Like any good barbecue joint, Hawg Wild BBQ is off the beaten path.
The restaurant is at 1244 Versailles Road, the former home of JJ Johnson Sisters, and is owned by Keith Bricking, who hails from Texas. His experience comes from catering and cooking at deer camps in the Lone Star State.
He says Hawg Wild's sliced brisket is "the bomb."
"People eat a sandwich and come back and buy 2 or 3 pounds of it," he said.
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Customers have a choice of six sauces that are made from scratch to top ribs, pulled pork or pulled chicken. Their names are Sweet Q, Carolina Gold, Texas Heat, Chipotle Cowboy, Ole Carolina and Crazy Sauce. The latter is a combination of all the other sauces.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 225-9453.
New menus, new locations
■ Detroit Coney Island is leaving 911 Winchester Road and moving to larger quarters nearby, at Eastland Shopping Center. It will open April 4 in the former Saundra's Café spot. Hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (859) 280-9138 or go to Detroitconeyisland.com. The original Detroit Coney Island is still open at 825 Lane Allen Road.
■ Nick Ryan's Saloon, 157 West Jefferson Street, is putting some new items on its menu and is asking for customer feedback. Next week, the restaurant will run specials that are being proposed for the spring menu. They include grilled coconut-chile chicken breast with bok choy and black rice, cheddar jalapeño grit cake topped with barbecue pork and vinegar slaw, and pan-seared grouper with spring succotash and fingerling potatoes. Call 233-7900 or go to Nickryans.com.
■ Three Suns Bistro in Nicholasville has new lunch and dinner menus. Lunch includes Angus beef burgers, Kentucky bison burgers, and Bluegrass prime rib sandwiches. At dinner, there is meatloaf with portobello mushroom sauce, blackened catfish tacos, bourbon-barbecued pulled pork on cheddar grits, duck meatballs, and Cajun cassoulet. Three Suns is in Brannon Crossing, at 298 East Brannon Road. Call (859) 245-0048.
■ On Monday, Perkins Restaurant & Bakery is giving away pancakes and hoping for a donation to Give Kids the World. The program fulfills wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. Go to GKTW.org. Perkins, 2401 Richmond Road, will accept donations from 6 to 11 a.m.
The restaurant also is celebrating its 20th anniversary at its location in front of the former Lexington Mall. Mark Perkins said it's the only Perkins Restaurant still run by a member of the founding family. His uncle started the business 52 years ago. Call (859) 269 1663.
■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, will continue to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a weekend special that features corned beef and cabbage with horseradish Dijon glaze, and Guinness-braised beef and root vegetable stew. Southern-inspired specials include Texas redfish picante with truffled corn pudding, and bacon-wrapped rabbit loin with fricassee of rabbit leg and wild mushrooms. Call (859) 226-0300.
Jonathan at Gratz Park in Lexington and The Brown Hotel in Louisville are hosting "A Kentucky Dinner" at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Jonathan, 120 West Second Street.
Vintner Select's wine expert David DuBou will discuss the featured wines. The cost is $65. Call (859) 252-4949.
Chefs Jonathan Lundy and Laurent Géroli will prepare a four-course dinner featuring cornmeal- and pecan-crusted striped bass with sweet potato gratin, green tomatoes and corn relish; and Lancaster-Marksbury Farm pork chop with Kentucky grit cake, smoked tomatoes and blackberry Maker's Mark gastrique.