LITE SIDE BAKERY AND CAFE
If you’re touring the Land Between The Lakes and you’ve been confronted with steaks, catfish sandwiches, hush puppies and fries with everything in all the restaurants you’ve enjoyed meals at, it’s good to know that among the 250+ dining establishments in the area there is a place that offers a healthy option.
Lite Side Bakery & Garden Cafe is a delightful little store and cafe that can be found at 2115 Dover Road (on Highway 453), Grand Rivers at the northern entrance to the LBL and is run by owners Bob and Irene who lived in San Diego for 20 before transplanting some Californian ethics to the Western Wetlands of Kentucky. The cafe is open all year Wednesday through Sunday between 7am and 3pm for breakfast and lunch. You can sit in the interior cafe or take a seat at one of the tables on the patio.
As its name suggests, the food at the Lite side is the healthier option with low fat and low sugar. Bob and Irene have been serving up the good stuff since 1994. Irene makes the baked goods and Bob in charge of breakfast and they collaborate as any good husband and wife team should to deliver your lunch. The personal service of the team even extends to serving up food that meets your specific needs if you’re following the Atkins or South Beach diet.
The menu is crammed with waffles, pancakes and toasts plus done to perfection baked goods such as brownies, sugar free cakes, cream puffs, cinnamon rolls, turnovers, donuts, fresh fruit tarts and of course all the breads are made by Irene’s fair hands. You might like to give the house specialty, the Lite Side Bison Burger a try, but, the absolute musts are the low fat muffins of which there are 37 varieties with about 18 flavors on offer each day.
Sit down and enjoy a feel good bite at the Lite Side then be on your way with a picnic for later or a box of muffins but remember they are also available mail order when you reach home.