Posts Tagged 'Alfalfa Restaurant'

If you can eat a Triple D burger, it’s free at Anthony’s

If you’re in the mood for a simple, freshly made hamburger, you’ll want to try Anthony’s Fat Burgers. Anthony Adams opened the spot at 1539 Eastland Parkway on May 1. Several years back, Adams ran Anthony’s Coney Island at Third and Jefferson streets. “I got out of the business for a while, and now I’m back,” he said.
Adams also serves chili cheese dogs, fish sandwiches, Philly cheese steaks, ice cream, and milk shakes. If you can eat the three-pound Triple D burger, it’s free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 523-2311.

Closed

■ A reader stopped by El Chico Mexican Restaurant at Beaumont Centre last week and was surprised that it was closed. We checked with El Chico corporate office and spokesperson Ellen Courtney said the store closed in January. “The decision to close the Lexington El Chico was a difficult one. El Chico hopes to return to Lexington one day,” she said. Go to Elchico.com.

Memorial Day specials

Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, will be serve a holiday brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. Featured will be a farmers market omelette made with ingredients available at Saturday’s market. Call (859) 253-0014 or go to Alfalfarestaurant.com.
Staxx BBQ will celebrate Memorial Day weekend with a holiday special Friday through Sunday. When you buy five pounds of pork, chicken, turkey, sausage and/or brisket, you’ll receive four free quarts of sides (baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, green beans, macaroni and cheese). Staxx is at 11 Carson Place in Frankfort. Call (502) 352-2515 or go to Staxxbbq.com.
The Grey Goose, 170 Jefferson Street, will have specials for the holiday weekend. Included are bruschetta pizza with an olive oil and garlic base, and the entrée special is sauteed mussels with a white wine butter sauce. Call (859) 233-1500.

 

 Special events

Equus Run Vineyards, 1280 Moores Mill Road in Midway, observes its 15th anniversary with an open house from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Featured music includes the University of Kentucky’s Steel Drum Band and Keith Hubbard and the Hubcats. Call (859) 846-9463 or go to Equusrunvineyards.com.
The Beer Trappe, 811 Euclid Avenue, is celebrating its third anniversary Saturday through May 31. The kick-off party is at 2 p.m. Saturday. The craft beer store will tap three to four special kegs every night during the week. Included are: Avery Tweak; Bell’s Bourbon Barrel Batch 9,000; J.W. Lees Harvest 2011; and West 6th English IPA. Call (859) 309-0911 or go to Thebeertrappe.com.
■ Country singer/songwriter Shelly Rann will perform at Natasha’s Bistro at 8 p.m. Sunday, Rann, who lives in Nashville, is a Lexington native who has shared the stage with country stars Vince Gill, Trace Adkins, and Alabama. Cover charge is $10. Natasha’s is at 112 Esplanade. Call (859) 259-2754.

Farmers market report

■ Shelley Johnson, owner of Shelley’s Hand-Picked Asparagus, has a bountiful crop of asparagus this spring. “I’m picking 40 to 60 pounds daily,” she said. Although Johnson isn’t certified organic, she uses no chemicals or pesticides on the asparagus. Varieties are purple passion and Jersey knights and cost is $5 a pound. The farm stand is 9 miles from New Circle Road on Old Frankfort Pike at Hedden Road. Hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (859) 619-4996.
Bluegrass Farmers’ Market will have strawberries, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, baked goods, jams, herb seasoning, beer cheese, lamb, goat, veal, beef, pork, chicken, and eggs on Saturday. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.
Lexington Farmers’ Market now is open from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday on the University of Kentucky campus at Alumni and University drives. Included are local strawberries, lettuces, spinach, asparagus, green onions, green garlic, cheeses, eggs, honey, baked goods, flowers, meats, granola, oils and vinegars, and prepared foods. Markets also are open at Cheapside Park on Saturday, Broadway and Maxwell Street on Tuesday and Thursday, and Southland Drive on Sunday. Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.

