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  • This hip hangout is known for its live music lineup, but just as much care has been taken with the menu. Standouts include House Friez and Totz, (crisp fries and tater tots with several dipping sauce choices) the Z Burger and the Track and Field Wrap with hummus, falafel and tzatziki sauce.
    635-1227
    zanzabarlouisville.com
  • Located at the former Club 21, The Cure Lounge is an upscale bar and lounge with several options for small plate dining.

    502-619-2178
  • SuperChef's is so named because Chef Darnell Ferguson cooked for the 2008 U.S. Olympic team, but you don't have to be an Olympian to carb-load at SuperChef's.
    896-8008
    superchefsbreakfast.com
  • (502) 632-2444
    http://dragonkingsdaughter.com/
  • 566-3259

    downonebourbonbar.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
  • Rye
    The goal of this new eatery on the ever-evolving East Market corridor, is to cook and serve freshly and locally sourced food. That means the menu changes as the chef’s sees fit. However one thing that diners can always expect here is seasonal, well-prepared food served up in a stylish atmosphere.
    749-6200
    ryeonmarket.com
  • This New York-style pizzeria serves up crispy pies with toppings including homemade Italian sausage and thinly sliced meatballs. Try the white pizza, where the tomato sauce is replaced with garlic-infused olive oil.
    749-8525
    papalinosnypizzeria.com
  • This perennial favorite spot offers a cozy, lamp-lit atmosphere that evokes an old speakeasy. The menu consists of upscale American dishes that feature local products like country ham and Capriole cheeses. Don’t miss the shrimp and grits or the historic black-and-white photographs on the walls.
    452-9244
    jackfrys.com
  • A wide-ranging menu based on contemporary Southern cuisine is nudged up a bit in preparation and presentation from the typical American bistro. Be sure to try the Maker’s Mark bourbon sirloin or the cedar plank salmon.
    423-1990
    austinslou.com