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Spice China

Stop in at this comfortable Asian bistro in Louisville to sample from a large menu that showcases traditional Chinese entrées, warm soups, and sushi platters. 

Bar Fausto

This hip, industrial, neighborhood hangout serves up seasonal craft cocktails and shareable plates, both cooked and crudo. 

Recess Beer Garden

Located in the heart of the LoHi neighborhood, this spot offers an oasis to sample the 25 local and international cold brews on tap. Between beers, nibble on the peach and crispy prosciutto salad or tuck into a hearty burger.

Mas Kaos

Mexican meets Italian in this hybrid between two South Pearl favorites, Kaos Pizzeria and Uno Mas Taqueria y Cantina. Sip on a cold brew as you make the decision between a juicy street taco or a melty slice of Napoli wood-grilled pizza—or just get both. 

Denver Diner

This casual, old-school joint on West Colfax is open at all hours and draws in night owls and early birds alike for comforting, home-style entrées. 


This friendly neighborhood bistro and bar is home to contemporary dishes with worldly influences. Order a bowl of ramen with house-made noodles or try the seafood tower, an edible sculpture made up of crab, shrimp, mussels, clams, and several varieties of oysters. For an added bonus, satisfy your sweet tooth by roasting s'mores right at the table. 

Burt's Smokehouse BBQ

Slow-smoked meats and classic barbecue sides are the focus at this family-friendly spot. Try a Burt's Baker, a baked potato smothered in house-made cheese sauce and topped with brisket or pork.

First Draft

With tasty eats like brisket grilled cheese sandwiches and an innovative self-serve draft system (featuring 40 taps of craft beer, wine, and cider), First Draft will quickly become your favorite hang out spot.

Souk Shawarma

Chef Jon Robbins of Bistro Barbès puts his twist on the classic shawarma at this quick-service spot. Customers can choose fillings such as spit-roasted beef or chicken and sauces like carrot harissa and chermoula to build a perfect pita sandwich. 

Farmer Girl

Head to Farmer Girl for farm-to-table food, simplified. Accessible and mostly vegetarian, the rotating menu highlights locally grown produce in dishes such as the carrot pancake, which comes with carrot hummus, pickled carrot, and carrot top salsa verde.