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.
This deli brings a Manhattan feel to the Bluegrass. Try the hearty pasta salads with whimsical names like Isabella Tortellini or a New York classic like matzo ball soup or pastrami on rye. Also, see how many celebrities you recognize in the fun paintings on the walls.
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.
This newly-renovated restaurant still serves the Nuevo-Latino cuisine that made it a Louisville favorite. If you can’t choose just one of the colorful and spicy seviche selections, we don’t blame you. Try the seviche tasting option, with three or four small portions of the fresh seafood creations.
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.
Our readers say it’s the best traditional pie in town, with piled-high toppings for big appetites. Besides traditional pizza, Wick’s has pizza-inspired appetizers like the Stuffed Breadwick and the Wick-A-Dilla.
This 48-seat brewpub features at least seven house brews on tap — along with an occasional guest beer. The pub fare accommodates both meat-lovers and vegetarians. Save room for the house dessert — ice cream made with malt from the brewer’s Nitro Porter.
The Uptown provides an elegant atmosphere on an eclectic stretch of Bardstown Road. Have dinner at one of the sidewalk tables and watch people from all walks of life stroll by. The menu is equally eclectic, with a selection of pasta dishes, dinner salads and entrées with Asian influences.