Food & Drink

Fish and vegetarian specials make it easy to go out and observe Lent

Restaurants are appealing to customers who are observing Lent by offering seafood and vegetarian specials.

Here's a sampling:

■ Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, is offering a seafood special through April 12, Easter Sunday. Included are three-flavor shrimp, ginger-steamed salmon, butter and garlic shrimp, and coconut curry shrimp. The dessert special is mango and sweet sticky rice. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to

■ Chili lovers have a meatless option at Gold Star Chili. The veggie chili is served as a veggie two-way over spaghetti or veggie three-way with shredded Cheddar cheese. Locations are at 2320 Palumbo Drive, (859) 266-5117, and 1900 Plaudit Place, (859) 263-2443.

This is what gluten-free tastes like

Whole Foods Market, 161 Lexington Green Circle, is having a gluten-free event from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Samples of gluten-free foods will be available. Call (859) 971-8600.

With music every Friday night

Pianist Courtney Allen is entertaining at Summit Restaurant on Friday nights. Owner Wayne Masterman said Allen will play every Friday unless he is booked at a private party, in which case other musicians will entertain, including Second Shift. Entertainment begins at 8 p.m. at the restaurant, 1097 Duval Street. Call (859) 271-1400.

Take a Sunday night stroll

Now that spring is here, plan a walk and dinner downtown. Columbia's Steak House at 201 North Limestone is now open from 4 to 9 p.m. Sundays. Call (859) 253-3135.

Azur's Chef Series focuses on fusion

Azur Restaurant will showcase fusion cooking at its next Chef Series dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The cost is $50. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to

The menu features roulade of ahi tuna stuffed with smoked sweet plantain, coconut and saffron chowder, chile relleno of Calabrese cheese and a roasted vegetable sauce, bang bang style duck, and bananas with West Indian pumpkin and chili spice cream.

Bring your appetite

Campbell's in Paris, 519 Main Street, is having an all-you-can-eat catfish and barbecued chicken buffet on Saturday. from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Also included are smashed new potatoes, and okra and tomato gumbo. The cost is $14.95. Call (859) 987-5164 or

Remodeling brings changes to Rafferty's

Rafferty's Restaurant, 2420 Nicholasville Road, has just completed its remodeling and added 16 TVs. Other changes include lower menu prices and new hours. The store is open 11 a.m. to midnight daily. Call (859) 278-9427.

Abuelo's remakes its lunch menu

Abuelo's Mexican restaurant, 3395 Nicholasville Road, has a new lunch menu with items starting at $6.99. Included are enchilada and bean tostada combination, grande burrito, and lunch fajitas. Six new dishes have been added to the senior menu, starting at $5.99. Call (859) 971-0922or go to