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  • The family behind this outfit is from Guadalajara, and the efficient service exhibits a friendly Mexican touch. Try the popular fajitas.
    969-8243
    mycaporal.com
  • The menu features traditional Indian cuisine prepared with chicken, lamb and seafood and abundant vegetarian dishes. The daily lunch buffet is a great Indian-fare primer.
    493-8899
    shalimarlouisville.com
  • This family-owned business out of Paducah features “pork as tender as your mother’s heart,” ribs, mutton sandwiches and an assortment of homemade sides, such as white beans and fried cornbread.
    968-0585
  • Residing in Anchorage’s old Willow Lake Tavern building, Selena’s serves up a fusion of Creole and Sicilian cuisine. If the food doesn’t lure you in, the atmosphere will, with a spacious wraparound patio for al fresco dining during warm months and a cozy indoor dining room with a charming fireplace.
    245-9004
    selenasrestaurant.com
  • Through the week, this spot in the heart of the downtown business district serves Italian cuisine for lunch. For weekend dinners, the menu shifts to Persian fare.
    584-0567
    pestositalian.com
  • Famous for its prime aged beef (try the bourbon-marinated rib-eye) and extensive wine list (it is called Eddie MERLOT’s), this upscale chai

    584-3266
    eddiemerlots.com
  • Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese creations are all on the menu at Lemongrass Cafe. A good vegetarian selection is available.
    893-7757
  • A tiny spot that dishes up one of the city’s best vegetarian burritos, handmade tamales and the ultimate meat-eater’s delight: carnitas.
    459-4356
  • This small, largely carry-out seafood hub boasts a “greaseless” seasoned and breaded fish sandwich, topped with freshly made tartar sauce. Other menu choices include oysters, clams and scallops. All food is fresh and cooked-to-order.
    636-3474
    hillstreetfishfry.com
  • Chef Chaveewan Saing expertly incorporates sweet and spicy flavors of authentic Thai cuisine. Vegans and vegetarians will be pleasantly surprised at their options, but for omnivores should go for the Spicy Beef Salad.
    899-9670
    eatsimplythai.com