Food & Drink

The Jazzman is working the grill at Cantuckee Diner

Lexington's first Smashburger, above, opened in April at Center Court on Upper Street. A second restaurant is scheduled to open on Thursday on Nicholasville Road.
Lexington's first Smashburger, above, opened in April at Center Court on Upper Street. A second restaurant is scheduled to open on Thursday on Nicholasville Road.

James Baker, aka Jazzman, now is cooking at Cantuckee Diner in Winchester.

Baker, who is known for his barbecue and country-style recipes, will be grilling ribs and chicken on the weekends at the diner, which is under new ownership.

The buffet, which is served at lunch and dinner, includes St. Louis ribs and barbecued chicken; and the Sunday special is chicken and dumplings. The cost is $6.99 for lunch, and $7.99 for dinner and on weekends. Breakfast is available from a menu.

The restaurant is at 12 Carol Drive, near the intersection of U.S. 60 and the Winchester bypass. Call (859) 744-7377.

Also in Winchester:

■ Bailey's Café, 39 South Main Street, is changing from a restaurant to a commercial kitchen. Owner Jenny Bailey is concentrating on catering and is opening her kitchen for commercial food production. Call (859) 737-8013.

■ The Dog House, 10 West Main Street, is planning a second location in a small shopping center on Lexington Road (U.S. 60) on the outskirts of town. Hot dogs are the focus, but other items will include hoagies, brats, cheeseburgers and soups. Call (859) 744-4584.

■ JK's Cafe, 50 South Main Street, recently was sold and became Cara Mia's, which was open for only a few weeks before closing its doors.

■ The Daily Grind, a gourmet coffee brewery, soon will open in a kiosk near the Kroger gas station on the bypass.

■ The former Popeye's building on Red Wing Drive is being converted to The Grill Hut.

■ The Engine House Deli, 9 West Lexington Avenue, is changing its menu to reflect the change in seasons. Returning items are spaghetti and meatballs and The Engine House's version of the hot Brown. Owner Bill Tabor is the creator of River Rat beer cheese. Call (859) 737-0560.

Saul Good counts down

Saul Good, 808 Alysheba Way, is celebrating the "10 day out" countdown to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Call (859) 317-9200.

Smashburger II

Lexington's second Smashburger restaurant opens Thursday at 3695 Nicholasville Road. The first local Smashburger store is in Center Court at 535 South Upper Street. Smashburger features a regional menu that includes a burger served with Wild Turkey bourbon barbecue sauce; the three-way Smashdog made with Cincinnati chili, and the bourbon barbecue ranch chicken Smashsalad. Call (859) 271-0411.

A toast to our heritage

September is National Bourbon Heritage Month and restaurants are celebrating:

■ Jonathan at Gratz Park is having a dinner Thursday that celebrates bourbon and wine. Chef/owner Jonathan Lundy will serve a five-course menu that features the bourbons of Frankfort's Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery and Shiraz Southern Belle wine, which is aged in Van Winkle bourbon barrels. Guests will be Julian Van Winkle and Dan Philips, founder of the wine importer Grateful Palate. Jonathan's is at 120 West Second Street. Call (859) 252-4949 or go to

■ Joy Perrine, the mixologist at Equus Jack's Lounge, 122 Sears Avenue in Louisville, will serve her award-winning bourbon-ball cocktail throughout the month, and chef Dallas McGarity will prepare bourbon-infused dishes. Call (502) 897-9721 or go to

■ At Corbett's, 5050 Norton Healthcare Boulevard in Louisville, chef/owner Dean Corbett will end the monthlong celebration with a bourbon dinner on Sept. 30. Bourbon expert Mike Beach of the Filson Society will talk about the history of bourbon. Cost is $100 a person. Call (502) 327-5058 or go to

■ The Brown Hotel, 335 West Broadway in Louisville, will offer a menu of paired appetizers and cocktails made with Kentucky bourbon at the hotel's lobby bar through Sept. 30. Each item on the menu is $7 and is offered 4 to 10 p.m. daily. Call (502) 583-1234 or go to

Music, new menu at Bigg Blue

Bigg Blue Martini at the Hilton Lexington/Downtown Hotel has recently undergone renovation and now features local musicians during happy hour. The new menu, prepared by Triangle Grill chefs, features roasted duck breast quesadilla; pork pot stickers; spicy breaded chicken wings; and a fried green tomato stack served with country ham and cream cheese salad.

Joseph Ross entertains on Friday; Mike Archer on Saturday; Bryan Himes on Sept. 17, and the Stella Vees on Sept. 24 and 25. Bigg Blue is at 369 West Vine Street. Call (859) 231-9000 or go to

Farmers market report

■ The Healthy Food Group has opened a new East End Community Farmers Market on Third Street at Midland Avenue, under the Third Street Pavilion. The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through October.

■ The American Farmland Trust runs a contest each year in which farmers market customers can vote for their favorite market across America. The 2010 "America's Favorite Farmers Market" contest named the Bluegrass Farmers Market in Lexington number one in Kentucky. Go to

The Bluegrass market will have tomatoes, peppers, squash, green beans, potatoes, apples, eggplant, eggs, jams, honey, Amish baked goods, herbs, berries and beef on Saturday. The market is at 3450 Richmond Road in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.