Lexington, KY Edition: Stella's Kentucky Deli

By Candace Nelson - 10:00 AM

Stella'sOur last dinner in Kentucky was at Stella's Kentucky Deli. We (barely) finagled our way around the outside to the very back table and proceeded to order everything on the menu.

Stella'sFirst, tomato and artichoke soup. Good. Thin and a little lumpy - not creamy - but good.

Stella'sSecond, the spinach and artichoke dip. This was far less on the cream cheese side and much heavier on the artichoke side. You can actually taste artichokes in every bite. Plus those toast points. Mm.

Stella'sThird, local sausage bites. The Stone Cross farm sausages were served with a beer mustard that was quite tasty.

Stella'sFourth, hot brown. The open-faced turkey, bacon and tomato sandwich with mornay sauce was served with mashed potatoes. The famous hot brown (though in Lexington, not Louisville) is well-known in these parts. It's this salty combo of deli meat, bacon and the tomato cuts the saltiness just a bit. The sauce is delicious - the bechamel with cheese.

Stella'sFifth, Mary Porter Pie. This is their house dessert, and as the story goes, it was created inadvertently when two pages of the cookbook stuck together. So, Mary created the first part of one pie and the last part of another, creating the ganache, almond, cheesecake, toffee and chocolate pie. This was good, but I'm not a huge fan of dark chocolate, which kind of dominated the flavor.

Stella'sSixth, Chess Pie. I hadn't ever heard of chess pie, and our server described it as a "slice of Paula Dean's soul." That made us giggle. She said it's essentially like a sugar cookie condensed. I still didn't get it, so we ordered it, too. Chess Pie is super sweet and amazing. It's pretty basic - flour, butter, sugar and eggs - heavy on the sugar. Whatever it was, it was amazing.

Overall, a good way to end our lovely dinners in Lexington.

Grade: B
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