2015 Winter Dining Guide: Restaurant Listings

Nov 11, 2015 at 5:17 pm
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Amici Cafe 316 W. Ormsby Ave., amicicafelouisville.com, 637-3167 Neighborhood: Old Louisville/UofL Cuisine: Italian Open: Lunch Mon.-Fri.; Dinner Mon.-Sat.; Closed Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: Amici is a quaint Italian restaurant located in the heart of Old Louisville. Everyone that walks in is family. Whether dining on our beautiful patio, our beautiful copper bar or in our cozy dining room, we make sure that everyone feels at home. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Dean Martin, because not only does the owner love him, he would also feel at home watching old movies at the bar and listening to jazz and swing on the piano. And he would love our spaghetti and meatballs!

The Anchorage Cafe 11505 Park Road, theanchoragecafe.com, 708-1880 Neighborhood: East End Cuisine: American Open: Breakfast Mon.-Sun.; Brunch Sat. & Sun.; Lunch Mon.-Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: Definitely our Farm Burger. It’s made with local beef from Marksbury Farms in Lancaster, Kentucky, as well as Benton’s bacon, house made mayo, cheddar and lettuce. We serve it on Klaus’ pretzel roll. People tell us it’s the best burger in the city!

Annie May’s Sweet Cafe 3110 Frankfort Ave., anniemayssweetcafe.com, 384-2667 Neighborhood: Clifton/Crescent Hill Open: Breakfast Sat.; Brunch Sat.; Lunch Tue.-Sat.; Closed Mon., Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: You must try the oatmeal cream pie! It’s free of the top eight allergens and our bestseller.

The Arctic Scoop 841 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy., thearcticscoop.com, 409-6602 Neighborhood: East End Cuisine: American/Comfort Food Open: Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun.; Late Night Mon.-Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price: $ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: Custom-made gourmet ice cream made to order. Create your dessert, then have it flash frozen with liquid nitrogen right before your eyes. It is as much fun to eat as it is to watch it being made. Gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan, dairy-free options. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: I would want Bill Nye the Science Guy to visit our shop. He has devoted his life to making science fun and interesting for kids. We do demonstrations and I would love to see what he would do with liquid nitrogen. My last name is also Nye.

The Back Door 1250 Bardstown Road, ?Thebackdoorlouisville.com, 451-0659 Neighborhood: Highlands Cuisine: American Open: Dinner Mon.-Sun.; Late Night Mon.-Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: Our handmade wontons are to die for, plus our wings are some of the best in town.

Backside Cafe and Grill 1715 Berry Blvd., backsidecafeandgrill.com, 536-2828 Neighborhood: South End Cuisine: American/Comfort Food/Italian/Mexican Open: Mon.-Sat.; Brunch Mon.-Sat.; Lunch Mon.-Sat.; Dinner Mon.-Sat.; Late Night Mon.-Sat. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price: $ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: Free delivery for orders over $10 and open until 4 a.m. in the morning. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Scooby Doo and Shaggy cause our late night food is awesome.

Barcode 1758 1758 Frankfort Ave., 432-8118, facebook.com/BarCode1758-515999321856700/ Neighborhood: Butchertown/Clifton/Crescent Hill Cuisine: Asian/Japanese/Korean/Seafood/Sushi Open: Lunch Sat. & Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun.; Late Night Mon.-Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What vibe can we expect when we walk in? A: Happy hours.

The Bard’s Town 1801 Bardstown Road, thebardstown.com, 749-5275 Neighborhood: Highlands Cuisine: American/Comfort Food/Italian/Pub Fare/Sandwiches/Seafood Open: Dinner Wed.-Sun.; Late Night Wed.-Sat.; Closed Mon. & Tues. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: No other spot in Louisville combines so much theatre, music and comedy with artistically-crafted, made-from-scratch food. You can eat, you can drink, you can see a show ... or you can do all three. It’s an artistic hub unlike any other. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Historical and fictional characters appear on our stages every week! But most likely, it would be Billy Shakespeare himself, who would wander in wondering why I drew him as a cartoon character, and wanting to see some new American plays.

Basa 2244 Frankfort Ave., basarestaurant.net, 889-5827 Neighborhood: Butchertown/Clifton Cuisine: American/French/Vietnamese Open: Dinner Mon.-Sat.; Closed Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: Curry mussels.

Blackbeard Espresso Food Truck, facebook.com/blackbeardespresso, 544-3174 Neighborhood: Downtown Cuisine: Breakfast Open: Breakfast Mon.-Sun.; Brunch Mon.-Sat.; Lunch Mon.-Sat.; Dinner Mon.-Sat.; Late Night Mon.-Sat. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price: $ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: The Cuban coffee. Think of a cafe con leche you could find in South Florida. We use a pure cane syrup to lightly sweeten a delicious blend of steamed milk and fresh, creamy espresso. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Guess I should say Blackbeard, the pirate, huh? Although, as opposed to buying an Affogato, he’d probably just rob and kill us, so, maybe, Elvis?

The Blackstone Grille 9521 U.S. Hwy. 42, theblackstonegrille.com, 28-6962 Neighborhood: East End Cuisine: American/ Comfort Food/ Sandwiches Seafood/ Steakhouse Open: Dinner Mon.-Sat.; Closed Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$$ Q: What vibe can we expect when we walk in? A: Our guests and reviewers say it best: “got everything right,” “welcoming,” “food and service are excellent,” “shouldn’t be missed,” “3 1/2 stars.”

Bluegrass Burgers 3334 Frankfort Ave., bluegrass-burgers.com, 614-6567 Neighborhood: Clifton/Crescent Hill Cuisine: American Open: Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: We are a quick, casual concept that supports local farmers and serves Kentucky grass-fed beef and bison that are cooked to order!

