Saturday, June 28, 2008

Lynn's Paradise Café

... otherwise known as "the world of swirl". Lynn's Paradise Café is not only famous for it's decor, but also for its yummy "get your money's worth" food! Although the menu does not have a huge selection of items, the items offered are very unique.
My husband and I decided to vacation in Louisville, KY this summer (A: because I don't have any vacation left due to spending it in the hospital and B: because of gas prices). We made a list of all of the things we would like to do in Louisville and the surrounding area, and going to Lynn's Paradise Café was one of the things on the list. Besides wanting to try the scrumptious variety of food, we wanted to see for ourselves the "much talked about" funky décor.
So, we decided to go for breakfast this morning (and on to the Louisville Science Center after that, but that's another story). We checked out the online breakfast menu because we figured there would be a wait, and wanted to be prepared.
When we arrived at Lynn's, there was an explosion of color, artificial flowers, giant teacups, and even a life-size horse toaster. That's right, a horse "toaster". See for yourself!

Here are some of the other things we saw as we were welcomed to the "world of swirl"....

The Giant Teacup

The Inside

The Lamp at our Table

The 1st Sign

The Second Sign

The Kites

My cup overfloweth.....

The Blue Frog (need I say more?)

As you can see, this is a pretty eclectic place. Even the inside looks like a huge vintage garage sale! The neat thing is that everything flows well --the atmosphere, the people, and the food. Speaking of....I'm glad we looked online before we came. Everything is a bit overwhelming when you first enter the dining room -- luckily we knew exactly what we wanted to order. Here is what we decided on before we came:

Jason: Paradise Pancakes—Lynn's version of the classic pancake made with Weisenbergerstone-ground yellow cornmeal and whole wheat flour. (Standard order is 2 but he only had one since they were as big as the plate!)

Brandi: Biscuits and Gravy—Homemade buttermilk biscuits smothered in Lynn's own sausage gravy. (I know, sounds boring but it was what I was craving at the time!)

We only had to wait about 10 minutes on our order (just enough time to take a couple of pictures inside the dining room --without a flash, mind you, so as not to bring attention to our table). Once it arrived, I just had to take a picture of each dish. Here is what our orders looked like:



What a mountain of food!! I mean, look at that pancake! And I promise you there were like 6 biscuits in that bowl (and each biscuit was 3 inches tall)! Plus, we each had a tall glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice. So, how much for this delicious spread? Well, we went to Lynn's with the mindset that everything was going to be expensive - -after all, it is a tourist attraction -- but were pleasantly surprised with the menu prices. My meal was $6.95 (doesn't include juice) and Jason's was $5.95. We did worry a little when we first received our menus, though, as the top three "breakfast signature items" were $14.95 and up. But you have to realize what these "signature items" were. Here is a picture of one of these items, the Bourbon Ball French Toast that Lynn's is famous for:

Three slices of thick french toast drizzled with warm Bourbon Vanilla Custard, garnished with chocolate syrup and Kentucky Bourbon Whipped Cream, and topped with sliced strawberries and toasted pecan halves. Now see why it was $14.95? This beauty actually beat Bobby Flay's french toast in the "Throwdown with Bobby Flay" episode on Breakfast.

Well, I hope you have enjoyed your little trip with me to Lynn's Paradise Café! I have only one thing to leave you with (they say a picture is worth a thousand words)...


Sarah said...

mmmm mmmmm ... Looks like you guys had a very yummy breakfast!

Kel said...

Hey Little! I'm sooooo jealous! I've wanted to eat there since I saw it on Throw Down! Maybe the next time I am in Louisville, we can eat there! It looks AWESOME!

RonK said...

I have to recommend their HOT BROWN. It's fantastic.

Lesley said...

Hey Bran! We had a great time eating at Lynn's Paradise Cafe, food was great! Can't wait to eat some more sweet potatoe fries!!! The were so good. Maybe next time I'll get pudding as a side!! ha ha!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Brandi:
Thanks for coming in to Lynn's and giving us such a great review!!

Hope you come back soon!!
Patty Schnatter
Lynn's Paradise Cafe