• Operate by the same folks who ran west Louisville’s late, lamented Jay’s Cafeteria, Franco’s serves up the same southern soul food, cafeteria style, as Jay’s did.

    (502) 448-8044
  • Hammerheads is located in the basement of a building in Germantown, but the huge hammerhead shark hanging out front ensures that you can’t miss it. The menu includes hearty fare like a chorizo burger, a PBLT (pork belly, lettuce and tomato), and sweet potato waffles with fried chicken. Vegetarians won’t be left out either. Meatless options include a burger, a sloppy joe, and tacos. Also try an order of crispy mac n’cheese balls.
    365-1112
    louisvillehammerheads.com
  • This casual restaurant has an assortment of Cajun/American entrées, from the good-old Hot Brown and bacon-wrapped scallops to jambalaya. The menu changes seasonally and live music is offered on some nights.
    365-1003
    carlyraes.com
  • Grill-to-order grass-fed, hormone and antibiotic-free Kentucky bison and beef. A full topping bar with fresh local produce and sauces.
    614-6567
    bluegrass-burgers.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
  • Serving a menu of “Creole favorites,” and another of European-inspired entrées, this eclectic eatery located on the edge of Germantown covers a world of flavors.

    583-9165
    coachlamprestaurant.com
  • Chefs Ryan Bryson and Darnell Ferguson, a chef for team USA in the 2008 Olympics, bring new excitement to the most important meal of the day. They support local bakeries and fresh produce that is locally farmed. The strive for freshness, innovation and flavor to create a great atmosphere and affordable prices.
    895-3270
    superchefsbreakfast.com
  • Chef Trew Quackenbush is the mastermind behind the world’s most creative selections of grilled cheese, soups and salads. All soups and salad dressings are homemade and the meat is roasted there.
    409-9494
    tomandchee.com
  • After 130 years, it still has the most substantial fried-fish sandwich in town — and that’s saying something in this fried-fish loving town. The turtle soup’s a keeper, too.
    587-0526
  • 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