Part of Fourth Street Live!, the Hard Rock Cafe celebrates rock ’n’ roll and classic American food. The walls are decorated with memorabilia and the menu is anchored by the popular Hard Rock cheeseburger.
Food and great Cardinal memories come together at this restaurant near Freedom Hall devoted to U of L sports. Each booth has its own small TV. Specialties include baby-back ribs and fresh salmon, as well as the “Walk of Fame” salad.
Family owned and operated, this eatery offers authentic German cuisine and a warm atmosphere. Its menu includes schnitzel, sauerbraten and rouladen. It also offers German beers and wines. Save room for dessert — offerings include homemade apfelstrudel and a fallen chocolate souffle.
Dining outside on the multi-level riverside decks is best at this locally owned popular venue, but a seat indoors by the fireplace also warms up the winter months. Check out the popular pan-seared tuna.
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.
This bistro, located in an historic former stop on the L&N railroad, has an exposed-brick interior and fireplaces that lend a cozy feeling. The seasonally-changing menu offers dishes to pair perfectly with the extensive wine selection, which can be ordered by the taste, glass, or bottle.
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.