Boombozz Taphouse Highlands 1448 Bardstown Road, boombozz.com, 458-8889 Neighborhood: Highlands Cuisine: Pizzeria Open: Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: The Pollotate Pizza. Food Network named it one of the best pizzas in America. The house marinated chicken, rosemary potatoes, red onions and a garlic olive oil glaze are just delicious. Oh, and beer! Who can forget our 21 craft beers. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Ben Franklin. Because he said, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

Boss Hog BBQ 4735 Poplar Level Road, BossHogCatering.com, 550-9927 Neighborhood: Downtown Cuisine: American/Comfort Food/Sandwiches/Southern Open: Lunch Mon.-Fri. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price: $ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: Pulled pork, smoked to perfection for over 16 hours. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: The Little Engine that Could. Because we started like him with a big dream in ourselves when no one believed in us!

Brendon’s Catch 23 505 S. 4th St., bcatch23.com, 909-3323 Neighborhood: Downtown Cuisine: American/Asian/Comfort Food/Sandwiches/Seafood/Southern Open: Dinner Mon.-Sat.; Late Night Mon.-Sat.; Closed Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: No Price Range: $$$ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: Brendon’s Catch 23 is a chef-driven local restaurant featuring seafood, USDA Prime steaks, low country and hand-held options in the heart of Downtown Louisville. The menu is a collection of the finest products available. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Albert Einstein — I would like to get his opinion on the book “What Einstein Told His Cook,” and how great flavor changes your “Flavor Memory.” You thought you knew what tasted great until you had something greater with incredible flavors.

Bristol Bar & Grille 1321 Bardstown Road, bristolbarandgrille.com, 456-1702 Neighborhood: Highlands Cuisine: American/Comfort Food/Gastro Pub/Vegetarian Open: Brunch Sun.; Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun.; Late Night Mon.-Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price: $$, $$$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: The one thing you must try at the Bristol is our Green Chili Wontons. These addicting appetizers have never failed to satisfy!

Brix Wine Bar & Bistro 12418 LaGrange Road, Suite 110, brixlouisville.com , 243-1120 Neighborhood: East End Cuisine: American Open: Dinner Tues.-Sat. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: The hand-pattied Woodland Farm Bison Burger with parmesan white truffle fries.

Butchertown Grocery 1076 E. Washington St., butchertowngrocery.com, 742-8315 Neighborhood: Butchertown/Clifton/Crescent Hill Cuisine: American Open: Brunch Sat.-Sun.; Lunch Wed.-Sun.; Dinner Wed.-Sun.; Late Night Wed.-Sun.; Closed Mon.-Tue. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price: $$, $$$ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: Butchertown Grocery is more than a restaurant. We hope to be a ‘third space’ where you can get a business lunch, multi-course meal, late night snack or a superbly crafted cocktail.

The Café 712 Brent St., thecafe.ws, 589-9191 Neighborhood: Germantown Cuisine: American/Breakfast/Comfort Food/Sandwiches/Vegetarian Open: Breakfast Mon.-Sat.; Brunch Mon.-Sat.; Lunch Mon.-Sat.; Closed Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What vibe can we expect when we walk in? A: Ample portions of fresh, home-cooked food with a Southern accent served with love in an artistically eclectic-industrial setting. The Café’s inviting environment is a big part of its appeal. Enjoy delectable food in a memorable setting. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: The Louis XIV, Queen Anne or King Charles I. Take a look at our menu to see why!

Café Mimosa 1543 Bardstown Road, cafemimosatogo.com, 458-2233 Neighborhood: Highlands Cuisine: Chinese/Japanese/Sushi/Thai/Vietnamese Open: Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price Range: $, $$ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: Pan-Asian eatery serving sushi and Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese classics, with veggie options.

The Cheddar Box 3909 Chenoweth Square, thecheddarbox.com, 893-2324 Neighborhood: St. Matthews Open: Lunch Tues.-Sat. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price: $$ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: We are a carryout gourmet food store that has been in existence for almost 40 years. We were chosen best sandwich in America for our homemade Benedictine and Bacon sandwich.

Coals Artisan Pizza 3730 Frankfort Ave., coalsartisanpizza.com, 742-8200 Neighborhood: St. Matthews Cuisine: Pizzeria Open: Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: The Waverly Pizza. Our signature pie and the number one seller at Coals Artisan Pizza. Prosciutto, fig jam, Gorgonzola and mozzarella cheese topped with our balsamic reduction. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: My husband Mark has a crush on that babe Diane Sawyer. When we first opened Coals Artisan Pizza he claimed that if Diane Sawyer walked into Coals we would be a success. Three weeks later Diane and her mother came in for dinner. Amazing, right?

Come Back Inn 909 Swan St., comebackinn.net, 494-5424 Neighborhood: Germantown/Fairgrounds Cuisine: Italian Open: Dinner Tues.-Sat.; Closed Mon., Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price: $$ Q: What vibe can we expect when we walk in? A: The decor is amazing. Its what you would expect from a typical Chicago Bar and Grill during the 40’s and 50’s. If you’re looking for a taste of Chicago’s Little Italy without driving six hours North, head on down to the Come Back Inn. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Don Vito Corleone and family for a Sunday dinner or with the familia to conduct “business.”

The Comfy Cow 2221 Frankfort Ave., thecomfycow.com, 209-4616 Neighborhood: Clifton/Crescent Hill Cuisine: Comfort Food Open: Brunch Mon.-Sun.; Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun.; Late Night Mon.-Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: You’ve got to try our national award-winning Bourbon Ball Ice Cream. We make our own bourbon balls from scratch using Old Forester Bourbon and the world’s finest rich, dark Barry Callebaut chocolate, creating a flavor that truly says “Kentucky.” Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Don Draper would appreciate the vibe, our attention to detail, flair for the brand building and of course, all the bourbon flavored ice creams. A mad man indeed!

Con Huevos 2339 Frankfort Ave., conhuevos.com, 889-6959 Neighborhood: Clifton/Crescent Hill Cuisine: Mexican Open: Breakfast Tues.-Fri.; Brunch Sat. & Sun.; Lunch Tues.-Fri. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: We are the only Mexican restaurant focused on serving breakfast and lunch in Louisville. All fresh and made from scratch, using authentic Mexican homemade cooking techniques. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Louis Armstrong, unmistakable style on voice and trumpet, would enjoy having a unique, flavorful breakfast every day and would compose “What a wonderful brunch.” And Mark Twain would spend many hours writing books in this inspiring atmosphere.

