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a la lucie
159 N. Limestone. Lexington's special occasion address. Regarded as one of the region's best. Award winning menu with extensive wine list. Open 10-6, Mon-Sat.Reservations recommended. 252.5277

557 S. Limestone 253-0014. Voted best pancakes by Ace readers in the Best of Lexington poll year after year. Winner of 2001's "Best Veggie Friendly Restaurant." Vegetarian, chicken, and seafood entrees available. Homemade baked goods and desserts. Weekend brunch. Live music. Free evening parking behind the building. Daily specials. Open for lunch, Monday - Friday 11-2. Dinner, Tuesday-Thursday 5:30-9, Friday 5:30-10. Brunch, Saturday and Sunday 10-2.

Billy's Bar-B-Q
101 Cochran Rd. At the corner of High St. in Chevy Chase. 269-9593. Genuine Western Kentucky style pit barbecue and fixins. Dine in/ carry out/ catering/ bulk deliveries. We're the home grown guys. Open M-Th 11am-9pm, F-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11:30am-8pm.

Cafe Jennifer
111 Woodland Ave at the Woodlands Condominiums, 255-0709. A cozy restaurant featuring Kentucky favorites, using locally grown produce. Lunch and Dinner daily, Mon.-Sat. Pub room atmosphere in the well-stocked bar and private room available for small gatherings.

Common Grounds

343 East High Street 233-9761 Voted #1 coffeehouse year after year by ACE readers. Fresh treats available daily in the bakery. Night life is great, too: Open mic Mondays, vinyl record night on Tuesdays (Bring your own jazz or blues!). Call about art exhibits.

The Depot
128 East Main St., Midway 846-4745 Eclectic creations with a down home flavor serving Central Kentucky and beyond. Good times abound at “The Depot” in Midway, six days a week for lunch and Thursday, Friday & Saturday for dinner.

Ed and Fred’s Desert Moon
148 Grand Blvd. 231-1161 American Cuisine at affordable prices. Enjoy gourmet pizzas, fresh pasta, specialty salads and sandwiches, and a wide array of entrees in an informal yet elegant atmosphere. Wonderful wine list! Patio dining and banquet facilities. Lunch: 11a-3p Tue-Fri; Dinner: Tue-Sun.

Emmett’s Restaurant
Off Tates Creek Road, south of Man O’ War, offers innovative Southern cooking in a renovated farmhouse featuring a cozy bar, casual patio dining and seven lovely dining rooms. Dinner served Mon.-Sun. beginning at 5:30 PM and Sunday brunch from 11 AM-2 PM. Reservations accepted. 245-4444.

521 West Short Street. 455-9660 Where tradition meets style. Five course tea service at noon and 3 pm Wed-Sat. in an atmosphere of understated elegance. Reservations required. Greentree also offers graceful service and imaginative cuisine demonstrating fine Southern hospitality for professional meetings, club events, and every wedding occasion.

Happy Dragon Chinese Buffet
1510 Newtown Pike, 859-388-9988. All you can eat chinese buffet. Over 120 items daily, featuring fresh seafood, beef, chicken, pork, soups, salads, fruits... and much more! Open Sun. to Thurs. 11am - 10pm, Fri.& Sat. 11am - 10:30pm.

The Homestead
The Homestead Restaurant offers superb regional cuisine in a classic and beautiful setting. A warm and cozy ambience naturally complements the traditional southern dishes prepared by Executive Chef Tony Cortez. With a charming bar, a romantic patio, and laid back live entertainment, The Homestead is the perfect spot for any occasion. The Homestead is open for dinner six nights a week. They are closed on Sundays, except during Keeneland and on some holidays. Dinner: 5:30 Mon-Thur,, 5:00 on Fri & Sat.

Imperial Hunan
Woodhill. 266-4393. One of Lexington's oldest and finest Chinese restaurants. Voted Best Kung Pao by Ace readers. Don't forget the Sunday Buffet. " Hours: Sun-Thurs 11:30am-10pm, Fri 11:30am-11pm, Sat Noon-11pm

Jonathan at
Gratz Park

120 West Second Street 252-4949 Redefined regional cuisine served in our Southern dining room or in the English pub room. Signature items and daily specials, every entrée a Jonathan original. Festive Sunday brunch from 11:30-2 pm. Reservations suggested. Also call us for intimate dinner parties, fabulous banquets, business lunches, pre-wedding events to the reception.

Mancino’s Pizza
& Grinders

1590A Leestown RD. 253-2299. First in Kentucky with HOT oven grinders! A taste of New York right here in Lexington. Everything from the traditional Mancino’s Pride pizza to the “New” Zesty Ranch Pizza. All Grinders are oven baked and served Hot from the oven. Everything made to order. Mon-Fri 11am-8pm; 11am-3pm Sat

Natasha's Cafe
112 Esplanade. A look and a feel of the Bleeker Street in the Village. A taste of Mediterranean cuisine interpreted by talented poet and chef Johnny Shipley. Lunch Buffet 11-2, Dinner 5-9. Lighter fair and exotic coffees in between. Fine dining for any income bracket.

