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.
Traditional, upscale Italian cuisine with a contemporary flair, featuring fresh seafood, veal dishes and house-made pastas. Especially tempting selections include Osso Buco Milanese, Risotto con Gambero, and anything from the dessert menu
Watch your step when you duck into this lower-level lunch spot: Its cozy dining rooms are crammed with antiques from Head House Antiques and Uniques, which is located upstairs. Try the Benedictine, bread pudding with bourbon sauce or homemade soups.
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.
Bravo serves Italian food in a fun environment under Roman “ruins.” The open kitchen prepares hickory-smoked steaks, chops and whole fresh fish. Try the wood-grilled salmon salad or Sicilian pizza, made in a wood-fired oven.