Lots of area restaurants are celebrating the United States' 235th birthday this weekend. Here are some specials created for the Fourth of July.
■ Ramsey's Diner is kicking off its 20th celebration of Corn Daze by handing out free grilled corn on the cob at the Fourth of July Festival in downtown Lexington. "We will pass out approximately 50 bushels of corn that day. During the following six days, we will rotate between our four stores and will hand out free grilled corn to anyone that eats in or just drives by," owner Rob Ramsey said.
After the holiday, Ramsey's menus will feature corn on the cob, creamed corn, fried corn, sliced tomatoes and cottage cheese, okra, corn and tomatoes, and fried green tomatoes. Go to Ramseysdiners.com.
■ Onizim's Restaurant, 735 East Main Street, has two all-American specials this weekend: half a barbecued chicken with salad and two sides ($14.95) and Abita beer, sausage dog and fries ($9.95). Call (859) 266-9000 or go to Onizims.com.
■ Della's Diner, 124 North Upper Street, will be closed Sunday but open Monday for the downtown festivities. Chef Barry Turner will offer burger specials and barbecue with house-made sauce. Della's now serves a farmers market breakfast, with bacon and sausage from Hillside Heritage Farms, farm-fresh eggs, hash browns, and the choice of biscuits or toast for $8. Call (859) 281-1141.
■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, will have holiday specials that include a salad of grilled corn and heirloom tomatoes, sweet barbecue-glazed catfish, slow-smoked pork shoulder and strawberry shortcake. Call (859) 226-0300.
■ Casanova Italian Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, will be open Monday with two new menu items: spaghetti puttanesca and farfalle primavera. Call (859) 309-3313 or go to Casanovaky.com.
■ European Delights Gourmet Bakery is celebrating its first anniversary Friday. Stop by the store at 221 East Brannon Road, in Brannon Crossing, for punch and cookies, and cake samples. Call (859) 271-7000 or go to Europeandelightsbakery.com.
■ After five years in business, Heirloom Restaurant in Midway now has a liquor license. Beginning Tuesday, the restaurant, 125 East Main Street, will be allowed to serve alcoholic beverages. "Many restaurants will not even think of going into business without the sale of liquor," chef/owner Mark Wombles said. Call (859) 846-5565 or go to Heirloommidway.com.
■ Rossi's Restaurant, 1060 Chinoe Road, serves half-price bottles of wine on Tuesdays, with the purchase of a dinner. Call (859) 335-8788 or go to Rossis-restaurant.com.
■ Greentree Tea Room, 521 West Short Street, has a July menu that reflects summer's freshest ingredients. Included are gazpacho, salmon salad Niçoise, turkey salad, Parmesan-tomato rounds, and pound cake with fresh peaches. Luncheon tea is served at noon Wednesday through Saturday. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.
Lucie Meyers, chef/owner of a la lucie, is asking for help from the community with the design of her latest restaurant venture.
Meyers plans to open a new place at Loudon Avenue and North Limestone in a building that's undergoing renovation.
"I'm looking for old tiles, decorative glass, dishes, mirrors, shells, marble, any object that can stay outside. Although, tiles are preferred," she said. "Call the restaurant and drop things off, or we can pick up."
Call (859) 252-5277.
Farmers market report
■ The Woodford County Farmers Market now has peaches, tomatoes, potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, peppers, cabbage, honey, beef and pork. The Woodford Humane Society will have adoptable pets at the Saturday market from 8 a.m. to noon at Courthouse Square in Versailles. The market also is open 3 to 6 p.m. Monday on Main Street in Midway, and 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Versailles Presbyterian Church.
■ Corn is in at Bluegrass Farmers Market's two locations. Hours at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Mill Pond Shopping Center market is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.
■ The Lexington Farmers Market will have Bill Best's heirloom tomatoes, rhubarb, blackberries and red raspberries. Locations and hours are at Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.