• This funky cafe has art lining the walls and a wide-ranging menu tinged with Italian and Cajun flavors. Try the signature Lou Lou’s Pizza or one of the calzones jam-packed with flavorful ingredients.
    893-7776
    cafeloulou.com
  • Jack’s is the more casual, lounge area attached to sister restaurant Equus. Have a seat on one of the comfortable leather couches and order from a menu of dressed up American classics. Absolutely don’t miss the cocktails mixed by longtime bartender Joy Perrine.
    897-9721
    equusrestaurant.com
  • Old World-style bakery with fresh baguettes, sourdough boules, and specialty breads. Stop by any of the four locations and grab a bagel or pastry and coffee for breakfast.
    254-2885
    breadworkslouisville.com
  • This lively eatery features handcrafted beer and a menu fit for imbibing. Try the Kobe beef Cheeseburger paired with a seasonal brew.
    589-8935
    gordonbiersch.com
  • A second venue opened by Maido’s Toki Masabuchi puts the emphasis on playful. This Bardstown Road location offers some sushi rolls and other Japanese staples, but fills out the menu with creative takes on tacos and other non-Asian standards.
    632-2444
    dragonkingsdaughter.com
  • Part restaurant, part brewery, part smokehouse, Against the Grain stepped up to fill the void left at Louisville Slugger Field when Browning’s closed. Several rotating varieties of beer are brewed on the premises, and the menu aims to please carnivores and vegetarians with selections like beer-can chicken, pan-seared duck, and tempeh pulled pork.
    515-0174
    atgbrewery.com
  • Authentic Mexican favorites including fajitas, chile poblanos and signature margaritas.
    561-8535
    losaztecas.net
  • Sala Thai’s upscale Bangkok-based favorites, served in a sleek, stylish atmosphere, downplay the often-fiery dishes found at many Thai places.
    493-3944
  • This chain combines the ambiance of an upscale steakhouse with Asian fare like the signature chicken or vegetarian lettuce wraps, and an array of spicy stir-fries.
    327-7707
    pfchangs.com
  • Every day is Fat Tuesday at this energetic Clifton eatery, which specializes in the best of down-home Cajun grub. Well-known favorites are the drunken chicken and bumblebee stew. Morning people can get their New Orleans fix at breakfast on weekends.
    896-4046
    jgumbos.com