Sharon Thompson: St. Patrick's Day specials, meals and deals

swthompson@herald-leader.comMarch 14, 2013 

Here are some St. Patrick's Day- related events in the area.

■ When St. Patrick's Day rolls around, The Glitz opens for the season. The restaurant at Irish Acres Gallery will celebrate its 25th anniversary when it reopens Tuesday. The opening menu will feature recipes from the spring chapter in the Lunch at The Glitz cookbook. The prix fixe menu is served Tuesday through Saturday. Irish Acres is at 4205 Fords Mill Road in Nonesuch, outside Versailles. Call (859) 873-7235 or go to Irishacresgallery.com.

Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle in Beaumont Centre, is having an Irish-Appalachian heritage dinner from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. The cost is $40. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to Azurrestaurant.com.

■ Shamrock four-cheese ravioli is on the menu this weekend at Casanova, 855 South Broadway. Call (859) 309-3313 or go to Casanovaky.com.

Cheapside Bar and Grill, 111 Cheapside, celebrates its 28th birthday Saturday, and the party continues through March 22. Irish food specials will be served all week. "St. Paddy's Day is also the day we always open the patio and patio bar for the season, whatever the weather," owner Robin Campbell said. Call (859) 254-0046.

Doodles Breakfast and Lunch, 262 North Limestone, will serve a traditional Irish breakfast Saturday and Sunday. Included are bangers, rashers, black and white puddings, Irish beans and brown bread. Call (859) 317-8507 or go to Doodlesrestaurant.com.

Nick Ryan's Saloon, 157 Jefferson Street, begins its Irish celebration Friday, serving beer-battered cod and chips, and Irish lamb stew. On Saturday, the menu will feature lamb stew, and corned beef and cabbage. House-made Irish cream liqueur, made with Buffalo Trace bourbon, will be served, as will Irish crème brulee and chocolate stout cake. Call (859) 233-7900 or go to Nickryans.com.

Shamrock Bar & Grille is celebrating its 20th St. Patrick's Day with spotted dog (corned beef, colcannon, carrots) and bogtrotter (corned beef, cabbage, potato salad). Locations are 154 Patchen Drive and 4750 Hartland Parkway. T-shirts marking the 20th anniversary will be available.

Woodford Reserve Distillery toasts the Irish with a buffet dinner and lantern tour Friday and Saturday. Hours are 5:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $50. The distillery is at 7855 McCracken Pike in Versailles. Call (859) 879-1953.

Alex Coats and Eric Boggs jumped at the chance to open a new business when space opened up next door to their Goodfellas Pizzeria at 112 North Mill Street.

They say they saw the need for a mini-mart that would offer convenience store items to Lexington's business commuters and downtown residents.

Mill Street Mini Mart is a New York City-themed bodega that sells Mill Street Mojo, a gourmet cup of coffee made with 100 percent Arabica beans, and Nathan's World Famous Hot Dogs.

The grand opening is Friday. Hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Go to Goodfellaspizzeria.com.

Special events

Unlimited Spirit, 402 Southland Drive, is having a Wild Turkey tasting and bottle signing from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Master distiller Jimmy Russell will sign bottles. Call (859) 309-2903.

■ Buffalo Trace master distiller Harlan Wheatley will be at Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday for a Col. E.H. Taylor bourbon dinner. The cost is $85. Call (859) 252-4949.

Sharon Thompson: (859) 231-3321. Twitter: @FlavorsofKY. Blog: Flavorsofkentucky.bloginky.com.

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