• 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Molly Malone’s serves traditional Irish pub fare like corned beef hash with soda bread, as well American bar food standbys like hot wings. Traditional Irish libations are always flowing too. The large patio facilitates warm-weather dining, and inside there are many nooks to settle into while listening to live music or simply enjoying a drink.
    473-1222
    mollymalonesirishpub.com
  • Staffed by Sullivan University culinary students, Winston’s has an elegant dining room and ambitious plates infused with the energy of the students. It also serves the city’s best and only “Not Brown” — a dish of fried green tomatoes layered with shrimp, crab, spinach and Mornay sauce.
    456-0980
    sullivan.edu/winstons
  • Steamed bagel sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads and desserts, New York City inspired. All meats, sauces, aiolis and sides are made in-house.
    365-3354
    babydsdeli.com
  • 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
  • This restaurant offers diners a journey to Spain without leaving the Bluegrass. A list of tapas dishes, paella, calamari and lamb roasted with garlic dot a menu that reflects the best of Spanish flavors and spices.
    456-4955
    delatorres.com
  • Great Flood Brewing Co. is the newest to Bardstown Road. Four friends opened this brewery and since then, it has taken off to be a popular spot in the Highlands!

    (502) 457-7711