Now that we’re in the throes of back-to-school season—alarm clocks, uniforms, long days and, worst of all, homework—we wanted to lighten things up a bit. We’ve rounded up some great places to break up the hours between the classroom and homework with an after-school snack. Whether you’re feeling healthy, sweet or substantial, and regardless of what side of town you’re on, there’s something satiating for everyone—kids and parents alike! Here are a few places to fuel up before launching into afternoon activities, sports and homework.
HEALTHY AFTER-SCHOOL SNACKS
Thinking of something healthy for yourself and your kiddos? We’ve got you covered. From juices to smoothies and cut-up veggies and fruit, you can feed your kids and not feel guilty.
The Weekly Juicery
112 Bauer Ave., Louisville • (502) 785-4215
These grab-n-go vegan snacks are a great, healthy, after-school option from The Weekly Juicery, located in St. Matthews. Pick from yummies such as Cashew Queso or Sweet Potato Hummus with fresh cut veggies, side salads, Vegan Veggie Wraps, Raw Tacos and Mexican Cauliflower Rice. If you are looking for sweets, try the Carrot Cupcakes or the Raw Fudge. All snacks in the case range from $4 to $10. Also, be sure to grab a fresh-squeezed juice while you’re there, as well. (Read our story about it here.)
Paul’s Fruit Market
3922 Chenoweth Square, Louisville • (502) 896-8918
3704 Taylorsville Road, Louisville • (502) 456-4750
4946 Brownsboro Road, Louisville • (502) 426-5070
12119 Shelbyville Road, Louisville • (502) 253-0072
Haven’t finished running errands for the day? You can do a little grocery shopping and pick up some healthy after-school snacks at Paul’s Fruit Market. Besides individual portions of cut-up fruit and vegetables, Paul’s locations have tons of other options, like deviled eggs, salads, cheese dips and crackers, chips, cookies and more. If you’re looking for a great drink, don’t pass up the fresh-squeezed, chilled juices in pint containers. Plus, with multiple locations, Paul’s is pretty easy to access.
The Life Bar
3738 Lexington Road, in the Rainbow Blossom • (502)498-2341
Get ready to drink your nutrients and get filled up in the process. The Life Bar, located in the St. Matthews Rainbow Blossom, has a great selection of smoothies that will hit the spot after school. (Read our story about it here.) While you are there, feel free to grocery shop, as well.
So let’s move on to the sugar, shall we? You know where the healthy fare is, so now you need to know where to get the sweets. Here are your best bets:
106 Fairfax Ave., Louisville • (502) 333-0620
SuperChef is a great spot for a sweet treat or a substantial one. Not only is it a great option for an after-school snack, but it’s a good place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. These beignets are warm and airy, topped with powdered sugar that will power you through hours of homework.
Please & Thank You
800 E. Market St., Louisville • (502) 553-0113
Did you know Please & Thank You has the best chocolate cookies in town? Stop in after school to try one. Or perhaps a brownie. Or a muffin … You won’t regret stopping in!
Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen
2525 Bardstown Road, Louisville • (502) 459-8184
3737 Lexington Road, Louisville • (502) 893-3303
1041 Bardstown Road, Louisville • (502) 618-3380
2232 Frankfort Ave., Louisville • (502) 409-6100
5606 Bardstown Road, Louisville • (502) 239-3880
12531 Shelbyville Road, Louisville • (502) 245-7031
9561 US Hwy. 42, Prospect • (502) 614-8202
3521 Springhurst Commons Drive, Louisville • (502) 326-8990
Now this is a no-brainer. For an after-school sweet treat that will never disappoint, head to the Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen in a location that is close to any school in Louisville. You simply can’t go wrong with ice cream after school.
9434 Norton Commons Blvd., Prospect • (502) 423-7751
Talk about a refreshing after-school snack, Gelato Gilberto is a slam dunk. Head to Norton Commons and do a little after-school shopping and snacking. Follow them on Facebook to keep up with the current flavors.
1398 Bardstown Road, Louisville • (502) 456-2891
Kizito’s Cookies can be found just about anywhere here in Louisville, as well as their storefront on Bardstown Road. They make a great sweet treat for after-school snacking. Options like chocolate chip, nutty chocolate chip and deluxe oatmeal are just the start … there are plenty of flavors for any craving!