Restaurants serving special Easter meals

 

eggs3)If you don’t want to cook at home for Easter, Central Kentucky restaurants are serving some special dishes for the holiday.
Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, will have brunch 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The holiday menu includes country ham sliders with blackberry compote, shrimp and cheese grits, and banana granola griddle cakes. Call (859) 253-0014 or go to  Alfalfarestaurant.com.
Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, in Beaumont Centre, will serve an a la carte Easter brunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to Azurrestaurant.com.
Bayou Bluegrass Catering is serving a lavish Easter buffet 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at The Red Mile, 1200 Red Mile Road. The cost is $29 for adults, $16 for ages 4 to 8. Call (859) 233-0814 or go to Bayoubluegrass.com.
Casanova Italian Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, will serve roasted lamb, along with Italian ragù, and pastiera Napoletana for dessert. Call (859) 309-3313 or go to Casanovaky.com.
Country Cookin’ by George, 1801 Alexandria Drive, offers a buffet 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Included are baked ham, roast beef, turkey and dressing, and barbecued ribs. The cost is $11.54. Call (859) 276-0001.
Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, 6825 Old Richmond Road, will offer its regular a la carte spring menu along with brunch specials 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. A three-course prix fixe menu is $55 with wine pairings. The annual Easter egg hunt will be at 1 p.m. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to Jeanfarris.com.
Le Deauville French Bistro, 199 North Limestone, is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday serving French breakfast specialties along with its regular dinner menu. During weekday happy hour, the restaurant offers a three-course prix fixe menu, for $24.50, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fresh oysters are on the happy hour menu. Call (859) 246-0999.
Portofino, 249 East Main Street, will serve Easter specials along with its dinner menu noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 253-9300 or go to Portofinolexington.com.
Serafini, 243 West Broadway, in Frankfort, will open noon to 6 p.m. Sunday for Easter celebrations. Call (502) 875-5599 or go to Serafinifrankfort.com.
The Woodford Inn in Versailles will serve a Southern-style buffet 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The cost is $19.99. Included are glazed ham, shrimp pasta, salads, and deviled eggs. The inn is at 140 Park Street. Call (859) 873-5600 or go to Thewoodfordinn.com.
Special event
Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, will have a beer pairing event with Kentucky Eagle Distributors at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The cost is $35. Call (859) 243-0017.

Upcoming restaurant events

Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, is holding its third annual Casimir Pulaski dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. March 8. Pulaski, for whom Pulaski County is named, was a Polish army officer who fought and died in the American Revolution. He is reputed to have saved George Washington’s life.
Specials include Kentucky Stonecross Farm kielbasa, house-made potato Cheddar pierogies; cabbage rolls; and Polish beer. Call (859) 253-0014.
■ The Kiwanis Club of Lexington will hold its 17th annual “All you can eat soup day” on March 7. The menu includes bean soup, chili, vegetable soup, and corn bread. Cost is $8, or two for $15. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 150 East High Street.
Proceeds go to Harrison Elementary School’s back pack program and a health clinic with Shoulder to Shoulder Global in Ecuador. Contact Wayne Sullivan at (859) 619-8130 or Way8405@aol.com.
■ The Bluegrass Mystery Theatre presents a murder mystery dinner at Equus Run Vineyards at 7:30 p.m. March 1. Tickets for the three-course dinner and Irish mystery show are $48. A wine tasting at 6:15 p.m. is an additional $5. Call (859) 846-9463 or go to Equusrunvineyards.com. The vineyard is at 1280 Moores Mill Road, Midway.

Hungry? Head to Bubby’s in Corbin

If you’re traveling on I-75 in the Corbin area, you might want to plan a trip around lunch or dinner time. Bubby’s BBQ, Catfish and Steak restaurant will be the place to stop if you’re hungry.
Bubby’s serves a buffet that includes everything Grandma cooks: fried catfish, fried chicken, corn bread, bean soup, dumplings, broccoli-chicken casserole, greens, green beans, beets, hominy, bread pudding, and chocolate cake. A salad bar is included. Prices range from $6.99 to $9.99.
The BBQ menu includes pulled pork and ribs which are smoked on site. Sandwiches and burgers also are available. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Bubby’s is at 2700 Cumberland Fall Road in Corbin. Call (606) 258-9070.

