Posts Tagged 'Natasha’s Bistro'

New Ruby Jean’s Cafe is serving country-style food

If you’re craving ­grandma’s country ­cooking, try the new Ruby Jean’s Café, 450 Southland Drive. Chef Mac McBride always wanted to open a restaurant with “good country-style food.”
“I always said if I did, I would name it after my grandmother,” McBride said. “It’s a ‘meat and two’ and ‘meat and three’ concept with sandwiches, and burgers.” He’s a chef instructor at Sullivan University and has worked at Porcini’s in Louisville, Jonathan at Gratz Park,  The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia.

A chalkboard menu features breakfast items, fried chicken, fried catfish, green beans, stewed ­tomatoes, corn pudding and corn bread. A brunch buffet is served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Call (859) 277-0058.

New on the menu
La Petite Crêperie, 191 Kentucky Avenue, has a new chef and now serves wine and cocktails. Chef Gérard Aiache “brings to the Crêperie an amazing French flair which ­reminds me from back home,” co-owner Linda Chambers said. Aiache recently worked at Le Deauville and Bourbon n’ Toulouse ­restaurants. His specialty crepes include savory fresh salmon and ratatouille, fruits de mer, and poulet Basquaise. Call (859) 684-2737 or go to Petitecreperie.com.
■ The summer tradition — fresh peach pizza — is back at Saul Good Restaurant. Fresh peaches, topped with streusel and Belgian white chocolate chips, are cooked on a homemade pizza dough.  Go to Saulgoodpub.com for locations.
■ Gene Williams claims Natasha’s Bistro, 112 Esplanade, has the best fries and best burgers in town. “We’re saying it, our customers are telling us,” he said.
“There really are ‘fry connoisseurs’ out there, and they are finding us. So what makes our fries outstanding? In the first place they are heart-healthy fries. I know that sounds odd, but we use a rice bran oil that actually lowers the bad and raises the good ­cholesterol. The flavor comes from using fresh everything — fresh minced garlic, fresh flat leaf parsley and freshly ground pepper on the spot.”
The Alley burger is made using six ounces of locally raised Marksbury farm beef, served on a toasted brioche bun. The weekend special is the Alley burger topped with  grilled portobello mushrooms and Swiss cheese.
Call (859) 259-2754 or go to Bistro.beetnik.com.
Hanna’s on Lime, 214 South ­Limestone, is featuring its farmers market special from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. Fresh offerings include corn on the cob, squash, tomatoes, new potatoes, melon, green beans, ­cucumbers and eggplant. Cost is $8.25 and features six items gathered from Tuesday’s farmers market.
Call (859) 252-6264 or go to ­Hannasonlime.com.
Events
Smithtown Seafood sous chef ­Agnes Teresa Marrero Rosa will ­prepare recipes from her native Puerto Rico for this month’s Tanks to Table beer dinner on Thursday. A Kentucky Proud hog from Stone Cross Farm will be marinated 24 hours in ­Caribbean spices, then slow smoked that day until fork tender. It will be served with house-made hot sauces and ­chimichurri sauce. West Sixth ­Brewing will serve a firkin, ­lemongrass wheat with passion fruit and pineapple, with the meal. ­
Dinner begins at 7 p.m. Smithtown is at 501 West Sixth Street. Call (859) 303-4100, or walk up to the pop-up pork station that day and place your order. Cost is $25. Go to ­Smithtownseafood.com.
■ Lexington’s Women Chefs dinner series continues with a Women in World Cuisine dinner at Brasabana,  841 Lane Allen Road, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. A portion of the proceeds
will go to the Children’s ­Advocacy ­Center of the Bluegrass. Cost is $50. Call (859) 797-8461 or go to ­Brasabana.com.
Participating chefs are Jill Schrank, line chef at The Lexington Diner; ­Libby Allen, chef and culinary ­instructor at the National Center for Hospitality Studies for ­Sullivan ­University; Ranada West-Riley, ­executive chef and owner of The Lexington Diner; Vanessa Willhite, line chef at Azur Restaurant; Amy Harris, who was sous chef at Jonathan’s at Gratz Park; and Shannon Collins, day chef at Azur.
Brasabana is at 841 Lane Allen Road.
Lexington Restaurant Week begins Thursday and runs through Aug. 2. More than 60 restaurants will offer $25 dinners. A list can be found at ­Lexrestaurants.com.
Wallace Station, 3854 Old ­Frankfort Pike in Versailles, is having “Burgers and Beats” from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds go to Faith Feeds/GleanKy, a group that feeds the hungry by ­gleaning and distributing excess fruits and vegetables. Entertainment provided by Silverback. Cost is $25. Go
to Burgersandbeats2014.eventbrite.com.
■ Kentucky Eagle Distributing will be tasting/sampling Table No. 7 wine from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Unlimited Spirit, 404 Southland Drive.
Farmers market report

