After what is sure to be a long month of pre-poolside dieting, my cravings for snacking will no doubt make a comeback, and I’ll head for the sweets. I’m ashamed to admit I’ve scraped off freezer burn just to get a taste of 2-month-old chocolate ice cream (and I know I’m not the only one).
My most recent “aha!” moment came one night as I was driving down Frankfort Avenue, most likely heading to whatever drive-through offers decent chocolate, when I saw it – Sweet Surrender. How I had missed this tasty locale is beyond me, but I went in and indulged. Thank goodness they were open past 6 o’clock or it would have been me and a stale Hershey bar.
Owner Jessica Haskell bakes up mouth-satisfying delights to cure late-night cravings or just your everyday sweet tooth. From mint julep to banana split cakes, if you ever allow yourself a cheat day, you absolutely MUST head to Sweet Surrender. But don’t think just because sugar is the main ingredient there can’t be some health-conscious backbone. Sweet Surrender offers a full menu of sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan cakes and pies.
Having never thought of myself as a coffee house lounger, I definitely fit right in as a dessert café regular. With the smell of fresh-baked goods and warm, dim lights, this place is like Willy Wonka meets grandma’s kitchen. With desserts made from scratch, Sweet Surrender proves that cafes are not just for coffee beans and laptops. And the shop has been honored with eight Best of Louisville Awards.
But you don’t have to have a sweet tooth to enjoy a little Sweet Surrender. Since 2007, it has served up vegetarian lunch fare such as paninis, salads, soups and the best part, a “you-pick-two” comes with a slice of cake. With items such as a hummus platter ($5.25) and gluten-free, vegan chili ($5.59), you’ll have money left over to come back for seconds … or thirds.
So if cozying up to a box of bon-bons and reruns doesn’t light a fire under you, consider going out for dessert and sweeten up your date night. No longer should you be confined to the back of your freezer or scraping for last year’s Halloween candy.
Sweet Surrender is located at 1804 Frankfort Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. Call 502.899.2008 or visit www.sweetsurrenderdessertcafe.com.
Located in a refurbished shotgun house, the cozy ambiance helps put you at ease and fully indulge in your treat du jour.
Must-have indulgence: Traditional carrot cake with a buttercream and bourbon caramel walnut filling. You can tell yourself you’re getting a full serving of vegetables with each bite.
The entire café menu has been approved dairy kosher.
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Voice-Tribune Staff Writer Lauren DePaso enjoys being a tourist in her own city, exploring the nightlife and cheering on the Cards. A Louisville native, she currently resides in St. Matthews.