• 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
  • Family owned and operated, this eatery offers authentic German cuisine and a warm atmosphere. Its menu includes schnitzel, sauerbraten and rouladen. It also offers German beers and wines. Save room for dessert — offerings include homemade apfelstrudel and a fallen chocolate souffle.
    899-7177
    gasthausdining.com
  • This long-standing Clifton favorite also has a second location downtown, serving up sushi and other Japanese dishes in a bright and cheery environment to a loyal clientele.

    (502) 894-9501
    http://www.louisvilleosaka.blogspot.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
  • 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
  • This local chain has served grilled, fried, and broiled seafood for more than 60 years. Two of their three locations offer beautiful views of the Ohio River along with the seafood that made them locally famous.
    895-0544
    kingfishrestaurants.com
  • This spot in the charming little village of Anchorage serves American comfort food like double-battered fried chicken, fried bologna, and a meatloaf burger. For after-dinner drinks, try the equally charming downstairs bar, the Sea Hag.
    708-1850
    villageanchor.com
  • Step inside this chic wine bar and you’ll never know you’re in an East End shopping center. The atmosphere is perfect for relaxing and sampling appetizers and wine by the glass. The specialty Brix House Chips paired with your favorite red or white won’t disappoint.
    243-1120
    brixlouisville.com
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  • Homegrown, but with its heart in the Rockies, this expanding chain features hearty food — steaks, ribs, meatloaf and some killer blue-cheese coleslaw — as well as a full bar with a large selection of domestic and import beers, wine and spirits.
    456-6680
    eatatbuckheads.com