Homegrown, but with its heart in the Rockies, this expanding chain features hearty food — steaks, ribs, meatloaf and some killer blue-cheese coleslaw — as well as a full bar with a large selection of domestic and import beers, wine and spirits.
Vibrantly decorated, this enclave offers authentic Ethiopian cuisine for lunch and dinner. Dishes are served traditionally on a large plate for sharing. Food can be eaten in Ethiopian style, picked up with flatbread, or with silverware. Also serves Ethiopian coffee and tea.
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.
Staffed by Sullivan University culinary students, Winston’s has an elegant dining room and ambitious plates infused with the energy of the students. It also serves the city’s best and only “Not Brown” — a dish of fried green tomatoes layered with shrimp, crab, spinach and Mornay sauce.
This all-hours hangout with its well-worn booths and low-key atmosphere serves an eclectic menu offering everything from breakfast (garden green omelet) to dinner (fried chicken) to desserts and drinks from all over the world. Herbal smoke hookahs are available inside as well as tobacco hookahs outside.
With a globe-trotting menu — Tunis, Copenhagen and Shanghai are ports of call — and a spacious, inviting outdoor space, this lively Highlands haunt provides tasty fare at reasonable prices. Try the empress chicken, Cubean burrito or one of the many vegetarian options.
This influential and celebrated Louisville restaurant championed seasonal, local ingredients before it was trendy. The menu rotates weekly, and special three-course prix-fixe meals are available for lunch.