• Through the week, this spot in the heart of the downtown business district serves Italian cuisine for lunch. For weekend dinners, the menu shifts to Persian fare.
    584-0567
    pestositalian.com
  • This raucous Waterfront Park funhouse serves many types of seafood, including their famous crabs, as well as steaks and pasta.
    568-1171
    joescrabshack.com
  • A sleek locale and new interpretations of classic Italian are highlights of this chain. It also boasts an extensive martini menu of candy-colored drinks with names like All That Razz and Jolly Rancher.
    394-9797
    martini-italian-bistro.com
  • This deli brings a Manhattan feel to the Bluegrass. Try the hearty pasta salads with whimsical names like Isabella Tortellini or a New York classic like matzo ball soup or pastrami on rye. Also, see how many celebrities you recognize in the fun paintings on the walls.
    584-3354
    stevensandstevensdeli.com
  • This popular Lyndon spot features an eclectic menu with a Cajun flair. Try the andouille-stuffed chicken, blackened beef tenderloin, or shrimp and grits. They also offer gourmet pizzas, sandwiches and New York-style subs.
    426-8119
    cornercafelouisville.com
  • This bakery makes more than elegantly sinful, richly sinful and just-plain-old sinful desserts. It offers desserts to fit a variety of diets including sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan. If sweets aren’t your thing, try the savory scones, quiches, and frittatas.
    899-2008
    sweetsurrenderdessertcafe.com
  • A collection of Persian favorites — from kebabs to khoresht — make this downtown restaurant a popular lunch and dinner spot. Try the rack of lamb kebabs.
    584-7800
    saffronsrestaurant.com
  • An upscale bar on the second floor of Fourth Street Live! Tavern on Fourth combines a traditional sports tavern with interactive games and a space for unique private events.

    502-588-8888
    http://www.tavernon4thky.com
  • With quirky names such as the Homewrecker and The Funk Meister, Moe’s made-to-order burritos, tacos and other tortilla creations are served up fun and on the fly.
    491-1800
    moes.com
  • Beer geeks and comfort food seekers have a new option in this up-and-coming neighborhood. Indulgent dishes like a chicken and waffle sandwich, fish and chips, and a beer-glazed Angus burger pair with an ever-changing selection of craft brews.
    634-1447
    fourpegsbeerlounge.com