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  • Food and great Cardinal memories come together at this restaurant near Freedom Hall devoted to U of L sports. Each booth has its own small TV. Specialties include baby-back ribs and fresh salmon, as well as the “Walk of Fame” salad.
    635-8686
    halloffamecafes.com
  • Gourmet tacos that redefine fast food, served on house-made tortillas with a variety of salsas. Choose from a list of local ingredients, and grab a light bite or go for the whole punk platter.
    584-8226
    tacopunk.com
  • This new bistro, opened by the people who brought Louisville the Nachbar, features American comfort food with European flavors. Think pork ribs braised in sauerkraut and the duck fat popcorn appetizer is quickly becoming legendary around town.
    290-2390
    www.eiderdowngermantown.com
  • Located in the basement of the famed Mussels and Burger Bar, The Place Downstairs provides a classy, elegant-casual atmosphere suitable for a nighttime bite or a romantic evening.

    (502) 333-0376
    http://www.opentable.com/the-place-downstairs
  • This lively eatery features handcrafted beer and a menu fit for imbibing. Try the Kobe beef Cheeseburger paired with a seasonal brew.
    589-8935
    gordonbiersch.com
  • Tableside hibachi grill theatrics result in piping-hot entrées of beef, chicken and seafood. This Japanese eatery also boasts a full sushi bar, sake and Japanese plum wine.
    412-3339
    ichibansamurai.com
  • (502) 580-1350
    http://www.vincenzositalianrestaurant.com/pages/home.php
  • Mimi’s Cafe focuses mainly on American classics but dedicates a section of the menu to French-inspired dishes like the roasted chicken crepe and beef Bourguignon.
    426-6588
    mimiscafe.com
  • Bravo serves Italian food in a fun environment under Roman “ruins.” The open kitchen prepares hickory-smoked steaks, chops and whole fresh fish. Try the wood-grilled salmon salad or Sicilian pizza, made in a wood-fired oven.
    326-0491
    bravoitalian.com
  • Located in a historic building on the lively corner of Third and Market streets, this downtown bistro offers an array of salads and sandwiches for lunch and an eclectic selection of upscale American favorites for dinner.
    584-8337
    bistro301.com