"Teal pumpkins, Mom! Look at the teal pumpkins," exclaimed a little boy from Michigan as he and his family walked into Annie May's Sweet Cafe in Louisville, KY last weekend. "I can eat here!"
His mom rattled off a list of her son's food allergies to the young lady behind the counter and she said everything was safe. So they ordered, and ordered, and ordered some more.
"Can I have seconds?" he asked even before he got his "firsts."
I know the feeling! It was amazing to walk inside this dedicated gluten free, nut free, soy free bakery and order anything I wanted. That's exactly what I did. The great news is that they offer allergen-friendly treats year-round, not just this time of year.
Owner Annie May McGill, a former school teacher with no restaurant experience, but plenty of food allergies, taught herself how to bake so she could enjoy great allergen-friendly treats. After a lot of trial and error, she perfected her recipes and opened Annie May's Sweet Cafe. In addition to sweets, she also offers breakfast and lunch items. To keep customers with food allergies safe, Annie May doesn't allow anyone to bring food outside food into the bakery, and they mill their own flour to make sure it is safe from cross contamination and to get the perfect blend. They celebrated their five-year anniversary in June.
So, what's next for Annie May's Sweet Cafe? As crowds of customers continued to walk into the bakery, Annie May explained that her business is growing and she expects to outgrow the current location at 3110 Frankfort Ave. in Louisville, KY within the next one to two years, so a new location could be in the near future. She told me that she is also looking at expanding into local delivery. Takeout Taxi currently offers delivery of Annie May's orders, but she said they are considering offering delivery themselves. Delivery would've been perfect for someone like me that isn't familiar with the area and had limited time to get out.
We got stuck in crazy traffic in Louisville and barely made it to Annie May's Sweet Cafe before the kitchen closed, but I was able to order the last pizza of the day and it was AMAZING!!! That crust--I don't know how they make it, but it is incredible! It is soft, yet crispy. The picture just doesn't do it justice! It tastes better than any gluten-free pizza I've ever tried. Mmmmm. Dairy-free diners won't miss out on this one, as Annie May's also offers a dairy-free cheese option for pizza.
We visited on the day before IronMan Louisville, a 140.6 mile race, so participants came in to "carb up" before the big race day. They nearly wiped out the baked goods before we arrived, but I was still able to snag a couple of sweet treats for the road. My choice? a goldmine cupcake (chocolate cupcake filled with caramel) and a vegan super cookie (oh-so-good chocolate chip cookie sandwich filled with chocolate frosting, then dipped in chocolate)-and yes, it was as delicious as it sounds!
While the selection was slim when I visited, Annie May explained that the case was filled with super cookies, oatmeal cream pies, brownies, cupcakes and more earlier in the day. While I missed out on the brownies and cookies, she told me her top selling products are always available through the online store. They also offer sampler boxes to allow customers to try a variety. Then she told me about the new "Anniemayniac Club," a monthly subscription service that has earned its own hashtag, #anniemayniacs. Anniemayniac subscribers receive a "surprise" box of goodies from Annie May's Sweet Cafe each month that includes popular customer favorites and new seasonal items. There are four box options, so check out the website for details and pricing. All prices include shipping.
If you live within driving distance of Annie May's Sweet Cafe, I highly recommend stopping in for lunch or dessert. If you don't live within driving distance, I suggest clicking here to order online or join the Anniemayniac Club to start getting a surprise box shipped to you each month! If anyone is looking to send a gluten-free gift, THIS IS A GREAT IDEA!!!
My name is Belinda and I am an #anniemayniac.
This review is based on the experience we had during a recent visit to Annie May's Sweet Cafe. I did not receive free product or compensation for this review. It's just a really awesome gluten-free place to eat and I wish I lived seven hours closer. I recommend it to anyone who is gluten free, vegan or has food allergies. See the disclaimer below for allergens:
Annie May's Allergen Disclaimer (as posted on their website and on menus):
Although all items made in the facility are free of gluten, nuts, and soy, we cannot guarantee cross contamination for our dairy, soy and egg free items. We take every precaution to prevent that cross contamination of these items does not occur. Although we do not use any products that contain tree nuts or have been cross contaminated with tree nuts, we do use coconut milk and some coconut based products and, in 2006, the FDA classified coconut as a tree nut. Therefore we cannot claim a tree nut free status. However, we do claim to be tree nut free, excluding coconut.
If you have any questions about allergens, contact Annie May's Sweet Cafe directly by clicking here.
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