Breakfast lovers shouldn’t miss Meridian Cafe. Offerings include superb French toast, a bagel sandwich with smoked salmon and wilted spinach, and hearty pastrami hash. If you’re more into lunch, check out the white bean burger or shitake mushroom sandwich.
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.
Watch your step when you duck into this lower-level lunch spot: Its cozy dining rooms are crammed with antiques from Head House Antiques and Uniques, which is located upstairs. Try the Benedictine, bread pudding with bourbon sauce or homemade soups.
Located at the world’s most famous racetrack and named for the fastest two minutes in sports, this Derby Museum restaurant serves up traditional Kentucky fare with a lighter spin. Try the Kentucky Hot Brown.
Sample European cafe-style fare at this charming spot in Clifton. Try an espresso or cappucino for a morning pick-me-up. The lunch and dinner menus include salads and fresh-made paninis, steaks, pastas and grilled salmon, along with an assortment of pastries and authentic gelato. Whatever you do, don’t miss the pommes frites.
This all-hours hangout with its well-worn booths and low-key atmosphere serves an eclectic menu offering everything from breakfast (garden green omelet) to dinner (fried chicken) to desserts and drinks from all over the world. Herbal smoke hookahs are available inside as well as tobacco hookahs outside.