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  • A collection of Persian favorites — from kebabs to khoresht — make this downtown restaurant a popular lunch and dinner spot. Try the rack of lamb kebabs.
    584-7800
    saffronsrestaurant.com
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    899-9904
    varanese.com
  • The very definition of “reliable,” from pot stickers to Peking duck, but the specialties are Hunan and Szechuan dishes. Try the cashew chicken or Sczechuan shrimp.
    426-1717
  • City Cafe is a lunchtime favorite among the downtown office crowd. Its creative (and reliably good) lunches and dinners are based on cuisines from around the world. Few restaurants do more for the cause of soup.
    459-5600
    citycafelunch.com
  • Annie’s place is fast becoming a favorite in the Vietnamese community for authentic, high-quality food. Try the popular pho or vegetable tofu with steamed rice.
    363-4847
    anniecafe.com
  • Ditto’s is a colorful, family-friendly Highlands alternative to chains like Applebee’s. Popular dishes include Thai wings, barbecue chicken pizza, and the Chinese burrito.
    581-9129
    dittosrestaurant.com
  • The perennially popular eatery offers outdoor seating and a brunch menu served all day Saturday and Sunday. The tomato-dill soup is a house specialty, and salads and sandwiches include names like The Naturalistic and The Louis XIV (chicken salad with apple slices and lettuce).
    589-9191
    thecafetogo.com
  • This New York-style pizzeria serves up crispy pies with toppings including homemade Italian sausage and thinly sliced meatballs. Try the white pizza, where the tomato sauce is replaced with garlic-infused olive oil.
    749-8525
    papalinosnypizzeria.com
  • Stop by Asian Bento Express on Dutchman's Lane for speedy Asian food featuring Chinese, Japanese, and Thai dishes. 

    (502) 891-0388
  • This local chain has served grilled, fried, and broiled seafood for more than 60 years. Two of their three locations offer beautiful views of the Ohio River along with the seafood that made them locally famous.
    895-0544
    kingfishrestaurants.com