Derby Dinner Playhouse 525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, Indiana, ?derbydinner.com, (812) 288-8281 Neighborhood: Southern Indiana Cuisine: American Open: Lunch Wed. & Sun.; Dinner Tues.-Sun.; Closed Mon. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: No Take Out: No Price Range: $$ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: Derby Dinner Playhouse is a dinner theatre so we are unique in that a professionally produced musical or comedy is included in the ticket price, along with a freshly prepared home-style buffet.

Dragon King’s Daughter 1126 Bardstown Road, dragonkingsdaughter.com, 632-2444 Neighborhood: Highlands Cuisine: Japanese, Mexican Open: Lunch Wen.-Sat.; Dinner Mon.-Sun.; Late Night Tues.-Fri. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: If I had to recommend one thing on the menu, it would be the weekly specials by chef Kevin Emily! Toki has put him in charge of the Highland’s kitchen and he is always coming up with something mouthwatering and delicious. I’m never let down!

Dragon King’s Daughter 202 East Elm Street, dragonkingsdaughter.com, (812) 725-8600 Neighborhood: Southern Indiana Cuisine: Japanese, Mexican Open: Lunch Mon.-Sat.; Dinner Mon.-Sat. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price: $$ Q: What vibe can we expect when we walk in? A: Mix the delicious food with a fun, genuine, eclectic staff, and inviting atmosphere, you’re sure to get an experience you will not find anywhere else.

The Dundee Gastropub 2224 Dundee Road, 458-6637 Neighborhood: Highlands Cuisine: American/Comfort Food/Gastro Pub/Pub Fare/Sandwiches/Southern/Vegetarian Open: Brunch Sun.; Lunch Tues.-Sun.; Dinner Tues.-Sun.; Closed Mon. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: If you could only try one thing on our menu, it should be our Chicken ‘n’ Waffles. It’s unlike any chicken and waffles being served anywhere. It’s served with a cornbread waffle, collard greens, watermelon and feta relish and a honey Tabasco syrup. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: John Montagu, Earl of Sandwich, would be sure to visit our restaurant as we serve some of the best sandwiches in town!

Eat A Pita 2286 Bardstown Road, eatapitavilleky.com, 473-7482 Neighborhood: Highlands Cuisine: American/Mediterranean/Vegetarian Open: Brunch Mon.-Sun.; Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun.; Late Night Fri.-Sat. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price: $$ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: We offer live belly dancing every other weekend 6:30-9 p.m. Open late night on Fri.-Sat. till 2 a.m. Hookah is available 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri-Sat. You can get delicious Greek and Mediterranean food delivered or catered! Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: The Genie from “Aladdin.” He is frequently posted in front of the restaurant featuring our specials and taking pictures with the kids.

Eggs Over Frankfort 2712 Frankfort Ave., facebook.com/EggsOverFrankfort, 709-4452 Neighborhood: Clifton/Crescent Hill Cuisine: American/Breakfast/Comfort Food/Sandwiches/Vegetarian Open: Breakfast Mon.-Sun.; Brunch Mon.-Sun.; Lunch Mon.-Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: Our omelets! You can’t have the word “eggs” in your name and not have superb omelets. Whether it’s our garden, meat or build your own, you can’t go wrong with our omelets!

Eiderdown 983 Goss Ave., eiderdown-gtown.com, 290-2390 Neighborhood: Germantown Cuisine: American/French/Southern Open: Brunch Sat., Sun.; Lunch Fri.-Sun.; Dinner Tue.-Sun.; Closed Mon. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$, $$$ Q: What vibe can we expect when we walk in? A: We’re as formal or as casual as you need us to be. Our tables and bar are made from old poplar and the main wall is original brick. Our hope is that everyone who has a seat (either inside or outside) is as comfortable as they can be. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Henry Althaus, the first person to brew beer in Germantown. There’s a salad that’s been on our menu since we opened in 2010 that we named after him. Hopefully he’d have a seat, take a look at the beer list and have trouble deciding what to drink.

El Mundo 2345 Frankfort Ave., 502elmundo.com, 899-9930 Neighborhood: Clifton, Crescent Hill Cuisine: Mexican Open: Lunch Tues.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: The Real Margarita. Because if you travel in Mexico, outside tourist traps, this is the margarita you get — 100 percent blue agave tequila, orange liqueur and fresh squeezed lime juice, shaken with ice and served with a salted rim. Simple yet delicious! Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Madame Cliquot ... So she could taste the “champagne” of margaritas.

El Nopal 6521 Paramount Park Drive, ?elnopalmex.com, 968-9836 Neighborhood: South End Cuisine: Mexican Open: Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: Monica’s Platter, it will give you the best way to taste many flavors of Mexico.

FABD Smokehouse 3204 Frankfort Ave., fabdsmokehouse.com, 727-1822 Neighborhood: Butchertown/Clifton/Crescent Hill Cuisine: American Open: Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun.; Late Night Mon.-Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price: $ Q: What vibe can we expect when we walk in? A: Laid-back neighborhood establishment with a large bar/TV area, delicious meats coming off the smoker all day, and an extensive outdoor seating area.

Feast BBQ 909 E. Market St., Suite 100, feastbbq.com, 749-9900 Open: Lunch Tues.-Sat.; Dinner Tues.-Sat.; Late Night Fri. & Sat.; Closed Mon. & Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $, $$ Neighborhood: NuLu Cuisine: American/Comfort Food/Sandwiches/Southern Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: At Feast, we take pride in cooking our food the right way, from scratch, with collards cooked down from whole collard green leaves, baked beans cooked from dried beans that were soaked overnight, and slow smoked meats rubbed down with house-made rubs. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Well, we’re a restaurant that doesn’t discriminate so technically anyone could walk in.

For Goodness Crepes! 619 Baxter Ave., 690-7441, facebook.com/For-Goodness-Crepes-724769590944997/ Neighborhood: Highlands Cuisine: American/Breakfast/Comfort Food/French Open: Breakfast Sat.-Sun.; Brunch Tue.-Sun.; Lunch Tue.-Sun.; Dinner Tue.-Sun.; Closed Mon. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $ Q: What vibe can we expect when we walk in? A: From the upbeat greeting when you walk in the door to the eclectic décor, interactive message boards and games, the vibe at For Goodness Crepes! is one of goodness and fun! Expect to relax and leave happier than when you came in!

