There's a stylish new place that opened recently in south Lexington that offers everything from kibbeh balls to burgers.
Petra Mediterranean Bar & Grill, 116 Marketplace Drive, is in the former site of Romano's Macaroni Grill near Nicholasville Road and Man o' War Boulevard.
Menu items include fatoush, beef shish kabab, Greek moussaka, charbroiled quail, beef and chicken shawarma sandwiches, and falafel. Call (859) 272-0044 or go to www.petrainlex.com.
Ale, ale, the gang's all here
Beer drinkers can sample 150 beers from 40 breweries at the The Lexington Fest of Ales on Friday, Sept. 4, at Cheapside Park.
Tickets, $20, are available at Pazzo's Pizza Pub, 385 South Limestone, and all Liquor Barn locations. Call Pazzo's at (859) 255-5125 or Liquor Barn at (859) 294-5700.
Using Julia's recipes
Three Suns Bistro, 298 East Brannon Crossing, will have a French wine-tasting dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The menu features recipes from Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, including mussels in sauce, leek and potato soup, beef with red wine, and chocolate mousse. The cost is $40. Call (859 245-0048.
Dogs are welcome at Yappy Hour
Buddy's Bar and Grill is having Yappy Hour from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The party will be in the parking lot next to Buddy's, which is at 854 East High Street. The cost is $20 for one person and one pup and includes wine, appetizers, cocktails and doggie treats provided by The Bluegrass Barkery. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Lexington Humane Society. Call (859) 335-1283 or go to www.buddysbarandgrill.com.
Thai one on at anniversary buffet
Thai Orchid Café is celebrating its third anniversary with a $14.95 all-you-care-to-eat buffet Saturday. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to www.thaiorchidcafe.net. The restaurant is at 1030 South Broadway.
Wines on Vine closing for 4-day fix-up
Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, will be closed Sept. 7 to 10 for kitchen renovations. The store will reopen Sept. 11. Call (859) 243-0017. The regular martini and manicures night on Sept. 8 will not be held.
A limited engagement
Abuelo's Mexican restaurant at Fayette Mall, 3395 Nicholasville Road, has added a steak and shrimp entrée to its menu for a limited time. It features a six-ounce sirloin steak grilled to specifications, then topped with shrimp sautéed in a Mexican-style garlic sauce and served over grilled onions. The cost is $12.99. Call (859) 971-0922 or go to www.abuelos.com.
Sunday dinner on Saturday night
Campbell's in Paris, 519 Main Street, will have a buffet Saturday featuring fried chicken, Swiss steak and garden fresh vegetables. The cost is $14.95. Call (859) 987-5164 or go to www.campbellsinparis.com.
Donatos adds hand-tossed option
Donatos now has a hand-tossed pizza on its menu. It features a traditional pie cut and new flavors to enhance the taste of the fresh-baked crust — whole-milk mozzarella cheese, zesty pepperoni and a sweet Italian sauce made with fresh tomatoes and herbs. Customers also may select the dipping sauce of their choice — sweet Italian marinara or buttery garlic —to accompany the pizza. For a limited time, Donatos is offering a special introductory price of $10.99 for a large one-topping hand-tossed pizza at all Donatos locations. Go to www.donatos.com.
Farmers market report
Bluegrass Farmers Market will have tomatoes, corn, peppers, potatoes, flowers, herb seasoning, Amish cheese, eggs, beef, and a Kentucky State Fair grand championship honey. The market is at 3450 Richmond Road, in the Fast Sign and Pedal the Planet parking lot. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Go to www.localharvest.org/blog/29529.