Posts Tagged 'The Thoroughbred Shop'

Silks Lounge: Brand new bar steeped in local history

Silks Lounge bar is new, but its home has a rich history.
Sandy Fields, owner of the Rosebud, has leased the building at 125 North Mill Street since 1996 for La Petite Rose and Scarlett Lounge. She bought it last summer, and the renovations are now complete.
The building dates to 1837, built by by French confectioner Monsieur Giron.
“Ballroom dancing lessons, cotillions and banquets were held on the second floor of the building,” Fields said. “Half of the building was demolished in the early 1900s and is the site of the Rosebud, but the Silks building is original and the oldest commercial building in Lexington, according to David McKnight of the Blue Grass Trust.
“We uncovered the original tin ceiling, magnificent columns, which originally led to an outside courtyard,” she said.
The Rosebud was named for Old Rosebud, the 1914 Derby winner.
“I felt Silks Lounge, and jockey memorabilia, would link the two bars even though Rosebud is a pub and Silks is fancy, upscale,” Fields said.
Silks is open 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily. Call (859) 254-1907.

Fine dining on the go
Restaurants in the Old Vine dining district will have a progressive dinner on Monday.
Cocktail hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. at The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue. Guests will walk to Annette’s, 431 Old Vine Street, for the main course and dinner wines, then have dessert and after-dinner wines at the Bistro at Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street.
The Julep Cup will serve country ham and collard green pot stickers, and salmon croquettes. Annette’s will serve spring lamb with mint sauce, duck breast with Woodford Reserve cherry-rhubarb glaze, and battered shrimp on a grits cake. Dessert at the Bistro includes devil’s food chocolate cake with a caramel icing layer, topped with chocolate ganache.
Tickets are $95. Call (859) 296-6444 or go to

New menu at Jonathan
Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street, has a new menu for spring. It includes a deviled-egg trio (asparagus and chive, house-smoked salmon, country ham); grilled rack of lamb with house-made mint jelly and goat cheese-scalloped potatoes; black-eyed pea-crusted rainbow trout with wilted limestone Bibb lettuce; and King crab cornbread cakes served with arugula and roasted-corn aioli. Call (859) 252-4949 or go to

Spring brunch at Doodle’s
Doodle’s Breakfast and Lunch, 262 North Limestone, has new hours for its spring brunch, and new menu items fresh from the farmers market. Brunch hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (859) 317-8507 or go to

Easter eating
Easter Sunday is a huge day for eating out, so make reservations early. Here are places offering special menus.
■ Bayou Bluegrass Catering at The Red Mile will have a lavish buffet and egg hunt from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 12. The buffet will be open in the clubhouse from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering chef’s stations for waffles, breakfast, salads, entrees and desserts. The cost is $27.95 for adults and $13.50 for children ages 4 to 8. The egg hunt will be at 12:30 p.m. and is included in the price of the buffet; the egg hunt only is $5. Call (859) 233-0814 or go to
■ Istanbul Palace Turkish restaurant will serve brunch instead of its usual Sunday buffet on April 12. There will be roast leg of lamb, roast beef, chicken in cream, zucchini pancake and falafel. The price is $14.95. Call (859) 231-1792.
■ Jean Farris Winery is serving brunch Easter weekend. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 11 and noon to 3 p.m. April 12. An Easter egg hunt will take place in the vineyard for guests’ children at 1:30 p.m. both days. A three-course prix fixe menu with wine pairings is $45. Call (859) 263-9463.
■ Easter treats at Tinker’s Cake Shop include bunny-shaped cakes, cupcakes, petits fours, strawberry shortcake, Key lime cheesecake and coffee cakes. The deadline for Easter orders is Wednesday. Call (859) 224-0639. The bakery is at 109 Springdale Drive, in the Paddock Shops in Nicholasville.

Mutton and more, with sauce
Got a craving for barbecued mutton? J.J. McBrewster’s American Smokehouse, 3101 Clays Mill Road, serves Western Kentucky-style barbecue featuring locally raised meats from Bluegrass Goat and Lamb. Smoked meats include pork, salmon, chicken, turkey and beef. Owner ­Susan Mirkhan said the sauce recipe has been in her family for five generations. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (859) 224-0040.

Seafood with a Thai touch
Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, is offering a seafood ­special through Easter. Included are three-flavor shrimp, ginger-steamed salmon, butter and garlic shrimp, coconut curry shrimp. The dessert special, served Fridays and Saturdays, is mango and sweet sticky rice drizzled with coconut cream sauce. Call (859) 288-2170.

A sip of Patron
The Thoroughbred Shop, 2005 Versailles Road, will offer samples of Patron XO Café, a blend of ­tequila and coffee liqueur, 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Call (859) 254-0358.

Crawfish after the races
Furlongs Catering and Shades of the Bluegrass will have a crawfish boil after the races on Saturday. The party will be at Riptide on the River, 9079 Old Richmond Road. Call (859) 263-3286 or go to Steve ­Norman’s band will entertain.

