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.
Taking cues from the Yucatan and sourcing its meat exclusively from local farms, the Mayan Cafe serves the essential ingredients of Mayan cooking: dishes rich with smoked chilies, pumpkin seeds, lime, oil infusions and roasted meats. Even if you’ve never voluntarily eaten them before, you must try the Tok Sel roasted lima beans.
After more than 30 years and expansions to include five area locations, this Best of Louisville award record-holder remains beloved to a diverse crowd, as do the always-popular Bristol Burger and green chili wontons. The original Bardstown Road location offers lunch, dinner and late-night menus.
Live acoustic music on the patio and other entertainment gives this restaurant an energetic, sports-bar feel. The main item on the menu is pizza, but they also offer burgers, sandwiches, and hot wings.
This Indian restaurant’s seven page menu seems daunting, but well-written explanations accompany each dish. If you still can’t decide, try the thali — a sampler plate which can be made with meat or vegetarian. The daily lunch buffet is also a good introduction to Indian cuisine.
Billed as “modern Vietnamese,” this Frankfort Avenue establishment takes authentic tastes of Vietnam to a higher level, incorporating a French flair and organic ingredients. Try the different preparations of prawns or the shaking beef — cut-up filet mignon with garlic, watercress, red onions and jasmine rice.