At both of Mango's Bar & Grill's Louisville locations, guests chow down on hearty Mexican fare, from sizzling fajitas and California-style burritos to slow-cooked chilaquiles or zesty fish tacos. But the menu also features American pub treats?think spicy chicken wings and cheese fries?beside south-of-the-border classics such as seasoned carnitas and steak tampiquena.
The talented team at Heitzman Pink Box Bakery has been churning out handcrafted sweets and freshly baked goods for more than 120 years. The enticing aromas drift out from four locations, each boasting made-from-scratch meringue pies along with tangy loaves of sourdough bread. In addition to whipping up italian cream and red velvet specialty flavored cakes, the team flexes their creativity with custom varieties: they transform digital files into edible desserts and whittle sheet cakes into miniature castles or to-scale studio apartments. The bakers also personalize five shapes of wedding cake by encouraging clients to bring in their own colorful ribbons, fresh flowers, and ornaments.
Since April, 2003, the chefs at North End Caf? have championed a focus on local, seasonal ingredients with a healthy approach to cooking. North End Caf?'s menu features traditional meals from around the world, ranging from grass-fed beef burgers and flatiron steaks to grilled fish and scallops to stir-fry and cakes. For sharing, chefs build eclectic small plates such as crab cakes, fried goat-cheese ravioli, and almond-crusted brie. They also prepare a range of vegan and gluten-free dishes, taking care to avoid the pyrotechnics that result when steak and tofu touch.
To accompany these meals, bartenders pour American and international wines, and blend cocktails from fruit and old-fashioned ingredients. At the Highlands location, a brand-new tap system spouts 23 craft beers, including imperial IPAs and peppery black porters. In warmer months, the aromas of cooking and laughter of clientele also fill the Highlands location's outdoor deck, an expansive wooden patio surrounded by vines and flowers.
Bolstered by chocolate-making credentials gained by studying in Italy and San Francisco, Coco's Chocolate Cafe owner Fred Moore leads his team as they handcraft a menu of drinking chocolates and rich treats made from Valrhona and El Rey products. They give their signature turtles a twist with Madagascar vanilla beans, dip orange peels into pools of dark chocolate, and crown bourbon balls with sprinkles of chopped pecans. For romantic occasions, they also create lifelike chocolate roses ideal for presenting to a loved one or laying at the grave of a chocolate bunny. Inside the cozy café, warm lighting splashes from pendant lights onto tangerine walls and granite-topped tables as customers devour european mousse in white-chocolate cups and cool off with vanilla affogatos—chilled espresso and ice cream topped with fresh whipped cream and served in martini glasses. The shade of a red awning makes the outdoor patio's wrought-iron tables ideal for savoring homemade ice creams, such as peppermint-infused mint chocolate chip, espresso vanilla, and a vegan cashew-based variety.
A host of savory Mediterranean dishes fill plates at Eat a Pita, where cooks whip up dishes such as the Jerusalem, a fresh-sliced eggplant skillfully fried and surrounded by warm pita. Meaty gyros arrive in regular or Hercules sizes, as do Philly cheese steaks that sneak onto the international menu. Other entrees include grilled chicken kabobs with mushrooms and green peppers.
Toasted marshmallow. Pumpkin pie. Dreamy dark chocolate. The flavors on tap at Lula's Frozen Yogurt & Treats span a healthy mix of familiar and new. Though the flavors may vary from time to time, each serving of yogurt always packs more than a few health benefits, helping to aid in digestion and boost the immune system. Customers can also top their frosty treats with a wide range of candy and fruit toppings instead of miniature top hats and sugar helmets. The same sprinkles and chocolate chips that decorate the frozen yogurt also appear atop fresh baked cupcakes made from scratch.