Sample European cafe-style fare at this charming spot in Clifton. Try an espresso or cappucino for a morning pick-me-up. The lunch and dinner menus include salads and fresh-made paninis, steaks, pastas and grilled salmon, along with an assortment of pastries and authentic gelato. Whatever you do, don’t miss the pommes frites.
Chicago grub in Louisville’s suburban East End? Sounds like a culinary stretch for authentic Windy City fare, but Lonnie’s native-son owners have the formula down pat, with some of the best sausages and hot dogs this side of Wrigley Field.
This all-vegetarian Asian eatery features a variety of excellent soups as well as noodle and stir-fry dishes that offer lemongrass, curry sauce and black bean sauce, among other options. The soft spring rolls, tomato dill soup and sesame soybeans (a tofu dish) are highly recommended.
The attraction here is the view from a spectacular perch on the 25th floor of the Galt House’s West Tower, courtesy of two revolving dining rooms that provide a panorama of both sides of the Ohio River. The dinner menu incorporates influences from classic American and European cuisines.
Porcini, named for the flavorful mushroom featured in many of its dishes, serves upscale Northern-Italian inspired dishes. Menu standouts include the strip steak with Gorgonzola butter and rack of lamb with bourbon and rosemary jus.
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.