Restaurant News & Reviews

More menus for Lexington Eats Week, which runs through July

Greek beef stew is one entree option that the new downtown Athenian Grill will have in its grab-and-go section for customers who want to take lunch or dinner home. The restaurant is expected to open in March.
Greek beef stew is one entree option that the new downtown Athenian Grill will have in its grab-and-go section for customers who want to take lunch or dinner home. The restaurant is expected to open in March. Herald-Leader file photo

More menus have been released for Lexington Eats Week, which began Thursday for some restaurants. The grassroots event is replacing Lexington Restaurant Week, which was canceled for 2017. Dozens of restaurants joined together to keep a dining week going in July; they are offering special menus for $26 for one or two people. Many of the menus were released earlier in the week in Wednesday’s LexGo Eat column and are available online at

Lexington Eats Week will run through July 29 for many restaurants and through July 31 for others. Here are more options:

Athenian Grill, 115 North Locust Drive and 313 South Ashland Avenue: choice of dips to share, choice of two gyro sandwiches with side, gyro bowls with side, spanakopita, veggie plates, Greek beef stew or Cypriot meatballs; baklava or cookies for dessert.

Chatham’s Bistro & Bar, 496 East High Street: for one, watermelon gazpacho, strawberry balsamic salad, herb-crusted rack of lamb and chocolate mousse.

▪  OBC Kitchen will host a Blanton’s bourbon release with Buffalo Trace master distiller Harlen Wheatley at 6:30 p.m. July 25 in Malone’s Prime Events & Receptions, 3373 Tates Creek Road. For $25, you get a tasting of the BHG private select Blanton’s Single Barrel and OBC Kitchen-inspired hors d’oeuvres. Order tickets online at

▪  Addie’s and The Woodford Inn, 140 Park Street in Versailles, is offering an evening July 27 with some of Kentucky’s newest distillers, including Hartfield & Co., Whiskey Row Bourbon and Jefferson’s Bourbon. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m., followed by by a guided bourbon tasting and gourmet dinner for $54, plus tax and tip. Reservations are required; call 859-873-5600.

▪  On July 28, CASA, the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Lexington, will offer grownups a chance to relive youth. Camp CASA is a fundraiser for the program, which helps vulnerable kids in the court system. At Hartfield & Co. Distillery, 108 East Fourth Street in Paris, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., enjoy dinner featuring camp food favorites, Ale-8 One slushies, camp games and relays with prize packages sponsored by Hunt Brothers Pizza, live music by The Throwbacks, a campfire with craft s’mores, swag bags, and a Camp CASA T-shirt. There will be a cash bar with bourbon and craft cocktails. Tickets are $50. For more information or to register, email Mary-Elizabeth Bivins at or call 859-246-4320.

▪  Chef Josh Gardner and his food truck, The Epic Cure, are now cooking full-time in the kitchen at Al’s Bar, 601 North Limestone. Gardner plans to offer farm-fresh comfort bar food, including sandwiches, loaded tots and more, for lunch and dinner.

▪  Hanna’s on Lime, 214 South Limestone, is now serving the Farmers Market lunch special each Wednesday through the summer. The special features six items from the farmers market for $9.25. Items vary by availability at the Tuesday market, but some of the choices include steamed squash, corn on the cob, cucumber salad, tomatoes with cottage cheese, new potatoes, cabbage, green beans and melon. Hanna’s is open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For delivery, call 859-252-6264. Go to for a full menu.

▪  GirlsGirlsGirls Burritos, inside Best Friend Bar at 500 East Euclid Avenue, will feature a farmers market nachos special (or a burrito) every Saturday brunch from 1 to 5 p.m. This weekend, look for smoked sweet corn, fried poblano peppers, basil-ranch slaw, heirloom tomatoes and more. Call 859-285-6853.

▪  A reader in Eastern Kentucky is looking for a good place to try horchata. So if you have a local favorite in the Lexington/Richmond area or anywhere east of that, please email us at, and we’ll pass the word along.

▪  Jessamine Growers Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday behind City Hall at Main and Rice streets in Wilmore, will have locally grown tomatoes, green beans, squash, potatoes and other seasonal vegetables, herbs, local honey and eggs, and cut flowers and perennials.

▪  Bluegrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Hamburg Liquor Barn, 1837 Plaudit Place, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, will have beans, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, eggs, honey, jams, beef and pork.

▪  Nicholasville Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 717 North Main Street, will have peaches, tomatoes, watermelons, sweet corn, lettuces, squash, green beans, cucumbers, carrots, beets, greens, candy onions, flowers jams and jellies, baked breads, black angus beef, specialty roasted coffees, and items from Kentucky artisans.

▪  Lexington Farmers Market, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Cheapside Park and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Southland Drive, will have sweet corn, green beans, tomatoes, cantaloupes and peppers. Peaches, blueberries, blackberries, zucchini, squash, and most other warm-weather fruits and vegetables also are available now.

▪  Chevy Chase Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at 316 Ashland Avenue, has fresh seasonal local produce and pastured meats and eggs.

▪  Shake Shack, 115 Summit at Fritz Farm, is adding a hot chicken sandwich to its menu Aug. 1. The Hot Chick’n is a “crispy chicken breast dusted with a guajillo and cayenne pepper blend and topped with slaw and pickles.” The Hot Chick’n is made with a chicken breast “slow-cooked in a creamy buttermilk marinade,” battered, dredged in seasoned flour, and fried. It’s topped with a slaw made with Louisiana hot sauce and kosher dill pickles.

▪  Woodford Reserve Distillery, 7855 McCracken Pike in Versailles, will host renowned cellist and artist-in-residence Ben Sollee for a private concert and dinner on July 29. Cocktails are at 6 p.m., followed by a private evening tour of the distiller, a farm-to-table dinner under the stars and a concert at 8 p.m. Tickets are $150; reservations are required. Go to for information and to make a reservation. Menu includes appetizers; shrimp and grits; Kentucky Greek salad with Woodford Rye and red wine vinaigrette; choice of Blackhawk Farms Waygu + Angus osso buco, grilled Kentucky vegetables, or Woodford Reserve Grain Bill Parmigiano risotto; and, to finish, Midway Bakery Lemon Love.

▪  Beginning July 27, you can have your groceries delivered. Meijer, through Shipt, will let you order online and pick a destination for delivery. Right now, Meijer is offering $25 off the first order. Shipt also is looking for shoppers who are willing to buy and deliver groceries and other goods from a variety of stores. Go to to sign up.

▪  Local Lexington chef Kate Horning is partnering with Whole Foods and Amazon for a healthy-living meal kit serving. “A Healthy Passion” lets you order recipes from your mobile phone or online each week and pick up the groceries at Whole Foods. You also can order through an Echo or Echo Dot device.

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