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.
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. www.thecafe.ws
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. www.caffe-classico.com
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. www.cafe-fraiche.com
Hope to see you out enjoying lunch sometime this month.
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