• Food and great Cardinal memories come together at this restaurant near Freedom Hall devoted to U of L sports. Each booth has its own small TV. Specialties include baby-back ribs and fresh salmon, as well as the “Walk of Fame” salad.
    635-8686
    halloffamecafes.com
  • This Cheers-like bar and grill in Norton Commons is known for its meat offerings, particularly the triangle steak. Live music on Friday nights. Breakfast fans should come hungry on weekend mornings.
    327-5646
    karem.com
  • An outpost of the downtown Cunningham’s restaurant, Cunningham’s Creekside overlooks Harrods Creek. Enjoy the ambience of riverside dining and the famous fried fish sandwich.
    228-3625
  • Situated between Nulu and downtown and brought to you by the same people of a Louisville favorite Wild Eggs, Wild Rita's is a modern Mexican tequila bar.

    502-584-7482
    http://wildritas.com
  • 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
  • This hip hangout is known for its live music lineup, but just as much care has been taken with the menu. Standouts include House Friez and Totz, (crisp fries and tater tots with several dipping sauce choices) the Z Burger and the Track and Field Wrap with hummus, falafel and tzatziki sauce.
    635-1227
    zanzabarlouisville.com
  • Folks used to think the sign read “No Goils.” But it’s “No Coils” — a bygone way of cooling draft beer — that are eschewed by this 1924 St. Matthews landmark, which serves up burgers, barbecue and hot wings — not to mention a wide selection of domestic and imported beers and live music.
    742-8616
    gerstles.com
  • A new addition to the New Albany restaurant scene, this spot offers local craft beers and Kentucky specialties, including Louisville’s hot brown and a bourbon molasses barbecue sauce.

    (812) 948-9999
    cafe27.com
  • The pre- and post-arena event dining selection expands. The Troll Pub offers everything game-goers expect like burgers, pizza and chicken wings, plus a few unique items like “hog wings”— bone-in pork tips — and the “troll leg”— a smoked turkey leg.
    618-4829
    trollpub.com
  • Part of Fourth Street Live!, the Hard Rock Cafe celebrates rock ’n’ roll and classic American food. The walls are decorated with memorabilia and the menu is anchored by the popular Hard Rock cheeseburger.
    568-2202
    hardrock.com