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.
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.
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.
Staffed by Sullivan University culinary students, Winston’s has an elegant dining room and ambitious plates infused with the energy of the students. It also serves the city’s best and only “Not Brown” — a dish of fried green tomatoes layered with shrimp, crab, spinach and Mornay sauce.
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.