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  • Located in the basement of the famed Mussels and Burger Bar, The Place Downstairs provides a classy, elegant-casual atmosphere suitable for a nighttime bite or a romantic evening.

    (502) 333-0376
    http://www.opentable.com/the-place-downstairs
  • Get your oyster-on-the-half-shell fix at this beach-themed restaurant. Buffalo wings are also a specialty.
    245-0366
    rumorsrestaurants.com
  • Tucked alongside quaint shops and galleries, this deli offers homemade soups, bagels, muffins, espressos and lattes. Pumpernickel and spinach feta bagels are tasty, as are the unique cream cheese flavors. The smaller downtown location is ideal for a quick weekday breakfast or lunch.
    895-8323
    nancysbagels.com
  • Breakfast lovers shouldn’t miss Meridian Cafe. Offerings include superb French toast, a bagel sandwich with smoked salmon and wilted spinach, and hearty pastrami hash. If you’re more into lunch, check out the white bean burger or shitake mushroom sandwich.
    897-9703
    themeridiancafe.com
  • Mexican fare with a California Twist (fish tacos are a popular item) and the unusual and upbeat atmosphere make this a favorite on Frankfort Avenue.
    899-9930
    502elmundo.com
  • Serving favorites such as gator tail, boiled crawfish, crawfish étouffée and more for dine-in or carry-out.
    426-1320
    joesokbayou.com
  • (502) 584-7482

    wildritas.com
  • An East Coast-style subs chain ventures down South with sandwiches, wraps and an “original” that includes proscuittini, cappacuola, salami, pepperoni and all the fixings.
    244-1991
    jerseymikes.com
  • After more than 30 years and expansions to include five area locations, this Best of Louisville award record-holder remains beloved to a diverse crowd, as do the always-popular Bristol Burger and green chili wontons. The original Bardstown Road location offers lunch, dinner and late-night menus.
    456-1702
    bristolbarandgrille.com
  • City Cafe is a lunchtime favorite among the downtown office crowd. Its creative (and reliably good) lunches and dinners are based on cuisines from around the world. Few restaurants do more for the cause of soup.
    459-5600
    citycafelunch.com