This hip hangout is known for its live music lineup, but just as much care has been taken with the menu. Standouts include House Friez and Totz, (crisp fries and tater tots with several dipping sauce choices) the Z Burger and the Track and Field Wrap with hummus, falafel and tzatziki sauce.
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.
Chef/owner Peng Looi’s creations fuse Pacific Rim flavors like lemongrass and sarawak peppercorns with distinctly American ingredients like bourbon and rib-eye steaks. Check out the multidimensional taste of the wok-seared salmon or one of the five-course tasting menus.
Roll up your sleeves. This Peewee Valley joint serves all manners of smoked pork, as well as honey-glazed ham, homemade country-fried potatoes, coleslaw, potato salad and desserts, including Donna’s Cherry Delight.
This cafe serves breakfast ranging from healthy (egg white and veggie frittata) to indulgent (fried chicken and waffles.) For lunch, it serves sandwiches, pizzas, and a daily changing quiche selection.
Chef Chaveewan Saing expertly incorporates sweet and spicy flavors of authentic Thai cuisine. Vegans and vegetarians will be pleasantly surprised at their options, but for omnivores should go for the Spicy Beef Salad.