Get nostalgic at the Parkette Diner in Lexington Ky

parkette in lexington ky

The Parkette Diner in Lexington Ky


Step back in time to the 1950s by visiting the Parkette Drive In Diner in Lexington Ky. Founded in 1951, this landmark business has been serving classic fast food for over 60 years. Customers can park and order curbside, dine in, or carry out favorites such as hamburgers, hot dogs, fried fish, shakes, malts and floats. The restaurant is renowned for its fried chicken, consistently voted the best in town.

Another popular item is the Parkette: a double-decker Poor Boy made with two angus beef patties between a toasted burger bun. The secret to this one is in the sauce!  Or check out the Big Mouth Bourbon Barbeque Bacon Burger. Sides on the menu include gravy, tater tots, onion rings, fries, and coleslaw. The shakes are handmade and can be topped with M&Ms, crushed Oreos, strawberries, bananas, etc.

parkette diner in lexington ky

parkette diner in lexington ky

When the diner opened, four lane New Circle Road was just a narrow gravel trail. The iconic sign out front dates to 1957. If you have never visited, be sure to explore all the dining options including the Mechanics Garage. This 90-seat expansion was added two years ago. Also note the Mid-Century Modern awning that serves as the drive in ordering bays. Drivers park by vintage menu boards and the food is delivered by runners called car hops.

The Parkette Diner in Lexington Ky is located at 1230 East New Circle Road and is open Monday through Saturdays. On the northeast side of town, this area has a lot to offer home buyers. New Circle functions as a ring road encircling all of Lexington and forming the “wheel” in the wagon wheel formation of our main roads. Nearby residents have easy access to downtown, shopping at Richmond Road, and the I-75 and I-64 interstates. Neighborhoods in the area with homes for sale include Johnson Heights, Idle Hour, Fortune Hill, Liberty Woods, and Henry Clay. Most homes for sale range from $60,000 to $140,000, ideal for first time homebuyers.

If you’re buying or selling a home in Lexington Ky or moving to Lexington Ky, be sure to contact Ivan ‘Z’ Newell and the LexHomes Team for assistance with Lexington KY real estate. 'Z' and the LexHomes team members are 'Loving Lexington!" and loving to assist people in search of homes for sale, Kentucky horse farms or investment properties in Lexington, KY and surrounding areas. If you'd like more information on a real estate career with LexHomes Real Estate, we're always looking for more dedicated real estate agents! Just email us at or call us at (859) LEX-HOME (539-4663) today!