Four Sisters 2246 Frankfort Ave., facebook.com/4sisterscafe, 384-4262 Neighborhood: Clifton/Crescent Hill Cuisine: Asian/French/Vietnamese Open: Brunch Sat.-Sun.; Lunch Mon.-Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price Range: $ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: We are a unique combination of well-made French crepes, Vietnamese banh mis and specialty coffee.

Gasthaus 4812 Brownsboro Center, gasthausdining.com, 899-7177 Neighborhood: St. Matthews Cuisine: Comfort Food Open: Dinner Tues.-Sat.; Closed Mon., Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price: $$$ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: The Gasthaus is Louisville’s only authentic German restaurant. Family owned and operated since 1993, the Greipel family proudly serves traditional German food, like Sauerbraten and Schnitzel, as well as homemade desserts. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Marlene Dietrich — Because she would be flattered to see the big poster print of her on the wall right as she walked in. Besides, she may like that one of our family members is named Lili Marlene, her love song made popular in WWII.

Get It On A Bun At Bootys 520 S. Jackson St., getitonabunatbootys.com, 296-3848 Neighborhood: Downtown Cuisine: American/Comfort Food/Fusion Open: Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price: $$, $$$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: The Booty Deluxe ... It’s award winning over and over, from a food truck. And the Booty Dog, served since 1996 Home of The Booty Dog Hot Dog Cart. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Popeye because we have a veggie melt featuring spinach and he would have so much strength from all the extra flavors that he would save the world from its processed troubles!

The Grape Leaf 2217 Frankfort Ave., Grapeleafonline.com, 897-1774 Neighborhood: Clifton/Crescent Hill Cuisine: Greek/Mediterranean Open: Breakfast Sun.; Brunch Mon.-Sun.; Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: Balsamic chicken with rice and lentils is a huge favorite!

Gregg’s BBQ Joint 1416 Spring St., [email protected], (812) 987-1623 Neighborhood: Southern Indiana Cuisine: American/Comfort Food/Sandwiches/Southern Open: Lunch Tues.-Fri., Sun.; Dinner Tues.-Fri.; Closed Mon., Sat. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: Brisket it’s simply delicious. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Hopefully Dr. King so he could see what a good things are happening.

Gypsy’s Sports Grille 7207 Fegenbush Lane, ?gypsyssportsgrille.com, 909-0922 Neighborhood: South End Cuisine: American/Breakfast/Comfort Food/Pub Fare/Sandwiches Open: Breakfast Sat. & Sun.; Brunch Sat. & Sun.; Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun.; Late Night Mon.-Sat. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $, $$ Q: What vibe can we expect when we walk in? A: Fresh food made from scratch. A perfect place to cheer on your team and enjoy good times without a pretentious atmosphere! Now offering breakfast Sat. and Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.! Highview’s best kept secret!

Hiko-A-mon 416 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., Suite 100, hikoamon.com, 625-3090 Neighborhood: Downtown Cuisine: Asian/Japanese/Sushi Open: Lunch Mon.-Fri.; Dinner Mon.-Sat.; Closed Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: I think sushi is a must try for our customers. Whether you want raw or cooked, there is something for everyone! Favorites include the Westport Roll, Crunch Munch Roll, Bluegrass Roll and Las Vegas Roll. The ramen is also as authentic as it gets.

Hiko-A-mon 1115 Herr Lane, hikoamon.com, 365-1651 Neighborhood: East End Cuisine: Asian/Japanese/Sushi Open: Lunch Mon.-Sat.; Dinner Mon.-Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: I think the sushi is a must try for our customers. Whether you want raw or cooked, there is something for everyone! Favorites include the Westport Roll, Crunch Munch Roll, Bluegrass Roll and Las Vegas Roll. The ramen is also as authentic as it gets.

Highland Morning 1416 Bardstown Road, highlandmorning.com, 365-3900 Neighborhood: Highlands Cuisine: Breakfast/Comfort Food/Sandwiches Open: Breakfast Mon.-Sun.; Brunch Mon.-Sun.; Lunch Mon.-Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What vibe can we expect when we walk in? A: Highland Morning is fiercely proud to be family owned and operated right in the middle of the Highlands. Serving breakfast food that has powerful intangible qualities that elicit feelings of comfort, warmth and well-being for people from all walks. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: It would probably be a blurry eyed Jeff Lebowski. Quickly recognized as a Highland Morning regular, he orders a perfectly cooked old fashioned plate of over easy eggs and bacon with his White Russian. Why? “Because the dude abides ... man.”

Hilltop Tavern 1800 Frankfort Ave., facebook.com/ilovehilltop, 742-2908 Neighborhood: Butchertown/Clifton/Crescent Hill Cuisine: American/Comfort Food/Pub Fare/Vegetarian Open: Dinner Mon.-Sun.; Late Night Mon.-Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price: $ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: The Beer Cheese Burger. Cuz’, Bacon. Beer cheese. Burger. Pretzel Bun.

Home Run Burgers 2060 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy., homerunburger.com, 409-7004 Neighborhood: East End Cuisine: American Open: Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: Bases Loaded Burger! Double Bacon, Fried Egg and Cheese

Jack Fry’s 1007 Bardstown Road, jackfrys.com, 452-9244 Neighborhood: Highlands Cuisine: American Open: Lunch Mon.-Fri.; Dinner Mon.-Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price: $$$$ Q: What vibe can we expect when we walk in? A: Like walking back in time to a 1930’s club. Historical photos of sports figures, horses and even Jack Fry adorn the walls. Lively conversation, the sound of a martini being shaken and live jazz let you know you have found something special.

JGoodwins Fusion Grill 10212 Taylorsville Road, jgoodwins.com, 905-4420 Neighborhood: Downtown Cuisine: Comfort Food Open: Lunch Mon.-Sun. Dinner Mon.-Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price: $ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: Pork Tacos ... Memphis-inspired hickory smoked dry rubbed pulled pork covered with our homemade sweet Southern coleslaw topped with pickles, onions and smothered with one of our made-from-scratch BBQ sauces. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: John Wayne would follow the smell of smoke to the best BBQ in Louisville!

