• Sample European cafe-style fare at this charming spot in Clifton. Try an espresso or cappucino for a morning pick-me-up. The lunch and dinner menus include salads and fresh-made paninis, steaks, pastas and grilled salmon, along with an assortment of pastries and authentic gelato. Whatever you do, don’t miss the pommes frites.
    895-0076
    caffe-classico.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
  • Steamed bagel sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads and desserts, New York City inspired. All meats, sauces, aiolis and sides are made in-house.
    365-3354
    babydsdeli.com
  • Roll up your sleeves. This Peewee Valley joint serves all manners of smoked pork, as well as honey-glazed ham, homemade country-fried potatoes, coleslaw, potato salad and desserts, including Donna’s Cherry Delight.
    241-5829
    jucys.com
  • 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
  • American casual dining with a meat-heavy entrée menu that includes steaks, ribs, and burgers.
    339-5400
    cheddars.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
  • Find this joint on the sunny side of the Ohio and find barbecue done right. From moist slices of brisket to a wonderfully smoky tofu sandwich, plus sides of collard greens and macaroni and cheese. Get there early to avoid the long lines.
    920-0454
    feastbbq.com
  • Weekly specials are a big draw for this small cafe owned by local poet and chef Bill Smith. Features comfort food on Tuesdays, cheeseburger night on Wednesdays and fish fry on Fridays.
    893-5118
    shadylanecafe.com
  • An East Coast-style subs chain ventures down South with sandwiches, wraps and an “original” that includes proscuittini, cappacuola, salami, pepperoni and all the fixings.
    244-1991
    jerseymikes.com