■ Mary Tyler, the peach lady, now has fresh Georgia peaches at Lexington Farmers Market.

Bluegrass Farmers’ Market is in full summer mode with locally grown  corn, tomatoes, green beans, squash, and melons. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, 3450 Richmond Road, and at Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.

These places will cook for mom on Mother’s Day

A la lucie, 159 North Limestone, will serve brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring sea bass, New Orleans style eggs Benedict, and turkey hash on corn cakes. Call (859) 252-5277 or go to Alalucie.com.

Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, will serve brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring bacon-Cheddar beignets, lobster crepes, stuffed French toast, and grilled salmon Benedict. Call (859) 296-1007  or go to Azurrestaurant.com.

 Barnes & Noble Cafe, at Pavilion Way in Hamburg, is having a cupcake celebraton Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Treat your mother to a Cheesecake Factory cupcake in chocolate, vanilla, and Oreo cream. Cost is $2.50 and they’re available in a decorative box for gift giving. Call (859) 543-8518.

 The Bistro, 502 North Main Street, Nicholasville, will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday and the specials include prime rib au jus, sea bass, roasted pork tenderloin, and pecan fried chicken. Call (859) 221-3925.
Brasabana, 841 Lane Allen Road, will offer a buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Included are picadillo meatballs, ensalada de calamari, blackened-adobo tilapia, and passion fruit mousse. Cost is $14.95. Call (859) 303-5573 or go to Brasabana.com.
Country Cookin’ By George, 1801 Alexandria Drive, will serve its hearty buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $12. Call (859) 276-0001.
Furlongs, 130 West Tiverton Way, will serve a buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Included are leg of lamb, crawfish etouffee, roast beef, and jambalaya. Call (859) 523-5500.
■  Jean Farris Bistro, 6825 Old Richmond Road, will serve a three course prix fixe menu from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Entree choices are halibut and roasted leg of lamb. Cost is  $50. Call (859) 263-9463  or go to Jeanfarris.com.
Natasha’s Bistro, 112 Esplanade, will offer a “festival of sweets” that includes strawberry basil mousse, profiteroles dipped in chocolate, mini cheesecakes. Entrees include pork loin, country ham, and salmon. Violinist Brice Farrar will entertain. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $22.95. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to Bistro.beetnik.com.
Portofino Restaurant and sister-restaurant Serafini in Frankfort will have special hours for Mother’s Day.  Portofino, 249 East Main, will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call (859) 253-9300.   Hours at Serafini, 243 West Broadway, are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (502) 875-5599.

MacFarlanes open Sweet Lily’s yogurt shop

sweetlillysChris and Leah MacFarlane opened their first independent frozen yogurt store in late December and named it after their daughter Lily. Sweet Lily’s Frozen Yogurt and Coffee is at 2573 Richmond Road, in the French Quarter Square.
“We wanted to give Lexington a healthy dessert option that was also delicious. My husband and I are both huge sweet-treats fan but wanted something a little better than ice cream but just as delicious,” Leah MacFarlane said.
The self-serve store offers 15 alternating flavors with gluten- and dairy-free choices available. Sweet Lily’s also sells Kentucky Mountain Coffee, Blue Smoke chips and salsa from West Virginia, and frozen yogurt cakes and pies.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 335-8661.
New menus
Natasha’s Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade, has added bistro chicken to its evening menu. “Likely developed out of the basement kitchens of Parisian apartments where tenants paid for both room and board, it was a saucy and delicious meal all in one skillet that satisfied hard-working French,” owner Gene Williams said. “Natasha’s brined and roasted half chicken does just that: a big portion of juicy chicken with a garlic parsley persillade served with green beans and house fresh cut fries.” The cost is $18. The weekend steak special is grilled filet mignon. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to Beetnik.com.
■ Leo Capezzuto, owner of Casanova Express, now has an authentic Neapolitan lightly fried calzone on his menu. “This calzone is only prepared in this way in some areas of Naples, Italy,” he said. Also available are the traditional oven-baked calzone, white pizza, and whole-wheat margherita pizza. Casanova is at 325 West Main Street, on the ground level of Festival Market. Call (859) 252-7777or go to Casanovalex.com.
■ The winter menu at Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, 6825 Old Richmond Road, features rich and hearty dishes such as chicken chardonnay, lobster pappardelle, and duck cassoulet, and for dessert, bourbon butterscotch pot de creme with peanut butter fudge. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to Jeanfarris.com.

