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.
A mere scone's throw from the boutiques, art galleries, and upscale restaurants of Frankfort Avenue, Nancy Haner Grantz lures diners with aromas of Columbia River Coffees and fresh-baked muffins. Inside her shop, more than 13 bagel varieties—including spinach feta and rosemary parmesan—join forces with unique cream cheeses of jalapeño and honey walnut. Flavorful sandwiches and whole-wheat wraps complement Nancy's homemade soups, which are served hot during the winter season, chilled during summer months, and frozen during Ice Ages.
Cooks at Crave Cafe & Catering build a menu of salads, wraps, and triple-decker club sandwiches for dine-in and catering. In their kitchen, they fill spinach wraps with grilled chicken and pesto mayo and heat up honey ham and brie or swiss cheese and bacon between slices of warm ciabatta bread. Crave Cafe & Catering also features a rotating menu of three to four homemade soups made fresh every day.
Emily Peters, of Emma Lou's Cafe, transformed a historic 100-year-old home into a café and vintage boutique. Inside the first floor's dining room, servers deliver a rotating menu of café fare which has included mixed-greens salads tossed with mandarin oranges, fresh strawberries, and pecans and warm ham-and-brie sandwiches nestled between slices of ciabatta bread. Patrons may peruse vintage finds including jewelry, furniture, and postcards in the boutique area or meander out to the back courtyard on sunny days.
Much like the sunny villa in The Decameron, The Bodega at Felice offers a delightful sanctuary from the bubonic plague where locals can eat delicious food and swap bawdy love stories in medieval Italian. Gourmet groceries, handcrafted paninis, and free WiFi add a 21st-century flavor to The Bodega's bazaar atmosphere, complete with an elegant patio area surrounded by herb gardens. Harried office workers can melt into an inviting armchair while they pore over the lunch menu of heated muffuletta sandwiches on ciabatta bread with ham, salami, provolone, and olive tapenade ($7.99); hand-stuffed ricotta manicotti smothered in arrabbiata sauce and mozzarella cheese ($8.99); and crisp margherita pizzas ($7.99). Fast-breakers, on the other hand, can energize their day with a breakfast menu that includes baguette french toasts (with bacon or sausage, $6.99) and three-egg omelettes with toast ($6.99). The Bodega also serves up refreshing specials alongside baked goods, beers, and coffees every week.
Mark’s Feed Store Bar-B-Q offers some of the best dine in and catering in town. For over 20 years, they’ve been bringing deliciously savory hickory-smoked creations to the people of Louisville, Kentucky. Their pulled pork is to die for- slow cooked and slathered in their homemade sauce to mouthwatering perfection; every bite is an explosion of flavors that leaves your taste buds reeling and wanting more at the same time. Their sides are equally amazing, with wholesomely sweet corn on the cob, delicious fried beans, and creamy coleslaw being just a few of the fantastic accompaniments that they offer. They also deliver, in large or small quantities, making them the perfect place to furnish your next corporate picnic with a delicious meal that’ll leave people raving.