands of people dressed as zombies.\r\nThere are more Bourbon barrels aging in Kentucky than people in the state.