An inventive menu offers complex taste sensations with an emphasis on Kentucky regional cuisine. The bar is stocked with 70-plus bourbons from Kentucky distilleries — some of which find their way into dishes and desserts like the Maker’s Mark bourbon balls.
This offshoot of Louisville’s only Spanish restaurant De la Torres, La Bodega offers a tapas-only menu of hot and cold items in a cozy space next door to its Highlands progenitor. Appetizer-size portions of roasted red peppers and eggplant, mussels picante and other traditional dishes allow for easy mixing and matching.
Sample popular brews like American Pale Ale and Dark Star Porter while watching the brewmaster work his magic at this restaurant and microbrewery with several area locations. Many items on the menu of casual pub fare are made with BBC beers. Popular creations include the pretzel and BBC beer mustard appetizer, as well as the Brewhouse Chili.
Hammerheads is located in the basement of a building in Germantown, but the huge hammerhead shark hanging out front ensures that you can’t miss it. The menu includes hearty fare like a chorizo burger, a PBLT (pork belly, lettuce and tomato), and sweet potato waffles with fried chicken. Vegetarians won’t be left out either. Meatless options include a burger, a sloppy joe, and tacos. Also try an order of crispy mac n’cheese balls.
This small, largely carry-out seafood hub boasts a “greaseless” seasoned and breaded fish sandwich, topped with freshly made tartar sauce. Other menu choices include oysters, clams and scallops. All food is fresh and cooked-to-order.
This perennial favorite spot offers a cozy, lamp-lit atmosphere that evokes an old speakeasy. The menu consists of upscale American dishes that feature local products like country ham and Capriole cheeses. Don’t miss the shrimp and grits or the historic black-and-white photographs on the walls.