Ace Best Bites Feb 2018

Ace Best Bites Feb 2018

Lexington Restaurant News: Births, Deaths, Obituaries and Calendars

Chick-fil-a plans to open in the former Applebee’s location in front of Southland Christian Church  on Richmond Road.

Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream made its national TV debut on the Cooking Channel and Food Network show, “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” on January 29. The episode features owner Toa Green making her famous bourbon ball sundae.

Lexington’s Honeywood and the six-time James Beard-nominated chef Ouita Michel was mentioned in a Vogue article citing Lexington as one of nine destinations to visit in 2018, and Honeywood as one of the many reasons for gourmands to venture here.  

The LEE Initiative, or Let’s Empower Employment, has a mission to bring more diversity and equality to the restaurant industry. The non-profit initiative, started by Chef Edward Lee and Lindsey Ofcacek, is currently seeking women chefs in Kentucky to apply for a mentorship program.

Mark’s Feed Store, in the Beaumont shopping center, will be closing its doors after only a year of business.

The Mill, a Mediterranean bakery has opened on Southland Drive. The bakery has tea cookies and cakes, including dahdah (a semolina cinnamon cake), desserts like baklava, and house-made pita made daily.

Miyako Poké Bowl is a new restaurant on South Broadway from the same owner as Miyako Sushi and Steakhouse. Create your custom poké bowl, salad, or burrito made express for your convenience.

Oscar Diggs, the collaboration between Gastro Gnomes Andrew Suther and Kyle Klatka, and Ralph Quillin’s Rooster Brewing in Paris, has opened at 155 North Limestone.

Seth Bennett, owner of Two Keys Tavern and Stagger Inn, is bringing a speakeasy cocktail lounge to the old Roxy theater location on Main Street.  QP (short for Quiet Please) is scheduled to open this month, so if you’re wandering around downtown Lexington, look for the Roxy movie theater sign and keep things hush, hush.

Cincinnati favorite Skyline Chili is coming to Lexington. A building permit was applied for on Richmond Road for a 4,855-square-foot, $700,000 restaurant. One Holland Corporation said in a statement the new restaurant will feature a double-lane drive-thru and dining room fireplace. Currently, there has been no word on when the restaurant might open.

Tchoupitoulas, a cajun & creole restaurant on N Forbes, has closed for business.

After 25 years in Kenwick, Wilson’s Grocery & Meat will now be under new management.


Lexington Food, Drink, and Restaurant events for Feb 2018


Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill presents a New Orleans inspired Mardi Gras celebration, complete with four courses, hurricanes and king cake suitable for Bourbon Street. The event starts at 6:30 pm.

Meet the team behind Alltech’s new line of spirits as they celebrate the launch of Pearse Irish Whiskeys. 7 pm at Parlay Social on February 3.



The Village Idiot introduces Devils Backbone Brewing Company to Lexington with a Brewer’s Beer Dinner on February 7 at 6 pm.

Corto Lima is celebrating their first birthday on February 7 from 4:30 to 6 pm. There will be cocktail and small plate specials, along with a Corto Lima piñata full of gift cards, t-shirts and candy.



West Main and Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites are presenting a Sri Lankan cocktail pairing dinner on Friday, February 9 at 5 pm. Tuk Tuk is presenting a menu of Sri Lankan food and Sri Lankan versions of West Main favorites. West Main is pairing these dishes with cocktails for a unique opportunity to dine and drink like never before. West Main’s regular food menu will not be available on this night.

Bayou Bluegrass Catering will be hosting their annual Mardi Gras celebrations at Copper Roux on Friday, February 9 and Fat Tuesday, February 13.



Barrel Fest KY invites cocktail, beer, cider and wine lovers to the Lexington Distillery District for an evening of sipping fun new brands and concoctions, followed by an after party concert featuring Radio 80. A portion of proceeds will go to Autism Society of the Bluegrass, Kentucky CancerLink and the Kidney Health Alliance of Kentucky. 7 pm The Venues at The Grand Reserve

Justin’s House of Bourbon is hosting their grand opening on Saturday, February 10, from 11 am to 5 pm. You can purchase a bottle, taste or simply admire what is believed to be one of the largest collections of rare bourbon in the world.



Rock House Brewing hosts Valentine’s Day food and beer pairing event, Be(er) Mine Brunch, on February 11 at 11 am. Food will be provided by Minton’s on 760, Nate’s Coffee, and La Petite Délicat.

Jean Farris Winery & Bistro hosts an intimate Valentine Barrel Tasting. Enjoy an afternoon with champagne, cava, red wine, truffles, macrons, and chocolate covered strawberries. This special is offered on the Sunday before (2/11) and after (2/18) Valentine’s Day from 2 pm to 5 pm.




Creaux hosts a Mardi Gras party from noon to midnight. A night filled with brass bands, jazz, a costume contest, and beads. They will be serving gumbo and king cake all night, along with happy hour prices on drinks.

Proud Mary BBQ is celebrating Mardi Gras with a buffet, boiled crawfish, music from Shades of Grass and a Mardi Gras “King and Queen” contest. The party begins at 4 pm.

For more places to eat for Mardi Gras click here.



Holly Hill Inn is offering a special prix fixe Sweethearts Brunch menu, along with the regular brunch menu, on Feb. 17-18, 11 am to 2 pm.

Chocolate Holler hosts a Coffee & Chocolate Pairing Class on February 17 at 10:30 am. Joe Will, Co Owner of A cup of Common Wealth & Chocolate Holler will be sharing the process from the bean to the taste, along with samples of his favorite chocolate and coffee combos.



middle fork kitchen bar and James E. Pepper Distillery host an inaugural dinner to welcome the distillery back home. There will be a pre-dinner tour of the new facility, followed by cocktail pairings and a three course meal. 5:15 pm at middle fork kitchen bar



Experience unique cuisines from Versailles restaurants, caterers, and bakeries in one amazing meal. The event features a silent and live auction, wines & spirits made in Woodford County, and music from Trippin Roots. February 24 at Addie’s and The Woodford Inn, tickets are available at Animal House Pet Hotel.



The Jewish Food Festival presents a special pop-up deli at Temple Adath Isreal (TAI) on February 25 at 11:30 am.



Chef “Sav” of Sav’s Grill will create a three-course dinner inspired by traditional West African cuisine, sourcing ingredients locally. Tickets include the three-course dinner, cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages, and more. 6 pm Limestone Hall


Ace Eats Out also appears on page 10 of the February 1, 2018 print edition of Ace.

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