Sharon Thompson: Some specials last longer than Valentine's Day

swthompson@herald-leader.comFebruary 6, 2014 

Sharon Thompson


Valentine's Day is a week away, so it's time to pick up the phone (or go online) and make dinner reservations for you and your sweetie. Here's what some restaurants are offering as specials and entertainment.

Nick Ryan's Saloon, 157 Jefferson Street, is celebrating for three days. The restaurant will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Feb. 15. Dinner specials include oysters Rockefeller, New York strip steak and Chilean sea bass. Call (859) 233-7900or go to

Le Deauville French Bistro, 199 North Limestone, is serving a three-course dinner for $49. Call (859) 246-0999 or go to

The Paddock Grille at Embassy Suites, 1801 Newtown Pike, is offering a four-course dinner Feb. 14 and 15 for $75 a couple. Entrees include osso buco, duck breast, prime sirloin, chicken Oscar, and tortellini with roasted winter vegetables. Call (859) 455-5000.

■ Pianist Beth Mankel will entertain dinner guests at The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, on Feb. 14. For those celebrating Thursday, bottles of wine regularly $80 or less will be half-price. Harpist Carolyn DuPont will entertain Feb. 15. Call (859) 226-0300 or go to

Greentree Tearoom, 521West Short Street, is celebrating Valentine's Day all month. The menu f eatures mushroom with sherry soup, white chocolate scones, Low Country shrimp and grits, ham salad and white pimento cheese tea sandwiches, chocolate pots de crème, and strawberry cupcakes with raspberry sauce. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to

■ The Valentine's Day special at Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, is a three-course dinner for two for $45. Hours are 5 to 9:30 p.m. Entrees are chicken mussaman curry and honey roast pork plate. Desserts are sticky rice sundae, triple chocolate cake, bourbon brownie sundae, and a flight of three Crank & Boom ice cream flavors. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to

Bakery Blessings & Bookstore @ the Bar, 1999 Harrodsburg Road, is taking orders for a sweetheart cake that's heart-shaped and filled with buttercream or chocolate and tied with a pink or red bow. The February lunch specials are tomato bisque and bean soup. Call (859) 554-6044.

Special events

Akielo Temple No. 128, Daughters of the Nile will have its annual bean soup dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. It will be at Oleika Shrine Temple, 326 Southland Drive.

Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, is having a bourbon tasting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday featuring Kentucky bourbon distillers. The cost is $10. Call (859) 243-0017.

■ On Saturday, Texas Roadhouse will have its 10th annual Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and individuals will plunge into a frigid pool at 11:30. Last year, 400 people participated, raising more than $77,000. The post-plunge bash will be at 12:30 p.m. Texas Roadhouse is at 3029 Richmond Road.


Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, 101 East Brannon Road in Nicholasville, is jazzing up happy hour. The restaurant offers 79 drink options for less than $5 each. Along with the new beverage program, guests may order appetizers priced at $3, $5, $7 and $9. Call (859) 971-1991 or go to

Missy's Pie Shop moved into larger quarters in October, and now the bakers have space to make soups and sandwiches along with their specialty pies. You may pick up box lunches to eat in or grab to go. Ramsey's Diners' chicken salad and pimento cheese, vegetable soup, and chicken and dumplings are available by the quart. Missy's is at 219 Woodland Avenue. Call (859) 253-0449 or go to

Red Mango Frozen Yogurt and Smoothies, 2304 Sir Barton Way, serves "superbiotic smoothies." Flavors include pomegranate protector, strawberry energizer, mango metabolizer, and berry power protein. Call (859) 373-0099 or go to

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

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