Food & Drink

Sweet Potatoes peels out of Versailles for Frankfort

Sweet Potatoes has moved from small-town Versailles to the capital city.

The restaurant, owned by Brian Nesselrode and Lindsay Rice, now is in Northgate Shopping Center, off Holmes Street in Frankfort. This location has a bar that's separate from the restaurant.

The menu includes sandwiches, chicken tenders, steak and catfish.

Call (502) 352-2505. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, and 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Jimmy John's opens downtown

A new Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwich Shop is open at 333 East Main Street, in the Main & Rose development. The store seats 24 and offers limited delivery plus catering. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Call (859) 225-4444.

There are three other Jimmy John's in Lexington: 385 South Limestone, 399 Waller Avenue and 130 Tiverton Way. Go to to see a menu and learn more.

Taste of Thai returns with a few changes

Taste of Thai, 101 West Main Street, has reopened after being closed for six months. It is under new management and with a new menu, manager Uno Chaiwan said. Call (859) 255-1155.

The plate itself costs extra

Holly Hill Inn in Midway celebrates the Francisco's Farm Arts Festival at Midway College with a special pottery preview ­during the restaurant's Tapas Tuesday next week.

Potters selected to participate in the 2008 art fair are crafting a limited ­number of serving pieces for Tapas Tuesday. Guests may purchase their tapas on one of the artists' plates or bowls, and keep the ­serving piece. Tapas range from $5 to $10; prices vary for serving pieces. Music will be ­provided by Bill and Leslie Penn of Midway. Francisco's Farm Arts Festival is June 21 and 22.

Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street, is open 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month for tapas. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to

Buffet features fried chicken, brisket

Campbell's in Paris, 519 Main Street, is having a buffet from 6:30 to 10 p.m. ­Saturday. Featured are fried chicken and smoked beef brisket. The cost is $14.95. Call (859) 987-5164.

Scoop it up for 31 cents

Baskin-Robbins is having its second annual 31-Cent Scoop Night from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday. Ice cream fans can stop by any Baskin-Robbins store for a scoop of ice cream for 31 cents. Baskin-Robbins is ­partnering with the National Fallen ­Firefighters Foundation and donating $100,000 to the organization.

In Lexington, Baskin-Robbins is located at 1771 Alexandria Drive, 3383 Tates Creek Road and 115 North Locust Hill Drive. Visit for more information.

Cupcakes galore

Brown's Bakery, 1397 West Main Street, in Meadowthorpe, is having a cupcake buffet from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 225-8400. The cost is $15 for adults, $6 for children 8 and younger. Flavors include German chocolate, Italian cream, red velvet, and coconut.

Derby cookies anyone?

If you need a little something special for your Run for the Roses party, check out the Derby cookies at Belle's Bakery, 313 South Ashland Avenue. Call (859) 269-8223.

Try a commemorative sample

Equus Run Vineyards will offer its ­commemorative wines of the 134th ­Kentucky Derby for tasting from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 846-9463 or go to

Gallery shows off its culinary arts

Wingspan Gallery, 191 Jefferson Street, becomes a dinner club on Thursday ­evenings. A four-course dinner is $38.

”Wingspan does not have a liquor license yet,“ owner Livia Theodoli-Wing said. ”We recommend you bring your own alcoholic beverages. Mixers, sodas, water and coffee are provided.“

The menu for May 1 includes ­couscous ”risotto“ with asparagus, peas and ­mushrooms; trio of cabbage salad; sweet and spicy grilled shrimp with polenta and seasonal vegetables, and pear-ginger upside down cake.

The deadline for reservations is Tuesday. Call (859) 225-5765 or go to

Parking by farmers market can cost you

When you go to the Lexington Farmers Market downtown on Saturdays from now on, you'll have to pay to park in the ­Woolworth lot. Parking is free in the Fifth/Third bank lot and on the street. The hours for the Sunday market on Southland Drive this season are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ”It was fairly dead there for the first hour, and we had customers arriving as we were getting in our trucks to go home,“ farmer Leo Keene said.

Fun with fungi

The Mountain Mushroom Festival will be Saturday in Irvine and will ­feature a ­mushroom-hunting contest and the ­Mushroom Market. Activities, including a mushroom cook-off and morel and shiitake cooking demonstrations, will be at Broadway and Court Street.

The market opens at 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. Various types of ­mushrooms, such as shiitakes, morels, and oysters, will be available. Call (606) 723-1233.

The latest dish from Abuelo's

Abuelo's Mexican restaurant, 3395 Nicholasville Road at Fayette Mall, has added chicken Angelina to its menu for spring and summer. Grilled chicken breast is topped with shrimp, mushrooms, spinach and roasted red peppers. Abuelo's new hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 971-0922 or go to