• This brewpub, located in the heart of St. Matthews, is the latest in this expanding, Lexington-based group. Lunch and dinner is classic bar food — like hot wings, shrimp poppers, burgers and ribs. The beer list includes the big American brands plus 24 microbrews. We hear it’s a happening late-night spot, too.
    614-7327
    drakescomeplay.com
  • This long-standing Clifton favorite also has a second location downtown, serving up sushi and other Japanese dishes in a bright and cheery environment to a loyal clientele.

    (502) 894-9501
    http://www.louisvilleosaka.blogspot.com/
  • Located in its original 1937 building, Joe’s serves comfort food in the form of burgers, fried fish, cheese sticks and nachos. Open until 4 a.m. daily, the restaurant can accommodate late-night diners and large parties.
    426-2074
  • McAlister’s offers loaded spuds, super-size salads, a variety of soups and a broad selection of signature sandwiches.
    425-8900
    mcalistersdeli.com
  • This Prospect mainstay has a cozy fireplace and a varied but traditional menu that includes classics like country ham and fried chicken along with a variety of beef and seafood options.
    228-4555
    jharrodsrestaurant.com
  • Every day is Fat Tuesday at this energetic Clifton eatery, which specializes in the best of down-home Cajun grub. Well-known favorites are the drunken chicken and bumblebee stew. Morning people can get their New Orleans fix at breakfast on weekends.
    896-4046
    jgumbos.com
  • Situated between Nulu and downtown and brought to you by the same people of a Louisville favorite Wild Eggs, Wild Rita's is a modern Mexican tequila bar.

    502-584-7482
    http://wildritas.com
  • The family behind this outfit is from Guadalajara, and the efficient service exhibits a friendly Mexican touch. Try the popular fajitas.
    969-8243
    mycaporal.com
  • Whether served in the secluded courtyard or the cozy dining room, the food at this eatery offers a little bit of Old Italy in Old Louisville. The menu includes classics such as spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna and veal piccata, along with pizzas and panini.
    637-3167
    amicicafelouisville.com
  • The Brown Hotel’s more casual restaurant provides a chance to eat the Hot Brown at its natal site — along with other sandwiches, salads and entrées. Features a lunch buffet on weekdays and a contemporary a la carte menu. Breakfast buffet on weekends.
    583-1234
    brownhotel.com