Announcement

■ Just before Lexington baker James Brown was scheduled to appear on TLC’s season three of the Next Great Baker, Brown received results from a medical test and decided not to compete. He’s now recovering from surgery for a benign brain tumor, and the bakery at 1226 Versailles Road will be closed until Feb. 8. You can go to Brown’s Bakery Facebook page for updates from Brown’s wife Bridget.

Events

Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street, will have a Wild Turkey bourbon dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Master Distiller Jimmy Russell will be guest speaker. Cost is $85. Call (859) 252-4949 or go to Jagp.info.
■ Sondra Strunk, owner of Sondra’s Wine Creations, will offer samples of her pineapple wine jelly at Good Foods Café & Market on Saturday. Strunk will be at the café at 455 Southland Drive, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, will serve its holiday brunch on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Specials, served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, will include heirloom pumpkin pancakes with apple compote, braised Stone Cross pork with pickled butternut squash, and Boone Creek Creamery asiago, spinach and mushroom omelet. Call (859) 253-0014 or go to Alfalfarestaurant.com.
Wine + Market, 486 West Second Street, is offering classes this month. “Whiskeys of the World” is the topic for Jan. 24. The whiskey seminar will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and feature whiskeys from Ireland, Scotland, and Canada, and Kentucky bourbon. Cost is $10. “Wine 101” will be from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Jan. 28. Learn how wine is made and tips on tasting. Cost is $12. A beer tasting will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30. Call (859) 225-0755 or go to Wineandmarket.com.

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Nick Ryan’s Saloon, 157 Jefferson Street, is giving a portion of its proceeds on Monday to the Children’s Advocacy Center. Volunteers will be on hand to discuss the nonprofit organization that provides treatment and support to children who are victims of sexual abuse. Call (859) 233-7900 or go to Nickryans.com.
■ Bob Tabor, owner of the Engine House Deli, 9 Lexington Avenue in Winchester, is turning daily operations over to someone else while he devotes time to making River Rat beer cheese. Laine Rogers and Roy White will run the deli and they will retain the same menu. River Rat beer cheese is sold at retail markets in Central Kentucky. Call (859) 737-0560.
Double H BBQ, 1244 Versailles Road, is offering special packages for Super Bowl parties. Included are smoked pulled pork, beef brisket, and wings. Customers receive a free pint of a homemade side of choice with every pound of meat ordered for the game day party. Double H’s menu also includes soups, country ham, and a stuffed pork chop entree. Customers received free dessert on Mondays and Tuesdays with orders. Call (859) 523-4227, or go to Doublehbbq.com.

Egyptian Festival promises good food and fun

 

 

 

 

If koshari and kebda aren’t familiar foods, you can discover them this weekend at the Egyptian Festival.
Koshari is a traditional Egyptian dish made with cooked lentils, rice and pasta, and served with a spicy tomato sauce. Kebda is a liver sandwich.
The festival menu also features roasted lamb, grilled chicken, falafel and baklava.
Entertainment includes camel rides, a zip-line course, a petting zoo and “Euro bungee.”
The event, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, will be at The Red Mile, 1200 Red Mile Road. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (859) 243-0768 or go to Egyptianfestivallex.com.