Pacific Pearl
Chinoe Plaza. Boldly fusing Asian and American flavors. Coconut fried lobster, King Crab legs in ginger butter, and Grilled Yellowfin Tuna are just a few of the items that represent this extensive menu. Dining room, patio and bar offers elegant decor. Open 5-10 pm, Sun-Thu. and 5-11 pm, Fri and Sat. Reservations recommended. 266.1611

Scarborough Fare
355 Romany Road. 859.266.8704. A gourmand’s delight, featuring an array of entrees that will tickle your fancy and menu changes daily. Sample the mouth-watering desserts and you’ll be back to feed your newest addiction. Special dinners prepared daily. Café dining, or gourmet carryout for those on the go. Open Monday-Saturday 10-8.

l Mama Mia!

Flour, when properly contained, is harmless and soft like velvet, but let it get out of your control for one second and it becomes billowing clouds or tendrils finding a draft of wind to seek new places in your house in which to land.

This happened to me the first time I made raviolis; flour covered everything and everyone. The end result was reminiscent of a Three Stooges kitchen or haunted house short.

The work and mess is worth every bite and there is no substitute for fresh pasta. Fortunately, there is now a place to buy freshly made pastas, sauces, salads, and bread that can be ready to eat in a short amount of time. Pasta Plus is nestled in a corner of a shopping center and is set up for the busy professional or family or anyone that wants a healthy meal that's easy to pick up, heat, and serve.

This is also a lovely idea for food to take to someone who is ill or to a grieving family.

Gail Waxman is the owner of this 8-month-old store and she's very excited to offer her products to the bluegrass. She told me that when she lived in New York, there were many fresh pasta shops that she frequented and after moving here, she missed being able to buy it and wanted to offer the opportunity to others.

As you walk into the store, there are reach-in refrigerators holding ready to eat meals and freezers with neat stacks of shirt boxes filled with many types of ravioli. The front of the house is self-serve, and in the kitchen there is a giant, stainless steel machine of modern Italian design that makes the fresh pasta. It has a large sort of bowl at the top that mixes the durum and semolina flours (for the noodles, just durum for the ravioli) then a drum just below works the dough and rolls it out into very thin sheets. There is a cutter on the side that makes fettuccine, linguine, spaghetti, and angel hair and on the other side of the machine, there's a complex system with a heavy die that inserts filling into pasta and cuts it into large rounds making the ravioli.

These are enormous ravioli and the fillings are delicious: spinach and cheese, smoked mozzarella and roasted red pepper, provolone and sun dried tomato, cracked black pepper and goat cheese, smoked salmon and chives, portabella mushroom, roasted garlic and shrimp, and lemon ravioli with pumpkin. They are packaged by the dozen in paper boxes with tissue over them so that the moisture can escape. Fresh pasta packaged in plastic creates soggy pasta, which I found out the hard way by covering my first experimental ravioli in plastic wrap.

There is eight-layer lasagna with Italian sausage and marinara sauce along with vegetable lasagna that has a béchamel sauce, blush sauce, eggplant, spinach, zucchini, mushroom, and red bell pepper. One of the things that I liked the best about this is if you drop off your lasagna pan, Gail will cut the pasta sheets to size and fill your pan with lasagna to take home and bake. This would be perfect for a party. She has also received calls in the morning from clients asking if they could pick up a meal for eight people that afternoon which is generally not a problem.

Other pastas are available including manicotti but other Italian favorites are offered as well. Chicken, veal, or eggplant parmigiana, and chicken breasts stuffed with the chef's "whim of the day" are packaged next to five sauces to accompany any of them. Marinara, sausage, alfredo, vodka, and blush sauce are made using the freshest vegetables and best imported ingredients. Fresh salads with Mediterranean olives, chickpeas, tomato, cucumber, and scallions and bread from the Bluegrass Baking Company round out a nice take-home meal.

If you happen to be in Versailles between 11 and 2 o'clock, lunch is being served also. The favorite here is the grilled panini sandwich which might include Genoa salami, pepperoni, and Capicola ham, or maybe imported, smoked Black Forrest ham with swiss or havarti cheese. There are many types of sandwiches and they are offered with a basil mayonnaise or red pepper mayonnaise. If you're still hungry, there are three types of soup (which change during the week) and desserts from a company out of Boston.

Fresh pasta is light, has sort of a crispness about it, isn't chewy, and is worth the drive to Versailles.

(Actually, she is looking for a business site in Lexington and some frozen items are currently available at Sloan's in Lansdowne.) This is a very easy, fast, healthy dinner with the best ingredients that should be lingered over with a good chianti and maybe some Louis Prima and Keely Smith.

Pasta Plus

97 Crossfield Drive

(next to Sherwin-Williams)



Mon-Fri 10-7, Sat 10-6

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