As kids, we had to wait until after dinner to have our dessert, lest we ruin our appetites. But now that we’re all grown up, we can have sweets anytime we want — even for breakfast! And no matter what time of day you decide to indulge in a sweet treat, it’s good to know you can satisfy your cravings at some of our favorite restaurants around town. Let’s dig in to some of the best desserts in Louisville!
10630 Meeting St, Prospect, KY 40059 • (502) 290-6533
Bed and Breakfast — Reservations required
Tucked away in the Norton Commons area of Louisville, Chateau Bourbon is a delightful bed and breakfast owned by Missy Hillock. Missy creates a wide array of delectable dishes at her B&B, and her Bourbon Banana Cream Pie is one of the best. The creamy, dreamy pie uses three cups of vanilla wafers, two cups of whole milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, six large egg yolks, two to three sliced bananas … and bourbon, of course!
Mercato Italiano Trattoria & Market
10640 Meeting Street, Prospect, KY 40059 • (502) 690-3200
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday — Lunch: 11:30 am to 2 p.m., Dinner: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday brunch, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner: 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Fantastico! — It’s the Italian, and only, way to describe Mercato Italiano’s signature dessert, Nonna’s Cheesecake. Owner Peter Pagano won’t divulge all of the family secrets of this light, but satisfying, treat. However, he does note that this ricotta-based cheesecake is gluten-free — though it’s certainly not fat-free. Slices are served with a homemade raspberry sauce and whipped cream, making it the perfect complement to a traditional Italian dinner.
Mussel & Burger Bar
Downtown: 113. S. 7th Street, Louisville, KY 40202 • (502) 749-6451
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
East End: 9200 Taylorsville Road, Louisville KY 40299 • (502) 384-4834
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Although Mussel & Burger Bar is justifiably famous for burgers and unique mussel dishes, they also have impressive desserts. Longtime favorites include the Chocolate Torte, Tiramisu Cheesecake and Carrot Cake, and new to the line-up is the Lemon Berry Cake. The cake is filled with an assortment of juicy, just-ripe berries and a lovely layer of mascarpone cheese. It’s topped with a sweet raspberry glaze and served with house-made vanilla ice cream, brown sugar crumbles and fresh berries. It’s a sharable dessert, but once you take a bite you may decide to keep it for yourself.
1758 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 915-0160
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Closed Sunday and Monday.
Ostra is the newest in a portfolio of restaurants owned by Chef Adam Burris, and their signature dessert is the Cricket Cake. That’s not just a catchy little name, either. Cricket powder is one of the main ingredients in this dessert — it replaces some of the flour in the recipe but, amazingly, doesn’t detract from its deliciousness. The final product is topped with house-made, rotten banana charcoal ice cream and lavender ganache. You’ll also get a dose of candied super worms and crickets via the cake’s unique garnishes.
The Pine Room
6325 River Road, Prospect, KY 40059 • (502) 528-4422
Hours: Dinner: Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Brunch Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Closed Mondays.
The Pine Room was a Louisville favorite for decades, until the original building was lost to a fire. Thankfully, owner Augusta Holland has opened a new rendition of this old favorite. Their Donut Fritters have that melt-in-your-mouth goodness that makes you beg for more, thanks to honest ingredients like cold butter, baking powder, cinnamon, almond milk and eggs. The gluten-free batter is then dropped into a 350-degree fryer for three to five minutes to create a perfectly crisp outer shell. Finally, each donut is tossed with a generous portion of cinnamon sugar.
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10301 Taylorsville Road, Jeffersontown, KY 40299 • (502) 509-3033
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Sunday, noon to midnight
While fantastic food and fun arcade games are served up seven days a week at the Recbar, it’s the restaurant’s dessert menu that gets the highest scores. There are two ice cream sandwiches, and the Saturday Morning Ice Cream Sandwich (our favorite!) features Fruity Pebbles-crusted vanilla ice cream served between warm Belgian waffles that are drizzled with strawberry sauce.
Here’s to ordering the perfect finale to a meal — or to making dessert a meal of its own!
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