Special events
Azur Restaurant is introducing a food chain chef series that will explore sustainable food practices with dinners that progress course-by-course through the natural food chain of a species.
The first dinner, “Ocean,” will showcase sustainable seafood at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29. The seven-course tasting menu will feature the indigenous predator of the preceding course, accented with ingredients that highlight each fish species, executive chef Jeremy Ashby said. The cost is $70.
The menu features konbu seaweed dashi with sea bean; shrimp and lobster carpaccio with berbere spice; cold-smoked mullet with meuniére sauce; butter-poached golden tile fish with Asian pear and lemon sauce; mango snapper with Marcona almonds,; amberjack with porcini and truffle risotto; and caramel flan with tropical fruits and coconut meringue.
Azur is in Beaumont Centre at 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to Azurrestaurant.com.
Announcements
Stella’s Kentucky Deli, 143 Jefferson Street, has opened another dining room that offers five extra tables and space for parties of 10. Stella’s menus are built around local produce and include Colcord Farm beef, Garey Farm chicken, Kenny’s Farmhouse cheese, Stone Cross Farm sausages and pork, and Weisenberger Mill grits. Call (859) 255-3354 or go to Stellaskentuckydeli.com.
Farmers market report
■ Lexington Farmers Market is open on Saturday at Cheapside Park. This week, farmers have eggs, pork, beef, chicken, lamb, kale, potatoes, turnips, dried beans, onions, fried pies, sweet breads, jams, salsas, coffee, and prepared foods. Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.

Bru Burger Bar is open in Beaumont Centre

Burgers have taken over the spot where Mexican once reigned. The former El Chico in Beaumont Centre now is Bru Burger Bar. The menu at the gourmet burger place also features  salads, sandwiches, and craft beers.  Burgers choices include the Bru (Taleggio cheese, bacon, tomato jam, caramelized onion); Roma (arugula pesto, prosciutto, roasted red peppers); Kentucky bourbon (bacon, peppercorn-bourbon glaze, horseradish havarti); lamb (cucumber sauce, feta-olive relish); and ground turkey (carrot-ginger slaw, peach compote). Bru is at 3010 Lakecrest Circle. Call (859) 305-0082 or go to Bruburgerbar.com.

Closings

Brown’s Bakery, 1226 Versailles Road, is closing the end of December. Owner James Brown said he has a “new venture, and I can’t wait.” We’ll have to wait until Brown, who participated on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, and also appeared on Season 3 of TLC’s Next Great Baker, is ready to tell us.  Call (859) 225-8400 or go to Brownbakery.com.
House Food & Wine, 207 South Limestone, has closed. “The time commitment was too much for us with our other businesses,” owner David Jones said.

New Year celebrations

Alfalfa, 141 East Main Street, is serving its annual New Year’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Specials include raspberry almond pancakes and spinach mushroom omelets. Call (859) 253-0014 or go to Alfalfarestaurant.com.
Natasha’s Bistro, 112 Esplanade, is planning a romantic New Year’s Eve  dinner with a four-course prix fixe menu for $60, as well as an a la carte menu. There will be strolling musicians during dinner and at the party afterwards. Seating is from 5 to 9:30 p.m.
Half price movie tickets are available for those dining early and going to the Kentucky Theatre to see  “Nebraska” or “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”  Call (859) 259-2754 or go to Beetnik.com.
Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway,  will be closed Sunday through Christmas Day, and Jan. 1. The café will be open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve, and the party begins at 5 p.m. featuring a  three-course meal for  $25.95. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to Thaiorchidcafe.net.

