Every morning, bakers at Great American Bagel sift dough from scratch, season batches with dozens of flavors, and steam bake bagels to chewy perfection. With enough options to satisfy Oscar Wilde during his terrible twos, the menu features more than 20 bagel flavors, such as jalape?o cheddar, cinnamon sugar, and blueberry, as well as house-made cream-cheese varieties such as salsa and walnut raisin. In addition, coffee is available to complement robust munchies, from egg sandwiches and pizza bagels to made-to-order deli fare.
In 1921, Ruth Hunt turned a penchant for candy-making into a business that quickly outgrew her home’s kitchen. Today, guests can visit the factory in Mt. Sterling and peruse a selection of more than 70 candy varieties and gifts such as signature boxes, gift baskets, holiday tins filled with the companies' favorite products, Elmwood Inn teas, Ale 8 One products, Kentucky cookbooks, and simply Kentucky jam cakes. Ruth Hunt Candies is a KY Proud company where customers during factory tours can see chefs stilling using original methods, making candy by hand as well as using the same copper kettles that Ruth Tharpe Hunt used to mix together high quality ingredients including real whipping cream, roasted nuts, and additive-free chocolate.
Supervised by owner and native Neapolitan Leonardo Capezzuto, staff at Leonardos Italian Cafe serves up specialty pastas, pizzas, and grilled paninis in a “casual and unfussy” atmosphere praised by the Lexington Herald-Leader. Hungry hands can pluck pizzas by the slice ($1.75) or fling 14-inch disks festooned with a single topping ($8.99) into waiting mouths or nearby frisbee-golf baskets. Alternately, forks can swirl up specialty pastas such as the penne amatriciana ($6.99), which spackles penne pasta with house tomato sauce, caramelized onion, and bacon. A savory chicken breast roosts on a nest of spaghetti in the chicken parmesan ($6.99), and the turkey panino ($5.99) slides poultry and gouda cheese betwixt basil-lined bread halves and sheets of fresh tomato. To prevent the sweet sorrow of spoken goodbyes, end-of-meal mouths can stuff themselves with the literal sweetness of sicilian cannoli or tiramisu ($3.99).
The chefs at Jasmine Rice Thai and Vietnamese Cuisine whip up a menu's worth of authentic Thai and Vietnamese dishes from fresh ingredients. Stir-fry dishes with a choice of land or sea meat begin gustatory journeys, complemented by curry dishes, signature pad thai, or Vietnamese-style pho, served in a bowl or hollowed-out globe. The culinary staff prepares exclusive dishes on weekends, such as deep-fried ribs, served Thai style.