Lexington pie baker Elizabeth Maggi has given up baking for making sliders. Maggi, formerly with Phat Pie Cafe and Natasha’s Bistro, is the chef at the new T Bar, at the corner of Woodland and Euclid avenues (formerly the Fish Tank). The restaurant serves a variety of gourmet sliders including the Angus beef black and bleu with sautéed onions and hickory smoked bacon; pulled pork with cole slaw; miniature brats; and cordon bleu chicken. Maggi’s dessert specialty at T Bar is a peanut butter and jelly slider, deep-fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Owners are T.J. Gordon and Bob Douglas. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday. Limited lunch delivery is available. Call (859) 368-9404 or go to Tbar500.com.
■ Mary Lou’s BBQ is open at 226 Walton Avenue, serving Texas Hill country and coastal bayou style BBQ. The menu includes pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked turkey and sausages. Custom orders are available with advance notice for cold smoked salmon, beef tenderloin, whole hogs, prime rib, and leg of lamb. Meats are hand rubbed and marinated then slow smoked using either hickory, blackjack oak or pecan wood. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (859) 252-4227.
■ The new Sabio in Dudley Square offers menus for the bar, brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert. At the bar, you can order an artisanal cheese platter, wok-charred green beans, stuffed quail and mussels. For lunch, the menu features salads and sandwiches. Dinner selections include chicken, duck, scallops, pasta, beef, pork and lamb, and for dessert there’s chocolate fondant, bourbon cheesecake and pot de crème. Sabio is at 380 South Mill Street. Call (859) 368-9901 or go to SabioDudleySquare.com.
■ First Watch, The Daytime Cafe will open its first restaurant in Lexington in the fall at 3071 Richmond Road, in the Kroger shopping plaza It serves breakfast, brunch and lunch from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Go to Firstwatch.com.
■ In a hurry for a quick bite, try the new Happy Falafel, 105 Eastern Avenue. Specialties are falafel, chicken and steak shawirma, baba ganoush and lentil soup. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (859) 455-8741 or go to Happyfalafel.us.
■ Food photographer Sarah Jane Sanders will have an exhibit of her work at Wine + Market, 486 West Second Street, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday for Gallery Hop. Sanders photographs desserts for Stella Parks’ BraveTart.com blog and her work has appeared on Ruth Reichl’s Gilt Taste and Ed Levine’s Serious Eats. Wine + Market is at 486 West Second Street. Call (859) 225-0755.
■ Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, is celebrating Earth Day on Sunday with dishes featuring local ingredients from Elmwood Stock Farm in Georgetown. Included are Thai style omelet, coconut sweet potato fries and sweet potato pie ice cream. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to Thaiorchidcafe.net.
■ Eddie Montgomery’s Steakhouse in Harrodsburg will host a songwriters and authors event from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Pamela Whinnery will sign Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities and Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities. Songwriters from across the state will perform on the restaurant stage.
In conjunction with the steakhouse event, the fifth annual Kentucky Writers Celeb Showcase will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at West T. Hill Community Theatre in Danville. On Sunday, a second showcase will feature performers from noon to 5 p.m. at Penn Store in Gravel Switch. The events kick off Kentucky Literary Week Celebration, and proceeds go to Historic Penn Store. The store was built in 1847 and was damaged by a flood last year. Go to Pennsstore.com or Eddiemontgomerysteakhouse.com.
■ The artwork of Lexington attorney E. David Marshall will be on display at Della’s Diner, 124 North Upper Street, from Friday to Sunday. Della’s late-night menu on Friday features specials on burgers and fish. “Buy a painting and your dinner is free,” owner Tom Morris said. Call (859) 281-1141.
■ Kenny and Sonia Allen will have their Pitmasters BBQ wagon at Sportsman’s Warehouse, 2200 War Admiral Way, on Saturday. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Open for lunch
■ Le Deauville, 199 North Limestone, now is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Featured are croque-monsieur and Caesar salad. The bistro will serve brunch from noon to 3 p.m. on Mother’s Day. Call (859) 246-0999 or go to Ledeauvilleresto.com.
■ Holly Hill Inn now is serving lunch and brunch on the weekend. The three-course lunch or Sunday brunch is $18. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday for lunch, and for brunch on Sunday. Entrees include Lisa’s famous shrimp and grits, spring vegetable lasagna and pork roulade. Holly Hill is at 426 North Winter Street in Midway. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to Hollyhillinn.com.
Farmers market report
■ Bluegrass Farmers’ Market will have strawberries, asparagus, lettuce, eggs, bok choy, onions, kale, jams, herb seasoning, and bedding, herb and vegetable plants. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.
■ Lexington Farmers Market is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Cheapside Park. Hours for the Southland Drive market are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The Tuesday and Thursday market at Maxwell Street and South Broadway opens May 1. Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.
■ Winchester-Clark County Farmers Market has a new location this spring. It’s at 217 South Main Street in the parking lot next to the Bluegrass Heritage Museum, across from St. Joseph Catholic Church. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon Saturday and 3 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.