If you enjoy the charm of small towns, take a drive to Millersburg and have lunch or dinner at the 5th Street Café.
Last fall, Robert and Maureen Barker opened the café to complement and support ArtCroft, an artists residency where people can do creative work in a rural setting.
The café is at Fifth and Vimont streets in the historic Millersburg Coal and Lumber Co. building, which was founded in the early 1900s.
Dinner is served 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and the menu includes pasta, salmon, chicken and New York strip steak. Lunch hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and the menu features sandwiches, salads and soups. The luncheon chef is Julio Silva, and Richard Barrett prepares dinner. Call (859) 473-0552 or go to Fifthstreetcafeky.com.
■ Casanova Italian Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, is introducing a new menu item for Father's Day: risotto chicken marsala. Call (859) 309-3313 or go to Casanovaky.com.
■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is offering Father's Day specials Friday through Sunday. Included are West Coast oysters on the half-shell and grilled calamari. On Friday, gourmet pizzas will be served in the bar for Gallery Hop. Call (859) 226-0300.
■ Sunday's Father's Day special at Onizim's Restaurant, 735 East Main Street, is buy one entree, receive a second entree free. On Saturday, the restaurant is having a Louisiana crawfish and shrimp boil, with reservations only. Call (859) 266-9000 or go to Onizims.com.
■ Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway, is serving brunch and a dinner buffet on Father's Day. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to Hollyhillinn.com.
■ Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, will serve a brunch buffet for Father's Day that's $19.95 a person. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to Azurrestaurant.com.
■ The Corner Café, 385 South Mill Street, is the place to go when you want a low-calorie lunch. All the wraps on the menu have fewer than 450 calories. "We don't use mayonnaise or cream cheese," owner Rich Vaux said. You can get half a turkey wrap and a low-calorie smoothie for $6.99. Call (859) 554-5194.
■ Rossi's Restaurant, 1060 Chinoe Road, offers nightly food specials, and on Tuesdays you can get bottles of wine at half-price with dinner. Call (859) 335-8788 or go to Rossis-restaurant.com.
■ Merrick Inn, 1074 Merrick Drive, will have a wine tasting Wednesday featuring Brian Fowler with B.R. Cohn Winery in Sonoma County, Calif. Wednesday Wines on the Vine is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $23. Reservations are required. Call (859) 269-5417.
■ Winchell's, 348 Southland Drive, will have its annual lobster boil 4:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The date was incorrect in last week's Weekender. Call (859) 278-9424.
■ Two Winchester bars and a Nicholasville producer won bragging rights at the third annual Beer Cheese Festival in Winchester on Saturday. First place went to Kentucky Beer Cheese from Castano Foods, Nicholasville; Woody's Bar & Grill, in Winchester, won second, and Full Circle Health Foods Market, also of Winchester, was third. DJ's Bar & Grill, in Winchester, was voted people's choice. Winners of the amateur competition were Rouse Hunt, first; Ollie Puckett, second; and Brennan Gilkison, third.
New on the menu
■ Bella Notte, 3715 Nicholasville Road, has a new summer menu. Included are house-made farmhouse spicy sausage; heirloom tomato salad; and strawberry shortcake, limoncello semifreddo, and a trio of sorbets. Call (859) 245-1789 or visit Bellalexington.com.
■ Caramanda's Bake Shoppe has created a new cupcake. The piña colada is pineapple cake filled with pineapple buttercream, iced with coconut buttercream and rimmed in fresh coconut. Locations are 332 Southland Drive, 3805 Dylan Place, and a kiosk in Fayette Mall. Call (859) 278-7172 or go to Caramandas.com.
■ Shamrock Bar & Grill's new menu has a professional look and lots of new items. There's a granny Smith apple and blue cheese salad, an Irish Cobb salad, and more "from-scratch" sides, including macaroni and cheese, broccoli casserole and green beans. Locations are 154 Patchen Drive, (859) 269-7621; and 4750 Hartland Parkway, (859) 245-9504.
■ Nick Ryan's, 157 Jefferson Street, now serves lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Daily lunch specials are priced at $8. Brunch specials are served along with the full lunch menu beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. Call (859) 233-7900.
Farmers market report
■ The produce at Woodford County Farmers Market is locally grown within 50 miles of Versailles. Vendors also sell baked goods, crafts, frozen desserts, eggs and meat. Locations and hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Monday on Main Street in Midway; 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Versailles Presbyterian Church; and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Versailles' Courthouse Square.
■ Bluegrass Farmers Market's growers have tomatoes, blueberries, green beans, eggs, kale, zucchini and rhubarb. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.