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.
This family-owned bakery in the heart of Germantown has it all — fresh-baked kuchen, doughnuts, cakes, pies, breads, butter buns and cookies. Yeah, we know the whole bacon thing is over done, but seriously — don’t leave without a maple-iced, bacon-topped Long John.
This loft-like downtown spot serves a hearty brunch every day until 3 p.m. Try the Big Damn Breakfast and you’ll be fueled up for the rest of the day. For dinner it serves a mean burger, and offer the occasional can’t-miss burger and bourbon special.
Sample European cafe-style fare at this charming spot in Clifton. Try an espresso or cappucino for a morning pick-me-up. The lunch and dinner menus include salads and fresh-made paninis, steaks, pastas and grilled salmon, along with an assortment of pastries and authentic gelato. Whatever you do, don’t miss the pommes frites.
Located at the world’s most famous racetrack and named for the fastest two minutes in sports, this Derby Museum restaurant serves up traditional Kentucky fare with a lighter spin. Try the Kentucky Hot Brown.
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.