Posts Tagged 'Natural Bridge State Resort Park'

The best burger in town? Bunk’s says look no further

Ryan Veith and ­Dallas Rose are claiming to sell the best burger in ­Lexington, so you’ll have to try one for yourself.
Veith and Rose opened Bunk’s Burger, 333 South Limestone, in October inside Two Keys Tavern. “We’ve rented out the kitchen and a portion of the bar,” Veith said. They named their venture after Dallas’ great uncle Bunk, who recently died.
Specialty burgers include Oldham’s Kentucky smokehouse (sharp Cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, crispy onion petals, house-made bourbon ­barbecue sauce), Tuck (Cincinnati-style chili, Cheddar cheese sauce, green onions), Hawaiian (Virginia smoked ham, grilled pineapple, teriyaki, Swiss cheese, red onion), and the breakfast burger (American cheese, smoked bacon, fried egg and white country gravy).
Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday and Saturday. Call (859) 243-9934.

Tea time is all the time at MonTea
Our choices for loose-leaf tea have skyrocketed in Lexington.
The new MonTea shop is dedicated to selling loose-leaf tea, tea to go and tea accessories.
It’s owned by Danielle and Miller Montague, who four years ago began researching the tea industry. They attended expos, visited retail shops in bigger cities, joined associations, and ­attended classes before opening MonTea at 814 Euclid Avenue.
MonTea features more than 50 types of loose-leaf tea from Elmwood Inn Fine Teas. Varieties include ­Japanese sencha, Ti Kwan oolong, tippy Assam, tropical blend black, Darjeeling white, blueberry infusion and ginger rooibus.
The shop also carries a wide variety of steeping systems, travel mugs with infusers, teapots with or without ­infusers, and biodegradable tea bags. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ­Saturday. Call (859) 268-8327 or go to

A corner on barbecue and more
Sarah’s Corner Café, 4300 ­Winchester Road, a few miles past Interstate 75, is worth the drive for a hearty breakfast or a slab of barbecued ribs.
The barbecue is smoked in the ­parking lot of the café, at Winchester and ­Cleveland Roads in Fayette County, by Ralph Egbert. The menu includes pulled pork, brisket, baby back ribs and chicken. LD Egbert makes sandwiches, and her breakfast menu includes pulled pork or chicken on two biscuits with gravy for $5.95.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 309-1220.

Happy anniversary, Orchid Flower
Orchid Flower is celebrating its first anniversary Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant, 3090 Old Todds Road, serves Indonesian cuisine. Specials for the weekend include rendang terong (spicy eggplant) from west Sumatra and gudek jogja (chicken, jackfruit and eggs cooked in coconut milk) from south-central Java. Call (859) 543-1126 or go to

Just wait for the next snow day
The weather is warming for now, but when Fayette County schools close for the next snow day, Saul Good ­Restaurant and Pub is the place to go. The restaurant, 3801 Mall Road at the Plaza at Fayette Mall, will offer half-price menu items from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (859) 273-4663 or go to

Good for you and your heart
Bd’s Mongolian Grill is helping ­dieters stay true to their New Year’s ­resolutions. A promotion running through Feb. 7 features new ­recipes that give guests the ­opportunity to ­create heart-healthy meals. ­Included are sweet lean pork, chicken and ­spinach pasta, Cajun-spiced chicken and ­broccoli, and totally fun stir-fry. The ­restaurant provides food choices for those with special ­dietary ­preferences such as gluten-free, low sodium and vegetarian. ­Caloric, ­carbohydrate, fat, vegetarian and ­gluten content for all sauces is ­displayed in the market area.
Detailed nutrition facts are available at Bd’s is at 2309 Sir Barton Way. Call (859) 264-0686.

