• 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
  • 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
  • Find this joint on the sunny side of the Ohio and find barbecue done right. From moist slices of brisket to a wonderfully smoky tofu sandwich, plus sides of collard greens and macaroni and cheese. Get there early to avoid the long lines.
    920-0454
    feastbbq.com
  • Located behind Holy Grale in the Highlands, the Gralehause offers delectable menu of breakfast, lunch, and deli choices.

    502-459-9939
  • Dangerously good food! Treat yourself and your family to some delicious BBQ during your day out on River Road.

    502-592-7065
    https://www.facebook.com/riverroadbbq/info
  • Every day is Fat Tuesday at this energetic Clifton eatery, which specializes in the best of down-home Cajun grub. Well-known favorites are the drunken chicken and bumblebee stew. Morning people can get their New Orleans fix at breakfast on weekends.
    896-4046
    jgumbos.com
  • 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
  • The pizza here has many fans, but Clifton’s is also known for huge, build-your-own calzones and great breadsticks. Live music nightly.
    893-3730
    cliftonspizza.com
  • SuperChef's is so named because Chef Darnell Ferguson cooked for the 2008 U.S. Olympic team, but you don't have to be an Olympian to carb-load at SuperChef's.
    896-8008
    superchefsbreakfast.com
  • Authentic Mexican cuisine, popular with the Latino community around Churchill Downs. Try the fajitas, steak rio, or enchilada dinner.
    634-3722