Central Kentucky restaurants are celebrating St. Patrick's Day with menu specials and Irish dishes. Here are some places to party.
■ Arches restaurant at Hemlock Lodge at Natural Bridge State Resort Park at Slade is celebrating Saturday with a buffet featuring corned beef brisket and cabbage, salmon cakes, shepherd's pie, and bubble and squeak potato pancakes. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. The cost is $16.95. Call (859) 425-4840.
■ Buddy's Bar and Grill, 854 East High Street, will serve Irish food and entertainment beginning at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Call (859) 335-1283.
■ Caros, 113 South Upper Street, will celebrate St. Patrick's Day with McCarthy's Irish Pub before, during and after the parade on Saturday (1 p.m. downtown). Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage and other Irish fare will be served along with the regular menu. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call (859) 255-0039.
■ Engine House Deli, 9 West Lexington Avenue in Winchester, is celebrating its 25th anniversary on St. Patrick's Day. Owner Bob Tabor said shamrock sundaes will be served Monday through Friday. Call (859) 737-0560.
■ The Glitz will reopen for the season on St. Patrick's Day. The restaurant serves lunch Tuesday through Saturday, offering a three-course meal for $19.95. The menu changes every two weeks, and some of the featured items are chicken Florentine with smoked gouda sauce, artichoke pancetta tart, and Thai tilapia. Desserts include the traditional Nonesuch kiss and peach Melba crepes. The Glitz at Irish Acres Gallery is at 4205 Fords Mill Road in Nonesuch. Call (859) 873-6956.
■ Good Foods Market & Café, 455 Southland Drive, will offer an Irish menu Tuesday. The buffet features cod cakes, Dublin coddle, lentil shepherd's pie and Irish root-veggie stew. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Call (859) 278-1813.
■ Tuesday is chicken pot pie day at Hanna's on Lime, 214 South Limestone, but on St. Patrick's Day, the special will be corned beef and cabbage, and potatoes. Call (859) 252-6264.
■ Harry's Bar will serve a free Irish buffet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on St. Patrick's Day and door prizes will be given to the first 100 customers. Harry's locations are 3347 Tates Creek Road, (859) 335-6500; 1920 Pleasant Ridge Drive, (859) 264-8023, and 3735 Palomar Centre Drive, (859) 977-2620.
■ Mulligan's Gardenside Café, 1804 Alexandria Drive, is offering $1 off any Irish-themed item on the menu Tuesday. Call (859) 277-0071.
■ Ramsey's Diners are serving corned beef and cabbage with Blarney vegetables, Irish stew and soda bread on Tuesday. Ramsey's will have a float in the St. Patrick's Day parade on Saturday.
Taste the lobster three ways
Jonathan at Gratz Park Inn, 120 West Second Street, has a deal for lobster lovers on Friday and Saturday. Chef/owner Jonathan Lundy is flying in fresh Maine lobsters and offering a three-course lobster-tasting menu that includes lobster bisque, lobster fennel slaw, and grilled beef tenderloin medallions with a corn pudding-stuffed half lobster tail. The cost is $36. Call (859) 252-4949or go to www.jagp.info. The St. Patrick's Day menu on Tuesday includes house-made corned beef brisket.
Coney Island comes to Winchester Road
Detroit Coney Island is open at 911 Winchester Road, serving the same menu as the location on Lane Allen Road. The specialty is hot dogs, but gyros, hamburgers and fish sandwiches also are on the menu. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 280-9138.
Jimmy D's adds dinner to its menu
Starting Wednesday, Jimmy D's East Coast Café, 1395 West Main Street, in Meadowthorpe, will begin serving dinner featuring traditional Italian dishes. Included are lasagna, chicken piccata, eggplant Parmesan and veal marsala. Dinner will be served from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call (859) 246-1708.
Columbia's prolongs Night Hawk special
The Night Hawk special at Columbia's Steak House has been extended for a while longer, owner Greg Penn said. The 8-ounce tenderloin, cooked in garlic butter, is served with a baked potato and Diego salad for $11.99. Columbia's locations are at 201 North Limestone, (859) 253-3135; and 2750 Richmond Road, (859) 268-1666; and Columbia's Steak Express at 125 Southland Drive, (859) 313-5300.
Allsports' all-you-can eat offer
805 Allsports Bar, 805 North Broadway, now is open for breakfast serving all-you-can-eat gravy and biscuits for $3.95. A full breakfast menu is served from 6 to 11 a.m. Call (859) 425-4840.