Special events

■ Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, 6825 Old Richmond Road, is having a Beast and Barrel lamb roast Saturday. The winery is celebrating the close of the 2012 harvest season by roasting two whole Kentucky lambs over old Jean ­Farris wine barrels on the lawn. The lamb will be offered as the dinner entrée special. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to Jeanfarris.com.
Minton’s at 760 is hosting a ­Halloween party Wednesday. Chef/owner Ashley Minton will greet guests as Mrs. Lovett, the character from Sweeney Todd known for her “meat pies” of ­questionable origin, as part a theme based on the Broadway musical. “We will be serving all sorts of pies,” Minton said. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Minton’s is at 760 North Limestone. Call (859) 948-1874 or go to Mintons760.com.
Georgia’s Kitchen Café, 900 North Broadway, is having a Halloween party at 7 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $30, and there will be live music and ­dancing. Prizes will be awarded for best ­costumes. Call (859) 252-6837  or go to Georgiaskitchencafe.com.
Wine + Market, 486 West Second Street, has two events planned for November. A class on pairing wines and holiday foods will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12. Apiary catering will provide appetizers. The cost is $25. A holiday beer tasting will be 5 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Five holiday brews will be available for tasting. Cost is $10. Call (859) 255-0577.

Announcements

Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, is helping Friends of The ­Kentucky Theatre raise money to ­renovate the downtown Lexington icon. On Wednesdays until Nov. 21, 20 percent of dinner sales will go to the theater. Dinner hours are 5:30 to 9 p.m. Also, Alfalfa now serves French-press coffee that’s locally roasted by Caffe Marco, and mimosas, wine nd beer at Sunday brunch starting at 11 a.m. Brunch hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (859) 253-0014.
■ Two Lexington restaurants, ­Bourbon n’ Toulouse and Sahara ­Mediterranean Cuisine, have been ­included on UrbanSpoon’s list of ­“America’s most popular cheap eats.” According to the user review-based Web site for restaurants, “these are the ones that received the most coverage in the past year, via blogger reviews, food ­critics and diner votes.” Bourbon n’ Toulouse is at 829 Euclid Avenue, (859) 335-0300, and Sahara is at 3061 Fieldstone Way in Beaumont Centre, (859) 224-1138. The Herald-Leader and LexGo.com contribute their restaurant reviews to UrbanSpoon.

Farmers market report

■ Saturday is Bluegrass Farmers Market’s last day for the season. Items include tomatoes, winter squash, peppers, lamb, honey, lettuce, baked goods, soup bean mix, greens, sweet potatoes, eggs, herb seasoning, jams and pumpkins. The market is at 3450 Richmond Road in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.

Minton’s 760 is open on North Limestone

Minton’s 760, now open at 760 North Limestone, features a menu that owner Ashley Minton calls “Southern with a twist.” Minton, who also owns Nova Gourmets Personal Chef & Events, said Minton’s will serve many recipes that are “my family’s favorites that I have adapted/changed up,” she said.
Breakfast and lunch are served from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and dinner is served from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
“For dinner we will be doing seasonal dishes. They will change every week and be based on what is in season and what we can get from our farmers. We are using as many local products and foods as we possibly can, and will be making many items from scratch, such as sausage and apple butter,” she said.
Breakfast includes French toast, morning hot Brown, potato omelet, and biscuits and gravy. For lunch, there’s tomato pie, Carolina pulled pork, chicken pot pie, fried green tomatoes with ham salad, and chicken and dumplings. Call (859) 948-1874.

