• After more than 30 years and expansions to include five area locations, this Best of Louisville award record-holder remains beloved to a diverse crowd, as do the always-popular Bristol Burger and green chili wontons. The original Bardstown Road location offers lunch, dinner and late-night menus.
    456-1702
    bristolbarandgrille.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
  • This restaurant offers diners a journey to Spain without leaving the Bluegrass. A list of tapas dishes, paella, calamari and lamb roasted with garlic dot a menu that reflects the best of Spanish flavors and spices.
    456-4955
    delatorres.com
  • The Uptown provides an elegant atmosphere on an eclectic stretch of Bardstown Road. Have dinner at one of the sidewalk tables and watch people from all walks of life stroll by. The menu is equally eclectic, with a selection of pasta dishes, dinner salads and entrées with Asian influences.
    458-4212
    uptownlouisville.com
  • Customers line up at this national chain to watch as their burritos, quesadillas, or salads are prepared. The Bardstown Road location is now open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday.
    454-3380
    qdoba.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.

  • Dishes from the sleek sushi bar are the main draw at Wild Ginger, but non-sushi lovers will be happy with the entrée list, which has Chinese, Korean and Thai influences. Try the Korean spicy squid or bibim bop.
    384-9252
  • Staffed by Sullivan University culinary students, Winston’s has an elegant dining room and ambitious plates infused with the energy of the students. It also serves the city’s best and only “Not Brown” — a dish of fried green tomatoes layered with shrimp, crab, spinach and Mornay sauce.
    456-0980
    sullivan.edu/winstons
  • A noteworthy burger and Reuben sandwich are offered alongside more traditional fare and a lengthy beer list. The pub is open until 4 a.m. every day of the week.
    589-7373
    osheaslouisville.com
  • 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