The holiday season always means going out to lunch for me. With guests in town, or people I want to spend a little holiday time with, lunch is a great option when nights fill up with social engagements. There are three cafes that Louisvillians love, and I do, too. I call them The Three Cafes, and these are most often my go-to places when dining out at mid-day is on the agenda. One thing they all have in common are their delicious homemade soups—a requirement for me during colder months.

The Cafe

Formerly known as the Cafe at the Antique Mall on Goss, I had not been to this restaurant since they moved to Brent Street from the Antique Mall (so that has been a long time). I starting hearing about this place last year again from several friends who were raving about their breakfast, lunch and, especially, their desserts. But I was warned to get there early to get a table, and that I did not do. I went at 12:30 p.m. and waited 40 minutes for a table … for lunch … in Louisville. Unheard of! Tomato dill soup, the strata and salads are all wonderful here.

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Image credit: The Cafe

Tomato Dill Soup with diced tomatoes, onions, celery, fresh, heavy cream and “secret ingredients.” Image credit: The Cafe

The Pimita. Image credit: The Cafe.

The Pimita: Pita crust pizza made with homemade Pimento
cheese, diced tomatoes, bacon and red onions. Image credit: The Cafe.

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Tuscan Roasted Chicken Salad: Roasted chicken breast served atop a mixture of fresh salad greens with roasted sweet bell peppers, portabello mushrooms, fresh apple slices, shredded carrots, feta cheese, diced tomatoes and our zesty red onion relish. Served with Asian sesame dressing

The Strata. Image credit: The Courier Journal

The Strata with spinach, tomatoes, onion, cheese and bacon. Image credit: The Courier Journal

Desserts are out of this world here.

Desserts are out of this world here.

Caffe Classico

Caffe Classico on Frankfort Avenue is listed as an espresso boutique and cafe. The coffee drinks are great, but the food is what keeps us coming back for more. Going to Caffe Classico is like going to Paul’s or Target. Put your makeup on, because you are going to see everyone there you know. That was the case when I met a friend for lunch last month. It was bustling at 11:45 a.m. They are known not just for their great food, but for their wonderful coffee, too. They serve lunch and dinner, as well as wonderful coffee from their coffee bar. 

Image Credit: Cafe Classico

Image Credit: Cafe Classico

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Belgian Pomme Frittes: Belgian style French fries with three dipping sauces. Image credit: Caffe Classico.

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Chicken and Rice Soup.

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Tuna salad of ahi and albacore, tomato, green beans, Nicoise olives, egg and potatoes.

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Tortoni Buenos Aires Salad: a chef salad layered with tomatoes, egg, mozzarella, cucumber, Avocado and carrots.

Margherita Pizza. Fresh Mozzarella, fresh tomato, and fresh basil. Image credit: Caffe Classico.

Margherita Pizza. Fresh Mozzarella, fresh tomato, and fresh basil. Image credit: Caffe Classico.

Feta Panini. Feta, pesto, sundried tomatoes, mozzarella, baby spinach.Image credit: Caffe Classico.

Feta Panini. Feta, pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella, baby spinach. Image credit: Caffe Classico.

Cafe Fraiche

Until this week, I had never eaten at Cafe Fraiche, although I have had their food plenty of times. I would say that the majority of their job is catering, but the cafe is delightful. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. If using them for catering, they make a delicious chicken pot pie, beef tenderloin and chicken piccata. Cafe Fraiche is located in Chenoweth Plaza.

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Truly a catering operation, here is just a sampling of all the platters around. There are also loads of loads of cookbooks everywhere.

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Homemade vegetable soup on a rainy day is perfect.

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Becky’s Healthy Request: Egg White and Veggie Fritatta with Asiago and Cheddar Cheeses, Honeyed Vanilla Yogurt Parfait with Granola and Fruit and toast.

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Baby Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese, Grit Croutons, Roasted Red Pepper and Hot Bacon Dressing. I could put a straw in this dressing and drink it. No judgement.

Hope to see you out enjoying lunch sometime this month.



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