California atmosphere and cuisine transported to Louisville. Fans of alfresco dining will enjoy the patio, which features a fire pit at each table for chilly evenings. The menu includes creative twists on steak and seafood, and the wine list — as would be expected from a place with Napa in its name — is a standout.
The ceramic pig outside signals the great pork barbecue inside. A smoked-meat empire in the making and Louisville favorite since 1988, Mark’s barbecue chicken, pork, and spicy mustard-based sauce keep it on the carnivore club’s frequent-visit list. Also, try the onion straws and fried corn.
This bright, airy cafe, located in two adjoining renovated houses is known for its breakfast menu which is served all day. Favorites include house-smoked trout hash and stacks of cornmeal pancakes — with or without the ever-changing toppings. The lunch and dinner menus are also sure bets.
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
This cafe and caterer offers toothsome homemade breads, desserts, soups, sandwiches, salads and other entrées. Try the popular strudel, tomato basil soup, Greek salads or appropriately named Sinbar — a chocolate and peanut butter dessert. Boxed lunches available.
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.
The decor may be a throwback to Elvis and the 1970s, but the menu is a modern mix loaded with vegetarian and vegan offerings. Try the black bean burger or the 'vegan meatloaf' with lentils, bulgur wheat, vegetables, herbs and spices served with a tomato sauce.