• Sushi chef Yong Tak, formerly of Osaka, brings his sushi skills to Lexington Road, where he serves up food like the Asahi roll, the house specialty, and chicken teriyaki.
    895-1130
  • Louisville’s only coal-fired oven makes pizza crust thin and crisp. Coals offers carefully composed 12-inch pies, one to try is the Highlands pizza which is topped with Dream Catcher Farm bacon, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and arugula.
    742-8200
    coalsartisanpizza.com
  • This tucked-away treasure in St. Matthews offers sophisticated Italian and French-influenced dishes in a romantic atmosphere.
    896-9570
    211cloverlane.com
  • Along with tasty soups and sandwiches, you’ll find delicious sushi rolls and top-notch smoothies, as well as a large selection of low-carb entrées. Try the unique tofu eggless salad, signature Rainbow Rito (a vegetarian burrito) or test from a menu that varies daily.
    896-0189
    rainbowblossom.com
  • Choose one of the inventive (and modestly priced) Asian-inspired entrées, or create your own combination of stir-fry. The new “pick two” menu — including an appetizer and a smaller-portioned entrée — is a great choice for lunch.
    426-0800
    yangkeenoodle.com
  • Stop into the Louisville outpost of this Austin-based Tex-Mex chain after shopping at the nearby malls. They have a full menu of the usual suspects — tacos, burritos and enchiladas, plus fresh margaritas. For something different, try the Elvis Green Chile Fried Chicken. It’s breaded in potato chips and served with green chile sauce.
    327-3033
    chuys.com
  • Well known as a retail purveyor of fresh seafood, The Seafood Connection also boasts an appealing lunch menu. You can request that something from the display case be placed on the grill.
    899-5655
    seafoodconnection.net
  • Treat yourself and 10 of your closest friends to Outback’s most famous creation, The Bloomin’ Onion. They also offer a full menu of steakhouse fare with Austrailan-themed names like the Kookaburra Wings, Grilled Chicken on the Barbie, and The Melbourne steak.
    895-4329
    outback.com
  • Have a panini, (the chicken prosciutto comes highly recommended), muffaletta, or custom deli sandwich for lunch and pick up gourmet and international ingredients to make dinner, all in one stop at this little shop in the Vogue Center.
    896-6361
    lotsapastalouisville.com
  • Sample popular brews like American Pale Ale and Dark Star Porter while watching the brewmaster work his magic at this restaurant and microbrewery with several area locations. Many items on the menu of casual pub fare are made with BBC beers. Popular creations include the pretzel and BBC beer mustard appetizer, as well as the Brewhouse Chili.
    899-7070
    bbcbrew.com