• 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
  • Chef Trew Quackenbush is the mastermind behind the world’s most creative selections of grilled cheese, soups and salads. All soups and salad dressings are homemade and the meat is roasted there.
    409-9494
    tomandchee.com
  • This deli brings a Manhattan feel to the Bluegrass. Try the hearty pasta salads with whimsical names like Isabella Tortellini or a New York classic like matzo ball soup or pastrami on rye. Also, see how many celebrities you recognize in the fun paintings on the walls.
    584-3354
    stevensandstevensdeli.com
  • This offshoot of Louisville’s only Spanish restaurant De la Torres, La Bodega offers a tapas-only menu of hot and cold items in a cozy space next door to its Highlands progenitor. Appetizer-size portions of roasted red peppers and eggplant, mussels picante and other traditional dishes allow for easy mixing and matching.
    456-4955
    delatorres.com
  • 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
  • Dishes from the sleek sushi bar are the main draw at Wild Ginger, but non-sushi lovers will be happy with the entrée list, which has Chinese, Korean and Thai influences. Try the Korean spicy squid or bibim bop.
    384-9252
  • A quaint sushi bar on Bardstown Road. Try the Yum-Yum and Hawaiian rolls.
    618-2829
    oishiisushiky.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
  • Sweet teeth hanker for Helen’s beautifully decorated cakes, such as the chocolate macadamia nut and the chocolate truffle.

    451-7151
    dessertsbyhelen.com
  • This is the sister of Los Aztecas, with virtually the same menu, including everything from nachos to fajitas and, of course, margaritas.
    459-7776
    solaztecas.net