Buffalo’s on the menu
Natural Bridge State Resort Park’s Appalachian Heritage Buffalo Night will be Saturday. The Sandstone Arches ­Restaurant will serve roasted buffalo steamship round, barbecued buffalo ribs, buffalo meatloaf, country-fried chicken and fried catfish. The cost is $16.95.
Entertainment is traditional ­mountain-style music and features Cari Norris and Jim McGee, who will ­perform from 5 to 7 p.m. in the ­Hemlock Lodge Lobby. Storyteller and musician John Tierney will entertain from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call 1-800-325-1710. The park is 2 miles off the ­Mountain Parkway at Slade, Exit 33.

Ring in the New Year at these hot spots

If you’re planning to celebrate the New Year by watching the Times Square melee on TV, you might want to have an early dinner. Here are some places offering dinner specials, as well as some that are ringing in the New Year at midnight.
■ A la lucie, 159 North Limestone, will serve a five-course meal with entree choices that include lobster, duck, halibut and tenderloin. The cost is $50 if you dine before 7 p.m. Late seatings are $65. Stone Soup will entertain. Call (859) 252-5277.
■ Bluegrass Hospitality Group’s restaurants are offering choices for your year-end celebration. Malone’s locations will serve a four-course, prix-fixe menu for $49.95, and Sal’s Chophouse will have a three-course, prix-fixe dinner for $39.95. At Malone’s Banquets, which is upstairs at Sal’s, a filet mignon buffet is $29.95. The restaurants will begin serving at 4 p.m.
Drake’s will be the spot to ring in the New Year. The party starts at 8 p.m., the cost is $5 for general admission, $75 for bar seating, and $100 for table seating.
Malone’s locations are 3347 Tates Creek Road, (859) 335-6500; 1920 Pleasant Ridge, (859) 264-8023 and 3735 Palomar Centre Drive, (859) 977-2620. Sal’s is at 3373 Tates Creek Road, (859) 269-9922; Drake’s is at 3347 Tates Creek Road, (859) 335-6500. or go to,
■ Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill, (606) 286-4411, Ext. 2543. The dinner buffet is $14.30 and features catfish, pork chops, frog legs, and fried chicken. Bluegrass music provided by the Carter Caves Pickers.
■ The Dish, 438 South Ashland Avenue, (859) 317-8438, Seating begins at 5 p.m. Cost is $38 and champagne is complimentary.
■ Duggans American Grill, 133 East Main Street, Midway, will serve New Year’s Eve dinner at the restaurant, and guests may ring in the New Year at the nearby Thoroughbred Theater, 127 East Main Street. The menu features barbecue-grilled shrimp cocktail, grilled Angus petit filet mignon with roasted asparagus, and strawberry shortcake. The cost is $45. Call (859) 846-4373 or go to

■ Natasha’s Bistro and Bar, 112 Esplanade, (859) 259-2754. The early seating at 6 p.m. is $59 a couple, and the second seating at 8:30 p.m. is $99 a couple. A New Year’s countdown and dance party is 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
■ Natural Bridge State Resort Park at Slade, (606) 663-2214, The dinner buffet, $16.95, features roasted prime rib, rock Cornish hen, tortellini Alfredo, and fried catfish. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m.
■ Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, (859) 288-2170, A three-course meal for $16.95 will be served 5 to 10 p.m.
■ Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, (859) 243-0017. A four-course dinner, $45, features Asian dumplings with a miso dipping sauce, minestrone soup or house salad, choice of beef bourguinon, chicken Braciole, or creole mahi mahi, and dessert.
If your New Year’s Eve plans include an upscale night out, you might want to head to the Louisville area. Here’s what’s happening there.
■ At Corbett’s: An American Place 5050 Norton Healthcare Boulevard in Old Brownsboro Crossing, executive chef Chris Howerton will serve a seven-course dinner. Seatings are at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Cost is $100. Call (502) 327-5058 or go to
■ Proof on Main, 702 West Main Street, in the 21c Hotel, offers a prix-fixe dinner menu, dance party and brunch for partygoers. Cost is $121.21. Admission to the atrium party is $31 or $21 when accompanied by a gift card in the amount of $10 or more to Kroger or Thornton’s, which will be donated to the Center for Women and Families. The regular a la carte menu will be served 5:30 to 7 p.m.
New Year’s Day brunch will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the menu includes bison pastrami hash with poached egg, truffle oil and artisan toast, and lemon ricotta pancakes with whipped cream and simmered local blueberries. Call (502) 217-6360 or go to

Sushi lovers have a new place to try

Looking for a new sushi place to hang out? Try Sushi Friend.
The sushi bar, 4101 Tates Creek Centre Drive, also serves teriyaki and tempura. Specials include sushi for $1.50 apiece.
Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Friday; 5:30 to 10 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; and 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 271-0251.

