Tidbits What's cooking at Central Kentucky Restaurants

Restaurants are ready for Easter brunch and other occasions

swthompson@herald-leader.com,By Sharon ThompsonApril 22, 2011 

Sunday is Easter, traditionally a big day for dining out. Choices include brunches, elaborate buffets and lamb entrees.

Here's a sampling of what some area restaurants are planning. For more Easter-related goings-on, check out the calendar on Page 18.

■ Leo Capezzuto, owner of Casanova Fine Italian Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, will serve traditional Italian lamb, but you also can order one of the restaurant's new pizzas. Choices are white sauce, pizza Napoletana and "four seasons." Keeneland fans who bring their entrance tickets will receive 10 percent off their total bill.

Hilton Suites Lexington Green, 245 Lexington Green Circle, will serve a lavish brunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Breakfast fare will be served until 1 p.m. Entrees include honey-mustard ham, Yankee fried chicken, and hickory-smoked sliced beef. The dessert table features white chocolate fondue, bread pudding, coconut cake, carrot cakes, fudge brownies, cherry strudel and banana pudding. Call (859) 271-4000.

The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, will serve brunch 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with deviled eggs, asparagus soup, Hawaiian ahi tuna and fresh coconut ceviche, a BLT quiche, prime rib, lamb loin, Alaskan halibut and pan-roasted chicken breast. Desserts include coconut cake, lemon curd tart, bread pudding, flourless chocolate cake and crème brûlée. Call (859) 226-0300.

Onizim's Restaurant, 735 East Main Street, will serve brunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with two options: oysters Benedict, shrimp and grits, French Quarter waffles, and a Cajun omelet for $29.95; or French toast, pancakes, waffles and eggs for $19.95. Call (859) 266-9000 or go to Onizims.com.

Three Suns Bistro, 298 East Brannon Road at Brannon Crossing, will serve brunch 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with leg of lamb with mint jelly, baked ham with maple cinnamon glaze, roasted turkey with herb stuffing, pecan fried chicken with praline glaze, and baked haddock with key lime scampi sauce. The cost is $24.95. Call (859) 245-0048.

Triangle Grille's brunch buffet, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., will feature carving stations, traditional brunch selections and handmade desserts for $32.95. Entrees are roasted spring leg of lamb, smoked beef brisket, roasted rack of pork and seared filet of tilapia. Call (859) 281-3773 or go to Trianglegrille.com. Triangle is at 369 West Vine Street in the Hilton Lexington/Downtown hotel.

■ The restaurants at all 17 Kentucky state resort parks will serve Easter buffet from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. The menu includes beef, baked country ham, fried catfish and hush puppies, plus fresh fruit, a cheese bar, garden vegetables, salad and desserts. The price is $17.95 for adults and $7.95 for children 12 and younger. No reservations taken. Call individual parks for information; go to Parks.ky.gov.

Special occasions

Nick Ryan's Saloon, 157 Jefferson Street, offers "urban specials" on Mondays. The next urban special menu includes artichoke lasagna in roasted red pepper sauce, and a smoked chicken-stacked tortilla with pico de gallo and poblano cream sauce. The cost is $12. Dinners include soup or salad and a glass of the featured red or white wine or draft beer. Call (859) 233-7900.

Metropol, 307 West Short Street, now has daily happy hour and wine Wednesdays featuring half-price bottles of wine. Happy hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 381-9493.

Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, is celebrating Songkran, the Thai New Year, with special noodle dishes. "In Thai culture, the long length of noodles represents happiness and long life. So we celebrate by eating noodles," Toa Green said. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to Thaiorchidcafe.net.

■ Britain's royal wedding will air live in the wee hours of April 29, but that might be too early for some people to watch. Debbie Long, owner of Dudley's on Short, said her staff will record the wedding coverage and show it at noon along with a "royal lunch" in the second-floor private dining room. The cost is $25. Call (859) 252-1010. Dudley's is at 259 West Short Street.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers Market will have asparagus, lettuce, greens, onions, herb seasoning, jams, baked goods and honey on Saturday. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.

Reach Sharon Thompson at (859) 231-3321 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 3321.

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