Sharon Thompson's Tidbits: New County Club Restaurant focuses on barbecue

swthompson@herald-leader.comApril 18, 2013 

Sharon Thompson

MARK CORNELISON | STAFF — mcornelison@herald-leader.com

The barbecue-focused County Club Restaurant opened this week at 555 Jefferson Street in a space that was part of the old Rainbo bread company.

"We installed a restaurant in a cinder-block garage warehouse," said chef/co-owner Johnny Shipley, who previously worked at Jonathan at Gratz Park, Dudley's and Table Three Ten.

Shipley said he and Chesney Turner are "taking the tradition of American barbecue and applying some twists and turns. The focus of the menu is smoked meats, so we're using oak and hickory and beech, and cooking at low temperatures for a long time. We're playing it real straight. We're not covering smoked pork with a sweet red sauce, but sauces will be available."

The menu also is "vegetarian aware," he said, offering daily composed salads.

Brunch is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Call (859) 389-6555 or go to Countyclubrestaurant.com.

Openings

■ Tommy Walters is back with another iteration of Furlongs. It is the fifth location of the restaurant, a favorite for many Lexingtonians.

Walters, a Louisiana native known for his Cajun specialties, has been in and out of, and around and about, the restaurant business since 1990. He began his career in Lexington at Laffite's Rendezvous and opened The Hidden Cove and The Louisiana Café. He also was a partner in Riptide on the River, and most recently, has been catering.

He launched the first Furlongs in 1993 at Fayette Place. It closed in 1995, then reopened a year later at 735 East Main Street. It moved in 2004 to the former Coach House space at 855 South Broadway, then returned to its former home on East Main. The name changed after a dispute between Walters and his business partner in 2008.

The new Furlongs is at 130 West Tiverton Way, in the former Corky's BBQ space. Hours are 3 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 523-5500.

New menus and hours

Della's Diner, 124 North Upper Street, is opening at 7:30 a.m. Saturdays to serve breakfast and lunch to farmers market shoppers. Call (859) 281-1141.

Sabío, 380 South Mill Street in Dudley Square, has a new menu for spring. Lunch items include roasted lamb sandwich and fried green tomato salad. For dinner, there's chicken Marsala, fresh ahi tuna, crisp duck breast and shrimp gnocchi. Call (859) 368-9901 or go to Sabiodudleysquare.com.

Bd's Mongolian Grill, 2309 Sir Barton Way, has joined the National Restaurant Association's Kids LiveWell program, an initiative designed to help parents make healthy choices for their children when dining out. The Kids LiveWell menu options at Bd's include teriyaki chicken and a vegetarian item. Other participating restaurants include Cracker Barrel, Carrabba's and Outback; find more at Healthydiningfinder.com. Call (859) 264-0686 or go to Gomongo.com.

Special events

Bluegrass Pride will host an Earth Day event from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Good Foods Market & Café and the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Southland Drive. The Good Foods grill out, 4 to 8 p.m., will feature hamburgers, hot dogs and vegan burgers. Call (859) 266-1572 or go to Bgpride.org or Goodfoods.coop.

Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, will have a French rosé wine tasting from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Call (859) 243-0017.

The Lexington Greek Orthodox Church, 920 Tates Creek Road, will have its monthly dinner from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Chefs Jim Scalos and Chris Eliopoulos will prepare pasta with a choice of sauces. The cost is $10. Go to Greekdinner.com.

Specials

■ Weekend specials at Grey Goose, 170 Jefferson Street, include pizza (chili con queso-grilled chicken, roasted poblanos, cilantro, red onion, pico de gallo and fried tortilla strips) and red wine-braised lamb shanks. Call (859) 233-1500.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers Market will have spring greens, eggs, sweet potatoes, squash, honey, baked goods, jams, herb seasoning, lamb and goat meats, soaps, and bean soup mix. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.

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

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