It just might be the slaw — not the hickory-smoked flavor of the meat — that makes Brooks Bar-B-Que 2 worth trip after trip to the spot on New Circle Road.
While other barbecue restaurants claim secret sauces or spicy rubs are what make their barbecue so tasty, Brooks simply piles on a heap of its original-recipe cole slaw.
The store is owned by Sammie Brooks and his family (Heather, Elizabeth, and Craig) and Tamela and Darrell Jones. The original Brooks Bar-B-Que was founded in the 1960s by Sammie Brooks' father in Sheffield, Ala., and it is still run by other Brooks family members.
The restaurant is at 771 New Circle Road, between Eastland Parkway and Industry Road in the former Old Kentucky BBQ location. The menu features the signature slaw dog, pulled pork, beef brisket, pulled chicken, ribs, baked beans, green beans, potato salad and bread pudding with bourbon sauce.
Call (859) 523-7529 or go to Brooksbbq2.com.
■ The Dish, 438 South Ashland, is 3 years old, and it's time for a party. From 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, the restaurant will offer half-price drink and appetizer specials. Coralee and the Townies will entertain on the patio. A Maker's Mark dipping station will be set up to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. The Dish also has a new menu at Thedishlexington.com. Call (859) 317-8438.
■ The Kentucky Market Pavilion, 2914 East U.S. 60 in Owingsville, will have an anniversary party in honor of two Kentucky companies. Ale-8-One in Winchester is 85 years old, and Ruth Hunt Candies in Mount Sterling is 90. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. Call (606) 674-6688.
■ Nick Ryan's, 157 Jefferson Street, will celebrate Mad Men Night on Wednesday. Martinis, Manhattans and old-fashioned cocktails will be specially priced and served in the style of the popular old Levas' Restaurant, a stylish downtown restaurant in the '60s and '70s. (Read former Herald-Leader columnist Don Edwards' story on Levas' at Flavorsofkentucky.com.) Nick Ryan's staff will be dressed a la Don and Betty Draper from the hit AMC television drama set in the 1960s. Call (859) 233-7900 or go to Nickryans.com.
■ The Bluegrass chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will have a big-game banquet at 5 p.m. Saturday at The Red Mile Clubhouse, 1200 Red Mile Road. Bayou Bluegrass Catering chefs Matt Falcone and Jane Webb will prepare elk, antelope, venison, alligator and rabbit. Tom Parlanti will make elk Italian sausage and elk Cajun sausage. Tickets are $40. Call Tom VanArsdall at (859) 536-8963.
■ Natasha's Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade, is offering weekend specials during summer. Included this week are calypso chicken and grilled vegetable en croute. Call (859) 259-2754.
■ Della's, 124 North Upper Street, is serving quiche made with farmers market ingredients, including basil, tomatoes, sausage and sage. On Wednesday, partner/chef Barry Turner will pan-fry chicken and serve it with mashed potatoes and gravy. Call (859) 281-1141.
■ It's always fried chicken on Mondays and a fish fry on Fridays, but now Wallace Station Deli and Bakery is offering more nightly dinner specials. Chefs Brian Farrell and Ouita Michel will prepare meatloaf on Tuesdays, country-style vegetable plate on Wednesdays, tamales on Thursdays and slow-cooked baby back ribs on Saturdays. Call (859) 846-5161 or go to Wallacestation.com. The restaurant is at 3854 Old Frankfort Pike, Midway.
■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is serving Moroccan dishes this weekend. Included are chickpea with lamb Merguez sausage soup, wild striped bass with mango coriander and honey, and lamb shank tagine with dried fruits. Call (859) 226-0300.
■ Greentree Tearoom, 521 Short Street, is preparing its August menu with garden-fresh ingredients. The menu includes chilled cantaloupe soup, Asiago scones with tomato chutney, baked pear and blue cheese salad, sweet pepper and radish tea sandwiches, and coconut buttermilk cupcakes. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.
■ Bd's Mongolian Grill, 2309 Sir Barton Way, has lowered the price on its "all you can eat lunch bowl" to $10.99. The stir-fry menu also includes chicken and beef fajitas, fish tacos, pork carnitas, and cilantro lime shrimp. Call (859) 264-0686 or visit Gomongo.com.
Farmers market report
■ The Bluegrass Farmers Market will have corn, tomatoes, beans and melons. Locations and hours are: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mill Pond Shopping Center. Go to Localharvest.org /blog/29529.
■ The Woodford County Farmers Market will hold its annual Twilight Festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday in downtown Versailles. Farmers will prepare and serve hamburgers, desserts, fried pies and beer cheese. There will be activities for children, along with square dancing and live music. Go to Twilightfestivalky.org.
■ The East End Community Farmer's Market is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pavilion at 560 East Third Street, at Midland Avenue.