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  • This influential and celebrated Louisville restaurant championed seasonal, local ingredients before it was trendy. The menu rotates weekly, and special three-course prix-fixe meals are available for lunch.
    451-0447
    lillyslapeche.com
  • ZAD

    Equal parts restaurant, cafe and marketplace, ZÄD embraces the pure, simple flavors from the many countries that comprise the eastern Mediterranean region with a vibrant modern twist.

    (502) 569-1122
    zadlouisville.com
  • Downstairs at the Monkey Wrench: contemporary Hillbilly fare like burgood, shrimp and grits, and a great cocktail menu. 

    582-2433
  • The Fish House keeps it simple and delicious. They have a small selection of seafood, fried in a peppery cornmeal breading called “Green River Style.” Also, for a New Orleans-style breakfast, try the beignets and chickory coffee and their sister restaurant, Beignet Cafe, at the same location.
    568-2993
    fishhouse.com
  • Highlands Taproom Grill serves classic American bar food, like onion rings and loaded wedge fries; but also offers more worldly fare, like pulled pork spring rolls and a grilled Portabello stack.&n

    502-584-5222
    http://highlandstaproom.com/grill.htm
  • A tiny spot that dishes up one of the city’s best vegetarian burritos, handmade tamales and the ultimate meat-eater’s delight: carnitas.
    459-4356
  • This cafe and caterer offers toothsome homemade breads, desserts, soups, sandwiches, salads and other entrées. Try the popular strudel, tomato basil soup, Greek salads or appropriately named Sinbar — a chocolate and peanut butter dessert. Boxed lunches available.
    635-6960
    erminsbakery.com
  • This 48-seat brewpub features at least seven house brews on tap — along with an occasional guest beer. The pub fare accommodates both meat-lovers and vegetarians. Save room for the house dessert — ice cream made with malt from the brewer’s Nitro Porter.
    458-8727
    cumberlandbrewery.com
  • Situated between Nulu and downtown and brought to you by the same people of a Louisville favorite Wild Eggs, Wild Rita's is a modern Mexican tequila bar.

    502-584-7482
    http://wildritas.com
  • Sala Thai’s upscale Bangkok-based favorites, served in a sleek, stylish atmosphere, downplay the often-fiery dishes found at many Thai places.
    493-3944