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OUR RESTAURANTS

Find good food and a warm welcome at the Ouita Michel Family of Restaurants, located in the heart of the Bluegrass State. We look forward to serving you!

HOLLY HILL INN

426 North Winter Street
Midway, KY

Fresh, seasonal ingredients from local farmers are at the heart of the menus at Holly Hill Inn, a fine-dining restaurant in America's Bluegrass horse country and near the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Enjoy a prix fixe menu at dinner that reflects the best of Kentucky ingredients. Weekend three-course brunch is the ultimate Kentucky breakfast experience. The bar service includes more than 50 bourbons and an award-winning wine list. Dine-in and curbside pickup available.

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WALLACE STATION

3854 Old Frankfort Pike
Versailles, KY

Wallace Station, just outside Midway in the heart of Bluegrass horse country and near the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, is a scenic stop for homemade sandwiches, soups, salads and an irresistible bakery case. Featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” and The Cooking Channel’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate.” Open 7 days a week for curbside pickup and outdoor picnicking.

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WINDY CORNER MARKET

4595 Bryan Station Road
Lexington, KY

Amid northern Lexington's legendary horse farms sits Windy Corner Market, a destination for delicious homemade Po-Boy sandwiches, lunches and dinners, bakery treats and extensive Kentucky Proud products market. Our menu features lots of meats and produce from Kentucky farmers! Open 7 days a week for curbside pickup and outdoor picnicking.

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SMITHTOWN SEAFOOD

501 West 6th Street
Lexington, KY

Smithtown Seafood has been voted Lexington's Favorite Seafood Restaurant, and has the best fish and chips and fried catfish in Kentucky! We make everything on the menu from scratch and, whenever possible, with locally raised ingredients, such as Kentucky Proud catfish. Our menu includes flavorful salads, ethnic seafood dishes, vegetarian specialties and local beef burgers!
Open 7 days a week for curbside pickup and limited inside dining at West Sixth Brewing.

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HONEYWOOD

110 Summit At Fritz Farm #140
Lexington, KY

Honeywood is Ouita Michel’s largest restaurant, with table service, a stylish bar and food that is fresh, locally sourced when possible, and creatively prepared. “As with all our restaurants, we want our neighbors to feel a true sense of welcome and to know how grateful we are for their support,” Michel said. Honeywood, at The Summit at Fritz Farm in Lexington, has been mentioned in the Zagat GuideWashington Post and New York Times. Open 5 days a week for curbside pickup, patio dining and inside table service.

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ZIM'S CAFE

215 West Main Street #25
Lexington, KY

Zim’s Cafe and The Thirsty Fox at Zim’s Cafe in downtown Lexington are Ouita Michel’s newest locations. Michel created a full-service restaurant and bar with the finest Kentucky bourbons in the historic former Fayette County Courthouse. Find several of your Windy Corner Market and Wallace Station favorites on the Zim’s Cafe menu, as well as espresso drinks and desserts from The Midway Bakery. Open daily for curbside pickup, patio and inside dining with table service.

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THE MIDWAY BAKERY

510 South Winter Street
Midway, KY

The Midway Bakery and Cafe creates cookies, pies, scones and more from scratch with real butter and natural ingredients using traditional recipes. Our flours come from Weisenberger Mill down the road; most of the corn and wheat is raised right here in Kentucky. Our chocolate and cocoa powder comes from Ruth Hunt Candies in Mount Sterling. Our pecans are from the Kentucky Nut Corp. in Hickman, Ky. Open 5 days a week for curbside pickup, closed Sundays and Mondays.

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HOLLY HILL EVENTS

Our Holly Hill Events team pioneered the winning combination of warm Bluegrass hospitality and delicious Kentucky Proud farm-to-table cuisine. We have a 20-year tradition of creating memorable weddings, corporate events, fund raisers and other celebrations. Share your dreams and ideas with us and we’ll bring them to life in beautifully written menus, served against the backdrop of iconic horse country venues. Our menus are complemented by a comprehensive spirits service, with Kentucky bourbons and award-winning wine list.

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ABOUT OUITA

Ouita Michel has always made locally grown ingredients a priority in her restaurants.

That's why the cuisine is so good.

 "For me, while studying French and Italian cuisine, I realized they use local agricultural artisan products in their food. And that's why it's so good. That's why from the beginning of wanting to be a chef, I've committed to supporting local agriculture. Buying local is a tradition that our culture seemed to abandon for a few decades. I love cooking straight from the garden."

 She and her husband, Chris, bought the Holly Hill Inn in 2000 and opened the fine dining restaurant in May 2001. Michel's use of locally sourced foods both helps sustain Bluegrass family farms and provides her customers only the freshest, best-tasting fine cuisine. The devotion to local foods is evident also at her other restaurants: Wallace Station Deli just outside Midway; Windy Corner Market, Smithtown Seafood, Zim's Cafe, The Thirsty Fox and Honeywood in Lexington; and The Midway Bakery, Midway. Michel's catering division, Holly Hill Events, shares Kentucky-sourced cuisine and hospitality with groups of all sizes.

Her restaurants have purchased more than $3 million of Kentucky-grown meats, dairy products, fruits and vegetables over the last 19 years. Her reputation and commitment to sustainability have earned speaking invitations and awards from local, regional and national organizations.

Michel's work earns accolades from local and national fans of her cuisine. She has been a James Beard Foundation Award nominee as Outstanding Restaurateur and as Best Chef Southeast numerous times, competing against chefs in major metropolitan areas. Michel is an alumna of the James Beard Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change, a collaborative for chefs who work to improve the world's food systems. Michel and her restaurants are regularly featured in local and national media, such as The New York Times, Southern Living, Garden & Gun, Food Network and Cooking Channel. She was a guest judge on Bravo's Top Chef Kentucky series.

Active in her community, Ouita Michel is a member of Southern Foodways Alliance; James Beard Foundation; Les Dames d'Escoffier; free community supper programs coordinator for Midway Christian Church; board member of FoodChain, a non-profit food incubator in Lexington, Ky., and founder of FEAST, a fund raiser for FoodChain that celebrates women chefs; Hindman Settlement School, which is dedicated to enriching Central Appalachian culture; and is a member of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, a statewide citizens group working to improve education for Kentuckians. Recent honors include induction into the Junior Achievement Bluegrass Business Hall of Fame; the Fayette Alliance Agricultural Excellence Award, Midway University Spotlight Award and the Bluegrass Tomorrow Josephine Abercrombie Award, the group's most prestigious honor, given to a person who contributes tirelessly to improve quality of life in the Bluegrass. She, Chris and their daughter, Willa, live in a 200-year-old cabin adjacent to the Holly Hill Inn.

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