Red State Barbecue is now serving breakfast, and if it's anything like lunch and dinner, you'll want to be late for work.
Joey Borders and his staff are curing and smoking bacon, grinding the sausage, and flipping hash browns on the flat-top grill.
"I can honestly say the only thing we don't bake in the building is biscuits," Borders said. "I'm not a baker, but I spare no expenses on the best Pillsbury biscuits."
The morning menu includes breakfast burritos and egg sandwiches.
Hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Red State is at 4020 Georgetown Road. Call (859) 233-7898.
Mardi Gras celebrations
There will be lots of Mardi Gras celebrations this weekend and on Fat Tuesday. Here are a few places to enjoy New Orleans-style food.
A la lucie, 159 North Limestone, will serve a prix fixe four-course dinner on Tuesday for $25. Featured are jambalaya, gumbo, etouffee, crab, oysters, escargot, shrimp creole, red beans and rice, king cake, and bananas Foster. The Sour Mashers Jug Band will entertain from 7 to 9 p.m. Also, Cajun specials will be served during lunch. Call (859) 252-5277.
Bourbon 'n' Toulouse, 829 Euclid Avenue, will have its annual Fat Tuesday party from 11 a.m. to midnight. The staff will boil 500 pounds of live crawfish. The Tallboys will entertain next door at The Chevy Chase Inn beginning at 8 p.m. Call (859) 335-0300 or go to Bntlex.com.
Brown's Bakery, 1397 West Main Street, is making king cakes and beignets Tuesday. You can stop in for a free beignet beginning at 7 a.m. Call (859) 225-8400.
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park at Buckhorn will feature a Mardi Gras buffet 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Entrees include alligator bites, Cajun fried chicken and shrimp jambalaya. The cost is $14. Call 1-800-325-0058 or (606) 398-7510.
Gumbo Ya Ya Cajun Creole, 1080 South Broadway, will have its eighth annual Fat Tuesday celebration. The menu will feature alligator sauce piquant, crawfish etouffee, crawfish creole and free slices of king cake. Call (859) 252-9292 or go to Gumboyayaky.com.
The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, will serve crawfish etouffee, chicken gumbo, blackened grouper and blackened shrimp Friday and Saturday. The Chung Yen Twins will entertain Friday, and Jo Nardoilillo will perform Saturday. Call (859) 226-0300.
Natural Bridge State Resort Park at Slade will serve a Mardi Gras buffet from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The menu includes chicken jambalaya, braised bayou pork chops and Bourbon Street pasta primavera. Cost is $15.95. Call (606) 663-2214.
Onizim's Front Porch will begin the Mardi Gras celebration Friday and Saturday with a crawfish and shrimp boil. The restaurant, 735 East Main Street, will open at 11 a.m. Tuesday, and the crawfish boil will be served all day. Call (859) 266-9000.
Ramsey's Diner will boil crawfish brought in live from New Orleans for Fat Tuesday. Also on the menu are red beans and rice, seafood gumbo and French toast. There will be Mardi Gras decorations, beads and balloons at each of the four locations: 496 East High Street, 4053 Tates Creek Center, 3090 Helmsdale Drive and 4391 Harrodsburg Road.
Wallace Station Deli and Bakery, 3854 Old Frankfort Pike, will serve Louisiana specialties Tuesday. Included are chicken and andouille sausage gumbo, blackened tilapia with a crawfish Creole sauce, and Cajun spice-rubbed prime rib. Call (859) 846-5161
■ Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street, will have a wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The cost is $45 for four courses and Peter Franus wines. Call (859) 252-4949.
■ California winemaker Mari Wells Coyle of David Girard Vineyards will conduct a tasting of her estate-grown wines at 7 p.m. March 15 at Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway. The wine flight will be paired with a three-course tapas dinner. Dinner and wine flight are $20 each. Call (859) 846-4732, or go to Hollyhillinn.com or Dgvwines.com.
The Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, is serving an Irish-themed menu in March. Included are potato-leek soup, Irish oatmeal scone, Benedictine and pesto chicken tea sandwiches, and pistachio cake. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.