Campbell’s goes Cajun
Campbell’s in Paris, 519 Main Street, offers a Cajun seafood ­special on its dinner menu Saturday. Call (859) 987-5164.

Farmers market at the show

The Lexington Farmers Market will be at this weekend’s Central Kentucky Home, Garden & Flower Show through Sunday. Market vendors will have spring greens, lettuces, organic meats, eggs, and cheese. The event will be at Rupp Arena and Heritage Hall.

Say yes to dessert!

Here’s a great excuse to eat dessert this weekend.
Eight Lexington restaurants are participating in Dine United Week by committing to make a donation to United Way of the Bluegrass for every dessert they sell through Sunday.
The restaurants are Azur, 3070 ­Lakecrest Circle, Suite 550; Dudley’s, 380 South Mill Street; Giuseppe’s, 4456 Nicholasville Road; Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street; Malone’s, 3347 Tates Creek Road, 3735 Palomar Centre Drive and 1920 ­Pleasant Ridge Road; Rossi’s, 1060 Chinoe Road, No. 104; Saul Good, 3801 Mall Road; and The Summit, 1097 Duval Street.
To learn more about Dine United or the United Way, visit

Make some super Super Bowl plans
■ Jonathan at Gratz Park, which normally is closed on Super Bowl Sunday, for a private event, will be open for dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Chef/owner Jonathan Lundy will offer a few specials along with the regular menu. The restaurant is at 120 West Second Street. Call (859) 252-4949 or go to
■ A popular Pittsburgh sandwich will be on the menu at Winchell’s Restaurant on Super Bowl Sunday. The chefs are ­serving their version of the famous ­Primanti ­Brothers sandwich, which, according to, is made with grilled Italian bread, ham, provolone cheese, coleslaw, tomato, a handful of warm French fries, and mayonnaise. Other menu items include the Roethlis-burger, served with Heinz sauce and named for Pittsburgh ­Steelers ­quarterback; and Anquan Boldin spicy Cardinal wings, named for the Arizona Cardinals receiver; carne asada tacos; and chili con queso.
Winchell’s is at 348 Southland Drive. Call (859) 278-9424 or go to
■ T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants have ­created two specialty drinks in honor of the ­Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals, the teams playing in Sunday’s Super Bowl. Arizona lemonade and Pittsburgh Punch will be served at the restaurants on Saturday, the night before the big game.
In Lexington, Friday’s can be found at 144 Rojay Drive and 1916 Pavilion Way. For more locations, visit
■ If you’d like a party tray to serve at your Super Bowl gathering, pick one up at J.D. Legends, 315 North Second Street, Nicholasville. The restaurant is offering fried green tomatoes, wings, potato skins, mozzarella sticks, and chicken tenders. ­Legends will be open until 7 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 881-5665.

H’Artful of Fun picks its winners
The Living Arts and Science Center gives awards to restaurants and caterers who make outstanding desserts for its ­annual H’Artful of Fun fund-raiser. Here are the winners of this year’s event on Jan. 24.
Most artful table presentation: Seasons ­Catering’s yellow submarine and double decker bus ice sculpture.
Most artful palate: Valentine’s ice cream.
Most artful dessert: Banana cake Foster from Catering by Donna Potter.
Most artful cake: Tinker’s Cake Shop’s Beatles-themed dark chocolate champagne cake.
People’s Choice awards: Lundy’s ­strawberry shortcake, best non-chocolate dessert; Sugar Forest, best chocolate ­dessert; and a la lucie’s graham cracker, honey and chocolate dessert, best reason to skip dinner.

Everyday food and wine
Three Suns Bistro, 298 East Brannon Road in Brannon Crossing, is having a wine pairing dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The theme is weekday dinner, everyday wines with everyday foods. The menu includes broccoli and Cheddar soup with ­Coppola chardonnay, beef brisket with Dynamite ­cabernet sauvignon, and triple chocolate cake. The cost is $25. Call (859) 245-0048.

More places to do brunch
■ Cleveland’s at the Woodford Inn in Versailles now is open for Sunday brunch. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chefs Ouita Michel and Jared Richardson will prepare the menu that includes Stone Cross Farm ham steak, biscuits and sausage gravy, pork chops, quiches of the day, and a big-plate breakfast. Cleveland’s is at 140 Park Street. Call (859) 879-6062. The restaurant is open daily serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m.
■ Summit Restaurant, 1097 Duval Street, now is open for Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu items include eggs ­Benedict, omelets, roast chicken, grilled salmon, burgers, bacon and eggs. The ­dinner menu is available after 3 p.m.
Chris Nelson, owner of Chrisman Mill Winery, will host a Kentucky Proud wine dinner at Summit on Feb. 7. Five wines will be paired with five courses, along with a blackberry wine served with dessert. The cost is $59. Call (859) 271-1400.

