Food & Drink

Chuy's plans to make Elvis' birthday special

The Elvis shrine is an integral part of the atmosphere at every Chuy's restaurant.
The Elvis shrine is an integral part of the atmosphere at every Chuy's restaurant.

Sunday is Elvis Presley's birthday, and Chuy's, the new Mexican restaurant off Nicholasville Road, is celebrating.

The restaurant, at 3841 Nicholasville Centre Drive, will pay tribute to Presley with a Blue Hawaii theme and special pricing on Elvis green chili fried chicken and the Elvis Presley memorial combo. The entree is free to anyone who comes dressed as Elvis or Priscilla Presley. Limited-edition Elvis and Priscilla T-shirts will be available.

The story goes that Chuy's fascination with Presley began when Chuy's first opened in 1982 in Austin, Texas. There was little money for restaurant décor, and the founders hit the streets with $20 in search of something to put on the walls. The oversize velvet painting of Presley they returned with changed the course of Chuy's history, according to the restaurant. Soon, customers were donating their memorabilia, and Presley was named the patron saint of Chuy's. Call (859) 245-2489 or go to Chuys.com.

Specials

Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, is offering "Thai light delights" to help customers stick to their diets. Included are fresh Thai rolls, grilled salmon salad, a soupy noodle bowl and steak salad. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to Thaiorchidcafe.net.

Nick Ryan's Saloon, 157 Jefferson Street, is serving fresh fish caught wild in Hawaii and flown in every Friday from Honolulu Fish Co. The chef is creating special sauces and side dishes to pair with ono, also known as wahoo; big-eye tuna; barramundi; shortbill marlin; and opah. Call (859) 233-7900.

Natasha's Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade, is exploring global comfort foods for the next several weeks. Dishes from Italy's Amalfi Coast will be featured next week and include fresh shrimp and mussels in a light lemon caper and white wine sauce tossed with spinach and penne pasta. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to Beetnik.com.

Hanna's on Lime, 216 South Limestone, will reopen Monday after a holiday break. The lunch special will be pot roast with two sides and a roll for $7.95. The featured dessert will be chocolate cream pie. Breakfast features hand-grated hash browns, omelettes, pancakes and a variety of egg dishes. Delivery is available. Call (859) 252-6264.

New hours

Della's Diner, 124 North Upper Street, now is open for late-night dining on weekends. Hours are 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 281-1141.

Heirloom Restaurant, 125 East Main Street, Midway, now is open for breakfast. Chef/owner Mark Wombles said he will serve many Kentucky Proud items, including local lamb sausage and farm-fresh eggs. Breakfast hours are 7 to 10 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call (859) 846-5565 or go to Heirloommidway.com.

Announcements

■ Independent Restaurateur Magazine has named Azur Restaurant and Patio one of the 2011 Indie Award winners. Azur topped all other entries in the regional category Excellence in Community Service, Midwest Region. "They liked the idea of farmers markets at restaurants," executive chef Jeremy Ashby said. The restaurant is at 3070 Lakecrest Circle in Beaumont Centre. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to Azurrestaurant.com or Theindependentrestaurateur.com.

Events

Natural Bridge State Resort Park, near Slade, is hosting Appalachian Heritage Buffalo Night on Jan. 14. An all-you-can-eat buffet will be served from 4 to 8 p.m. The menu features buffalo chili, snapping turtle soup, roast buffalo rounds, venison ragout, buffalo meatloaf, buffalo ribs, wild boar sausage with onions and peppers, and fried catfish. Side items will include country-style green beans, baked potatoes, a salad bar and assorted desserts. The cost is $17.95. Call 1-800-325-1710.

■ The South Limestone Association of Merchants is holding Rally Time on Lime on Friday to get fans pumped for the University of Kentucky men's basketball game Saturday against South Carolina. Businesses will have special hours and pricing. Pazzo's Pizza Pub will offer half-price appetizers beginning at 4 p.m., and Kennedy Book Store will sell Rally Time on Lime T-shirts from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Wildcat Den.

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