Ramsey's Rolls Out Summer on Veggie Plates

 Ramsey's Diner, original, Woodland area, Lexington, Kentucky

Ramsey's Diner, original, Woodland area, Lexington, Kentucky

At the corner of High and Woodland, in Lexington, Kentucky, where an espresso café failed and a corner grocery exited, Ramsey's Diner* came to stay in 1989, and brought along lunch and dinner. In summer, Ramsey's menu includes freshly picked, "Kentucky Proud" Kentucky-grown corn and tomatoes.

 Summer local corn and tomatoes at Ramsey's Diner, Lexington, Kentucky

Summer local corn and tomatoes at Ramsey's Diner, Lexington, Kentucky

Ramsey's magnetic presence helped the Woodland area recognize its motley university/city center identity and build on it, bringing lots of us around for a Buffalo Strip Chef Salad or fried chicken livers. I'm pretty sure some of us then wandered around to the handy bookstores, bicycle shop, yarn store, and "eclectica" one minute from Ramsey's, and spent a little money. I hope so, anyway. Our city thrives when neighborhood retail centers like this one thrive.

 Neighborhood reflected in Ramsey's Diner window, Woodland area, Lexington, Kentucky

Neighborhood reflected in Ramsey's Diner window, Woodland area, Lexington, Kentucky

Ramsey's is a neighborhood hangout. At the Woodland/High location, at least, Ramsey's has a way of making people from "out of area" feel like we belong, too, in the homey brown space with the mismatched chairs and tables. Ramsey's famous wait staff manage to serve us crisply and accurately while seeming not to hurry. The servers, who "wear ["colorful"] ties so we won't have to," wrap us in an comfort blanket of friendly good cheer.

The Ramsey's formula works well in four Lexington locations.

 Veggie place in summer at Ramsey's Diner, Lexington, Kentucky

Veggie place in summer at Ramsey's Diner, Lexington, Kentucky

I visited recently for the veggie plate, included in "Top 10 Reasons to Love Ramsey's." Fried green tomatoes were on my mind, and I wanted to try the Kentucky summer corn, which the menu offered on the cob, "creamed", or "fried." I chose "fried," which meant whole kernels lightly cooked with some bacon fat and bacon pieces.

Ramsey's Diners specialize in ample, along with friendly, local, neighborhood, affordable. Because of the ample, I have never ever ever wanted to follow standard procedure and eat a piece of Missy's Pie after a Ramsey's meal. You might, though, if you order (or eat) more judiciously than I do.

Fortunately, Missy's Pies work as standalone eating experiences. (Stand alone in order to keep someone from stealing a bite of the mile-high meringue.)

* It took me a couple of visits to www.ramseysdiners.com to figure out that each little white pop-up page has a red "Close" button just above the logo. Pages like "History" and "Promotions" have a small red arrow on the left that helps you scroll down within the white box. Navigation is a bit unusual, but now that you know the secrets, you can find your way around smoothly from the main menu.

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