Blue Door Smokehouse, Lexington KY
Plain and simple. That’s what they call it.
In truth, the smoked meats, homemade sides and tangy trio of sauces are nothing short of extraordinary.
The small restaurant of only seven (7) tables and three (3) barstools is rated No. 1 of every place to eat in Lexington on Trip Advisor – and in our book.
Picture aluminum siding, chalkboard menus, picnic tables with checkered cloths … and signage posted with blue duct tape, penned in Sharpie on scrap cardboard.
They’re open only for lunch during the week, so we recommend getting there early. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday … or until the meat runs out.
(And it does.)
When we arrived at 1 p.m., there was a line to get in the door. By the time we placed our lunch order, they were already out of smoked chicken. Lucky for us, we got the last of the pulled pork.
The menu consists of ribs, sandwiches, platters or combo platters – featuring such BBQ classics as beef brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken and smoked sausage. As for sides, Blue Door has both creamy and vinegar versions of slaw, in addition to potato salad, collard greens, ranch beans, a side salad or chips.
Grape soda? You got it.
Is there a ton of parking? No. Will you have to wait in line? Probably. Is it worth it? Without a doubt.
Blue Door Smokehouse is a can’t miss, hole-in-the-wall spot. Everyone is super friendly. The cashier knows all the locals by name.
We even overheard one regular ask, “That’s what I normally get, right?”
“Yes sir, it is.”
If you’re lucky enough to get a table, you’ll find yourself among friends. All the loyal customers greet each other from the coveted chairs. Here, you order first, then find a seat … if you can.
Portions are generous, so you won’t leave hungry but you should arrive that way.
On your way out, get yourself a T-shirt to commemorate the Blue Door experience. You can find them in the milk crates by the register.
Blue Door Smokehouse is located at 226 Walton Avenue in Lexington, KY. For directions (or to find out if the meat is gone), just call (859) 252-4227 or visit the Blue Door website.
– Ashley Kahn Salley
Lead Storyteller, Innisfree Hotels