Holiday menus

Bakery Blessings & Bookstore @ the Bar, 1999 Harrodsburg Road,  is accepting last minute orders for Christmas pies, cakes, and goodies. The bakery will be open Christmas Eve until 2 p.m. with no lunch service, closed Christmas Day, and Thursday. Call (859) 554-6044.
Double H BBQ, 1244 Versailles Road, is offering country ham by the pound through the holidays. Also available are smoked pulled pork or chicken, brisket, ribs, 24- and 48-piece wing platters, burgoo, homemade sides, and desserts.  Call (859) 523- 4227 or go to Doublehbbq.com.
Red State BBQ,  4020 Georgetown Road, is taking orders for smoked turkeys for holiday meals. “We get our turkeys fresh from Critchfield Meats and will be taking orders right up to close of business on Friday,” owner David Carroll said. Pickup for the turkeys is before 6 p.m. Christmas Eve. Cost is $5 a pound.
The restaurant is offering smoked prime rib as the Friday night special. Cost is $16.50 for 8-ounce prime rib, and $19 for 10 ounces.Red State is offering a 10 percent discount with a Southern Lights ticket stub through Dec. 31. Call  (859) 233-7898 or go to Redstatebbq.com.

Weekend specials

■ People who like lamb fries will travel great distances to eat them, and when The Julep Cup offers the southern delicacy as a special, people “drive in from all sorts of counties,” chef/owner Lindsay Brooks Brugh said. Call (859) 226-0300 or go to Thejulepcup.com. The restaurant is at 111 Woodland Avenue.
The Grey Goose, 170 Jefferson Street, is serving prime rib pizza and Clare Island salmon with a teriyaki glaze on Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 233-1500 or go to Greygooserestaurants.com.

Fish fry promotes invasive Asian carp as seafood

fishfryJeremy Ashby, executive chef at Azur Restaurant, is joining the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to promote Asian carp as an inexpensive source of domestic seafood.
“These fish have a light taste and excellent texture,” Ashby said.
The Asian carp was imported to the United States in the 1970s to control ­algae and micro-invertebrates in ­extremely fertile waters, including aquaculture or sewage treatment ponds. It took only 30 years for the population to explode and create massive ecological and economic problems, Ashby said.
The Asian carp populations are ­choking out other native fish species and threaten to destroy important economies in Western Kentucky that rely on fishing and recreational boating, Ashby said.
Tickets for Azur’s fish fry, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, are $30, with $10 ­going to Fish and Wildlife Resources to continue efforts to promote ­commercial harvest of Asian carp. A new ­processing facility is under construction in ­Wickliffe. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to ­Azurrestaurant.com.

 

BBQ n Rouxs, a food truck worth finding

BBQ N RouxsIf you stumble upon the BBQ n Rouxs  food truck in Mt. Sterling, you’ve found some great barbecue and gumbo.

Wayne and Cindy Toy decided they would combine both their cooking talents and offer an alternative to hot dogs and burgers. They bought a food truck in North Carolina and opened for business in June. Cindy Toy, a registered nurse, makes the gumbo, chicken salad, and pies; Wayne Toy smokes the pork over hickory wood. They operate the food truck on weekends in the parking lot of City Blue, 1501 Indian Mound Drive, and at events. On Friday, the Toys will be at Rock the Courthouse concert in downtown Mt. Sterling.

The menu includes BBQ nachos (nacho chips, pulled pork, BBQ sauce, white Cheddar cheese and jalapenos); chicken salad on croissant or in a spinach wrap, pulled pork sandwich, and gumbo. Cindy Toy uses her South Louisiana family recipe for gumbo.

Call (859) 749-3874  or check BBQ n Rouxs’ facebook page for events.

Special events

Bourbon n’ Toulouse, 829 Euclid Avenue, will serve a low-country shrimp boil at 6 p.m. Saturday as part of the Chevy Chase Street Fair. The 800 block of Euclid will be closed from 4 to 10 p.m. for the festivities which will include live music.

Bourbon n’ Toulouse will serve West Sixth’s IPA and amber and hurricane drinks. Other food and drink vendors will include Athenian Grill, MonTea, Rincon, Billy’s BBQ, Charlie Brown’s, and Graeter’s. Call (859) 335-0300  or go to Bntlex.com.

