Food & Drink

Sharon Thompson: A new year and new décor for Panda Cuisine

Renovations are complete at Panda Cuisine, 2358 Nicholasville Road, and the restaurant will reopen Tuesday, just in time for the Chinese New Year.

A holiday buffet will be served from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and 4 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Call (859) 299-9798.

Abbondanza tasting room moves

Abbondanza, importer of Oliva Bella extra-virgin olive oils from Italy, has moved its tasting room to 400 Old Vine Street from 406 South Broadway. The new spot is between Wines on Vine and Olde World Interiors. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 983-3567.

Rossi's is open for Super Bowl

Rossi's Restaurant will be open Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 6. You can root for the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Green Bay Packers while enjoying food and drink specials throughout the evening.

Rossi's, 1060 Chinoe Road, is accepting reservations for its four-course dinner on Valentine's Day. Call (859) 335-8788 or go to

Wilson's brings back a bargain

Wilson's Meat Market, 1010 Cramer Avenue, is bringing back its lunchtime special for less than $2. The grocery store is offering a fully dressed bologna sandwich with chips and a drink for $1.99. Call (859) 266-4531.

Martine's has cakes for your sweetie

Martine's Pastries, 1039 Industry Road, is creating valentine-themed desserts for your sweetheart. There are cake truffles, chocolate-dipped strawberries, soft-pink meringues dipped in white or dark chocolate, and heart-shaped sugar cookies. The most popular cakes for Valentine's Day are triple-chocolate mousse, raspberry, pistachio and passionfruit. Call (859) 231-9110.

Della's adds a turkey burger

The brunch special at Della's Diner, 124 North Upper Street, now includes a turkey burger. It's topped with avocado slices and horseradish mayonnaise, and is served with hash browns covered with diced tomatoes and green chilies.

For brunch on Saturday and Sunday, Della's offers a $4.50 deal: two eggs, bacon or sausage, hash browns, and choice of biscuit or toast. Call (859) 281-1141.

Three new entrees at Onizim's

Onizim's (o-KNEE-zims) has added three entrees to its New Orleans-flavored brunch menu: French Quarter waffles; Charlie's Cajun breakfast and Brennan's eggs Ellen, which features two four-ounce salmon fillets with a creole seasoning and is served with hollandaise sauce. Brunch hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Onizim's is at 735 East Main Street. Call (859) 266-9000 or go to

Jean Farris to host Valentine's dinners

Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, 6825 Old Richmond Road, will celebrate Valentine's Day Feb. 11 through 14. Dinner, from 5 to 9 p.m., will feature lobster bisque paired with viognier 2007; sea scallop with foie gras in puff pastry, paired with rosé; choice of sea bass with roasted red pepper sauce, and chardonnay, or lamb roulade with barley risotto and tempest 2007; and red velvet soufflé and petite syrah. Cost is $75. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to

Julep Cup speaks French this weekend

The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, will feature French-inspired a la carte specials this weekend. Included are warm vichyssoise with butter-poached lobster, salad of baby frisée tossed with lardons and topped with a poached egg, sea bass en papillote and beef bourguignon.

The Beth Mankel Group will entertain from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, and classical guitarist John Hedger will perform Saturday. Call (859) 226-0300 or go to