Print
  • Inspired by the honky tonk culture that arose in Bakersfield, Caif.. in the 1950s, this upscale diner, located in a renovated fire station, offers a taste of classic American and Tex-Mex cuisines. Chicken-fried steak and catfish share menu space with empanadas and several varieties of chili.
    259-9540
    whiskeybythedrink.com
  • El Nopal serves enchiladas, burritos, and fajitas at 19 Louisville-area locations. Chiles Colorado with hot red chiles and beef tips is all you could ask for and more.
    327-6551
    elnopalmex.com
  • This Chinese restaurant has been a St. Matthews staple for years. Traditional dishes, like braised duck web, may be a stretch for some, but the Oriental House beef and Chinese broccoli are also satisfying.
    897-1017
  • This funky cafe has art lining the walls and a wide-ranging menu tinged with Italian and Cajun flavors. Try the signature Lou Lou’s Pizza or one of the calzones jam-packed with flavorful ingredients.
    893-7776
    cafeloulou.com
  • Saigon Cafe in St. Matthews offers an intruiging combination of Vietnamese dishes with Chinese and Thai influences.

    502-893-7757
    http://www.saigon-cafe.com
  • A Churchill Downs area classic, this old-fashioned restaurant serves up burgers, soups, sandwiches and daily entrée specials to hungry track-goers. The biscuits and gravy breakfast is a Derby week ritual.
    375-3800
    wagnerspharmacy.com
  • The menu at this Westport-area eatery is heavily peppered with just-like-Mom-used-to-make favorites like meatloaf, pot pie and fried chicken. Try the chicken livers or fried green tomatoes served with plate-scraping “creek” sauce.
    339-8070
    gcdiner.com
  • A noteworthy burger and Reuben sandwich are offered alongside more traditional fare and a lengthy beer list. The pub is open until 4 a.m. every day of the week.
    589-7373
    osheaslouisville.com
  • The family behind this outfit is from Guadalajara, and the efficient service exhibits a friendly Mexican touch. Try the popular fajitas.
    969-8243
    mycaporal.com
  • Located inside an historic downtown building, this Italian-American chain serves comfort food like spaghetti Vesuvius and Italian-style meatloaf.
    581-1070
    osf.com