• Flavorful food from northern India served in an intimate setting. Try the tikka masala or tandoori chicken from the regular menu, or sample several dishes from the lunch buffet.

    473-8765
    kashmirlouisville.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
  • Zoe’s offers a selection of salads, soups. hummus, sandwiches and light entrées. Full dinners and tubs of their sides and salads are available for carry out.
    585-0000
    zoeskitchen.com
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    217-6360
    proofonmain.com
  • An upscale bar on the second floor of Fourth Street Live! Tavern on Fourth combines a traditional sports tavern with interactive games and a space for unique private events.

    502-588-8888
    http://www.tavernon4thky.com
  • 384-1384
    originalchocolatebar.com
  • Choose one of the inventive (and modestly priced) Asian-inspired entrées, or create your own combination of stir-fry. The new “pick two” menu — including an appetizer and a smaller-portioned entrée — is a great choice for lunch.
    426-0800
    yangkeenoodle.com
  • This below-street-level restaurant is popular with theatergoers because, well, it’s in the same building as Actors Theater. It’s the brainchild of Louisville celebrity chef Edward Lee.

    502-584-6455
    actorstheatre.org/milkwood
  • The Seelbach’s more casual restaurant offers a breakfast buffet every day as well as a la carte options and lunch with local ingredients. Try the Kentucky Benedict — a regional twist on the traditional egg dish.
    585-3200 x279
    seelbachhilton.com
  • Because at least 80 percent of Harvest’s ingredients are sourced from local farms and producers, the only things that stay the same at this trendy new place are the seasonal changes. But with entrées like buttermilk fried chicken and smoked pork shoulder as the backbone of the menu, you can’t go wrong.
    384-9090
    harvestlouisville.com