Food & Drink

Josie's no longer just carry-out

Josie's Grab & Go now is simply Josie's.

Owners Bobby and Jennifer Murray have turned the former gourmet carry-out store into a breakfast and lunch spot.

"We took out the cases and put in booths, tables and an old-fashioned counter," Jennifer Murray said.

Eggs Benedict, quiches, and biscuits and gravy are served for breakfast, and the lunch menu features burgers, salads and soups.

"We still have one small 'grab and go' case which has Mamoo's chicken salad, pimento cheese, ham dip, artichoke dip and some sweets," she said.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Josie's is at 821 Chevy Chase Place. Call (859) 523-8328.

Whiskey battle at Portofino's

It's Kentucky bourbon versus Tennessee whiskey at The Great Barrel Debate on Tuesday at Portofino, 249 East Main Street. The event, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., features appetizers and a tasting of Woodford Reserve and Old Forester bourbons along with Gentleman Jack and Jack Daniel's single-barrel whiskey. It's $19.99 in advance, or $24.99 at the door. Call (859) 253-9300 or go to

Cheapside is a quarter-century old

Cheapside Bar and Grill, 131 Cheapside, is celebrating its 25th anniversary Saturday through Wednesday. The bar served its first drink and appetizer in 1985, just before the NCAA finals at Rupp Arena. The patio and bar open for the season Saturday. Call (859) 254-0046 or go to

Brain drained? Head to Holly Hill

Food for the brain is the theme for Holly Hill Inn's March menu. Chef/owner Ouita Michel said it was inspired by her father, Dr. Raymond Papka.

"Dad retired last year after more than 40 years of research on the nervous system and 30 years of teaching medical students about the brain. Feeding our brains with stimulating and healthy food is my culinary salute to Dad," Michel said.

The items on the menu are low in fat, high in fiber and rich in dark, leafy greens, omega-3 fatty acids, dark and richly colored fruits and vegetables, with plenty of seeds and nuts and vitamin C — all to help your brain.

Holly Hill is at 426 North Winter Street in Midway. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to

Time for the mobile smoker

Dave McCauley and his Big Blue Q mobile smoker are ready for the outdoor party season to begin. McCauley's barbecue specialties include shaved pork loin, chopped pulled pork, smoked turkey breast, and grilled steaks. Call (859) 229-7927 or e-mail McCauley at

Julep Cup hosts vagabond weekend

The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is having a vagabond weekend on Friday and Saturday, with pan-seared Atlantic salmon, beef tenderloin medallions in a wild mushroom red wine cream sauce, and marscapone and cherry blintzes with vanilla bean ice cream. Entertainment is Bob and Ben Lacy on Friday and Brice Farrar on Saturday. Call (859) 226-0300or go to

Saturday night at Campbell's

The Saturday night buffet at Campbell's in Paris features fried chicken and shrimp Creole. Sides include fresh kale greens, roasted root vegetables, and a variety of salads. The cost is $15.95. On Friday nights, the all-you-can-eat catfish dinner is $14.95. Campbell's is at 519 Main Street. Call (859) 987-5164.