Events

■ Kentucky Mudworks and Bourbon n’ Toulouse’s annual Empty Bowls event on Saturday will benefit Moveable Feast Lexington.  Starting at 11 a.m., customers can donate $15 and choose a handmade bowl and receive a free bowl of Cajun food.
The ceramic bowls were made by local artists at Mudworks. Moveable Feast delivers hot, freshly cooked meals to people living with AIDS/HIV-related illnesses as well as individuals who are patients of Hospice of the Bluegrass. Bourbon n’ Toulouse is at 829 Euclid Avenue. Call (859) 335-0300.
■ The Bourbon Review magazine’s second annual Bourbon Under the Stars will celebrate Bourbon National Heritage Month. The party will be from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Fasig-Tipton, 2400 Newtown Pike. Tickets are $135 at the door. Call (502) 333-0086.
There will be a buffet of bourbons and special guests will be Bill Samuels Jr. of Maker’s Mark, and master distiller Jim Rutledge of Four Roses. Jonathan Lundy, chef/owner of Jonathan at Gratz Park, and Jeremy Ashby, chef at Azur, will prepare special dishes.
Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, is honoring author Ruth Reichl with special dinners on Friday and Saturday. Reichl is the keynote speaker at the University of Kentucky Women’s Writers Conference this weekend. Alfalfa will feature recipes from Reichl’s memoir Comfort Me with Apples. Chef Evan Gray will prepare Channing Way shrimp curry, made with fresh local vegetables simmered in a creamy coconut lime curry sauce, and served over brown rice with fresh fruit chutney on side. Hours are 5:30 to 9 p.m. Call (859) 253-0014 or go to Alfalfarestaurant.com.
Thai Orchid Cafe will host a celebration of local food and sustainable culture on Saturday. Harvest Fest will benefit Seedleaf, a non-profit organization that aims to increase the availability of fresh, wholesome food to people at risk of hunger in Central Kentucky. There will be live music, and food and beverage tastings from Thai Orchid, Good Foods Market & Café, The Wholesome Chef, West Sixth Brewing, and Elmwood Stock Farm. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. at Thai Orchid, 1030 South Broadway. Tickets are $40. Call (859) 288-2170.
Marikka’s Oktoberfest begins Friday and runs through Oct. 13. German Music Trio will play on Friday and Saturday nights. The menu features smoked pork knuckle cooked in sauerkraut and served with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes; Munich reuben, made with rye bread, bajuval cheese, sauerkraut, and bratwursts; and seasoned ground beef, mustard, and pickle wrapped in a thin strip of steak then covered with brown gravy. Call (859) 275-1925 or go to Marikkas.com. Marikkas is at 411 Southland Drive.
Horseshoe Bend Winery is holding its second Dinner in the Vineyard from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Dustin Staggers, chef at 60 West Bistro in St. Matthews in Louisville, will prepare the menu. The five-course meal with wine pairings is $75. The winery is at 1187 Lawson Lane in Willisburg. Call (859) 375-0296.
■ During September, The Ketch Seafood Grill will feature a Maine lobster clambake, including a 1 ¼-pound freshly steamed lobster, steamed clams, corn on the cob, red skin potatoes, and drawn butter. Call (859) 277-5919 or go to Ketchseafoodgrill.com. The Ketch is at 2012 Regency Road.
Grimes Mill Winery, 6707 Grimes Mill Road, is celebrating its first anniversary from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday. There will be live music from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring harmonica and guitar blues. Call (859) 543-9691or go to Grimesmillwinery.com.
■ Chuck’s famous BBQ and old-fashioned cheese grits are on the menu Saturday at Smith-Berry Winery’s dinner/concert. Nervous Melvin and the Mistakes will entertain from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The winery is at 855 Drennon Road in New Castle. Call 1-888-845-7091 or (502) 845-7091 or go to Smithberrywinery.com.

Farmers market report

■ Saturday is the last day for the Bluegrass Farmers Market Willow Oak location, 730 Millpond Road, in the parking lot for the Willow Oak Pool. The main location at 3450 Richmond Road, in the Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs parking lot, will be open for a few more weeks from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Farmers have tomatoes, squash, eggplant, peppers, raspberries, watermelons, bok choy, eggs, herb seasoning, and pumpkins. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.

Bar offers fresh juice on site, to-go or as delivery

Long gone are the days when bottles of milk were delivered to your door before the rooster crowed. Now, the delivery of bottles of juice is 21st-century cool.
The Weekly Juicery, 436 Old Vine Street, is a juice bar where you may drink green lemonade or sweet beet punch with a friend, or subscribe to a weekly pickup or delivery of freshly pressed juice.
Kimmye Bohannon and her business partner, Elizabeth Beal, started selling weekly subscriptions of juice in October. “We started with five weekly juicers and grew to nearly 100 before December,” Bohannon said. They opened the retail juice bar May 23.
“When I ran the New York City Marathon in 2010, I went to a juice bar called Organic Avenue. I told my husband, this is fantastic. We have to do this. He said, you’re crazy,” Bohannon said. Later, while on a beach vacation in Florida, they visited For the Health of It juice bar. “We decided to do it,” she said.
Fresh vegetables and fruits are cold-pressed in the early morning and ready for delivery or pickup or in individual servings at the juice bar.
The juice bar is open 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The menu includes summer julep ­(watermelon, cold-pressed lemon juice, fresh mint, pure vanilla extract, pure stevia extract), sweet dream (banana, ­almond butter, almond milk, ­unsweetened organic cocoa, organic raw blue agave, cinnamon, pure stevia extract) and cool kale energy (organic kale, cucumber, organic beets, lemons, fresh ginger, pure stevia extract). Call (859) 368-8000.

