Edward Lee
Photo: Dan Dry Photography

Drive time:5 hours
Excuse to go:The annual music festival Forecastle (July 12 to 14) is like Lollapalooza minus the suburban teen invasion. Headliners include the Avett Brothers and Anderson.Paak.
Local expert:Edward Lee, chef-owner of 610 Magnolia, MilkWood, and Whiskey Dry

Con Huevos
Con Huevos Photo: Ale Sierra

Con Huevos

Lee’s standby on the Mexican-inspired menu is the huevos rancheros. “The salsas are homemade and delicious,” he adds. 2339 Frankfort Ave.

Royals Hot Chicken
Royals Hot Chicken Photo: Rachel Waters

Royals Hot Chicken

Choose from five heat levels and seven dipping sauces at this Nashville-style chicken institution. “I go for the second hottest, which is plenty hot.” 736 E. Market St.


Vietnam Kitchen

“One of the city’s originals — it’s been here more than 25 years.” His usual? Spicy rice noodles with satay broth, broccoli, peanuts, and lemongrass. 5339 Mitscher Ave.


Wiltshire Bakery & Café

The baked goods at the catering company–turned–restaurant lean toward nostalgic childhood faves: “They make everything from homemade Pop-Tarts to mini-doughnuts.” 901 Barret Ave.