The Comfy Cow
2221 Frankfort Ave., Louisville • (502) 409-4616
1301 Herr Lane, Louisville • (502) 425-4979
1449 Bardstown Road, Louisville • (502) 365-2853
339 W. Cardinal Blvd., Louisville • (502) 409-5090
Comfy Cow is best known for its awesome scoops of ice cream, but they also have great smoothies. And their chocolate-dipped bananas and homemade ice cream sandwiches are truly divine. Grab a yummy and refreshing smoothie and sit on the patio to take a break from the long school day.
Fern Creek, 6509 Bardstown Road • (502) 231-2083
Highlands Douglass Loop, 2204 Bardstown Road • (502) 451-0044
New Albany, IN, 4310 Charlestown Road • (812) 949-6263
Landis Lakes, 13817 English Villa Drive • (502) 254-1760
Springhurst, 9430 Brownsboro Road • (502) 327-0651
St. Matthews, 140 Breckenridge Lane • (502) 896-9952
Grab a scoop of wonderful seasonal ice cream, or perhaps a sundae or a shake. For a really special treat, get it in a chocolate-dipped waffle cone, which just amplifies the taste of the ice cream. It doesn’t matter what you order because it’s all good. Some Graeter’s locations serve individual cakes and desserts from favorite Desserts by Helen, so you may be in for a double down here.
Mommy needs to charge her batteries at 3 p.m., too. Our local coffee shops have great drinks for parents and kids alike, along with a substantial selection of snacks.
516 W. Main St. • (502) 568-6339
462 S. Fourth St. • (502) 561-2041
1295 Bardstown Road • (502) 456-5108
2200 Bardstown Road • (502) 515-0380
3060 Bardstown Road • (502) 458-7770
805 Blankenbaker Pkwy. • (502) 618-3420
2714 Frankfort Ave. • (502) 899-5551
822 Eastern Pkwy. • (502) 637-1060
4901 Brownsboro Road • (502) 425-3688
119 Chenoweth Lane • (502) 893-5103
4305 Shelbyville Road • (502) 899-2800
Heine Brothers Coffee is a great spot to sit down and relax after a long day of school (or a long day dropping off and picking up the kids at school). There are plenty of drinks without caffeine here for the kiddos, such as a refreshing seasonal lemonade or vanilla creme drink. Grab a healthy snack or cookie made by Najla (read our story about her here) and a drink to start the evening of activities and homework.
930 Baxter Ave. • (502) 742-6129
327 W. Cardinal Blvd. • (502) 792-9021
137 E. Market St., New Albany, IN • (812) 221-1778
Enjoy an afternoon snack and coffee at Quills Coffee, a great place to bring along homework, a good book or just a place to catch up on the events of the day.
Some kids, especially those who eat lunch super early, are starving after school and a piece of fruit is not going to cut it, especially if they have sports practices and games still to come. For kids who crave something more substantial, you’re likely in search of something that is more meal than snack. Here are some options that will fill their bellies and tide them over till dinner.
Nancy’s Bagel Grounds
2101 Frankfort Ave., Louisville • (502) 895-8323
Nancy’s Bagel Grounds is a great go-to spot for all-things-breakfast, lunch and snacks. In fact, I often frequented Nancy’s during my grade school and high school years for after-school snacks. They sell everything from salads, soups, sandwiches and cookies to, of course, bagels.
3717 Lexington Road, Louisville • (502) 896-6361
Lotsa Pasta has tons of after-school snacks to choose from and is also a great stop for some grocery shopping. Get a sandwich made to order, or pick up a premade wrap or a premade yummy salad. Also popular are the many dips and chips and, of course, the antipasto!
310 Wallace Ave., Louisville • (502) 618-3424
919 Baxter Ave., Louisville • (502) 614-8424
What’s the best pizza that is sold by the slice you ask? DiOrios Pizza, of course! You’ll always find slices of cheese, pepperoni and deluxe ready, and they’re big slices, too (1/6 of a pie), so one will fit the bill. Also delicious are the wings, if you are not in the mood for just pizza. If you’re lucky, you can get the sweet D-lightfuls, which are basically fried dough with cinnamon, sugar and a glaze on the top.
With bellies full and brains ready to learn, here’s to the best school year yet!