If you're in the mood for a simple, freshly made hamburger, you'll want to try Anthony's Fat Burgers. Anthony Adams opened the spot at 1539 Eastland Parkway on May 1. Several years back, Adams ran Anthony's Coney Island at Third and Jefferson streets. "I got out of the business for a while, and now I'm back," he said.
Adams also serves chili cheese dogs, fish sandwiches, Philly cheese steaks, ice cream and milk shakes. If you can eat the three-pound Triple D burger, it's free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 523-2311.
■ Tim Kuryla of Lexington stopped by El Chico Mexican Restaurant at Beaumont Centre last week and was surprised that it was closed. We checked with El Chico's corporate office, and spokeswoman Ellen Courtney said the store closed in January. "The decision to close the Lexington El Chico was a difficult one. El Chico hopes to return to Lexington one day," she said. Go to Elchico.com.
Memorial Day specials
■ Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, will serve a holiday brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. Featured will be a farmers market omelette made with ingredients available at Saturday's market. Call (859) 253-0014 or go to Alfalfarestaurant.com.
■ Staxx BBQ will celebrate Memorial Day weekend with a holiday special Friday through Sunday. When you buy five pounds of pork, chicken, turkey, sausage and/or brisket, you'll receive four free quarts of sides (baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, green beans, macaroni and cheese). Staxx is at 11 Carson Place in Frankfort. Call (502) 352-2515 or go to Staxxbbq.com.
■ The Grey Goose, 170 Jefferson Street, will have specials for the holiday weekend. Included are bruschetta pizza with an olive oil and garlic base, and the entrée special is sauteed mussels with a white wine butter sauce. Call (859) 233-1500.
■ Equus Run Vineyards, 1280 Moores Mill Road in Midway, celebrates its 15th anniversary with an open house from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Featured music includes the University of Kentucky's Steel Drum Band, and Keith Hubbard and the Hubcats. Call (859) 846-9463 or go to Equusrunvineyards.com.
■ The Beer Trappe, 811 Euclid Avenue, celebrates its third anniversary Saturday through May 31. The kickoff party is at 2 p.m. Saturday. The craft beer store will tap three to four special kegs every night during the week. Included are Avery Tweak, Bell's Bourbon Barrel Batch 9,000, J.W. Lees Harvest 2011 and West 6th English IPA. Call (859) 309-0911 or go to Thebeertrappe.com.
■ Country singer/songwriter Shelly Rann will perform at Natasha's Bistro at 8 p.m. Sunday. Rann, who lives in Nashville, is a Lexington native who has shared the stage with country stars Vince Gill, Trace Adkins and Alabama. Cover charge is $10. Natasha's is at 112 Esplanade. Call (859) 259-2754.
Farmers market report
■ Shelley Johnson, owner of Shelley's Hand-Picked Asparagus, has a bountiful crop of asparagus this spring. "I'm picking 40 to 60 pounds daily," she said. Although Johnson isn't certified organic, she uses no chemicals or pesticides on the asparagus. Varieties are purple passion and Jersey knights, and it's $5 a pound. The farm stand is 9 miles from New Circle Road on Old Frankfort Pike at Hedden Road. Hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (859) 619-4996.
■ Bluegrass Farmers Market will have strawberries, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, baked goods, jams, herb seasoning, beer cheese, lamb, goat, veal, beef, pork, chicken and eggs on Saturday. The market is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.
■ Lexington Farmers Market is now open 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday on the University of Kentucky campus at Alumni and University drives. The market will have local strawberries, lettuces, spinach, asparagus, green onions, green garlic, cheeses, eggs, honey, baked goods, flowers, meats, granola, oils and vinegars and prepared foods. Markets also are open Saturday at Cheapside Park, Tuesday and Thursday at Broadway and Maxwell Street, and Sunday at Southland Drive. Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.