• Highlands Taproom Grill serves classic American bar food, like onion rings and loaded wedge fries; but also offers more worldly fare, like pulled pork spring rolls and a grilled Portabello stack.&n

    502-584-5222
    http://highlandstaproom.com/grill.htm
  • Choose one of the inventive (and modestly priced) Asian-inspired entrées, or create your own combination of stir-fry. The new “pick two” menu — including an appetizer and a smaller-portioned entrée — is a great choice for lunch.
    426-0800
    yangkeenoodle.com
  • Located inside an historic downtown building, this Italian-American chain serves comfort food like spaghetti Vesuvius and Italian-style meatloaf.
    581-1070
    osf.com
  • City Cafe is a lunchtime favorite among the downtown office crowd. Its creative (and reliably good) lunches and dinners are based on cuisines from around the world. Few restaurants do more for the cause of soup.
    459-5600
    citycafelunch.com
  • Stop by Asian Bento Express on Dutchman's Lane for speedy Asian food featuring Chinese, Japanese, and Thai dishes. 

    (502) 891-0388
  • 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
  • Well known as a retail purveyor of fresh seafood, The Seafood Connection also boasts an appealing lunch menu. You can request that something from the display case be placed on the grill.
    899-5655
    seafoodconnection.net
  • With quirky names such as the Homewrecker and The Funk Meister, Moe’s made-to-order burritos, tacos and other tortilla creations are served up fun and on the fly.
    491-1800
    moes.com
  • 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
  • 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