Food & Drink

Ramsey's, Franky & Annette's all set for the big game

University of Kentucky football can fill the entire day on Saturday, with Lexington restaurants taking care of you before and after the game.

UK takes on the University of Louisville at noon at Commonwealth Stadium, and the parking lots will be packed.

You can have an early lunch at Ramsey's Diner, 496 East High Street, and catch the LexTran shuttle to the game. Parking is at Russell Capital Management, 476 East High Street. The shuttle runs every 20 to 30 minutes, beginning three hours before kickoff and ending one hour after the game. Shuttle tickets, $5, are available at Ramsey's. The restaurant opens at 10 a.m. on Saturdays. Call (859) 259-2708.

There's no need to head home after the last play. Franky & Annette's Resort Style Restaurant at The Signature Club of Lansdowne is having a Big Blue Beach Blast beginning at 4 p.m.

A touchdown package is $50 and includes reserved seating at the restaurant, a coastal cuisine buffet and entertainment. Tickets to hear the band Conch Republic and singers Jessie Rose Pennington and Cory Cross are $15. Partial proceeds go to special-needs children's charities.

Call (859) 277-6600, Ext. 5. Franky & Annette's is at 3256 Lansdowne Drive.

Happy hour at Buddy's

Buddy's Bar and Grill, 854 East High Street, is offering drink specials and half-price appetizers from 5 to 8 p.m. daily. Call (859) 335-1283 or go to

Distillers and their bourbons

Furlong's, 735 East Main Street, will have a bourbon tasting at 7 p.m. Monday. Distillers will be on hand to discuss their bourbons. Cost is $5. Call (859) 266-9000.

Wines on Vines gets cooking

The workmen have left Wines on Vine, and the renovated kitchen provides more space for the chefs to prepare a wider variety of meals. The shop, at 400 Old Vine Street, will have a beer tasting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The cost is $20 and includes a six-pack to take home. Call (859) 243-0017.

A battle of the brews

Pazzo's, 385 South Limestone, is having an East vs. West Throwdown at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Six beers from Dogfish Head (East Coast) and Stone Brewery (West Coast) will be poured during the evening. Greg Koch, co-founder of Stone Brewery, will be at the party. Call (859) 255-5125.

Shake and shimmy

Belly dancers will be at Petra Mediterranean Bar and Grill at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Petra is at 116 Marketplace Drive. Call (859) 272-0044 or go to,

Brunch lasts until 3 p.m.

The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, will serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday. The menu, served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes quail, andouille sausage and sweet potato hash; rack of lamb; eggs Benedict; roast salmon; omelets, and waffles.

The restaurant will offer small-batch bourbon flights on Friday and Saturday, along with a four-course tasting menu. Call (859) 226-0300 or go to

On the buffet table

Campbell's in Paris, 519 Main Street, is serving chicken Marbella with toasted couscous on its Saturday night buffet. Also included are beef short ribs with sun-dried tomato gravy, and a variety of fall vegetables. Call (859) 987-5164.

The soup's on at Bella Notte

Bella Notte, 3715 Nicholasville Road, is adding new soups to the menu for fall. Spicy tomato-basil with wood-fire grilled chicken and fresh corn soup are on the menu now. On Wednesday, the chefs will introduce cauliflower soup, and on Sept. 29, they'll bring on watercress soup. On Oct. 6, the restaurant will introduce fennel, tomato and white bean soup for Keeneland's fall meet. Call (859) 245-1789 or go to

13 new choices

Charlie Brown's, 816 Euclid Avenue, has added 13 items to its menu. Included are bison burger, yellowfin tuna patty melt and turkey melt. "All menu items are $7.80 or less," owner Dave Fuller said. Call (859) 269-5701.

A last shrimp harvest

McCord's Farm, 4258 Lexington Road in Winchester, is getting out of the shrimp business and having its final shrimp harvests at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 26. The farm will have tilapia available through October. Call (859) 744-4860.

Farmers market reports

■ Bluegrass Farmers Market will have watermelon, tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, raspberries, peppers, squash, beer cheese, Amish cheese, eggs, beef, herbs, soap, jams and jellies. The market is at 3450 Richmond Road, in the Fast Signs and Pedal the Planet parking lot. Hours are 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Go to

■ Woodford County Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. to noon Saturday on the courthouse square in Versailles. This week you'll find watermelon, winter squash, tomatoes, beans, Asian pears, apples, baked goods, red raspberries, beer cheese, barbecue sauce, okra, beef and pork.