North Lime Coffee & Donuts: When I go to a coffee shop, I like to ask, “What’s the one coffee I should order here if this was my last?” I enjoy seeing what baristas will come back with, like the Dolce Veloce at North Lime. It’s not my usual, but that’s the point: Layers of French vanilla syrup, cream and espresso. A bonus: they also serve doughnuts. I didn’t get there in time to try a plain glazed, but I did enjoy the vanilla-frosted.
A Cup of Common Wealth: Here’s a cool concept: a pay-it-forward coffee shop. A fan of mine tweeted that she left me “any drink I wanted” here. So I left her one too. Anyone can pay-it-forward, and you can also add stipulations like, “sing for your coffee” or “any drink when you dance.”
Common Grounds Coffee House: Only in Kentucky can you order your coffee made from bourbon barrel-aged beans. And son-of-a-gun, the aroma and taste of bourbon came through. Interesting concept.
Spalding’s Bakery: Spalding’s been around since 1929 and their current offerings (the day I was there) included doughnuts, apple fritters, cheesecake and cookies. I suggest the jelly filled glazed doughnut.
Lexington Diner: Order the Kentucky Nachos. I’ve never done crack, but I imagine it’s like this. Enough said.
Babylon Gyro’s: I always like to source out local ingredients for my show, and in Richmond, K.Y., I used gyro meat from Babylon’s. But before it made it to the pizza, I snacked on a couple slices. Really well-seasoned.
Apollo Pizza: If there was one establishment that fans of mine wanted me to visit in Richmond, it was Apollo Pizza. While I didn’t get the chance to actually go, we ordered our after-show food from here. The pizza was good, but the toasted ravioli was great.