It's on St. Patrick's Day each year that The Glitz at Irish Acres Gallery reopens for the season.
The Woodford County restaurant is the place to go for leisurely luncheons and antique shopping. Guests are served a flute of spiced apple refresher, followed by an appetizer, an entree with accompaniments and dessert. The opening-day menu features Irish potato soup, corned beef and cabbage egg rolls, roasted pepper and portobello tarts, salmon en croute, and chicken and artichoke rolls. The Glitz's cookbook, Lunch at The Glitz, is new this year.
Irish Acres is at 4205 Fords Mill Road in Nonesuch, in Woodford County. Call (859) 873-6956 or go to Irishacresgallery.com.
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Before or after Lexington's St. Patrick's Day Parade, you can enjoy Irish fare all over the area. Here are places that are serving everything Irish, from rashers to soda bread.
■ A la lucie, 159 North Limestone, is adding traditional Irish food to its dinner menu Saturday. Call (859) 252-5277.
■ The chefs at Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, are using local meats to prepare their St. Patrick's Day dinner. "We've got beef brisket from Stone Cross Farm of Spencer County that we are corning ourselves," Jake Gibbs said. "For those who have never had real fresh corned beef, this will be a treat. We'll also have a lamb stew made with lamb from Marksbury Farm of Garrard County. There will be vegetarian specials, homemade soda bread and, periodically throughout the night, Irish dancing." Call (859) 253-0014.
■ Cheapside Bar & Grill, 131 Cheapside, is celebrating its 27th birthday Friday and Saturday. "We opened up in 1985 for the NCAA finals at Rupp," owner Robin Campbell said. "St. Paddy's Day is also the day we always open the patio and patio bar for the season — whatever the weather." The menu features Irish lamb stew, corned beef and cabbage, potato and leek soup, and hand-cut corned beef Reubens. Call (859) 254-0046.
■ Breakfast at The Dixie Café and Quick Stop in Keene will feature authentic Irish foods on Saturday. The Quick Stop has a wide selection of groceries that are native to Ireland. Call (859) 885-0191 or go to Thedixiecafeandquickstop.com.
■ Doodles, 262 North Limestone, will serve a traditional Irish breakfast Saturday featuring items from Fáilte, the Irish import shop downtown. Included are scrambled eggs with mushrooms, rashers, sausages, black and white pudding, and soda bread. Call(859) 317-8507.
■ Good Foods Market & Café will host a St. Patrick's Day buffet Friday and Saturday. The menu was created by chef Alex Jenkins, who was trained at Cork Regional Technical College in Cork City, Ireland. Included are house-smoked salmon cakes and Irish champ. Good Foods is at 455 Southland Drive. Call (859) 278-1813 or go to Goodfoods.coop.
■ The Grey Goose is serving its version of shepherd's pie Saturday. It's a pizza with mashed potato base, lamb, yellow onions, mushrooms, peas and gravy. Locations are 170 Jefferson Street, Lexington, (859) 233-1500; and 133 Main Street, Midway, (859) 846-9933.
■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is serving Irish onion soup, lamb chop with roasted root vegetables, and roasted cod with colcannon potato cakes Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 226-0300.
■ Ramsey's Diners will celebrate Saturday and offer a menu that includes slow-cooked corned beef and cabbage, blarney vegetables, Irish stew, and soda bread. Go to Ramseysdiners.com for locations of the four Ramsey's Diners.
■ Three Suns Bistro in Brannon Crossing in Jessamine County is serving Irish-inspired specials this weekend. Included are roasted cauliflower and Irish cheddar soup, seared sea scallops wrapped in smoked salmon, corned beef with roasted root vegetables and colcannon. Call (859) 245-0048.
■ Jewish comfort food — beef brisket and chicken matzo ball soup — are among the specials Sunday at TAI on Rye, the pop-up deli at Temple Adath Israel. For dessert there will be hamantaschen, triangle-shaped filled pastries traditionally served during the holiday of Purim. The deli, which features New York-style sandwiches, opens at noon. The temple is at 124 North Ashland Avenue. Go to Lextai.org.
■ For the Lenten season, Addie's Restaurant & Bar at The Woodford Inn is having another fish fry Friday. Addie's is at 140 Park Street, Versailles. Call (859) 873-5600 or go to Thewoodfordinn.com.
■ Heirloom Restaurant, 125 East Main Street, Midway, serves a hearty breakfast for those who are bicycling through the area this spring. Call (859) 846-5565 or go to Heirloommidway.com.
■ Saturday marks the 28th anniversary of Engine House Deli, 9 Lexington Avenue, Winchester. It's where Bob Tabor makes his River Rat beer cheese. Beginning March 24, Roy White and Mike Robinson will be serving brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (859) 737-0560.