Food & Drink

Sharon Thompson: Chef Ouita Michel adds seafood restaurant to her lineup

Sharon Thompson
Sharon Thompson

Acclaimed Central Kentucky chef Ouita Michel's family of restaurants has a new member, Smithtown Seafood.

At 501 West Sixth Street, it's named for the neighborhood, in keeping with Michel's tradition of naming her restaurants, which include Wallace Station and Holly Hill Inn, in honor of the history of their locations.

The menu includes catfish, flounder, shrimp, tilapia raised by FoodChain, oyster dinners, sandwiches, fish tacos, fish nachos and pupusas, a Salvadoran dish of thick corn tortillas filled with seafood. Burgers and hotdogs also are available. For vegans, "Jack crab" salad rolls are available.

Dinner is take-out, or dining is available next door at West Sixth Brewing. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Call (859) 303-4100.

Special events

Greentree Tearoom's menu for October features the flavors of autumn. Included are roasted red pepper soup, oatmeal scones, broccoli and smoked gouda frittata, spiced butternut squash cups, and pumpkin cookies. The tearoom is at 521 West Short Street. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to

Bourbon n' Toulouse, 829 Euclid Avenue, will be making a big pot of alligator étouffée in honor of Saturday's football game between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Florida Gators at Commonwealth Stadium. It will be available beginning at 11 a.m. Friday.

"We only make this delicious dish a few times a year, and it is always a huge hit," co-owner Kevin Heathcoat said. Tailgating packages include all menu items except the alligator étouffée. Call (859) 335-0300 or go to

■ The Akielo Temple Egyptian Band will have its annual fall tea and style show at 2 p.m. Sunday at Oleika Shrine Center, 326 Southland Drive. Tickets are $20. Call (859) 333-0146 or (859) 621-8999.

Holly Hill Inn in Midway is celebrating the harvest season at 6 p.m. Saturday with a dinner buffet inspired by Mediterranean flavors. Entrees include chermoula-marinated fresh mako shark and Catalan roast pork with house-pickled plum compote. The cost is $40. The restaurant is at 426 North Winter Street. Call (859) 846-4732.

Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, is having an Oktoberfest party at 6 p.m. Monday. The cost is $25. Call (859) 243-0017.

The Ketch Seafood Grill, 2012 Regency Road, is having its annual lobster clambake through Monday. Included are a 1¼-pound freshly steamed lobster with local corn on the cob, red skin potatoes and drawn butter, for $26. Call (859) 277-5919.

Wilson Farms' 10th annual shrimp harvest is at 11 a.m. Saturday. Ponds are near Lancaster. From Lancaster, take Ky. 52 west toward Danville. Turn on Ky. 1150. Ponds are a half-mile on the left; look for signs. The cost is $8 a pound. Bring ice and a cooler. Call (859) 339-1802 or (859) 792-1443.

Parlay Social, 257 West Short Street, will host Bluegrass Mystery Theatre's latest production, Rebounds, at 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $29.95 and include a three-course meal and show. Call (859) 244-1932 or go to


Furlongs, 130 West Tiverton Way, now opens at noon Saturday and is offering a Louisiana brunch at noon Sunday. The brunch menu includes poached eggs on crab cake, spinach and lump crabmeat omelets, and chicken étouffée over poached eggs on a waffle. Furlongs is closed on Mondays.

Owner Tommy Walters said he and his daughters, Emilee Walters Sierp and Haylee Walters, now have a food truck, CrazyBoutCajun. The menu includes jambalaya, shrimp po'boys, boudin, and red beans and rice. Call (859) 913-5611.

■ Winners of the fourth annual Bluegrass Pizza Bake-Off are, from first place to third: DiOrio's Pizza & Pub in Louisville, Puccini's Smiling Teeth in Lexington, and Papalino's in Louisville. The DiOrio's team won a trip to Italy to compete on the U.S. Pizza team. The event, sponsored by Lexington restaurant equipment supply company, was earlier this month at Fifth Third Pavilion at Cheapside Park.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers' Market will have corn, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, green beans, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, lamb, goat, chicken, beef, pork, baked goods, herb seasoning, jams, wine, eggs, cut flowers, and honey. Go to