Rolling out Barrel House’s vodka

Barrel House Distilling Co. of ­Lexington and The Thoroughbred Shop are ­introducing Pure Blue vodka from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. You can meet the ­owners of Barrel House and get your bottles signed. The Thoroughbred Shop is at 2005 ­Versailles Road. Call (859) 254-0358.

P.F. Chang’s celebrates a new year
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro at Fayette Mall is debuting new dishes for Chinese New Year. The newest additions are traditional egg rolls, mahi-mahi, sesame chicken and Cantonese style duck. Call (859) 271-1165 or go to

Check out these Thanksgiving menus

If you want someone else to cook the Thanksgiving turkey or the entire holiday feast, here are places to call.
■ Bayou Bluegrass Catering is serving its first Red Mile Clubhouse Thanksgiving Day buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu reflects the cooking styles of the chefs. Matt Falcone puts a Louisiana flair to the menu; Javier Lanza adds a Central American and French twist to the mix, and Jane Webb brings a taste of New England, as well as her Southern favorites, to the table. The cost is $25 adults, $20 seniors, $15 ages 4 to 8. Call (859) 233-0814. Menu items include honey-glazed turkey, traditional baked turkey and Cajun fried turkey.
■ Bob Evans restaurants are offering the Farmhouse Feast, which feeds six to eight people and is $74.99. Included are roasted boneless turkey breast, dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet corn, green beans with ham, cranberry orange relish, rolls, pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie. The heat-and-serve meals can be picked up Wednesday. They also are available during December. Bob Evans restaurants are at 2566 Richmond Road, (859) 269-1003; and 2341 Buena Vista Road, (859) 293-1572.
■ Campbell’s in Paris, 519 Main Street, is having a Southern Thanksgiving buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Included are turkey, country ham, oysters, and salads, sides and desserts. The cost is $27.95. Call (859) 987 5164.
■ Corky’s Barbecue has smoked turkeys for $39.99, available for pick-up from 10 a.m. to noon Thanksgiving Day at the Tiverton Way store. Call at least 48 hours in advance. Corky’s private dining rooms are available for holiday parties. Dinners start at $5.79 a person. Stores are at 2300 Sir Barton Way, (859) 264-7675; and 130 West Tiverton Way, (859) 272-7675 . Go to
■ Cheapside Bar and Grill, 131 ­Cheapside, will be open Thanksgiving night. Hours are 6 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Call (859) 254-0046 or go to
■ Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is cooking a Thanksgiving Dinner to Go for six. The menu includes: oven-roasted turkey breast with creamy turkey gravy, cornbread dressing, baked sugar-cured ham, sweet potato casserole with caramel pecan topping, choice of three vegetables, cranberry-orange relish, biscuits or corn muffins. Cost is $49.99. Call your neighborhood Cracker Barrel to order. Pies – $8.49 each – include pecan pie, chocolate pecan pie, apple pecan streusel pie, and not sugar added apple pie.
■ Mondelli’s Bake Shop, 3120 Pimlico Parkway, has baked goods to round out your holiday dinner. Included are pumpkin bread, pumpkin cake, jam cake, cherry chews, pies, butterflake rolls, butter biscuits and iced turkey cookies. Call (859) 245-5377. Orders may be picked up by 5 p.m. Wednesday.
■ Ramsey’s Diners will be closed Thanksgiving Day, but their cooks will prepare the holiday meal for you. Ramsey’s Thanksgiving dinner-to-go is $18.95 a person. The menu includes turkey breast, corn bread stuffing, cranberry-apple relish, and a choice of four vegetable dishes. Individual side dishes can be ordered for $15 each. Menus are available at all the Ramsey’s locations, or call (859) 252-7926. The deadline for orders is 5 p.m. Monday; pick-up is Wednesday at the Ramsey’s Commissary, 938 Winchester Road, next to Charlie’s Seafood Market.
■ Three Suns Bistro, 298 East Brannon Road, will be open Thanksgiving Day. The buffet will be served 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. A special dinner menu will be served 4:30 to 9 p.m. The buffet includes: herb-roasted turkey, glazed ham, pecan-fried chicken, beef brisket and fresh catch. The cost is $25 for adults, $19.95 for seniors. Call (859) 245-0048 or go to
Feeding the soul and the body
The Scott County Arts Consortium is continuing its Art for the Soul, Food for the Body luncheon series Monday. It will be at 11 a.m. in the parish hall of Church of the Holy Trinity, 209 South Broadway, Georgetown. Call (502) 867-7564. The cost is $10. The menu includes roast pork loin, potatoes au gratin, mixed vegetable medley and pumpkin pie.

Master distiller offers samples

Four Roses master distiller Jim Rutledge will be at The Thoroughbred Shop, 2005 Versailles Road, from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. He will offer samples of single-barrel bourbon. Call (859) 254-0358.