The Joy Luck 1285 Bardstown Road, thejoyluck.com, 238-3070 Neighborhood: Highlands Cuisine: Asian/Chinese Open: Lunch Tues.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: Any of the three ducks. It’s an old family recipe passed down from generations. For every duck, it is a five-day prep time. We put a dry rub on the duck, bathe in honey and sugar twice, then slow roast overnight. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Darth Vader ... because lots of the Joy Luck crew are huge Star Wars fanatics and we’ve always been curious about how Darth Vader eats through his mask!

Kashmir Indian Restaurant 1285 Bardstown Road, Kashmirlouisville.com, 473-8765 Neighborhood: Highlands Cuisine: Indian Open: Lunch Mon.-Sat.; Dinner Mon.-Sat. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: Everyone loves the Chicken Tikka Masala.

Kizito Cookies 1398 Bardstown Road, kizito.com, 456-2891 Neighborhood: Highlands Cuisine: American/Comfort Food Open: Breakfast Tues.-Sat.; Brunch Tues.-Sat.; Lunch Tues.-Sat. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: Unique on the planet! Kizito is a working cookie factory housed in an African art and craft gallery. Sights and smells that span two continents created by the one and only Elizabeth “Cookie Lady” Kizito. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Maya Angelou always sought out beauty and deliciousness in every aspect of life. As a Calypso singer she was the spitting image of Elizabeth Kizito. Her prose was buttery and rich. Her poetry was vibrant. I’d buy her a “Deluxe Oatmeal.”

La Peche Gourmet 1147 Bardstown Road, lillyslapeche.com, 451-0377 Neighborhood: Highlands Cuisine: American/Comfort Food Open: Brunch Sat.; Lunch Tues.-Sat.; Dinner Tues.-Sat. Closed: Mon., Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: We have created our own version of the old Burger’s Supermarket Fried Chicken Sandwich which is served on a homemade brioche bun with pepper jack cheese, romaine, bacon and homemade Caesar dressing. Probably the best chicken sandwich in Louisville.

Lilly’s Bistro 1147 Bardstown Road, lillysbistro.com, 451-0447 Neighborhood: Highlands Cuisine: American/French/Southern Open: Lunch Tues.-Sat.; Dinner Tues.-Sat.; Closed Mon.-Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price: $$$ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: We’ve led the effort to support our local farmers by using products grown within a short distance of our restaurant, organic vegetables, free-range beef, Kentucky Proud beef and artisan cheeses. It’s our mission to provide an unparalleled dining experience.

Loui Loui’s Authentic ?Detroit Style Pizza 10212 Taylorsville Road, LouiLouis.com, 266-7599 Neighborhood: East End Cuisine: American/Comfort Food/Italian Open: Lunch Tues.-Sun., Dinner Tues.-Sun.; Closed Mon. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: Detroit Style Pizza — it’s square, robust and delicious. We created a special cheese blend, place flat meats under the cheese and add sauce on top after the bake. The edges are crispy and crunchy. The Loui Loui (supreme) is our best seller. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Babe Ruth would come for three of his favorite things: Pizza, Coney Dogs and Beer!

Loui Loui’s Highlands Up All Night 960 Baxter Ave., LouiLouis.com, 266-7599 Neighborhood: Highlands Cuisine: American/Comfort Food/Pizzeria/Sandwiches Open: Late Night Wed., Fri.-Sat.; Closed Mon.-Tues., Thur., Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price: $ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: Detroit Style Coney Dogs — a tradition dating back 100 years. Anthony Bourdain said, “It seems like a simple thing. Hot dog, chili, raw onion, mustard, steamed bun. But the delicate interplay between these ingredients when done right is symphonic.” Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Henry Ford would come by for a Coney Dog because like him, these Coneys are a Detroit tradition and they were around in 1917 when he was driving his Model T around the streets of Detroit.

Louisville Dessert Truck 1386 S. 6th St., LouisvilleDessertTruck.com, 608-7197 Neighborhood: Southern Indiana Cuisine: Comfort Food Open: Lunch Tues.-Sat. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price: $ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: Maker’s Mark Bourbon Ball Brownies, because it’s bourbon brownies!

Maggie Mae’s Cafe 435 N. Bardstown Road, facebook.com/maggiemaescafe, 759-2070 Neighborhood: Mount Washington Cuisine: American/Breakfast/Comfort Food,/Sandwiches/Seafood/Southern/Vegetarian Open: Breakfast Mon., Wed.-Sun.; Lunch Mon., Wed.-Sun.; Closed Tue. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $, $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: Our bacon jam with our homemade biscuits! Hot or cold, by itself or smeared on your favorite breakfast sandwich ... Any way you choose, it’s delicious!

Manny & Merle On Whiskey Row 122 West Main St., mannyandmerle.com, 290-8888 Neighborhood: Downtown Cuisine: Southern Open: Lunch Tues.-Sat.; Dinner Tues.-Sat.; Late Night Fri. & Sat.; Closed Mon. & Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: Manny & Merle is a toe-tappin honky-tonk on downtown Louisville’s Whiskey Row, featuring an award-winning menu of Southern/Soul cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails as well as live music from local and national artists. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: George Garvin Brown, the father of whiskey in a bottle. His image is emblazoned on our exterior wall and his legacy lives within our walls. We honor him with over 100 bourbons and whiskeys available from our historical bar.

Marketplace Restaurant 651 S. 4th St., theatersquaremarketplace.com, 625-3001 Neighborhood: Downtown Cuisine: American Open: Lunch Mon.-Sat.; Dinner Mon.-Sat.; Closed Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price: $$$ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: We are housed in the Old Kentucky Theater and it is a very unique place. When you walk in, you see a bagel shop in the front and keep walking to the giant room with a large bar in the center surrounded by ornate lights. Very surprising. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Probably Elijah Craig who was the father of bourbon and he would be coming in to get his Urban Bourbon Trail passport stamped.

