Cottage Cafe

Bakery | Sandwich Shop | Small Town Café | Tea Room | Uncategorized
Worth driving from anywhere!

There is so much to love about Cottage Café. But let’s start at the end, with dessert. As soon as you walk in the door, your eyes will immediately focus on the fabulous, tall cakes sitting on the counter. There might be a half dozen to choose from. It takes an iron will not to start your meal with dessert. To make matters worse, customers are asked if they want a bite of cake before being shown to a table.

The menu is mostly ladies-lunch classics. The sampler plate is a big seller that offers a scoop each of chicken salad, tuna salad and egg salad. All three are prepared fresh that morning and arrive on a bed of lettuce, plus tomato, fruit and a roll on the side. Chicken salad, which contain cut-up grapes, is the star of the plate.

My favorite days to visit are Thursday and Saturday because that is when a hot brown is the daily special.  Found on menus throughout Louisville and now all over the commonwealth, a hot brown is an open face sandwich that piles toast points with sliced turkey, bacon, tomato, and a blanket of cheese sauce. The version served at Cottage Café uses turkey that has been roasted in-house and its cheddar cheese sauce is light enough not to overwhelm the rest of the dish. Many hot browns can be exceedingly heavy. This one is just right.

A lesser known unique-to-Louisville sandwich is the Benedictine. This features a spread combining cucumbers and cream cheese, adding bacon and lettuce on wheat bread. The sandwich does have a discomforting bright green hue, but still is highly recommended. Other popular menu items are club sandwiches, salads, and a simple cottage cheese and fruit plate.

Now, about those cakes: while we truly believe that there is no wrong choice, we agonized over making such an important decision. Ebony & ivory cake is a moist, dreamy devil’s food cake with fudgy icing. The Miss Margaret, with broken bits of toffee and a luxurious buttercream crown, was named after a now deceased favorite customer. Pumpkin praline, an autumn special topped with pecans, makes my wife swoon.

Even if the food weren’t wonderful, Cottage Café would be worth a visit. The building itself is a 100+ year old home with pink flamingo décor everywhere, much of which donated by customers. Service is polite and welcoming. Owner Susan Stivers breezes from table to table catching up with regulars and making unfamiliar visitors like us feel like old friends. Special needs adults patrol the dining rooms refilling coffee cups and iced tea glasses. Cottage Café is a place with plenty of heart.

What to Eat
Cottage Cafe, Hot Brown
Hot Brown
One of Louisville's most loved local dish, the hot brown.
Cottage Cafe, Benedictine Sandwich
Benedictine Sandwich
Cottage Cafe is the first place we came across the benedictine sandwich, but we were told that they are another Louisville favorite.
Cottage Cafe, Ebony & Ivory Cake
Ebony & Ivory Cake
The ebony and ivory cake is so popular that it is available everyday.
Cottage Cafe, Pumpkin Praline Cake
Pumpkin Praline Cake
When I pressed owner Susan Stivers which was her favorite dessert, she chose this pumpkin praline cake.
Cottage Cafe, MIss Margaret Cake
MIss Margaret Cake
A now deceased favorite customer at Cottage Cafe ate this cake so often, they eventually named the cake after her.
Cottage Cafe, Smoked Turkey Bisque
Smoked Turkey Bisque
We have also enjoyed some wonderful homemade soups at Cottage Cafe including tomato dill and this rich smoked turkey bisque.
Directions and Hours
Monday11:00am - 3:00pm
Tuesday11:00am - 3:00pm
Wednesday11:00am - 3:00pm
Thursday11:00am - 3:00pm
Friday11:00am - 3:00pm
Saturday11:00am - 3:00pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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