• Family owned and operated since 1944, Check’s is the archetypal Schnitzelburg cafe — a bar serving rolled oysters, curiously addictive burgers, fish sandwiches, brats, chili and bean soup.
    637-9515
  • Authentic Mexican cuisine, popular with the Latino community around Churchill Downs. Try the fajitas, steak rio, or enchilada dinner.
    634-3722
  • 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
  • Vibrantly decorated, this enclave offers authentic Ethiopian cuisine for lunch and dinner. Dishes are served traditionally on a large plate for sharing. Food can be eaten in Ethiopian style, picked up with flatbread, or with silverware. Also serves Ethiopian coffee and tea.
    459-6301
    queenofshebalouisville.com
  • Curries, satays, stir-fries and distinctive sauces root this East End restaurant squarely in traditional Thai cuisine. The spicy, flavorful vegetarian menu as well as fiery non-vegetarian items will please everyone.
    425-4815
    thaicafelouisvilleky.com
  • 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
  • Located in its original 1937 building, Joe’s serves comfort food in the form of burgers, fried fish, cheese sticks and nachos. Open until 4 a.m. daily, the restaurant can accommodate late-night diners and large parties.
    426-2074
  • Bearno’s has long made a top-notch pie, but the stromboli sandwich, lasagna and spaghetti are also tempting. Topping lovers, try the huge Super Bearno’s Special pizza.
    458-8605
    bearnos.com
  • An East Coast-style subs chain ventures down South with sandwiches, wraps and an “original” that includes proscuittini, cappacuola, salami, pepperoni and all the fixings.
    244-1991
    jerseymikes.com
  • Weekly specials are a big draw for this small cafe owned by local poet and chef Bill Smith. Features comfort food on Tuesdays, cheeseburger night on Wednesdays and fish fry on Fridays.
    893-5118
    shadylanecafe.com