Cafes in Cardinal Valley

Select Local Merchants

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.

859 S Broadway
Lexington,
KY
US

With more than 700 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company?s product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.

This naturalistic approach is fully realized in Jamba Juice's selection of smoothies. Made with 100% fruit juice, sherbet, and frozen yogurt, the frosty delights range from all-fruit smoothies such as peach perfection and strawberry whirl to more indulgent creamy treats, including peanut butter moo'd, an enticing blend of peanut butter, bananas, nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, and milk chocolate.

For those with heartier appetites, steel-cut oats steep in soymilk before being enhanced with toppings such as apples, cinnamon, and brown-sugar crumble. The lunch hour presents protein-packed mini wraps, toasted bistro sandwiches and California Flatbread that pack only about 320?420 calories each.

535 S Upper St
Lexington,
KY
US

We are a small family owned business that strives to give our customers quality service in a cozy environment. Our shop is like no other and we many exciting things to come. We offer a large selection of books, beautiful one of a kind hand-made Art pieces, gifts and refreshments. We look forward to your visit.

208 W Maxwell St
Lexington,
KY
US

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).

120 E Main St
Lexington,
KY
US

Superlative Coffee is your source for fresh roasted, organic, fair trade certified, specialty Arabica coffees from the world over. We roast the beans on-site in small batches to ensure the freshest taste possible.

116 Mechanic St
Lexington,
KY
US

Common Grounds Coffee House was an Editor's Pick on 10Best, while Yelpers give it an average of four stars.

343 E High St
Lexington,
KY
US