• Ditto’s is a colorful, family-friendly Highlands alternative to chains like Applebee’s. Popular dishes include Thai wings, barbecue chicken pizza, and the Chinese burrito.
    581-9129
    dittosrestaurant.com
  • This offshoot of Louisville’s only Spanish restaurant De la Torres, La Bodega offers a tapas-only menu of hot and cold items in a cozy space next door to its Highlands progenitor. Appetizer-size portions of roasted red peppers and eggplant, mussels picante and other traditional dishes allow for easy mixing and matching.
    456-4955
    delatorres.com
  • This small, intimate restaurant is an offshoot of Wiltshire Pantry, a local catering company. Plan to be surprised by the menu, as it changes weekly. One sure thing, though: It always includes a meat, chicken, seafood, and vegetarian selection.
    589-5224
    wiltshirepantry.com
  • Downstairs at the Monkey Wrench: contemporary Hillbilly fare like burgood, shrimp and grits, and a great cocktail menu. 

    582-2433
  • Including “martini bar” in the name of this place was no exaggeration. The martini menu includes colorfully named vodka, bourbon, rum, and dessert creations. Purists, don’t worry — we bet they’d make a classic vodka (or gin) and vermouth martini if you ask nicely. Soak up your drinks with 60 West’s upscale American bistro fare.
    719-9717
    60westbistro.com
  • Situated in the historic airport terminal of Bowman Field, Le Relais
    offers a fine dining experience like no other in Louisville. Here you’ll

    (502) 451-9020
    http://www.lerelaisrestaurant.com/about.html
  • 384-1384
    originalchocolatebar.com
  • With a globe-trotting menu — Tunis, Copenhagen and Shanghai are ports of call — and a spacious, inviting outdoor space, this lively Highlands haunt provides tasty fare at reasonable prices. Try the empress chicken, Cubean burrito or one of the many vegetarian options.
    451-0700
    ramsiscafe.com
  • Step inside this chic wine bar and you’ll never know you’re in an East End shopping center. The atmosphere is perfect for relaxing and sampling appetizers and wine by the glass. The specialty Brix House Chips paired with your favorite red or white won’t disappoint.
    243-1120
    brixlouisville.com
  • Residing in Anchorage’s old Willow Lake Tavern building, Selena’s serves up a fusion of Creole and Sicilian cuisine. If the food doesn’t lure you in, the atmosphere will, with a spacious wraparound patio for al fresco dining during warm months and a cozy indoor dining room with a charming fireplace.
    245-9004
    selenasrestaurant.com