This cherished South End eatery is still a place you go to make discoveries. Recommended: the Vietnamese pancake appetizer and the beef marinated with lime juice as well as anything over rice vermicelli. Don’t neglect the list of traditional Vietnamese dishes at the back of the menu.
This Louisville-based Tex-Mex chain specializes in mesquite-grilled steaks, chicken and chops, but locals love the burritos and bargain-priced margaritas.
Not to be confused with Impellizeri’s Pizza, this Middletown restaurant also serves original and deep-dish pizzas with your choice of toppings. Tony Impellizeri’s also offers sub sandwiches and pasta dishes.
Four area locations, including the Taphouse in the Highlands. Artisan pizzas and panino sandwiches stand out. The Pollotate — an aromatic rosemary, chicken and potato pie — has racked up national awards.
Delicious sushi complements a traditional menu of teriyaki, katsu and bento boxes at this family-run restaurant. Enjoy hot or cold sake, Japanese or domestic beers, or wine.
The Fern Creek neighborhood’s best dining spot, the pub boasts an eclectic menu. Favorites include the Kentucky Hot Brown, frog legs, Icelandic cod and jumbo shrimp, along with soup du jour and gumbo. Beer garden in back for private parties.
The pre- and post-arena event dining selection expands. The Troll Pub offers everything game-goers expect like burgers, pizza and chicken wings, plus a few unique items like “hog wings”— bone-in pork tips — and the “troll leg”— a smoked turkey leg.
Country-fried chicken, fish, rib-eyes, homemade biscuits and fresh-baked desserts are enhanced by this restaurant’s beautiful view of the Ohio River. Plan on a 45-minute drive from downtown Louisville.
Downstairs at the Monkey Wrench: contemporary Hillbilly fare like burgood, shrimp and grits, and a great cocktail menu. Upstairs at the Lono Lounge: a Southern-Asian fusion menu with dishes like shrimp on sugarcane.
The beer selection across the pond is building up. This New Albany spot has eight craft brews on rotation, including specialty house beers. The food is inspired by another across-the-pond institution — the upscale bar food of the British gastropub, that is. Try the bourbon beer cheese with...
The Fish House keeps it simple and delicious. They have a small selection of seafood, fried in a peppery cornmeal breading called “Green River Style.” Also, for a New Orleans-style breakfast, try the beignets and chickory coffee and their sister restaurant, Beignet Cafe, at the same location.
A recently opened restaurant, lounge and live theater in the Highlands. The menu is eclectic with Shakespearean-named items like the Filet-dy MacBeth, Taming of the Stew and the Duke of Bourbon Brisket. The theater features poetry readings, live music, and plays.