Special events

Reed Valley Orchard, 239 Lail Lane in Paris, will have its annual Blueberry Jubilee and Pancake Day on Saturday. Fresh blueberry pancakes will be served until 1:30 p.m., and you may pick your own blueberries until 5:30 p.m. ­Entertainment will include line dancers and singer Lauren Mink. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call (859) 987-6480 or go to Reedvalleyorchard.com.
Wilson Nurseries, 3690 East-West Connector Road in Frankfort, will have its second annual Bluegrass ­Eggfest this weekend. On Friday, ­dinner at its Sage Garden Café will feature menu items prepared on the Big Green Egg grill. Live ­entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, guest grillers will prepare barbecued dishes on the Big Green Egg. Call (502) 223-1488 or go to ­Wilsonnurseriesky.com.
WineStyles, 2535 Nicholasville Road, will pour two wines for tasting Friday and Saturday. Bel-Air peach bellini, a sparkling wine from ­California, and a fruity sangria from Spain will be available by the glass from the wine bar. Call (859) 278-9463 or go to ­Winestyles.net/lexington.
Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, will serve brunch on the Fourth of July from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — after the Bluegrass 10,000 race and before the ­parade. The menu includes pancakes made with Black Diamond berries and tomato-basil omelets with Boone Creek Creamery’s tangy Welsh caerphilly cheese. On Saturday evenings during summer, all bottles of wine are $5 off. Call (859) 253-0014 or go to
Alfalfarestaurant.com.

Announcements

Josie’s, 821 Chevy Chase Place, now serves beer and wine to ­complement the shrimp and grits, fried chicken and pasta. Included are beers from Kentucky Ale and West Sixth Brewing Co. Beginning Monday, hours will be 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 523-8328 or go to Josieslex.com.
Natasha’s Bistro & Bar, 112 ­Esplanade, has a seafood special Friday and Saturday. Included is a sesame-crusted tuna fillet served with shaved fennel and orange slaw and topped with crisp leek straws. The farmers market brunch, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, features bacon from Hillside Farms, eggs from Emily’s in Scott County and “orange twist bliss” from The Weekly Juicery. Call (859) 259 2754.
Rossi’s Restaurant, 1060 Chinoe Road, offers a dinner special daily, and to go with the chef’s creation, a glass of chardonnay or cabernet is priced at $3. On Tuesdays, featured bottles of wines are half-price. Call (859) 335-8788 or go to Rossis-restaurant.com.
■ The summer menu at ­Casanova’s, 855 South Broadway, includes ­prosciutto and melon, veal peperonata and ­fettuccine di mare. Call (859) 309-3313 or go to Casanovaky.com.

Farmers market reports

Winchester/Clark County Farmers Market is open 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, in the parking lot of Bluegrass Heritage Museum, 217 South Main Street.
Bluegrass Farmers Market has ­berries and the Willow Oak location has added Thursday to its ­schedule. ­Locations and hours are: 3450 ­Richmond Road, in the Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs parking lot, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday; and 730 Millpond Road, in the parking lot of the Willow Oak Pool, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.

