Sharon Thompson: Readers recommend some favorite out-of-town eateries

swthompson@herald-leader.comJuly 10, 2014 

Some of the best restaurants open up in out-of-the-way places without a lot of fanfare. Sometimes you stumble upon them, other times friends will tell you about them. This week we've heard from readers who want to share their "finds."

Thyme on Broadway Cafe, 131 Broadway in Irvine, serves grilled panini sandwiches, muffin-tin omelets, scones, espresso drinks, cheesecakes, pies and tiramisu. Call (606) 723-9776 or go to

Nuevo Vallarta Mexican Restaurant, 709 Big Hill Avenue in Richmond, serves authentic Mexican dishes that a reader described as the "best I've had in Kentucky." Call (859) 624-1433.

Main Street Bakery & Cafe, 144 East Main Street in Richmond, offers a line of baked pies, cakes and cupcakes, along with breakfast and lunch menus. A hot plate lunch is served as well as chicken salad and pimento cheese sandwiches. Call (859) 623-1212.

Melini Cucina, 908 Indian Mound Drive in Mount Sterling, has been open for a while but it's getting raves lately under new management. Menu items include pasta, pizza and calzones. Call (859) 497-7066.

Special events

Le Deauville Bistro, 199 North Limestone, is celebrating Bastille Day, the French national holiday, on Saturday. Happy hour and a barbecue begin at 4 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Call (859) 246-0999 or go to

■ July is Ice Cream Month and Thai Orchid Cafe, 1030 South Broadway, is celebrating with the Boom Hour, a happy hour for ice cream. When you place a carryout order (minimum $25) at Thai Orchid from 3 to 5 p.m. during the month, you will get a free pint of Crank & Boom ice cream. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to

Unlimited Spirit, 404 Southland Drive, will have two tastings 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Beers are from West Sixth Brewery and rums from Captain Morgan. Call (859) 309-2903.

Nick Ryan's Saloon, 157 Jefferson Street, will donate a portion of its proceeds on Wednesday to Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate. Specials include the Ashland steak, a 16-ounce, bone-in rib-eye ($28), and a four-piece fried chicken dinner ($17). A "Great Compromiser" old-fashioned cocktail, made with Four Roses bourbon, brandied cherries and Kentucky sorghum, will be on the bar menu. Wines from the Cameron Hughes French collection will be available by the glass and bottle. Call (859) 233-7900.

■ Tapas Tuesdays returns to Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway. Small plates of dishes made with local fresh ingredients are priced $5 to $12. The event runs through Aug. 26. Call (859) 846-4732.

Ruth Hunt Candy, 213 Walton Avenue, will celebrate its 93rd birthday and annual firecracker sale through Aug. 31. Call (859) 268-1559.

Woodford Reserve Distillery is having "Bourbon, Pork and Pie Suppers" on Saturday and Sunday. Chef-in-residence Ouita Michel and chef-de-cuisine Nat Henton are creating a one-of-a-kind buffet dinner featuring Kentucky Proud pork from Stonecross Farms. Distillery tours begin at 6 p.m. Saturday and 5:30 p.m. Sunday; dinner is at 7 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The distillery is at 7855 McCracken Pike in Versailles. The cost is $50. Call (859) 879-1953 or e-mail

Mellow Mushroom Pizza, 503 South Upper Street, is offering an "Up in Smoke" menu through July 27. New menu items include chicken mole pie, shrimp calzone, holy mole hoagie, and shrimp rajas salad. Call (859) 281-6111 or go to

Winchell's, 348 Southland Drive, will hold its fourth annual pig roast Tuesday. The three-course meal includes smoked chicken white chili; a pulled pork plate served with corn on the cob, baked beans and potato salad; and fruit cobbler. The cost is $24.99. Call (859) 278-9424.

New menus, names, hours

Furlongs, 130 West Tiverton, is changing its name and style of service again. It's now CrazyBoutCajun@Furlongs and offers counter service and items priced at $10 and below. Included on the menu are crawfish étouffée, red beans and rice with andouille sausage, shrimp Creole, fried catfish, and a roast beef po boy. "We will do a reservation request for people who still want the service from a server and they can order off of the regular Furlongs' menu," owner Tommy Walters said. Call (859) 523-5500.

The Bistro, 502 North Main Street in Nicholasville, has changed its hours. Lunch hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and dinner hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 221-3925.


Bakery Blessings and Bookstore @ the Bar, 1999 Harrodsburg Road, is featuring chilled watermelon soup, baked bean soup, and hot dogs for July. "We are participating in the Michael's Feet shoe drive and people can donate new or gently used shoes at this location to be distributed to those in need through Lighthouse Ministries," owner Jan Sullivan said. Call (859) 554-6044.

■ The July menu at Greentree Tearoom, 421 West Short Street, features summer flavors. Included are watermelon gazpacho, peach scone with peach jam, shrimp salad, Parmesan tomato rounds, and pistachio mousse. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers' Market has locally grown corn, tomatoes, green beans, squash and melons. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, 3450 Richmond Road, and at Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Go to

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

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