Welcome to EAT THIS CITY, your weekly tour of the best restaurants in one of our favorite cities, as chosen by top chefs.
This week, we travel to the heart of the Bluegrass region — Lexington, Kentucky — where we’ll be chasing down the favorite food discoveries of Executive Chef Jonathan Searle of Lockbox. Eight years ago, Chef Searle followed his passion for the culinary arts, rising quickly to the post of Executive Sous Chef at Louisville’s Proof on Main. He was instrumental in earning the restaurant a place on Bon Appetit‘s list of 10 Best Hotels for Food Lovers.
Now at Lockbox, which is nestled inside the 21c Museum Hotel Lexington, Chef Searle creates a menu of constantly rotating dishes, utilizing local ingredients, craft vendors, and a dedication to simple, quality food, prepared with care. Diners are invited to enjoy large communal tables or private dining in The Safe, while taking in regularly rotating modern art exhibitions.
The food is pretty artful too: