• Tucked away in the courtyard of a Victorian house, this cafe serves scrumptious soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts in generous portions to hungry lunchtime patrons. Try a cup of hot tea alongside the pear and Gorgonzola salad or chicken salad.
    456-4500
    butterflygardencafe.com
  • This newly-renovated restaurant still serves the Nuevo-Latino cuisine that made it a Louisville favorite. If you can’t choose just one of the colorful and spicy seviche selections, we don’t blame you. Try the seviche tasting option, with three or four small portions of the fresh seafood creations.
    473-8560
    sevicherestaurant.com
  • Highlights of this pizza joint include an old car converted into a table, the Philly cheese steak, large slices of thin crust pizza, and deep-fried Oreos. A favorite among bar hoppers, Spinelli’s is open till at 5 a.m. all week in one of the city’s busiest bar corridors, and offers delivery until 4:30 a.m.
    568-5665
    spinellispizza.com
  • Chef/owner Peng Looi’s creations fuse Pacific Rim flavors like lemongrass and sarawak peppercorns with distinctly American ingredients like bourbon and rib-eye steaks. Check out the multidimensional taste of the wok-seared salmon or one of the five-course tasting menus.
    451-2749
    asiatiquerestaurant.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 all-hours hangout with its well-worn booths and low-key atmosphere serves an eclectic menu offering everything from breakfast (garden green omelet) to dinner (fried chicken) to desserts and drinks from all over the world. Herbal smoke hookahs are available inside as well as tobacco hookahs outside.
    473-8694
  • Highlands Taproom Grill serves classic American bar food, like onion rings and loaded wedge fries; but also offers more worldly fare, like pulled pork spring rolls and a grilled Portabello stack.&n

    502-584-5222
    http://highlandstaproom.com/grill.htm
  • 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
  • This is the only place in town where an expertly crafted beer list is served in a former church, complete with an upstairs bar called the Choir Loft. The menu consists of snack-sized portions of bar food like scotch eggs and chorizo tacos. It would be a sin not to take the beer pairing recommendations on the menu.
    holygralelouisville.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