Named for the Roman goddess of banquets and overseer of feasts, Edesia Gardens lives up to its lofty moniker with continental lunch fare and an extensive Sunday brunch buffet. When they aren’t ferrying trays back and forth from special events, the restaurant’s wait staff lines noontime tables with sandwiches, burgers, and salads stacked with imported brie, sliced fruit, and homemade sauces and dressings. A chef-manned breakfast station serves as the centerpiece of the Sunday brunch buffet, where guests load their plates with eggs and waffles cooked to order. While indulging in a sweet or savory pastry, guests can question their hosts about the restaurant’s banquet facilities, which can handle parties of up to 170 for weddings, birthdays, and school-wide games of capture the flag.
An inexhaustible source of slow-cooked, smoky ribs, the Bootleg Bar-B-Q pit masters have supplied area carnivores with excellent meat since 1991. Bootleg's co-owners work alongside their mutton-juggling employees to deliver well-slathered meatstuffs dressed in savory sauces to starving mouths of all sizes. When running their buds over the menu, tongues trill at the feel of robust half-slab dinners ($12.49) and pulled-pork and beef-brisket sandwiches ($4.99). A Courier-Journal review advises sandwich aficionados to order their first selection without sauce, then sample every Bootleg sauce until the ideal accompaniment reveals itself. Bootleg recommends customers send meat-seeking missives ahead of their arrival, as many sublimely smoked dishes take time to prepare, such as the wings, which require three hours' notice to exchange their aerodynamacy for hot and sticky flavor. A slew of enticing sides, available in individual, pint, or gallon sizes, fill remaining gut space with homespun fixings made from scratch, including country coleslaw, mac 'n' cheese, and down home tater salad.
The certified trainers at Elite Fitness know that the best motivation is seeing results. When rating their clients’ progress, they transcend mere measuring tapes and scales; they also use the FitRanx fitness rating system, which allows clients to rank themselves against others in their community. With every sweaty pull-up and jumping jack, clients watch themselves move up the ranks within their age group, gaining momentum as they increasingly grow stronger, leaner, and more confident.
Named for a small town in Napa Valley, Calistoga Artisan Sandwiches aims to recreate the atmosphere of that West Coast epicurean Elysium through its oven-warm baked goods and fresh café fare. Morning munchables are served until 11 a.m., and include breakfast sandwiches and gourmet omelets ($6.89–$7.99), which come sidekicked with potato-cheese casserole and a biscuit. Hunger-havers who prefer dining under a steadily reclining sun can lock their lips around artisan sandwiches, such as the pulled pork pressata ($7.99) or chicken pesto cordon bleu ($7.99), all of which can be wrappified for carb-loathers or anyone who fears breaking bread. Flora fanatics can feast upon salubrious salads, such as the Copper Canyon chicken Caesar ($7.99), while liquid-lovers can lap up piping hot soups from regular bowls, bread bowls ($1.59 extra), or Camilla Parker Bowles.