Food & Drink

Sharon Thompson: Midway's Bistro La Belle has closed

Bistro La Belle in Midway has closed.

The restaurant at 121 East Main Street celebrated its 12th anniversary in October.

"I'm making some big changes, looking forward to enjoying some much needed family time," owner Laura Wolfrom Murphy said. She has listed the business, equipment and real estate with an agent. "I hope someone with a love of small towns (and a passion for great cuisine) chooses to continue on with the business," she said.

Family opens third Chinese eatery

The Chen family has opened a third Chinese restaurant in Lexington. Happy Panda is the newest one, at 117 Towne Center Drive; others are Chopstix Cafe, 3340 Clays Mill Road, and China King, 1497 Alexandria Drive.

Michelle Chen said the new restaurant doesn't offer delivery but has an express lunch menu designed to appeal to workers in the industrial area around Meadowthorpe. The lunch special, at $5.99, offers two items, rice or noodles, and soup or egg roll, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. After 2 p.m., the restaurant has a wait staff. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 388-9999 or (859) 388-9996.

Temple's New York-style deli returns

The New York-style deli at Temple Adath Israel, TAI on Rye, will start its new year on Sunday. In addition to the pastrami, corned beef, egg salad, homemade chopped liver and other sandwich options, plus all-beef hot dogs, the deli will offer specials on Sunday including homemade stuffed cabbage and rugelach.

Deli hours are noon to 2:30 p.m., and food is available for dine-in or carry-out. The full menu is available at

The deli will return next month on Feb. 27. The temple preschool, which is open to the community, will hold a silent auction during deli hours.

The temple is at 124 North Ashland Avenue.

Baker throws in some bacon

Bluegrass Baking Company, 3101 Clays Mill Road, has gone hog wild.

Owner/baker Jim Betts has decided to liven up winter by having a Bacon Fest and using bacon as a key ingredient in cookies, croissants, bourbon balls, tarts and a few other baked goods. Betts has ordered 50 pounds of locally produced Justin Dean bacon for the Bacon Fest, which is Friday through Jan. 29. Samples will be available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 296-0581.

Beer Trappe makes top 100 list

Draft Magazine lists The Beer Trappe, 811 Euclid Avenue, as one of the top 100 beer bars in America. "I think this is pretty impressive for a business that hasn't even been open for a year," owner Brett Behr said.

The magazine said: "Though it just launched last spring, The Beer Trappe has conquered Lexington's beer scene with its obscene selection. Eight taps pour accessible crafts like Schlafly coffee stout and Sierra Nevada estate, available in pints, flights and growlers to go. More than 400 bottles hail from Greece (Mythos Red), New Zealand (Epic Armageddon IPA) and beyond."

Call (859) 309-0911 or go to

Julep Cup's Saturday specials

The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is featuring rosemary-roasted prime rib for $27 Saturday night. The chef also will serve an Italian-American four-course meal that includes Italian sausage and five-cheese lasagna. Ukiah will entertain. Call (859) 226-0300.