The bakers at The Twisted Sifter Cake Shoppe beat and blend organic eggs, real butter, and locally sourced fruits to create a tasty selection of cakes, cupcakes, pies, and cheesecakes. Confectionary concoctions range from traditional flavors, such as red velvet, carrot, and black forest, to deliciously unorthodox varieties, including pink lemonade, root beer, and Vietnamese coffee. Using scratch-made frostings and fondants, the staffers create artfully decorated treats that are ideal for celebrating birthdays, baby showers, weddings, or Tuesdays.
Kentucky Wine Tours' knowledgeable guides open eyes and palates to the birthplaces of Kentucky's distinct wines and whiskeys, from the sun-kissed vineyards to the cellars stocked with oak barrels. Continuing a proud tradition begun during Prohibition, when bootleggers offered illegal tours of their moonshine-filled bathtubs, the all-inclusive excursions wend through everything from award-winning wineries to such famous distilleries as Wild Turkey and Maker's Mark. Named one of the 10 "classic American experiences" by CNN.com, bourbon tours travel along the historic Kentucky Bourbon Trail, surrounded by the historic buildings and limestone-rich rivers that lend the state's bourbons their distinct citrusy flavor.
LuLu's Tavern, located within an inviting two-story edifice in downtown Danville, serves up comfort food in an appropriately comfortable atmosphere. In the winter, warmth emanates from brick fireplaces while diners at nearby tables enjoy specialties such as Cajun risotto or Kentucky-sourced steak. In the summer, groups can head outdoors to dine on an enclosed porch. A full bar, sports games on TVs, and live music are a few other reasons to visit.
Connected by an asphalt web of highways, state roads, and thoroughfares, blocky yellow signs gleam nonstop, casting a dandelion glow from the words “Waffle House.” The booths at the eateries fill 24 hours each day with the aromas of sizzling pork chops, Jimmy Dean sausage, and endless mugs of coffee. Line cooks brown shredded potatoes on a grill as waiters shout back in a language all their own for hash browns “smothered,” “covered,” or “topped”—served with onions, cheese, or chili, respectively. Angus burgers and steak melts share space on the rippling-hot surface at all times of day, allowing tired drivers to stop for food when they are on a long journey or just listening to an 11-hour drum solo on the radio. The first Waffle House switched on its lights in 1955, and some menu items still bear the names of Waffle House staff of the past, including Bert's chili from Dallas and Alice's iced tea.
Equal parts sports fanatics and wings enthusiasts, Wildcat Wings owners Gordon and Emerie Duke create a culinary environment that mirrors the vibrancy of a live sporting event. The idea for Wildcat Wings came to them while rooting on Kentucky versus UCONN in the 2011 NCAA basketball Final Four game. Sensing that wings were the missing ingredient to celebrating the game properly, they quickly discovered the area was lacking an eatery to meet that need. The next thing they knew, both Gordon and Emerie were in their own restaurant slinging more than 20 sauces to slather golden-fried wings in everything from a bourbon glaze and mango habanero to honey mustard and peanut butter and jelly. They also pour frosty brews such as Kentucky Ale with which patrons can wash down feasts of wings and chicken tenders. To keep Gordon and Emerie’s inspiration ever-present, the venue’s TVs air all UK games, as well as broadcasting other sports, including baseball, football, and full-contact Connect Four.
The kids aren't screaming for ice cream inside Game On Frozen Yogurt. Rather, kids and their attendant adults tend to hoot in tandem at the simultaneous stimulation of frozen yogurt and a flashy collection of old-school arcade games. In the unique shop, bystanders guzzle 100% organic, kosher Honey Hills Farm frozen yogurt while friends tackle the harder levels of games on Sega Genesis, Nintendo, and Super Nintendo systems. Each guest can customize yogurt cups which a choice of more than 120 toppings, including strawberries, M&M's, fresh kiwi, candy flavored bacon, six types of bobas, nutella, and ginger candy. For kids who can't get enough and parents who want to teach true chivalry with a well-worn copy of Zelda, customers can take home vintage video games from the store's arcade resale shop.