■ While in the Chevy Chase neighborhood, drop by the Greek Festival on Saturday. It will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Cassidy Elementary, 1125 Tates Creek Road.

The event will include Greek food, music, dancing, and a boutique sale. Cost is $2. Proceeds support the Greek Orthodox Church’s building fund. Call (859) 266-1921 or go to LexingtonGreekFestival.com.

■ The Lexington Farmers’ Market will hold its annual Taste of the Farm Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Saturday featuring recipes from Beyond the Fence: A Culinary Look at Historic Lexington. Ingredients will come from market members and will highlight the quality and breadth of market offerings, market manager Jeff Dabbelt said. Red Barn Radio will provide music. The dinner will be held at the Fifth Third Bank Pavillion in Cheapside Park. Tickets, at $45, are available at any market location or at Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.

■ The Carper Family brings their retro-acoustic sound to Natasha’s Bistro on Tuesday. The Austin-based trio of Melissa Carper, upright bass, Beth Chrisman, fiddle, and Jenn Miori, guitar, will entertain at 9 p.m. Natasha’s is at 112 Esplanade. Call (859) 259-2754  or go to Beetnik.com  or Carperfamilyband.com.

New chef

The Dish, 438 South Ashland Avenue, celebrated its fifth anniversary earlier this month with the return of the original chef, Jeremiah Bowman. “He is back from working for a year in Cincinnati and has a whole new arsenal of ideas and dishes to share with the foodies in Lexington,” owner Trish Tungate said. “We will be putting out some new late summer additions to our menu in the coming weeks.”

The Dish offers half-price bottles of wine with purchase of two dinner entrees on Wino Wednesday, and happy hour runs all night on Thursdays. Call (859) 317-8438  or go to Thedishlex.com.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers’ Market will have corn, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, green beans, potatoes, peppers, melons, berries, peaches, apples, lamb, goat, chicken, beef, pork, baked goods, herb seasoning, pimento and beer cheese, jams, eggs, and cut flowers. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.

Winchester/Clark County Farmers Market will have sweet corn, tomatoes, green beans, peppers, squash, and melons. Home processors have pickles, relishes, jams and jellies, and fresh baked goodies. Kentucky Proud products include jerky, barbecue sauce, and salsa. Hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday on Depot Street.

Natasha’s Bistro hires new chef, makes menu changes

Natasha’s Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade, has hired Alex Jenkins as executive chef to develop and implement a new culinary philosophy. Jenkins was classically trained at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., and Cork Regional Technical College in Cork City, Cork, Ireland.
Owner Gene Williams said “the changes currently being rolled out, place a much increased emphasis on culinary appeal, timely delivery of food to the table, and a palette of new, authentic, and robust flavors.” New menu offerings include fresh seafood, frequent specials, healthier meats, and more tapas-style small plates. Fresh seafood will be served every weekend and world cuisine specials will be featured on Thursday nights. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to Beetnik.com

 Events

Nick Ryan’s Saloon, 157 Jefferson Street, will donate 20 percent of Monday’s lunch and dinner proceeds to The Friends campaign for the restoration of The Kentucky Theatre. A “Seat In” reception/art exhibit will be from 4 to 6 pm. Cost is $25, and 20 percent of  arts sales will be donated to the campaign to help cover the cost of new seats for the theatre. Local artists participating are Ann Nave Bass, Sue Wilmes, Norene Mara, Deborah Westerfield, and Marcia Cone. Call (859) 233-7900 or go to Nickryans.com or Kentuckytheatrefriends.org.
■ Sunday’s musical brunch at Willie’s Locally Known, 805 North Broadway, will feature Ralph Curtis, who presents the Gospel Side of Johnny Cash. Homemade menu items include fried green tomato BLT, fried chicken biscuit, bacon and eggs, and fried egg biscuit. Brunch is served from noon to 3 p.m. Call (859) 281-1116. or go to Willieslex.com.
Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street, will have a pig roast at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 252-4949 or go to Jagp.info.
■ Ouita Michel, chef/owner of Holly Hill Inn, continues her summer dinner series with an “ultra local” menu and garden tour. On Friday and Saturday, a three-course menu and tasting menu are available, priced $35 to $65. On Saturday, guests can drop by the garden for complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a glass of sangria, and a tour of the vegetable patch. Holly Hill Inn is at 426 North Winter Street in Midway. Go to Hollyhillinn.com.

