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A First Look at House of Marigold’s Menu

By: Hannah Lee Leidy

Opening doors on Saturday, March 25, House of Marigold marks Louisville’s newest breakfast-to-lunch destination. Housed inside an airy dining room inspired by the owners’ shared love of Golden Girls (look for the cozy bistro tables, assorted houseplants, and frilly decorative curtains), the restaurant serves up elevated takes on Southern classics and whimsical brunch cocktails that put the spotlight on locals seasonal ingredients. 

Kris Cole, chef and owner of House of Marigold
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House of Marigold is the first brick-and-mortar concept from local restaurateurs Adrienne and Kris Cole. The husband-wife duo share many years of experience in Louisville’s restaurant scene—Kris working in kitchens, Adrienne in front-of-house positions. They started their own cafe in 2018, inside the Waystar office building, and expanded with Marigold Catering Company in 2019. Catering demand swelled during the pandemic, and the company’s signature tiny bar-tap Vespa and Airstream mobile bar were soon spotted throughout the city. 

Business growth combined with the Coles’ shared love for the Louisville community led to the development of House of Marigold. They designed the menu around local purveyors: The avocado toast is made with thickly sliced sourdough bread from Blue Dog Bakery and Café; Quills Coffee supplies the house roast; they source premium beef from Wendell Berry’s farms, and the majority of produce comes from within a county or two away.

The dishes come together in Kris’ signature, upscale-comfort-food style. “We try to lightly enhance the flavors of what’s coming through the door and prepare it to the best of our abilities,” he says. It’s elevated, but not over the top: “If I can’t do it in four or five ingredients, we’re not putting it on the menu.”

Expect scratch-made biscuits with seasonal preserves and local honey, lemon ricotta pancakes, and scrambles packed with garden vegetables. For lunchier items, go for the buttermilk fried chicken sandwich with roasted garlic aïoli and zippy quick pickles, or try the chargrilled salmon (one of Kris’ favorites) served over risotto-style couscous with sweet pea pesto, heirloom carrot, and radishes. Pocket Bakery goods fill the dessert case and include pies and cakes available by the slice, handmade fruit pop tarts, and cookies served warm with milk for dunking.

Table with plates of food and cocktails from House of Marigold

Depending on the day, you can start your meal with one of the espresso drinks, like the Morning Rose, an aromatic rose water latte with white chocolate—or, if you’re feeling more laid back, one of the cocktails, like the Gin n’ Juice with house-infused Aviation gin, seasonal jam, and lemon, or a boozy slushy. 

Hungry for more? Check out House of Marigold’s menu for what you can expect from Louisville’s sunny new eatery:

The Breakfast Menu from House of Marigold

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