Mesh Restaurant 3608 Brownsboro Road, meshrestaurants.com/louisville/, 632-4421 Neighborhood: St. Matthews Cuisine: Contemporary American Open: Brunch Sat,-Sun.; Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price: $$ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: Mesh aspires to be the restaurant of choice. We’re a made-from-scratch kitchen with an incredible patio dining experience. We also serve a top-notch brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Bonus Q: What is a must-try item on your menu? A: The Shrimp & Grits and the Pork Chop. Both dishes separate us from other restaurants.

Momma’s Mustard, Pickles & BBQ 102 Bauer Ave., mommasbbq.com, 938-6262 Neighborhood: St. Matthews Cuisine: Comfort Food Open: Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price Range: $, $$ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: Started with the winnings from a tiny share of Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion Mucho Macho Man, Momma’s was recently named one of the top 100 BBQ restaurants in America. We’re famous for our smoked wings, beef ribs, and homemade mustard and pickles. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: John Kennedy Toole’s character Ignatius J. Reilly. He would come for the wings and ribs while drinking bourbon and railing against the dunces who are all in a confederacy against him.

The Monkey Wrench 1025 Barret Ave., facebook.com/1025TheMonkeyWrench, 582-2433 Neighborhood: Highlands Cuisine: American/Pub Fare/Sandwiches/Vegetarian Open: Brunch Sun.; Dinner Tue.-Sat.; Late Night Tue.-Sat.; Closed Mon. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What vibe can we expect when we walk in? A: Eclectic hillbilly with a touch of bourbon swing. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Hunter S. Thompson, not only because of our giant HST mural on the side of our building, but also because the first three years of GonzoFest Louisville were hosted here!

Namnam Cafe 318 Wallace Ave., namnamcafe.com, 891-8859. Neighborhood: St. Matthews Cuisine: Asian/Vietnamese Open: Lunch Tues.-Sat.; Dinner Tues.-Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu and why? A: Shaking Beef ‘cause it’s the best in town!

Napa River Grill 1211 Herr Lane, napariverlouisville.com, 423-5822 Neighborhood: East End Cuisine: American/Asian/Fusion/Seafood/Southern/Steakhouse/Vegetarian Open: Brunch Sun.; Lunch Mon.-Fri.; Dinner Mon.-Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$$ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: We feel our happy hour is the best in town. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun.- Fri. and 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on Sat. Specials on wine, beer, cocktails and food. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: We feel if Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, walked into our restaurant, he would be smitten with our vast wine selection and the ambiance of our patio, including our own wine vines. If friends joined, he would enjoy our private vineyard room.

New Wave Burritos Delivery Only, newwave.burritos.wordpress.com, 650-7942 Neighborhood: Germantown/Fairgrounds Cuisine: Mexican Open: Late Night Fri.-Sat. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price Range: $ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: Are there any other late night burrito delivery operations in the city only slinging on the weekends? I didn’t think so. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Mad Max and Clive Gregson of Any Trouble are pals and eat our burritos when they’re in town.

On The Rocks – Burgers Bar Bands 601 W. Riverside Drive, Jeffersonville, Indiana, (812) 284-3474 Neighborhood: Southern Indiana Cuisine: Sandwiches/Seafood Open: Lunch Sat. & Sun.; Dinner Tues.-Sun.; Closed Mon. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $ Q: What vibe can we expect when we walk in? A: Fun vacation resort feel with music playing and the breeze blowing. Every seat outside with a view of the Ohio along with the downtown Louisville skyline. Fresh shucked oysters, gourmet burgers and cocktails on a beautiful day next to the water. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Not sure how historical but I could see Jimmy Buffet hanging out at the bar soaking up the scene.

Our Daily Bread Cafe 2511 S. 7th St., Ourdailybreadcafe.com, 536-2828 Neighborhood: South End Cuisine: American/Italian/Vegetarian Open: Lunch Mon.-Sat.; Dinner Mon.-Sun.; Late Night Mon.-Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price: $, $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: Wraps, they are low in calories high in protein and they taste great. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Wonder woman those wraps are awesome and it keeps my figure great.

Over The 9 120 S. 10th St., goOverThe9.com, 252-6671 Neighborhood: Downtown Cuisine: Gastro Pub Open: Lunch Mon.-Sat.; Dinner Mon.-Sat.; Late Night Fri.-Sat.; Closed Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price: $$ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: Over The 9 is located in the same complex as Falls City Beer and Old 502 Winery, and features their products. View the brewing process while you enjoy plates of quality pub fare and exclusive drinks. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Benjamin Franklin, who said, “In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.”

Papalinos Pizza 3598 Springhurst Blvd., papalinos.com, 736-2700 Neighborhood: East End Cuisine: Italian/Pizzeria Open: Brunch Sun.; Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: The Righteous Pig Pizza. We’re not shy about our love for pork, and this pizza has it all (meatballs, ham, bacon and sausage). It’s all handmade and we even cure our own meats in house. So when you get this pizza, you are truly having a Papalinos pie. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: It sounds cliche, but we have to go with Tony Soprano. We could only assume that he’s lost or in witness protection, and just needed a good slice with great seasoned gravy and perfect cheese to feel like he’s home again. And that’s what we offer.

Pizza Donisi 1396 S. 2nd St., pizzadonisi.com, 213-0488 Neighborhood: Old Louisville/UofL Cuisine: American/Italian/Pizzeria Open: Brunch Mon.-Sun.; Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun.; Late Night Mon.-Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: Whenever you come in you need to try the weekly chef’s special. It’s always a unique blend of traditional and non-traditional toppings crafted to make the perfect pizza. Finish off with a Kentucky Bourbon Cannoli, our take on an Italian favorite. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: If Pizza Donisi was open when F. Scott Fitzgerald was in town writing “The Great Gatsby,” there probably would have been several sequels!

The Planet Bar & Bistro 1565 Bardstown Road, theplanetexperience.com, 445-7243 Neighborhood: Highlands Cuisine: American Open: Dinner Tue.-Sat.; Late Night Tue.-Sat.; Closed Mon., Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What vibe can we expect when we walk in? A: From the moment you cross the threshold at The Planet Bar & Bistro, you enter a new world, one where you can experience a distinctive spin on classic drinks, delicious light fare and live entertainment, and you’re treated like a longtime friend. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Carrie Bradshaw from “Sex and the City” and her gal pals would enjoy drinking their Planet Cosmopolitans while sitting at the open window bar enjoying the Highlands’ energy!

