Food & Drink

Tidbits: Wine lists at Central Kentucky restaurants earn kudos from magazine

Sharon Thompson
Sharon Thompson

If you critique a restaurant by its wine list, then you have eight great places in Central Kentucky to add to your dining repertoire. In the August issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands Tuesday, the magazine includes its 2013 Restaurant Wine List Awards.

Kentucky restaurants that have "developed excellent and unique wine programs" are: Dudley's on Short, 259 West Short Street; The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue; Malone's, 3347 Tates Creek Road; The Melting Pot, 152 West Tiverton Way; Portofino, 249 East Main Street; and Sal's Chophouse, 3373 Tates Creek Road, all in Lexington; Serafini, 243 West Broadway, Frankfort; and Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street, Midway.

Farther afield are Bouquet Restaurant in Covington; and Corbett's, The English Grill, Lilly's Morton's the Steakhouse, The Oakroom, Ruth's Chris Steak House and Z's Oyster Bar in Louisville.

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■ An old-fashioned soda fountain is open in the historic Sims Drug building, 319 East Main Street, Wilmore. Sims Drug Soda Fountain & Grill serves burgers, fries, shrimp, po' boys and pimento cheese sandwiches, along with ice cream sodas and locally made desserts. Truman Bastin, a culinary arts graduate of Sullivan University, is the chef. Call (859) 858-2453.

■ The Grey Goose family of restaurants has launched a Grey Goose app for smartphones that features the menu, wine list, specials, events, entertainment, and directions to its restaurants in Lexington, Midway and Paris. Go to

Parkette Drive-In Restaurant's new Retro '50s garage dining room is open with an additional 90 seats for year-round dining. Parkette is at 1230 East New Circle Road. Call (859) 254-8723 or go to

Special events

■ Food critic and comedian Morgan Murphy will be a guest chef at Azur Restaurant on Thursday. Murphy is the author of Southern Living's Off the Eaten Path and Off the Eaten Path Second Helpings.

"Armed with Morgan's new book, we've designed a menu featuring some of the best recipes from the kitchens of the South," Azur chef Jeremy Ashby said. The cost is $35 and includes a signed book. Call (859) 296-1007or go to

The menu includes Chicken and the Egg's fried green tomatoes with tomato jam pimiento cheese fondue; Eddie Fisherman's grouper in a bag with paprika roasted potatoes; Kartchner's bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with Papermoon's sausage bread pudding; and "black sheep peanut butter pie." Azur is at 3070 Lakecrest Circle in Beaumont Centre.

Graeter's Ice Cream will celebrate National Ice Cream Day on Sunday by offering scoops of ice cream for $1.43. This year marks the 143rd anniversary of Cincinnati-based Graeter's. There are two stores in Lexington: 836 Euclid Avenue, in Chevy Chase, and 1925 Justice Drive, in Hamburg. For more locations, go to

Hanna's on Lime, 214 South Limestone, is serving its farmers market specials on Wednesdays. Chef/owner Beth Hanna selects items at the Tuesday market for the next day's special, which is six vegetables for $8.25. Some of the offerings are tomatoes with cottage cheese, corn on the cob, squash, peppers, eggplant, new potatoes, cucumber pickles and melon. The special will run weekly through September. Call (859) 252-6264.

Farmers market report

■ Saturday is Customer Appreciation Day at Bluegrass Farmers Market, and a limited number of free cutting boards will be given away. Produce includes corn, tomatoes, melons, green beans, and squash. Go to

■ The Winchester-Clark County Farmers Market has moved to Depot Street. Farmers will have green beans, tomatoes, onions, corn, yellow squash, zucchini, locally grown peaches and black raspberries. Also available: foods from Gourmet 2 You and wine from Harkness Edwards Winery. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.