• This downtown spot offers favorite Italian classics with a contemporary flair. Try the sea bass entrée with fingerling potatoes, olives, caper berries and artichoke.
    671-4285
    blugrille.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
  • This chain’s roots in Italy and Gulf Coast Cajun country make for spicy cuisine and an upbeat, high-energy atmosphere.
    412-2218
    carrabbas.com
  • This Appalachian-inspired tea house serves its own brand of organic teas alongside a menu of mountain favorites including smoked catfish, frog legs and bourbon-marinated pork.
    587-7350
    hillbillytea.com
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    807-3463
    theoakroomlouisville.com
  • Chef and restaurateur Huong “CoCo” Tran’s newly opened Roots continues her passion for serving inventive and flavorful vegetarian food. The menu consists of Asian and a few Mediterranean influenced small plates. Try the crispy potato nest filled with bok choy, green peas, yellow squash, carrots and broccoli.
    452-6688
  • Equus offers inventive American regional cuisine served by a seasoned staff. Favorites include a veal sweetbreads appetizer, Parmesan-crusted sea bass and fried chicken with kale and potatoes.
    897-9721
    equusrestaurant.com
  • 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 eatery specializes in eastern Mediterranean fare. Try the tomato-spiked baba ghanoush and stuffed grape leaves. For dessert, head next door to the bakery of the same name.
    454-4406
  • Food Network fans will recognize this natural and organic bakery from the show The Best Thing I Ever Ate, where their flourless chocolate cake was featured.

    719-0172
    cakeflouronmarket.com