• City Cafe is a lunchtime favorite among the downtown office crowd. Its creative (and reliably good) lunches and dinners are based on cuisines from around the world. Few restaurants do more for the cause of soup.
    459-5600
    citycafelunch.com
  • Customers line up at this national chain to watch as their burritos, quesadillas, or salads are prepared. The Bardstown Road location is now open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday.
    454-3380
    qdoba.com
  • A recently opened restaurant, lounge and live theater in the Highlands. The menu is eclectic with Shakespearean-named items like the Filet-dy MacBeth, Taming of the Stew and the Duke of Bourbon Brisket. The theater features poetry readings, live music, and plays.
    749-5275
    thebardstown.com
  • Ditto’s is a colorful, family-friendly Highlands alternative to chains like Applebee’s. Popular dishes include Thai wings, barbecue chicken pizza, and the Chinese burrito.
    581-9129
    dittosrestaurant.com
  • A noteworthy burger and Reuben sandwich are offered alongside more traditional fare and a lengthy beer list. The pub is open until 4 a.m. every day of the week.
    589-7373
    osheaslouisville.com
  • 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
  • Vibrantly decorated, this enclave offers authentic Ethiopian cuisine for lunch and dinner. Dishes are served traditionally on a large plate for sharing. Food can be eaten in Ethiopian style, picked up with flatbread, or with silverware. Also serves Ethiopian coffee and tea.
    459-6301
    queenofshebalouisville.com
  • Homegrown, but with its heart in the Rockies, this expanding chain features hearty food — steaks, ribs, meatloaf and some killer blue-cheese coleslaw — as well as a full bar with a large selection of domestic and import beers, wine and spirits.
    456-6680
    eatatbuckheads.com
  • The Fish House keeps it simple and delicious. They have a small selection of seafood, fried in a peppery cornmeal breading called “Green River Style.” Also, for a New Orleans-style breakfast, try the beignets and chickory coffee and their sister restaurant, Beignet Cafe, at the same location.
    568-2993
    fishhouse.com
  • For those who like homestyle American cuisine in its purest form, this no-frills menu is sure to please. Chicken fingers, steaks, and sandwiches are all included.
    458-8888
    ktsrestaurant.com