A change of menu

■ The August menu at Greentree Tearoom includes items from the farmers market. Included are chilled cantaloupe soup, asiago scone, baked pear with bleu cheese entrée salad; poppy seed egg salad, and ginger chocolate truffles. The tearoom is at 521 West Short Street. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.
The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, has a new menu. Items include baby back lamb rack with bourbon peach glaze; bourbon barrel ale braised pork cheeks; artisan gnocci with roasted shiitaki mushrooms; and summer corn and pea ravioli. Call (859) 226-0300 or go to Thejulepcup.com.
Addie’s Restaurant at The Woodford Inn, 140 Park Street in Versailles, has a new mid-summer menu. Featured are margherita chicken and pork chop with Vidalia onion gravy. A special tasting will be from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 873-5600 or go to Thewoodfordinn.com.’

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers’ Market will have corn, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, green beans, potatoes, melons, lamb, goat, chicken, beef, pork, baked goods, herb seasoning, pimento and beer cheese, jams and eggs. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.
Winchester/Clark County Farmers Market is open on Depot Street from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Items include corn, beans, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, onions. Gourmet 2 You food truck will have breakfast items.

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.

Giada inspires Nat Yuttayong’s weekend dishes

Food Network celebrity Giada De Laurentiis’ recent trip to Thailand has inspired Nat Yuttayong to create some special dishes for this weekend at Nat’s Thai Restaurant.
Yuttayong, chef/owner of the restaurant at 111 South Upper Street, read about De Laurentiis’ trip in the May issue of Food Network Magazine.
“She discovered that authentic Thai food is nothing like American Thai food,” Yuttayong said. “The dinners are spicier, the sweets are sweeter. She was inspired by the bold flavors of the country’s signature ingredients: kaffir lime, ginger and Thai chiles.”
He is serving De Laurentiis’ recipes for shrimp and vegetable yellow curry; turkey larb, or lettuce wraps; and spicy mint beef. Call (859) 433-0197. Also, Nat’s patio is now open.

Openings

■ A new frozen yogurt store, Yogli Mogli, is open at 457 Keene Centre Drive in Nicholasville, near Copper River Grill. It offers 16 flavors that are fat-free, low-fat, or no-sugar-added. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Go to Yoglimogli.com.

Cinco de Mayo celebrations

Cinco de Mayo is Sunday. Area restaurants’ events include:
Durango’s, 2121 Richmond  Road, will serve special fajitas and margaritas on Sunday. Beef or chicken fajitas for two are $15.95. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call (859) 268-0723.
■ The Grey Goose will party in Mexico style at all locations on Sunday. The menus include Mexican pizza with a chipotle marinara base topped by mozzarella and steak. Locations are 133 East Main Street in Midway, (859) 846-9933; 170 Jefferson Street in Lexington, (859) 233-1500; and 509 Main Street in Paris, (859) 987-4700.
Good Foods Market & Café, 455 Southland Drive, will serve a buffet featuring authentic Mexican entrees on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $7.99 per pound. Call (859) 278-1813 or go to Goodfoods.coop.
Old Chicago Pizza, 1924 Pavilion Way, is having a Cinco de Mayo mini tour featuring eight Mexican beers. The special ends Sunday. Call (859) 977-4640 or go to Oldchicago.com.

New menus

■ Gluten-free menus, including sandwiches, are now available at all of Chef Ouita Michel’s restaurants.
“We’ve always accommodated dietary restrictions, including gluten-free requests, at Holly Hill Inn, our fine dining restaurant,” Michel said. “So to help our guests at Windy Corner Market, Wallace Station and our Midway School Bakery who ask about gluten-free options, we evaluated our menus and created special menus that list gluten-free entrees, side dishes and desserts.”
The breads are made at Midway School Bakery, which began the gluten-free menu project. Head pastry chef and manager Carrie Warmbier has created a gluten-free soft bread that’s particularly good in grilled sandwiches. The bakery is at 510 South Winter Street. Call (859) 846-4336 or go to Midwayschoolbakery.com.
Michels restaurants are Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street, Midway, (859) 846-4732, Hollyhillinn.com; Wallace Station, 3854 Old Frankfort Pike, Versailles, (859) 846-5161, Wallacestation.com; and Windy Corner, 4595 Bryan Station Road, Lexington, (859) 294-9338, Windycornermarket.com.
Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, is featuring the flavors of spring on its May menu. Included are strawberry soup, cream scones, a luncheon hot Brown, cucumber dill and shrimp tea sandwiches, dark chocolate mousse, French wafers, and coconut cupcakes. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.
Casanova Italian Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, has a new menu for spring. Featured are spaghetti pizzaiola, penne alla Siciliana and baccala (salted cod) napoletana. Call (859) -309-3313 or go to Casanovaky.com.
■ The weekend menu and entertainment at Natasha’s Bistro, 112 Esplanade, has a Cuban theme. The menu includes baked salmon served with hearts of palm. Peruvian singer Carlos Flores will perform. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to Beetnik.com.