Please & Thank You 800 E. Market St., pleaseandthankyoulouisville.com, 553-0113 Neighborhood: Downtown Cuisine: Breakfast/Sandwiches Open: Breakfast Mon.-Sun.; Brunch Mon.-Sun.; Lunch Mon.-Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price: $ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: The one thing you must try at Please & Thank You is our chocolate chip cookie! Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: David Bowie. His music and aesthetic seems to encompass all things Please & Thank You. The owner and most employees love him and you can hear his records playing in the shop almost daily.

POLLO – a gourmet chicken joint Mobile Food Truck, facebook.com/pollolouisville, 727-2764 Neighborhood: Downtown Cuisine: Comfort Food Open: Breakfast Mon.-Sun.; Brunch Mon.-Sun.; Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun.; Late Night Mon.-Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: We are the only food truck business that specializes in fried chicken! We take fried chicken and make gourmet entrees with it! We are the only food trucks around that have a food truck that allows customers to eat inside! Come see the chicken bus!

Potbelly Sandwich Shop 302 S. 4th St., potbelly.com/Louisville, 540-1100 Neighborhood: Downtown Cuisine: Sandwiches Open: Lunch Mon.-Sun., Dinner Mon.-Sat. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price Range: $ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: Stop in for our toasty warm sandwiches, freshly made salads, or tasty treats. Our specialty is the Wreck! We chose high quality ingredients and prepare them ourselves. Our friendly staff and fast service will make you a fan. Peace, Love and Potbelly

Potbelly Sandwich Shop 4023 Summit Plaza Drive, Potbelly.com/paddock, 420-9616 Neighborhood: East End Cuisine: Sandwiches Open: Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price Range: $ Q: What vibe can we expect when we walk in? A: Expect a fresh. fast. and friendly vibe. We choose high quality ingredients prepared fresh daily. Our sandwich makers are friendly folks that build amazing toasty sandwiches to order and get you through the line really fast.

RIVUE Restaurant & Lounge 140 N. 4th St., RIVUE.com, 568-4239 Neighborhood: Downtown Cuisine: American/Seafood/Steakhouse Open: Brunch Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sat. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: No Take Out: No Price: $$$, $$$$ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: RIVUE Restaurant & Lounge is locally owned and offers a fresh perspective on fine dining from 25 stories above the city. Our rotating restaurant is the only one in the world with two moving floors, offering 360 degree views of downtown and the river!

Roots / Heart and Soy 1216 Bardstown Road, heartandsoy.net, 452-6678 Neighborhood: Highlands Cuisine: Asian/Vietnamese Open: Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: We care for all living beings.

Saints Pizza Pub and Skybar 131 Breckinridge Lane, Saints pizza.com, 891-8883 Neighborhood: St. Matthews Cuisine: American/ Italian/Pizzeria/Pub Fare Open: Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun.; Late Night Mon.-Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: Smoked wings.

Sam’s Hot Dog Stand 1991 Brownsboro Road, Facebook Page: samshotdogstandlouisville, 259-7287 Neighborhood: Clifton/Crescent Hill Cuisine: American/Seafood Open: Lunch Mon.-Sat.; Dinner Mon.-Fri.; Closed Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $, $$ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: It’s a simple concept Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Abraham Lincoln. He was from Hodgenville, Kentucky and he like doing things his own way, like our restaurant.

Sidebar At Whiskey Row 129 N. 2nd St., www.sidebarwhiskeyrow.com, 384-1600 Neighborhood: Downtown Cuisine: American/Sandwiches/Seafood/Vegetarian Open: Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun.; Late Night Sat.-Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What vibe can we expect when we walk in? A: When you walk into Sidebar, you are part of the family. We are going to talk about Certified Angus Beef because it’s what we do. We’ll chat about bourbon and hopefully you’ll taste something new. You’re going to feel welcome and stay awhile. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Elmer T. Lee. We love all that comes from Buffalo Trace and hold his commemorative bottle with love and affection in our display case. In bourbon we are all family. We embrace each other and take all into our homes. Thank you, Elmer.

Silvio’s 104 Fairfax Ave., silviositalianrestaurant.com, 883-6369 Neighborhood: St. Matthews Cuisine: American/Italian Open: Lunch Mon.-Fri.; Dinner Mon.-Sat.; Late Night Fri.-Sat.; Closed Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price: $$ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: If you like authentic Italian family recipes, Silvio’s is the place for you. Another Melillo brings back the flavors and recipes of Melillo’s Italian Restaurant. You’ll find everything from Nonna’s Lasagna, to a 14-ounce Rib Eye Steak. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Frankie Valli, of the Four Seasons. He’s a family friend, and when in town, he’ll be invited to enjoy dinner with us, as he did at Melillo’s in 2006.

Simply Thai 323 Wallace Ave., simplythaiky.com, 899-9670 Neighborhood: St. Matthews Cuisine: Sushi/Thai Open: Lunch Mon.-Sat.; Dinner Mon.-Sat.; Closed Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: Kaow Soi. This is a Thai dish unique to the northern region of Thailand. Coconut curry poured over noodles and topped with fresh veggies. Simply delicious, full of exotic flavors.

Steve-O’s Italian Kitchen 4205 WA Hwy. 146. steveositaliankitchen.com, 222-0300 Neighborhood: East End Cuisine: Italian Open: Lunch Mon.-Sat.; Dinner Mon.-Sat.; Closed Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: Our lasagna is made from scratch daily with only Grande cheese, fresh ground beef and sausage smothered in our signature marinara sauce. Rolls and salad included in the price. Best value in Louisville hands down.

Tea Station Chinese Bistro 9422 Norton Commons Blvd., teastationchinesebistro.com, 648-7496 Neighborhood: East End Cuisine: Asian/Chinese/Japanese/Thai/Vegetarian Open: Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: The Pineapple Chicken. Breaded chicken stir fried with water chestnut, baby corn, red bell peppers, snow peas, mushrooms and pineapple in a sweet and spicy sauce put back in a pineapple cut out. Our customers love it. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Donald Trump. Donald Trump was a very powerful and successful businessman. Donald would enjoy the success and the food at Tea Station Chinese Bistro.

