• This offshoot of Louisville’s only Spanish restaurant De la Torres, La Bodega offers a tapas-only menu of hot and cold items in a cozy space next door to its Highlands progenitor. Appetizer-size portions of roasted red peppers and eggplant, mussels picante and other traditional dishes allow for easy mixing and matching.
    456-4955
    delatorres.com
  • Nestled inside the Highlands neighborhood, Taco Luchador Taqueria offers a blast of flavor exploding from a small building.

  • Our readers say it’s the best traditional pie in town, with piled-high toppings for big appetites. Besides traditional pizza, Wick’s has pizza-inspired appetizers like the Stuffed Breadwick and the Wick-A-Dilla.
    458-1828
    wickspizza.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
  • Loop 22 will leave your mouth watering for more with a menu featuring brussels sprouts salad, mussel appetizer, suck sandwich and chicken and fried dumplings.

  • Adventurous but accessible sushi dominates the menu at this hip Highlands eatery, but other Japanese dishes are available. Try the Dynamite, a blend of sticky sweet rice, chewy baked scallops, and mushrooms under a creamy, caramelized brown sauce.
    479-5550
    sapporojapanese.com
  • This New York-style pizzeria serves up crispy pies with toppings including homemade Italian sausage and thinly sliced meatballs. Try the white pizza, where the tomato sauce is replaced with garlic-infused olive oil.
    749-8525
    papalinosnypizzeria.com
  • Create your own pizza or order from a list of specialty Za’s, then choose from the extensive beer list.
    454-4544
    zaspizza.com
  • (502) 882-3279

  • This influential and celebrated Louisville restaurant championed seasonal, local ingredients before it was trendy. The menu rotates weekly, and special three-course prix-fixe meals are available for lunch.
    451-0447
    lillyslapeche.com