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.
Tucked away on Bardstown Road, this Italian eatery offers home-cooked flavor and old-world ambiance. It has developed a following for its consistency and generous portions, including baseball-sized meatballs.
Louisville’s local outpost of the Tampa-based chain serves a variety of fish dishes any way you want them — grilled, sauteed, baked, or fried. Seafood lovers will also appreciate the Asian-inspired starters menu.
This all-hours hangout with its well-worn booths and low-key atmosphere serves an eclectic menu offering everything from breakfast (garden green omelet) to dinner (fried chicken) to desserts and drinks from all over the world. Herbal smoke hookahs are available inside as well as tobacco hookahs outside.
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.