This all-vegetarian Asian eatery features a variety of excellent soups as well as noodle and stir-fry dishes that offer lemongrass, curry sauce and black bean sauce, among other options. The soft spring rolls, tomato dill soup and sesame soybeans (a tofu dish) are highly recommended.
Four area locations, including the Taphouse in the Highlands. Artisan pizzas and panino sandwiches stand out. The Pollotate — an aromatic rosemary, chicken and potato pie — has racked up national awards.
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.
The Seelbach’s more casual restaurant offers a breakfast buffet every day as well as a la carte options and lunch with local ingredients. Try the Kentucky Benedict — a regional twist on the traditional egg dish.
Regarded by many as tops for authentic Mexican fare, La Rosita’s patrons can’t go wrong with such staples Chile Rellenos or Carne Asada. More adventurous diners may want to try the beef tongue or goat.
Serving Mediterranean cuisine with a Turkish flair, Istanbul Palace offers adventurous dishes at affordable prices. Try the moussaka, a long-simmered stew of eggplant, chickpeas, tomatoes and onions, or the falafel.