Hey y’all!

Can you believe Christmas is just two days away?!??! TWO!! I can’t believe it. This year has absolutely flown by.

I wanted to share about a place my friends, Sabrina and Betsy and I visited last week, called The Glitz at Irish Acres. This part antique store, part restaurant is located in Nonesuch, KY (about 30 minutes from Lexington.)

To give a little history, the building itself used to be an elementary school and was eventually bought by Bonnie and Arch Hannigan in 1984. They transformed the building into an antique gallery and “tearoom” and opened for the first time in 1986.

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Now when I say antiques, these aren’t the type of antiques us farmhouse style gals obsess over—they’re more Victorian-esque. The gallery is filled with beautiful dishes, intricate glass figurines, hand-crafted jewelry and much more. When we visited, it was decorated for Christmas so they had several Christmas trees set up with beautifully delicate ornaments. The whole shop is so beautiful; there are plenty of places to take pictures.

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One of the whimsical Christmas trees they had decorated
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An example of what a room in the gallery looks like not during Christmas.
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A beautifully decorated staircase

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The Glitz is open Wednesday-Saturday 11am-1:30pm for lunch. You must call ahead to make a reservation. Their menu changes tri-weekly and features locally grown products. Lunch will cost you $22.95 plus tax per person and includes a full-course meal (appetizer through dessert.) It’s really not a bad deal when you consider how much food you receive.

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The place setting

You will want to arrive 10-20 minutes early so you can browse the antique shop ahead of time. There are also many “backroads” you have to take in order to get there, so I would allow yourself extra time to navigate them (especially during the winter.) I would also recommend taking an earlier reservation (we chose 11:30am) so it’s not as crowded. By the time we were finished, the place was packed!

The restaurant is located underground and has almost a castle-like feel! The walls are made of stone and are elegantly decorated with many lights and pink orbs. It reminded me of a combination of the Cake Bake Shop in Indianapolis, IN and Shakespeare and Co. in Lexington.

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The dining area.
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The hostess stand area where you wait to be seated.
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Another dining area, for larger groups.

Once you are seated, you automatically are served a glass of their spiced apple refresher, a secret family recipe. It is quite delicious! Betsy and I both got the Pasta Rotolo for the appetizer and Sabrina got the Brie Cheese. It was very delicious!

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Spiced apple refresher
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The appetizer: pasta rotolo (ham and cheese rolled up in pasta noodles with alfredo sauce)

For our main entrée, we all three got Chicken Parmesan. Again, it was very good. Lastly, for dessert, we all three got different things so we could try them all. I got their famous Nonesuch Kiss: jamocha ice cream with meringue, topped with hot fudge and nut pieces. Sabrina got Grandma’s Christmas Cake, a caramel flavored cake with caramel sauce on top. Betsy got the Peppermint Stick Ice Cream with chocolate wafers in it. They were all superb!

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The entrée: chicken parmesan
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My dessert: Nonesuch Kiss
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Betsy’s dessert: peppermint stick ice cream
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Sabrina’s dessert: Grandma’s Christmas Cake

I would highly recommend lunch at the Glitz! It’s a great place for a girl’s day out, mother/daughter date or a birthday outing. It’s just so fun to get all fancied up and go out with your girlfriends to eat some delicious food! (It’s not a requirement to dress nicely, but many people do.) The experience is well worth it!!

Visit their website or call to make a reservation!

Have a very Merry Christmas y’all!

xoxo,

Alyssa

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