Ryan Veith and Dallas Rose claim to sell the best burger in Lexington, so you'll have to try one for yourself.
Veith and Rose opened Bunk's Burger, 333 South Limestone, in October inside Two Keys Tavern. "We've rented out the kitchen and a portion of the bar," Veith said. They named their venture after Rose's great uncle Bunk, who recently died.
Specialty burgers include Oldham's Kentucky smokehouse (sharp cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, crispy onion petals, house-made bourbon barbecue sauce), Tuck (Cincinnati-style chili, cheddar cheese sauce, green onions), Hawaiian (Virginia smoked ham, grilled pineapple, teriyaki, Swiss cheese, red onion), and the breakfast burger (American cheese, smoked bacon, fried egg and white country gravy).
Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday and Saturday. Call (859) 243-9934.
Tea time is all the time at MonTea
Our choices for loose-leaf tea have skyrocketed in Lexington.
The new MonTea shop is dedicated to selling loose-leaf tea, tea to go and tea accessories.
It's owned by Danielle and Miller Montague, who four years ago began researching the tea industry. They attended expos, visited retail shops in bigger cities, joined associations and attended classes before opening MonTea at 814 Euclid Avenue.
MonTea features more than 50 types of loose-leaf tea from Elmwood Inn Fine Teas. Varieties include Japanese sencha, Ti Kwan oolong, tippy Assam, tropical blend black, Darjeeling white, blueberry infusion and ginger rooibos.
The shop also carries a wide variety of steeping systems, travel mugs with infusers, teapots with or without infusers, and biodegradable tea bags. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 268-8327 or go to www.monteashop.com.
A corner on barbecue and more
Sarah's Corner Café, 4300 Winchester Road, a few miles past Interstate 75, is worth the drive for a hearty breakfast or a slab of barbecued ribs.
The barbecue is smoked in the parking lot of the café, at Winchester and Cleveland Roads in Fayette County, by Ralph Egbert. The menu includes pulled pork, brisket, baby back ribs and chicken. LD Egbert makes sandwiches, and her breakfast menu includes pulled pork or chicken on two biscuits with gravy for $5.95.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 309-1220.
Happy anniversary, Orchid Flower
Orchid Flower is celebrating its first anniversary Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant, 3090 Old Todds Road, serves Indonesian cuisine. Specials for the weekend include rendang terong (spicy eggplant) from west Sumatra and gudek jogja (chicken, jackfruit and eggs cooked in coconut milk) from south-central Java. Call (859) 543-1126 or go to www.orchidflowerrestaurant.com.
Just wait for the next snow day
The weather is warming for now, but when Fayette County schools close for the next snow day, Saul Good Restaurant and Pub is the place to go. The restaurant, 3801 Mall Road at the Plaza at Fayette Mall, will offer half-price menu items from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (859) 273-4663 or go to www.saulgoodpub.com.
Good for you and your heart
Bd's Mongolian Grill is helping dieters stay true to their New Year's resolutions. A promotion running through Feb. 7 features new recipes that give guests the opportunity to create heart-healthy meals. Included are sweet lean pork, chicken and spinach pasta, Cajun-spiced chicken and broccoli, and totally fun stir-fry. The restaurant provides food choices for those with special dietary preferences including gluten-free, low sodium and vegetarian. Caloric, carbohydrate, fat, vegetarian and gluten content for all sauces is displayed in the market area.
Detailed nutrition facts are available at www.gomongo.com. Bd's is at 2309 Sir Barton Way. Call (859) 264-0686.
Buffalo's on the menu
Natural Bridge State Resort Park's Appalachian Heritage Buffalo Night will be Saturday. The Sandstone Arches Restaurant will serve roasted buffalo steamship round, barbecued buffalo ribs, buffalo meatloaf, country-fried chicken and fried catfish. The cost is $16.95.
Entertainment is traditional mountain-style music by Cari Norris and Jim McGee, who will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Hemlock Lodge Lobby. Storyteller and musician John Tierney will entertain from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call 1-800-325-1710. The park is 2 miles off the Mountain Parkway at Slade, Exit 33.