Napa wines featured at Dudley’s tasting
The wines of Villa Mt. Eden and Conn Creek in Napa Valley will be featured at a wine ­tasting Thursday. Southern Wine and Spirits is ­providing the wines from 6 to 8 p.m. in Dudley’s Wine Room. The cost is $25. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Wines include Villa Mt. Eden grand reserve pinot noir, Russian River 2007, ­chardonnay 2006 and cabernet sauvignon 2007; and Conn Creek’s St. Helena cabernet 2005, Howell Mountain cabernet 2005 and Mount Veeder cabernet 2005.
Katherine Cotterill from Conn Creek and Villa Mt. Eden will conduct the tasting. Dudley’s Restaurant is at 380 South Mill Street. Call (859) 252-1010 or go to

There’s a new menu at A.P. Roots

A.P. Roots, which serves a number of Kentucky Proud products and grass-fed beef, has a new menu. Included are sausage bites with Vito’s Italian and ­andouille sausages made in Woodford County, Kentucky Ale cheese dip, pulled pork sliders with Mack’s spicy barbecue sauce, fried chicken, corned beef and cabbage, vegetable ragu, pork chops, lasagna and pizza. A.P. Roots is at 355 Romany Road. Call (859) 367-6687

Annette’s is throwing a Carnaval
Annette’s City Café and Event Center is hosting Carnaval, a celebration of the Brazilian culture featuring authentic fare, music and dancing. The buffet, 7 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, is $40 a person and $75 a couple. There’s a $7 cover charge after 10:30 p.m. The café is at 431 Old Vine Street. Call (859) 296-6444 or go to

It’s never too late for Mardi Gras
Natural Bridge State Resort Park at Slade is having a Mardi Gras party Saturday, with Cajun music and Louisiana fare. The buffet features crawfish bisque, Louisiana roast pork loin, shrimp creole, bayou gumbo, and red beans and rice. The cost is $16.95. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Call (606) 663-2214 or 1-800 325-1710.

Quirk Café open during renovations

Quirk Café and Coffee, 131 East Main Street in Midway, is undergoing renovations, but it’s still open. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Call (859) 846-4688.
General manager Grayson Vandegrift said plans include “refurbishing the cozy ­basement with its brick floor and stone walls to add more space for Quirk Down Under and opening for dinner in early spring.”

The mike is all yours, funny guys or gals
Think you’re funny? Head to 805 ­Allsports Bar & Grill on Friday nights to try your hand at stand-up comedy. Mike Williams is the house emcee, and the ­microphone is open at 8 p.m. for anyone who wants to perform. The bar is at 805 North Broadway. Call (859) 425-4840.

Their Irish is up all day
Jean Farris Winery & Bistro is having an Irish celebration Saturday. There will be food, music and dancing from the Emerald Isle. The brunch menu offers an Irish fry-up breakfast, house-made scones, steel-cut oats, and lamb stew in a bread bowl topped with toasted mashed potatoes.
The McTeggart Irish Dancers will ­entertain from 6 to 9 p.m. The dinner menu includes black and white pudding, ­colcannon, lamb shanks, parsnip and apple soup, and chocolate Irish soda bread ­pudding with whiskey sauce.
The winery is at 6825 Old Richmond Road. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to

Take comfort in buffet offerings
Campbell’s in Paris, 519 Main Street, is serving a comfort food buffet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Featured are chicken and ­dumplings, meatloaf, winter vegetables and corn bread salad. The cost is $12.95. Call (859) 987-5164 or go to