• Old World-style bakery with fresh baguettes, sourdough boules, and specialty breads. Stop by any of the four locations and grab a bagel or pastry and coffee for breakfast.
    254-2885
    breadworkslouisville.com
  • Folks used to think the sign read “No Goils.” But it’s “No Coils” — a bygone way of cooling draft beer — that are eschewed by this 1924 St. Matthews landmark, which serves up burgers, barbecue and hot wings — not to mention a wide selection of domestic and imported beers and live music.
    742-8616
    gerstles.com
  • Offers a wide variety of lunch soups, salads and pastas, as well as creatively titled sandwiches such as It Ain’t Easy Being Green. It also has cookies, and pies and cakes sold whole or by the slice.
    245-2622
  • This is the only place in town where an expertly crafted beer list is served in a former church, complete with an upstairs bar called the Choir Loft. The menu consists of snack-sized portions of bar food like scotch eggs and chorizo tacos. It would be a sin not to take the beer pairing recommendations on the menu.
    holygralelouisville.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
  • Zoe’s offers a selection of salads, soups. hummus, sandwiches and light entrées. Full dinners and tubs of their sides and salads are available for carry out.
    585-0000
    zoeskitchen.com
  • After 130 years, it still has the most substantial fried-fish sandwich in town — and that’s saying something in this fried-fish loving town. The turtle soup’s a keeper, too.
    587-0526
  • Piled-high Kentucky-style barbecue sandwiches, baby-back rib dinners and homemade sides in huge portions make for mighty good eatin’ at this Fern Creek joint. Catering available.
    239-2722
    bootlegbbq.net
  • Have a panini, (the chicken prosciutto comes highly recommended), muffaletta, or custom deli sandwich for lunch and pick up gourmet and international ingredients to make dinner, all in one stop at this little shop in the Vogue Center.
    896-6361
    lotsapastalouisville.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