Quayside is a co-op for local artists offering both originals and reproductions. Many, many paintings, prints and lithographs. A smaller but equally intriguing selection of jewelry, pottery, and cloth items. The top floor is laid out like a museum, with art on display on the walls and pedestals. The second floor has bins of prints and paintings arranged by artist. This is a must-see for anyone looking for original art by local artists.
Triggers has some really good food, and the prices are very reasonable. The bread pudding, cheese grits, fried green tomatoes, and bisque were outstanding. The service was consistently friendly and prompt. We ate at several restaurants during our vacation, and found ourselves going back to Triggers, and getting takeout, because of its variety, quality, and value.
When I called to make an appointment, I was assigned to Joanne. The receptionist was extra friendly, both on the phone and in person. The salon was clean, trendy, and uncrowded. The only downside is the music was too loud and the tv's only showed fashion/hair programming. Joanne was great - she asked me a few questions about my impossible, never-had-a-good-haircut hair and my styling preferences, and proceeded to give me the first great haircut of my life. She answered my questions about how to replicate it on my own at home, and I actually can do it. I love my hair now; it does cost a little more to get your hair done, but as others have said, you get what you pay for.
The annual reinactment of the Civil War battles is an absolute must-see! The site itself is beautiful any time of year and is very educational, but actually watching the reinactments is something no textbook can match.
PROS: Historical accuracy and educational value
This is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. Both buildings have tons of things to look at, and the prices are very reasonable. The employees are friendly, and the atmosphere is comfortably cluttered.
The Midway Corner Grocery, apart from having a good selection of food and reasonable prices, offers gasoline and freshly cooked breaktfast & lunch items. Their gas prices are competitive and don't fluctuate nearly as much as gas stations in adjacent, larger cities. The Corner Grocery makes the absolute best home-style, fresh-off-the-grill cheeseburgers ever (and they cost less than fast food burgers)!
PROS: Location, prices
Although it is off the beaten path, the drive is lovely. Irish Acres is stunningly arranged by themed rooms inside a 2-story building. There are no "flea market finds" - the furniture and art are pricey prizes that you will not find anywhere else, and they are in very good to pristine condition. The people are super-friendly!
PROS: Themed arrangements, furniture selection, condition of items
Although we got our order carryout, it was delicious nevertheless. They have a great menu selection in-store, with many more items listed than they have listed on their website's menu. The combo dinners are an excellent value, especially if you pair one with an order of crab and share it. The crab cakes are divine, if not just a bit too spicy. If they would add red snapper and fried blue crab claws, you would have an easy time imagining you are eating at a coastal restaurant. By far the best place to go for seafood. Only complaint: the fish in the fish & chips entree was overcooked. Still the best seafood in Lexington we've found.
This is one of Lexington's best kept secrets amongst antique stores. The store is much larger than it looks from outside, thanks to a large back room, but isn't so large that you can't thoroughly browse it all in a few hours. Everything is well organized and not too much in the way of flea market "junk". The prices are right, too, with some deals to be found, and nothing seemed to be outrageously overpriced. Several booths were having sales, and the lady working the store was very helpful and friendly.
The have a very appealing selection of food, but it's too salty and not quite authentic enough (too much like fast food). For anyone who's been down to the Gulf and had authentic gumbo or cajun, you may be disappointed; for those who don't know any better, it's not bad food. Their prices are really good, so it's worth trying, keeping in mind it is to real cajun food what McDonald's is to a nice steak.
PROS: Good value & selection
CONS: Not really authentic, too salty