The iconic comic-strip character and namesake of Dagwood’s Sandwich Shoppes peeps out from the first “o” in the deli’s logo, embracing not his wife, Blondie, but the signature Dagwood sandwich. With its four meats and pair of cheeses, the delicious (if slightly intimidating) sandwich represents the more than 20 signature subs and clubs that grace Dagwood’s menu. Meats ranging from premium roast beef to tender pork loin share slices of bread with cheeses, crisp pickles, and all the condiments one might expect of an old-fashioned deli. Those too young to appreciate the shop’s Sunday-paper references will at least enjoy kids’ meals such as the classic grilled-cheese sandwich. Aside from their in-store selections, the deli caters events with colorful trays of meats and sack lunches served by a curiously cartoonish wait staff.
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.
Set amid Kentucky's tranquil hills, Aspen Hall Manor's bed and breakfast spoils its patrons with uniquely decorated and sumptuously spacious rooms bedecked with king-sized beds and private bathrooms. A romantic escape for couples or pets with driver's licenses, this 9,000-square-foot Greek Revival Manor House—constructed in 1840 and spread along an acre of land encircled by Magnolia trees—-is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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.