• This perennial favorite spot offers a cozy, lamp-lit atmosphere that evokes an old speakeasy. The menu consists of upscale American dishes that feature local products like country ham and Capriole cheeses. Don’t miss the shrimp and grits or the historic black-and-white photographs on the walls.
    452-9244
    jackfrys.com
  • Located inside an historic downtown building, this Italian-American chain serves comfort food like spaghetti Vesuvius and Italian-style meatloaf.
    581-1070
    osf.com
  • Can’t travel? Head over to this new oriental restaurant in St. Matthews for an exotic meal to take you away. Charim loosely translates to “the table is set,” a welcoming message and dishes are prepared by chef Yeon Hee Chung just like she does in her home.
    290-8900
  • Great Flood Brewing Co. is the newest to Bardstown Road. Four friends opened this brewery and since then, it has taken off to be a popular spot in the Highlands!

    (502) 457-7711
  • Equus offers inventive American regional cuisine served by a seasoned staff. Favorites include a veal sweetbreads appetizer, Parmesan-crusted sea bass and fried chicken with kale and potatoes.
    897-9721
    equusrestaurant.com
  • Weekly specials are a big draw for this small cafe owned by local poet and chef Bill Smith. Features comfort food on Tuesdays, cheeseburger night on Wednesdays and fish fry on Fridays.
    893-5118
    shadylanecafe.com
  • Culinary expert Claudia DeLaTorre bakes up wedding cakes, breakfast pastries, cupcakes, like Triple Chocolate Decadence, and pastries, such as bourbon squares.  

    502-425-1030
    http://www.cakeflourbakery.com
  • Molly Malone’s serves traditional Irish pub fare like corned beef hash with soda bread, as well American bar food standbys like hot wings. Traditional Irish libations are always flowing too. The large patio facilitates warm-weather dining, and inside there are many nooks to settle into while listening to live music or simply enjoying a drink.
    473-1222
    mollymalonesirishpub.com
  • This 48-seat brewpub features at least seven house brews on tap — along with an occasional guest beer. The pub fare accommodates both meat-lovers and vegetarians. Save room for the house dessert — ice cream made with malt from the brewer’s Nitro Porter.
    458-8727
    cumberlandbrewery.com
  • Inspired by the honky tonk culture that arose in Bakersfield, Caif.. in the 1950s, this upscale diner, located in a renovated fire station, offers a taste of classic American and Tex-Mex cuisines. Chicken-fried steak and catfish share menu space with empanadas and several varieties of chili.
    259-9540
    whiskeybythedrink.com