Happy Home Cooking at Hanna's on Lime

 Hanna's on Lime, Lexington, Kentucky

Hanna's on Lime, Lexington, Kentucky

On Wednesdays Hanna's on Lime (214 S. Limestone in Lexington, Kentucky) adds a Farmers Market vegetable plate to the usual array of country style veggies and meat-based comfort foods the restaurant offers. Hanna's is a weekdays, breakfast-and-lunch place, popular with locals. Breakfasts feature homemade breads and made to order egg dishes, as well as oatmeal and lighter items.

Recently Hanna's endured months of construction on Limestone. Lots of us are glad it has again become easy to walk or drive to Hanna's for cinnamon raisin French toast or a feta-spinach omelette in the morning, and a veggie plate or pot roast and two sides at lunch.

 Pinto Beans and Corncake at Hanna's on Lime, Lexington, Kentucky

Pinto Beans and Corncake at Hanna's on Lime, Lexington, Kentucky

Since Hanna's is a "don't change a thing" kind of place, it's good they keep the pinto beans, corn cakes, and creamy slaw coming no matter what. That slaw? A perfect rendition of the classic creamy approach to the dish.

 Tablecloths at Hanna's on Lime

Tablecloths at Hanna's on Lime

How much doesn't change? Happily, the appealing oilcloth tablecloths survived the Limestone rebuild. It's the Hanna's way.

Hanna's menu includes a sandwich that derives from a restaurant ancestor -- Lawrence's Sandwich Shop, which occupied 214 S. Lime more than 30 years ago. Lawrence's Sandwich Shop offered a signature sandwich, the deep-fried Monte Cristo, a batter-dipped ham-n-Swiss on homemade white bread that owes some of its heritage to the French croque monsieur.

Between Lawrence's and Hanna's came Linda's Sandwich Shop, beloved for 20 years for continuing (and improving) the tradition of homemade breads and meringue-topped pies. When Beth Hanna bought Linda's, regulars at Linda's breathed easier after learning that, for a time, Linda would continue providing bread for Hanna's on Lime.

We're glad this spot keeps feeding us, and particularly glad Beth Hanna makes sure some of that food comes from local farmers.

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