ToGo Sushi 700 Lyndon Lane, facebook.com/togosushiky/timeline, 883-0666 Neighborhood: East End Cuisine: Sushi Open: Lunch Mon.-Fri.; Dinner Mon.-Sat.; Closed Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $, $$ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: Proud to be Louisville’s first sushi bar with drive thru/dine in options.

Traveling Kitchen 5th St., [email protected], 533-0855 Neighborhood: Downtown Cuisine: Asian/Fusion/Korean/Mexican Open: Lunch Mon.-Sat.; Dinner Fri.-Sat. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price: $ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: Korean-Fusion Tacos are prepared from scratch with all fresh toppings. Finished with homemade sauces.

Vietnam Kitchen 5339 Mitscher Ave., vietnamkitchen.net, 363-7535 Neighborhood: South End Cuisine: Vietnamese Open: Lunch Mon.-Tues. & Thurs.-Sat.; Dinner Mon.-Tues. & Thurs.-Sat.; Closed Wed. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price Range: $, $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: While everything is delicious, the Hu tieu Saté, or “K8” is our most famous and loved dish.

The Village Anchor 11507 Park Road, Anchorage, KY, ?villageanchor.com, 708-1850 Neighborhood: East End Cusine: American/Southern Open: Brunch Sat. & Sun.; Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun.; Late Night Sat. & Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes PriceRange: $$, $$$ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: The Village Anchor is one of the most award-winning restaurants in Louisville, for both food and experience. Situated in the heart of historic Anchorage with more than 100 outdoor dining seats, the restaurant is a gem not to be missed. Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Superman, who would be impressed ... because it takes a super man to run the place!

The Weekly Juicery 112 Bauer Ave., theweeklyjuicery.com, 741-6035 Neighborhood: St. Matthews Cuisine: Vegetarian Open: Breakfast Mon.-Sat.; Brunch Mon.-Sat.; Lunch Mon.-Sat.; Closed Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: The Weekly Juicery is a retail juice bar with cold-pressed juices, wheatgrass shots, superfood smoothies, and raw and vegan foods. Our Weekly Juice Program provides home and office delivery as well as special discounts for its members.

Weiwei Chinese express 526 S. 5th St., weiweichinese40202.com, 889-0827 Neighborhood: Downtown Cuisine: Chinese Open: Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun.; Late Night Mon.-Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: General Tso’s chicken, crab rangoon and hot and sour soup.

Westport Whiskey & Wine 1115 Herr Lane Suite 140, westportwhiskeyandwine.com, 708-1313 Neighborhood: East End Cuisine: American Open: Brunch Mon.-Sat.; Lunch Mon.-Sat.; Dinner Mon.-Sun.; Late Night Thu.-Sat. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: No Q: What vibe can we expect when we walk in? A: Our vibe is welcoming and comfortable. We are hedonists at heart and we want our guests to experience that hard-to-find bourbon as we have the largest selection of bourbon available in the area.

Wick’s Pizza (On Baxter) 975 Baxter Ave., wickspizza.com, 599-0832 Neighborhood: Highlands Cuisine: Pizzeria Open: Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun.; Late Night Mon.-Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price Range: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: The Big Wick. It’s piled high with your favorite meats and veggies and smothered in cheese. We have guests that drive hours from other states just to get a slice of the Big Wick! Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: We already have a fictional character, Tricky Wicky. We keep him in a box and if you give him a dollar he will read your horoscope!

Wick’s Pizza Parlor 255 State St., wickspizza.com, 727-4645 Neighborhood: Southern Indiana Cuisine: Italian/Pizzeria/Pub Fare Open: Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun.; Late Night Mon.-Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price: $$ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: The Big Wick is our perfect combination of tomatoes, onions, Italian sausage, beef, pepperoni, green olives, black olives, mushrooms, and green peppers. All crusts are hand-tossed and piled high with toppings. Our dough is made fresh in-house daily. The Widow’s Walk Ice Creamery and Bicycle Rentals 415 E. Riverside Drive, widowswalkicecreamery.com, (941) 662-5696 Neighborhood: Southern Indiana Cuisine: Breakfast/Sandwiches/Comfort Food Open: Breakfast Mon.-Sun.; Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun. Closed: Mon.-Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price: $ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: You have to try our Proud Mary Peanut Buttercup Sundae! It’s warm brownies topped with peanut buttercup ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry! It’s a real crowd pleaser! Bonus Q: If a historical or fictional character walked into your restaurant, who would it be and why? A: Superman! Because we sell so much of “his” ice cream! Kids are always wearing it all over their faces. Grown-ups love it just the same!

Yang Kee Noodle 7900 Shelbyville Road, yangkeenoodle.com, 648-7614 Neighborhood: East End Cuisine: Asian Open: Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun. Reservations: No Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price: $$ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: Yang Kee Noodle is a homegrown Louisville restaurant featuring bold, flavorful Pan-Asian dishes developed by Chef John Castro of Sullivan University. A local favorite since 2003 where guests can create their own wok-fired stir-fry.

Zad Modern Mediterranean 1616 Grinstead Drive, Zadlouisville.com, 569-1122 Neighborhood: Highlands Cuisine: Greek/Mediterranean Open: Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: Yes Delivery: Yes Take Out: Yes Price Range: $ Q: What’s the one thing you have to try on your menu? Why? A: Black bean hummus, roasted cauliflower salad, house-made baklava are the latest additions to our menu!

Zoom Zoom Yum Turkish Cuisine 2605 Darien Drive, zoomzoomyum.com, 550-7143 Neighborhood: Downtown Cuisine: Greek/Mediterranean Open: Brunch Mon.-Sun.; Lunch Mon.-Sun.; Dinner Mon.-Sun. Reservations: Yes Outdoor Seating: No Delivery: No Take Out: Yes Price: $$ Q: What makes your restaurant unique in Louisville? A: We are the first food truck introducing Turkish Cuisine by serving some of the famous dishes cooked on the grill. •