Special event

Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, will have a German riesling wine tasting 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Call (859) 243-0017.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers’ Market will have spring greens, asparagus, lettuce, cucumbers, baked goods, jams, herb seasoning, lamb, goat, veal, beef, pork, eggs, soaps, and vegetable plants. It’s open from 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 Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.

Would you like a blindfold with your menu?

Have you ever thought you were in the dark about  Lexington’s dining scene? At Natasha’s Bistro & Bar you literally could be.
Natasha’s Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade, will serve guests a Kentucky Proud menu to eat in complete darkness. It’s designed for the senses of smell, taste, sound, and texture. Participants will remove their blindfolds after each course.
Natasha’s owner Gene Williams quotes Miami chef Adrianne Calvo about the concept of dining in the dark: “The concept of ‘Dark Dining,’ which enjoyed significant popularity throughout Europe for several years before its introduction in various major cities throughout the United States, has been defined as a sensory overload that maximizes flavor by suppressing vision, creating the ultimate in dining experience.” The dinner will be at 6 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $49. Call (859) 259-2754  or go to Beetnik.com.

Special events

Bistro La Belle Market and Cafe will join other downtown Midway merchants in supporting The Homeplace in Midway and its “Voices in Cloth” quilt show on Saturday.
Bistro La Belle will serve Laura’s white bean soup and Weisenberger Mills cornbread from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The meal is free, but the café will accept donations for The Homeplace. The regular menu will be available. Bistro La Belle is at 119 East Main Street. The quilt show will be at 128 East Main Street. Call (859) 846-4233 or go to Bistrolabelle.com.
Woodford Reserve Distillery serves a holiday buffet on Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 22. Chef-in-residence Ouita Michel and her culinary team have created a menu of Kentucky favorites and seasonal specialties. Distillery tours are offered before dinner. Seatings are at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Cost is $50. The Distillery is at 7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles. Call (859) 879-1812 or go to Woodfordreserve.com.
■ On Monday, you can help Baby Health Service by dining at Nick Ryan’s. The restaurant’s “Monday Matters” program donates a portion of the day’s proceeds to charities. Baby Health provides free quality health care to children without insurance. Call (859) 233-7900 or go to Nickryans.com.
■ When you make a donation to your favorite charity through Goodgivingguide.net and you could win a catered dinner for eight.  Mulberry & Lime, a gift/home furnishings shop in the historic Matthew Kennedy house at 216 North Limestone, will be the site for the dinner that will be prepared by Dupree Catering. Wine will be provided by Wines on Vine.

New menus

The Village Idiot, 307 West Short Street, has a new winter menu.  Chefs Andrew Suthers and Wyatt Sarbacker have put their personal touches on classic cold weather comfort food. Included are ham hock ragout with Lexington Pasta’s spinach gnocchi and pork belly en croute with pickled onion and whole grain mustard.
On Monday, the restaurant will serve a prix fixe dinner featuring seasonal dishes to compliment selections from Schlafly Beer and wines from Vanguard. The dinner will include a reception of hors d’oeuvres and three courses each paired with wine and beer. Cost is $49. Call (859) 252-0099 or go to Lexingtonvillageidiot.com.
Casanova Italian Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, has some new menu items. Included are bronzini acqua pazza, (a fish owner Leo  Capezzuto imports from the Mediterranean Sea), Neapolitan traditional sausages with rapini, and spaghetti aglio olio scampi. Casanova is accepting reservations for Christmas parties. Call (859) 309-3313 or go to Casanovaky.com.

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