Chaos theory states that a butterfly flapping its wings can cause a hurricane on the other side of the world, which is why the American military must wipe out these "nature's little terrorists" at all costs. But butterfly-wing flappage can also lead to fresh lemon cupcakes in Kentucky, as today's deal proves: for $10, you get $20 worth of light café fare, fresh desserts, and drinks at the Butterfly Garden Cafe. The cafe's simple dishes, excellent desserts, and homey atmosphere have earned it a loyal Louisville Facebook following. This Groupon is good for both locations.
The original cafe, tucked away in the Highlands-Douglass neighborhood, was formerly an aviary and butterfly-house—hence the name. The creatures are gone, but their charm remains. Entering the Butterfly Garden's antebellum structures will make even the most hard-hearted feel like a blooming southern belle clad in white taffeta, to the point that they might preface every statement with "I do declare" before succumbing to the vapors. While in this emotional costume, sit on the patio and sip the iced tea of the day ($1.50) while nibbling on one of the $6.75 entrees, such as olive nut cream-cheese spread or warm-baked pepperoni rolls. Like butterflies themselves, the menu is constantly changing based on season, whim, or availability, but your dessert options might include pumpkin-apple soup ($4.50/bowl), peanut-butter pie, or red velvet cupcakes (desserts go for $4.25). There is no purchase limit on today's deal, so you can net every species of cupcake, tea, soup, and pie that flutters onto the Butterfly Garden menu.
- The soups are always fresh and creative. The sanwiches [sic] are great & the homemade salad dressings are very tasty. The desserts are exceptional--the service is always attentive. – CRog, Urbanspoon
- I've never been to such a quaint and cozy little restaurant, with such excellent food as well as service. It is definitely a family atmosphere that makes you feel like you can relax. It's a little dream in the middle of a great big city! – Brandy, Facebook
Emma Lou's Cafe
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.