New, returning farm markets are a call to cooks

The growing season is here, and chefs and consumers are taking ­advantage of all the ­goodness farmers have to offer.
■ This summer, shoppers on the south side of Lexington can find farm-fresh produce nearby. Azur ­Restaurant & Patio, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, in Beaumont Centre will open its patio and sidewalk for a farmers bazaar. The set-up is free to local growers, and the market will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, beginning in June. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to Azurrestaurant.com.
“The response has been ­incredible from both interested buyers and ­Kentucky farmers,” executive chef ­Jeremy Ashby said.
■ The Kentucky Market Pavilion in Owingsville kicks off the season with an open house from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday. Participating vendors include Ruth Hunt Candies, Ale-8-One, Bloomfield Farms, Bramble Ridge Orchards, Rolling R Farms and Townsend Sorghum.
Spring market hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The market is off Interstate 64 at Exit 123. Call (606) 674-6688 or 1-855-717-3633, or email kentuckymarketpavilion@ymail.com.
■ Opening day for the Bluegrass Farmers Market is Saturday. The market features 100 percent homegrown or farmer-produced items. It’s at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.
Alfalfa Restaurant has bought a ­wagon, which has been decorated by an ­artistic employee, to be used to load up at the farmers market. “We’ll buy as much local stuff as we can,” Jake Gibbs said. “Each weekend we’ll have a ­farmers market omelet depending on what I find there. We’ll be using eggs from Home Pickin’s of McKee. Last week, the omelet was an Asiago cheese (from Boone Creek Creamery) and asparagus.”
Alfalfa’s beer selections include local and craft, and the restaurant now serves some organically produced wines. Alfalfa is at 141 East Main Street. Call (859) 253-0014.
Della’s Diner, 124 North Upper Street, will open at 7:30 a.m. Saturdays during farmers market season. The diner will be open Thursday nights when Thursday Night Live returns. Call (859) 281-1141.

Changes and additions

■ Chef Patrick Wilhoit is back at The Metropol. He opened the ­restaurant at 307 West Short Street in 2001 and left to pursue other interests. He again will serve some of his original ­favorites, which focus on Kentucky-grown ­produce. Artists featured at the ­restaurant are Linda Horvay and Joan Judah. Call (859) 381-9493.
■ Chef Elizabeth Maggi is warming up the dinner menu at Natasha’s Bistro with Caribbean flavors.
Maggi, formerly of Miami, has family roots in Spain and will prepare Latin specials for Friday and ­Saturday. ­Included are Havana pork ­marinated in mojo sauce and served with black beans, rice and fried plantains; and ­Jamaican jerk chicken served with pilaf and fried sweet potatoes. There will be a Latin dance party on Saturday night.
Maggi’s key lime pie is back on the menu for the season. Call (859) 259-2754. Natasha’s is at 112 Esplanade.
Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, is having a seafood fest through Easter. The menu includes butter and garlic shrimp, coconut curry shrimp, emerald shrimp with garlic sauce, ginger shrimp hot pot, four-flavored shrimp and seafood curry rice. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to Thaiorchidcafe.net.
The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, has put some new items on its menu for Keeneland fans. Included are jumbo button mushrooms stuffed with crab meat; New Orleans-style barbecued shrimp; and certified Angus steaks with choice of Diane, au poivre or Oscar preparations. Call (859) 226-0300. John Hedger will entertain Friday; ­harpist Carolyn DuPont will play on Saturday.

Something special

Fritanga Nicaraguan Latin Grill, 1205 Versailles Road, is celebrating its first anniversary Saturday and Sunday. Nicaraguan beers Toña and Costa Rican ­Imperial, and Dominican beer Presidente will be served. Call (859) 225-3004.
■ Patrons at Onizim’s Restaurant can get a bowl of soup — for the price of a cup — during happy hour. Featured soups are chicken gumbo, seafood gumbo, red beans and rice, crawfish and corn bisque, and jambalaya. Happy hour is 4 to 6 p.m. Onizim’s is at 735 East Main Street. Call (859) 266-9000 or go to Onizims.com.
American Legion Man o’ War Post 8 will have a fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. ­Saturday. Cost is $5. Proceeds go to help veterans. Post 8 is at 1230 Man o’ War Place, one block off South ­Broadway at Legion Drive.