• Located at the world’s most famous racetrack and named for the fastest two minutes in sports, this Derby Museum restaurant serves up traditional Kentucky fare with a lighter spin. Try the Kentucky Hot Brown.
    634-0858
    derbycafe.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
  • Breakfast lovers shouldn’t miss Meridian Cafe. Offerings include superb French toast, a bagel sandwich with smoked salmon and wilted spinach, and hearty pastrami hash. If you’re more into lunch, check out the white bean burger or shitake mushroom sandwich.
    897-9703
    themeridiancafe.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 Chinese restaurant has been a St. Matthews staple for years. Traditional dishes, like braised duck web, may be a stretch for some, but the Oriental House beef and Chinese broccoli are also satisfying.
    897-1017
  • This bistro, located in an historic former stop on the L&N railroad, has an exposed-brick interior and fireplaces that lend a cozy feeling. The seasonally-changing menu offers dishes to pair perfectly with the extensive wine selection, which can be ordered by the taste, glass, or bottle.
    897-0070
    landnwinebarandbistro.com
  • The menu features traditional Indian cuisine prepared with chicken, lamb and seafood and abundant vegetarian dishes. The daily lunch buffet is a great Indian-fare primer.
    493-8899
    shalimarlouisville.com
  • Lite beer drinkers need not apply. However, beer geeks (and we mean that in the nicest possible way) flock here for the house-made brews as well as the extensive selection of microbrews from all over the world. If beer sampling makes you hungry, they offer pizza, pasta, and sandwiches.
    944-2577
    newalbanian.com
  • (502) 899-9800
    http://www.bluedogbakeryandcafe.com/Cafe.aspx
  • This downtown spot offers favorite Italian classics with a contemporary flair. Try the sea bass entrée with fingerling potatoes, olives, caper berries and artichoke.
    671-4285
    blugrille.com