• This brewpub, located in the heart of St. Matthews, is the latest in this expanding, Lexington-based group. Lunch and dinner is classic bar food — like hot wings, shrimp poppers, burgers and ribs. The beer list includes the big American brands plus 24 microbrews. We hear it’s a happening late-night spot, too.
    614-7327
    drakescomeplay.com
  • 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
  • The Fish House keeps it simple and delicious. They have a small selection of seafood, fried in a peppery cornmeal breading called “Green River Style.” Also, for a New Orleans-style breakfast, try the beignets and chickory coffee and their sister restaurant, Beignet Cafe, at the same location.
    568-2993
    fishhouse.com
  • Four area locations, including the Taphouse in the Highlands. Artisan pizzas and panino sandwiches stand out. The Pollotate — an aromatic rosemary, chicken and potato pie — has racked up national awards.
    896-9090
    tonyboombozz.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
  • Louisville’s only coal-fired oven makes pizza crust thin and crisp. Coals offers carefully composed 12-inch pies, one to try is the Highlands pizza which is topped with Dream Catcher Farm bacon, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and arugula.
    742-8200
    coalsartisanpizza.com
  • Mimi’s Cafe focuses mainly on American classics but dedicates a section of the menu to French-inspired dishes like the roasted chicken crepe and beef Bourguignon.
    426-6588
    mimiscafe.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 small, intimate restaurant is an offshoot of Wiltshire Pantry, a local catering company. Plan to be surprised by the menu, as it changes weekly. One sure thing, though: It always includes a meat, chicken, seafood, and vegetarian selection.
    589-5224
    wiltshirepantry.com
  • This is the only place in town where an expertly crafted beer list is served in a former church, complete with an upstairs bar called the Choir Loft. The menu consists of snack-sized portions of bar food like scotch eggs and chorizo tacos. It would be a sin not to take the beer pairing recommendations on the menu.
    holygralelouisville.com