• A Churchill Downs area classic, this old-fashioned restaurant serves up burgers, soups, sandwiches and daily entrée specials to hungry track-goers. The biscuits and gravy breakfast is a Derby week ritual.
    375-3800
    wagnerspharmacy.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
  • Chicago grub in Louisville’s suburban East End? Sounds like a culinary stretch for authentic Windy City fare, but Lonnie’s native-son owners have the formula down pat, with some of the best sausages and hot dogs this side of Wrigley Field.
    895-2380
    lonniesbesttasteofchicago.com
  • This New York-style pizzeria serves up crispy pies with toppings including homemade Italian sausage and thinly sliced meatballs. Try the white pizza, where the tomato sauce is replaced with garlic-infused olive oil.
    749-8525
    papalinosnypizzeria.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
  • 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
  • Bearno’s has long made a top-notch pie, but the stromboli sandwich, lasagna and spaghetti are also tempting. Topping lovers, try the huge Super Bearno’s Special pizza.
    458-8605
    bearnos.com
  • China 1 serves the classics. From General Tso's chicken to pepper steak and boneless spare ribs, you can find all the best Chinese food at their location on Breckenridge Lane.

    (502) 897-6511
    http://www.china1louisville.com/
  • Highland Morning is the new antidote to a night of drinking on Bardstown Road. Breakfast dishes like burritos and bacon and eggs are served 24/7. Lunch and dinner items are also available.
    365-3900
  • A comfortable mix of Spanish and Cuban cuisine, Mojito specializes in tapas and also serves hot Cuban sandwiches and plates of Spanish cheeses.

    425-0949
    mojitotapas.com