Restaurant News & Reviews

Regatta rechristens its patio bar

Captain Jack has set sail, and the bar at Regatta Seafood Grille now is The Boathouse. The covered patio bar is on the lake at Lexington Green and replaces Captain Jack's Pier.

Items on The Boathouse menu include burgers, fried oysters, ribs and Maryland crab cake sandwich. Call (859) 273-7875 or go to

Soup Kitchen offers that and more

It might be getting warmer outside, but people are finding soup to their liking at The Soup Kitchen. Jim Foley and son Kevin opened the restaurant earlier this month at 376 Southland Drive. "Word is spreading," Kevin Foley said. "Every day is better than the previous day."

Soup du jour might be the focus, but the store also serves deli sandwiches and salads. "It's a heart-healthy concept," Foley said.

The menu offers eight to 10 soups a day, with chili and hearty vegetable every day; six kinds of bread, including Mexican corn bread; and desserts that include mandarin orange cake and coconut pie.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (859) 275-2105 or go to

Dinner's different at Alfalfa

Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, has added items to its dinner menu for spring. They include roasted trout, spicy Singapore rice noodles, and savory Jamaican black beans. Alfalfa now is open until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 253-0014 or go to

Chef's signature event

Jonathan Lundy, chef/owner of Jonathan at Gratz Park, will sign copies of his new cookbook, Bluegrass Table, on Sunday at the Scott County Arts Consortium. He will be at the Arts & Cultural Center, 117 North Water Street, Georgetown, from 2 to 4 p.m. Call (502) 570-8633.

Four courses and Mondavi wines

Baker's 360 will host a Robert Mondavi wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Executive chef Tony Efstratiadis has created a four-course menu that includes Maytag bleu-crusted filet mignon, crispy Serrano ham, grilled asparagus, bittersweet chocolate cake, and pinot macerated black cherry compote. Baker's is at 201 East Main Street, on the top floor of the Chase Bank Building. Call (859) 523-7797.

Quick bites

■ Brigitte Nguyen and her Bluegrass burgers are back for another showdown on the Food Network. She will compete in the second season of Ultimate Recipe Showdown, at 9 p.m. Sunday. "I made a Bluegrass burger with sweet roasted corn chow chow and country ham salad," she said.

■ Fried chicken and meatloaf are on the menu Sunday night at The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue. The restaurant's covered patio is open and offering a new martini list. Call (859) 226-0300.

■ Country Cookin' by George, 1801 Alexandria Drive, now serves a full buffet line from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. A menu option is available for dinner. Call (859) 276-0001.

■ Starting Gate Beverage, 2233 Lexington Road, Nicholasville, will have wine tastings from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. On Wednesdays, the store offers a 20 percent discount on all wines. Call (859) 887-4400.

■ Village Vineyards, 4379 Harrodsburg Road, is having a pre- Derby tasting to help you plan your Derby party. Equus Run Vineyards will offer its official Derby wine; Maker's Mark will make a mint julep, and Eric McAnallen will have locally made Black Patch cigars. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Call (859) 389-6719.

Farmers market report

■ Bluegrass Farmers Market will open for the season Saturday. Participating farmers produce what they sell, and because it's early in the season, only a few vendors will be at the market. It's open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Fast Signs and Pedal the Planet.

■ Lexington Farmers Market's Southland Drive site opens Sunday; hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hours for the Cheapside Park location are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Vendors will have spring greens and lettuces.