• Chef and restaurateur Huong “CoCo” Tran’s newly opened Roots continues her passion for serving inventive and flavorful vegetarian food. The menu consists of Asian and a few Mediterranean influenced small plates. Try the crispy potato nest filled with bok choy, green peas, yellow squash, carrots and broccoli.
    452-6688
  • While American-Chinese dishes are available, the authentic dishes will please the adventurous eater. Try the spicy pan-fried pork, Szechuan wontons and stir-fry string beans.
    244-8896
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  • For those watching what they eat who also want to have a nice lunch downtown, Zoup is the place to go.

    (502) 585-9687
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  • 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
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  • This downtown lunch spot offers a selection of sushi as well as Japanese favorites like miso and udon noodle soup.
    581-0700
  • Adventurous but accessible sushi dominates the menu at this hip Highlands eatery, but other Japanese dishes are available. Try the Dynamite, a blend of sticky sweet rice, chewy baked scallops, and mushrooms under a creamy, caramelized brown sauce.
    479-5550
    sapporojapanese.com
  • Stop by Asian Bento Express on Dutchman's Lane for speedy Asian food featuring Chinese, Japanese, and Thai dishes. 

    (502) 891-0388
  • The beef and pork ribs, all-vegetarian sides and a funky interior make Smoketown a go-to barbecue spot. A large selection of beers is also available.
    409-9180
    smoketownusa.com
  • Piled-high Kentucky-style barbecue sandwiches, baby-back rib dinners and homemade sides in huge portions make for mighty good eatin’ at this Fern Creek joint. Catering available.
    239-2722
    bootlegbbq.net
  • ZAD

    Equal parts restaurant, cafe and marketplace, ZÄD embraces the pure, simple flavors from the many countries that comprise the eastern Mediterranean region with a vibrant modern twist.

    (502) 569-1122
    zadlouisville.com