Tidbits What's cooking at Central Kentucky Restaurants

New hot dog joint serves a taste of Chicago

swthompson@herald-leader.com,By Sharon ThompsonJanuary 13, 2012 

Alfalfa's will host its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day brunch on Monday.

At the new W.C. Wieners, W.C. stands for Windy City, or Wildcats maybe, but no matter, the locally owned restaurant serves authentic Vienna Beef hot dogs from Chicago and Polish sausages in a variety of ways.

The menu includes cowboy doggies, fiery Fido and rural Rover. Homemade chili dogs are a specialty and are on the menu occasionally.

The restaurant, at 289 South Limestone (at Maxwell Street), opened Dec. 31. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to midnight Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 255-0055.

Specials

Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, will serve its popular Martin Luther King Jr. Day brunch on Monday. Included are apple pie pancakes and omeletes made with Boone Creek Asiago cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and bacon. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (859) 253-0014.

■ The Night Hawk special is back at Columbia Steak House. The 8-ounce tenderloin, cooked in garlic butter, is served with a baked potato and a Diego salad for $12.99 for a limited time. Locations are 201 North Limestone, (859) 253-3135, and 2750 Richmond Road, (859) 268-1666. Go to Columbiassteakhouse.com. Columbia Steak Express is at 125 Southland Drive. Call (859) 313-5300 or go to Columbiassteakexpress.com.

■ The January menu for Greentree Tearoom features corn chowder and pasta de'Medici. Also on the menu are white chocolate and cranberry scones; mini club, caper egg salad, and jeweled pepper tea sandwiches; dark hot chocolate; and Italian cream cake. Greentree is at 521 West Short Street. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.

■ Gloria and Marcos Moreno, owners of La Marquesa Mexican Restaurant, 165 East Reynolds Road, are making dessert tamales. The pineapple and cinnamon-raisin tamales will be free 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 225-4840.

The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is featuring foie gras brulée and roasted quail this weekend. Also on the menu are fresh cod in a Kentucky Ale beer batter, Napa slaw, roast pork with Brazilian hoppin' John, and fried bananas. Call (859) 226-0300.

Special events

■ After an absence of three months, TAI on Rye, the pop-up deli at Temple Adath Israel, will be back from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Its New York-style offerings include corned beef, pastrami and turkey sandwiches, and homemade chopped liver. Sunday's special is bourbon bread pudding. The full menu is at Lextai.org/tai_on_rye. The temple is at 124 North Ashland Avenue.

■ Kanya and Jonathan Weiss, owners of Baan Isaan Thai Gourmet, will celebrate the grand opening of their restaurant, at 115 North Locust Hill Drive, Jan. 26 to 29. Tickets are $39.99 for adults, $9.99 for ages 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and younger. Hours are 5 p.m. to midnight Jan. 26, and 11 a.m. to midnight Jan. 27-29. The four-day party includes Thai music and dancers and all-you-can-eat table service, which is a sampling of the entire menu. The reservations deadline is Jan. 25. Call (859) 309-0534.

Addie's Restaurant at The Woodford Inn in Versailles and the Woodford Humane Society are teaming for Dine Out to Donate on Friday. Ten percent of guests' checks will go to the humane society. Dinner specials include surf and turf for $18.99. Woodford Inn is at 140 Park Street. Call (859) 873-5600 or go to Thewoodfordinn.com.

New menus

Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, has added some lighter items to its menu. Included are fresh Thai rolls, grilled salmon salad, soupy noodle bowl, and steak salad. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to Thaiorchidcafe.net.

Farmers market report

■ The Lexington Farmers Market in Victorian Square will have beef and chicken, eggs, kale, collards, winter squash, beets, turnips, dried beans, garlic, onions, fresh milk, hot sauce, sweet and sourdough breads, coffee, jams, jellies, relishes, sauces and mustards. The market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

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

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