The skillful butchers at Critchfield Meats cleave premium USDA-approved cuts of Alltech Angus beef purveyed alongside a carefully selected assortment of protein accouterments and fresh-baked goods in a friendly, family-run shop. Grills sizzle with gratitude when filled with an Alltech Angus ribeye ($14.59/lb), which can escort eggs to breakfast or perform a poignant autobiographical solo show at dinner. Critchfield's Alltech Angus sirloin steaks stampede across the mouthplain with beefy abandon ($9.39/lb), and the boneless chicken breasts retain the power of flight just long enough to land atop a flaming grill ($3.99/lb). To eschew the call of the landlubbering wild, feast on fresh salmon, the bacon of the sea ($11.99/lb).
The attractions at New Heights literally stretch from floor to ceiling. On the ground, a mechanical bull shifts and bucks, and an inflatable jousting ring inspires human-versus-human combat. As for its vertical pursuits, New Heights houses a 25-foot climbing wall, an inflatable slide, and a Euro bungee that gives patrons enough air to bounce and flip at up to 25 feet. New Heights also boasts a talented staff made up of face painters, clowns, magicians, caricature artists, and a musical impersonator who will travel to entertain at local parties and events.
Justin and Kristin Gilbert spent three years in Italy, visiting gelaterie in more than 20 cities to mine artisanal secrets before opening their own shop. In choreographed musical numbers, the duo handcraft dense, flavor-packed gelato in small batches using local milk and fresh fruit. From a repertoire of more than 100 recipes, Justin and Kristin curate 20 flavors at a time. Past and present flavors include poached-pear zinfandel, orange-ginger dairy-free sorbetto, and chocolate orange—one of Justin's favorites, according to a feature in Louisville Magazine. Delicate crêpes conceal Nutella or lemon and sugar. The cozy shop also sends forth its mobile cart to cater office snack breaks, weddings with as many as 2000 guests, and Roman legions on the march.
Owner Lynda Beha and her team of knife-wielding kitchen ninjas demonstrate their collective culinary prowess by presenting their clients with everything from basic meals-to-order to grand gala buffets. Early-morning cubical clans obtain sustenance with a delivery of the deluxe buffet breakfast, a deluge of breakfast delights including biscuits, butter, jelly, juice, and three options such as cheese grits, bacon, and fresh fruit ($9/person). The midday growls of stomach gods demanding tribute hush up when presented with a lunch box special stuffed with a choice of sandwich and two sides including potato salad, fruit cup, pasta salad, or chips, plus the brownie or cookie of the day ($9/person).