Food & Drink

Spring means patios and new menus

Restaurants are celebrating the arrival of spring with new menu offerings and warm-weather specials.

Here are some to consider:

■ J. Morse on Vine Bistro, 102 West Vine Street, has put the patio tables and red umbrellas out on the street for dining on warm nights.

The Bistro also is serving bananas Foster and cherries jubilee tableside. "All my veteran servers go back with me to the Coach House days," owner Jerry Morse said. "They — as well as my sons, Jevan, Jerry and Jerad — are well versed on how to safely do tableside flaming."

The restaurant also is making tableside Caesar salads.

Call (859) 368-9888.

■ The Dish, 438 South Ashland Avenue, will be open Sundays beginning April 11 for Keeneland's spring meet. The Dish's spring menu features seasonal and local items. Call (859) 317-8438 or go to www.thedishlexington.com.

■ Heirloom Restaurant, 125 West Main Street, Midway, has jazzed up its menu for spring. New items include chicken and mushroom crepes, tomato-braised short ribs, and pan-seared Chilean sea bass. Call (859) 846-5565 or go to www.heirloommidway.com.

■ Country Cookin' by George, 1801 Alexandria Drive, is offering a $7.49 special on Saturday, the first day of spring. The entree buffet includes corned beef and cabbage, roast beef, salmon patties and coconut shrimp. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 276-0001.

■ Furlongs, 735 East Main Street, will serve boiled crawfish and shrimp each Saturday in April. Call (859) 266-9000 or go to www.furlongs.com.

■ Lovers Leap Winery in Lawrenceburg is having a spring fling Saturday. Tastings and tours will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and barbecue will be served from 1 to 3 p.m. Pulled pork and barbecued chicken will be provided by J.J. McBrewsters, 3101 Clays Mill Road, Lexington. Tickets are $15 in advance. Call (502) 839-1299. The winery is at 1180 Lanes Mill Road, Lawrenceburg.

It's Glitz season again

The Glitz at Irish Acres opened its 23rd season on Wednesday, St. Patrick's Day. The restaurant, 4205 Fords Mill Road in the Woodford County community of Nonesuch, serves a three-course lunch for $19.95. The menu for the next two weeks features turkey crepes Mornay, Irish beef tenderloin stew and smoked salmon terrine. Hours are 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call (859) 873-6956 or go to www.irishacresgallery.com.

Lots of gluten-free choices

The enhanced gluten-free menu at P.F. Chang's China Bistro features 28 dishes, including five new beef entrees: Mongolian beef, beef with broccoli, beef a la Sichuan, pepper steak and Hong Kong beef with snow peas. Other gluten-free dishes include shrimp with lobster sauce, spicy chicken, lemon scallops, Singapore street noodles and flourless chocolate dome. Lexington's P.F. Chang's is at 3405 Nicholasville Road, at Fayette Mall. Call (859) 271-1165 or go to www.pfchangs.com.

Quick bites

■ New shipments of olio rustico and balsamico have arrived at Oliva Bella, 406 South Broadway. Chef Stacey Moore offers daily pasta and bruschetta specials, housemade biscotti with Cuban coffee and samples of all Oliva Bella products 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Call (859) 983-3567.

■ Three Suns Bistro, 298 East Brannon Road, in Nicholasville's Brannon Crossing, has half-price appetizers and bar specials on days when the University of Kentucky Wildcats play. Call (859) 245-0048 or go to www.threesunsbistro.com.

■ The Lenten specials at Max & Erma's include lemon-herb Alaskan halibut, pan-seared with a light lemon sauce and served over rice with seasoned broccoli. Other specials are Singapore salmon, and fish and chips. Max & Erma's is at 1848 Alysheba Way, in Hamburg. Call (859) 543-8111.

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