Sharon Thompson: High schooler opens a taqueria in Danville

swthompson@herald-leader.comMay 1, 2014 

Sharon Thompson

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

A new place in Danville is a great spot to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Monday.

Lourdes "Lulu" De La Cruz, a senior at Henry Clay High School, has opened her own restaurant at 124 South Fourth Street. Taqueria Los Amigos serves authentic Mexican cuisine that includes tacos, tamales, burritos, tortas and tostadas.

"My family has a history of owning restaurants, and I always thought one day I would as well," Cruz said. "That is when I decided I should go for it and open my own restaurant now and go to school for international relations, having the best of both worlds."

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

More Cinco de Mayo events

Brasabana Latino restaurant, 841 Lane Allen Road, will celebrate with free snacks, live music and discounted drinks from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday. Special Mexican-inspired menu items created by chef Miguel Rivas include elote hervido (corn with chili mayo and cotija cheese), flautas con chorizo, enchiladas de pollo al mole and taquitos de carnitas. Call (859) 303-5573 or go to Brasabana.com.

Coba Cocina, 2041 Richmond Road, will serve margaritas for $5 and Dos Equis beer for $2.50 Sunday and Monday. Call (859) 523-8484 or go to Cobacocina.com.

Winchell's, 348 Southland Drive, is partying with Mexican specialties that include posole stew, carne asada nachos and tacos, smoked chicken enchiladas, homemade tamales, and tres leches cake. Call (859) 278-9424.

Kentucky Derby events

■ If your Derby Day menu includes barbecue, try the specialties at the new Blue Door Smokehouse, 226 Walton Avenue, in the former Mary Lou's BBQ spot.

Jeff Newman and Jon Rigsby say they have been planning their restaurant since 2004, when they both worked at The Mansion.

The Blue Door serves pulled pork, chicken, brisket, smoked sausage, and baby back ribs. Sides include collard greens, stew with ham hock, ranch beans, and potato salad that is a "tribute copycat of Stanley J's," they said. Stanley J's New York Style Deli was open in Lexington from 1989 to 2011 and was well-known for its potato salad.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 252-4227 or go to Bluedoorsmokehouse.com.

Holly Hill Inn is celebrating the mint julep with a Derby Day julep bar beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday. Chef/owner Ouita Michel will be making and serving free beaten biscuits on the porch. A selection of special-recipe juleps will include the black julep (Bushmill's Black Irish whiskey) and sorghum julep (Woodford Reserve and Country Rock sorghum-based syrup). Call (859) 846-4732.

Wildside Winery, 5500 Troy Pike in Versailles, will have its first Wild Derby party Saturday and serve the "wild julep" and Derby-inspired finger food.

On Friday, the winery will show the running of the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs live about 5 p.m., followed by open mic at 6 p.m. with a performance by the acoustic duo Brett and Bryan. Hanley's food truck will serve barbecue.

Call (859) 879-3982 or go to Wildsidewinery.com.

New menus

Charlie Brown's, 816 Euclid Avenue, has refurbished its patio, and the menu has several springtime specials for outdoor dining. Included are tuna and chicken melts, and Tuscan chicken salad. Charlie Brown's is one of only a few restaurants that serve food until 12:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday nights and until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Call (859) 269-5701 or go to Charliebrownslex.com.

■ Soups this month at Bakery Blessings & Bookstore @ the Bar, 1999 Harrodsburg Road, are chicken and apple, and broccoli Cheddar. Call (859) 554-6044.

■ The May menu at Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, features strawberry soup; cream scones; asparagus crepes with Mornay sauce; egg salad, cucumber dill and shrimp tea sandwiches; dark chocolate mousse; French wafers, and coconut cupcakes. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.

Farmers market report

Berea Farmers Market will open at 9 a.m. Saturday in its new outdoor location at 311 Main Street, next to the Berea College Seabury Center, between Ellipse and Chestnut streets. Hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The market features local and regional growers, artisans, and food vendors.

Berea College's plant sale will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gardens and Greenhouse on Scaffold Cane Road.

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

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