Joe Bologna's

Buongiorno and welcome to another review from MyHappyFork!  After scouting one of the most popular pizza joint’s in town, our “associates” have good things to say about Joe Bologna’s. We’ve found that the rumors about them weren’t just a bunch of bologna. 

First off let’s say that it was packed at 9pm when many family dinner services are slowing down.  We’ve got no beef with being busy, in fact it’s a great indication of the health and popularity of this establishment.

I once watched a local TV show which highlighted the great effort Joe Bologna’s goes through to make all their bread fresh every day.  So I had to order a breadstick for an appetizer.  This breadstick is the Boss of breadsticks.  It was as long as my forearm!  So the price of $1.95 made it a steal! We got it with butter garlic and marinara sauce.  I don’t want to get whacked for saying this but, the butter-garlic oil just tasted like garlic in oil.  None of the tasters liked it since it really had no butter taste and passed it up for the much favored marinara sauce.  We’d give the Marinara Sauce at Joe Bolognas’ a blue ribbon, it’s the best we’ve tasted in Lexington. I’d plant my mug in a bowl of that stuff. 

The salad’s appeared fresh and many of the dressings are made in house.  If you’re like us, we don’t like brown lettuce and we didn’t see any of that here.

Our favorite was the new Chicken Parmesan Sandwich ($6.95) and Manicotti ($14.25).  The Manicotti was very tasty.  But this may not be the dish for you if you don’t like a lot of cheese filling.  This entrée is packed with so much dense cheese that we recommend keeping your beverage glass full to wash it down.  The perfectly seasoned Marinara sauce balances that thick cheese flavor well.  It was very much appreciated by our team. 

We also had the Italian Sub ($6.75) and Eggplant Parmesan Sub ($7.75).  Both were tasty. Everyone liked the side of fries but one note on the Eggplant Parm…. you really have to season that eggplant prior to breading and we felt it was a tad flat on that end.  They had a nice outer crust (like a Mozzarella Cheese Stick) but needed a dash of salt. 

Another note on the Sub’s & Sandwiches here; for our visit we only purchased the half order of the respective Sub and the prices reflect the smaller portion.  And even our biggest “Guido” couldn’t finish off the bigger portion.  We wanted to let you know they’re generous on the portion size here and it can calm anyone’s stabbing hunger.  You could get the whole helping and take half home. 

I’d put a hit contract out on my tasters if we passed up trying a fresh, homemade Cannoli.  You MUST get this even if you have just a small spot in your belly for Dessert.  The crazy part is, it’s $3.  By the time I get done eating I’d normally have to split any dessert but if you have a lot of room you may want one Cannoli per person.  Otherwise, two can share it and get a good taste of something we normally can’t find that’s both local and homemade in Lexington.

If our opinion doesn’t convince you, consider that the establishment is in an old renovated religious temple.  Making this food taste like it’s anointed by the Almighty is one thing, cooking it in his house is another.  So fogettabout that big chain pizza place and hit up Joe Bologna’s.  

Joe Bologna's
120 W Maxwell St
Lexington, KY

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