• Sake Blue's Japanese Bistro is an award-winning, family-owned restaurant in Louisville.

    502-708-1500
    http://www.sakeblue.com/
  • Located behind Holy Grale in the Highlands, the Gralehause offers delectable menu of breakfast, lunch, and deli choices.

    502-459-9939
  • 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
  • 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
  • Our readers say it’s the best traditional pie in town, with piled-high toppings for big appetites. Besides traditional pizza, Wick’s has pizza-inspired appetizers like the Stuffed Breadwick and the Wick-A-Dilla.
    458-1828
    wickspizza.com
  • Homegrown, but with its heart in the Rockies, this expanding chain features hearty food — steaks, ribs, meatloaf and some killer blue-cheese coleslaw — as well as a full bar with a large selection of domestic and import beers, wine and spirits.
    456-6680
    eatatbuckheads.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
  • A recently opened restaurant, lounge and live theater in the Highlands. The menu is eclectic with Shakespearean-named items like the Filet-dy MacBeth, Taming of the Stew and the Duke of Bourbon Brisket. The theater features poetry readings, live music, and plays.
    749-5275
    thebardstown.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
  • This deli brings a Manhattan feel to the Bluegrass. Try the hearty pasta salads with whimsical names like Isabella Tortellini or a New York classic like matzo ball soup or pastrami on rye. Also, see how many celebrities you recognize in the fun paintings on the walls.
    584-3354
    stevensandstevensdeli.com