Dudley’s on Short has been named as one of the South’s Best Restaurants for 2017 by Southern Living magazine.
The magazine's "Best of the South" Award list named its top restaurant selection for each state in the southern United States. Initial nominations were chosen by Southern Living editors, and more than 22,000 Southern Living readers voted to select the winning restaurants from the list of nominees.
Southern Living noted the restaurant’s location directly across Short Street from Lexington’s weekly Farmer’s Market at Fifth Third Pavilion and described Dudley’s owner Debbie Long as “horse country’s consummate hostess.”
Long, who said she does ride horses herself, added that she has a lot of respect for Lexington's diverse equine community, and Dudley's has worked to build great relationships within the industry over the years. "I love talking about it, and we love to have them," Long said.
Long said she was happy to receive the honor, not only for her own restaurant but also on behalf of Lexington and its growing community of quality restaurants and great chefs.
"I can't tell you how thrilled I am for this recognition, but I am even more thrilled that they recognized Lexington," Long said. "Louisville has always had the limelight when it comes to restaurants in Kentucky. .. It's nice to have people outside of Lexington realize there's some great talent here."
To read more about Dudley’s and the winning restaurants from other states, check online at southernliving.com/souths-best/restaurants.