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  • This beautiful Old Louisville restaurant located in the Mayflower apartment building features both traditional dishes and a few with an Asian tinge. The ornate decor and china dinnerware harkens back to a different time.
    637-5284
    bucksrestaurantandbar.com
  • This tucked-away treasure in St. Matthews offers sophisticated Italian and French-influenced dishes in a romantic atmosphere.
    896-9570
    211cloverlane.com
  • This Clifton-area eatery focuses on curries and features a light bite called yum woonsen, a glass-noodle salad crammed with ground chicken, shrimp, lime juice, chiles, shallots and cilantro.
    897-7682
  • This Louisville-based Tex-Mex chain specializes in mesquite-grilled steaks, chicken and chops, but locals love the burritos and bargain-priced margaritas.
    585-4107
    tumbleweedrestaurants.com
  • Create your own pizza or order from a list of specialty Za’s, then choose from the extensive beer list.
    454-4544
    zaspizza.com
  • 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
  • This chain combines the ambiance of an upscale steakhouse with Asian fare like the signature chicken or vegetarian lettuce wraps, and an array of spicy stir-fries.
    327-7707
    pfchangs.com
  • This wildly (excuse the pun) popular breakfast and lunch spot is an ode to the egg. The dining room features egg art and even egg-shaped salt and pepper shakers. The creatively titled offerings include “Violet You’re Turning Violet” blueberry pancakes and “Crispy Hippie Crunch” granola waffles.
    893-8005
    crackinwildeggs.com
  • Have a panini, (the chicken prosciutto comes highly recommended), muffaletta, or custom deli sandwich for lunch and pick up gourmet and international ingredients to make dinner, all in one stop at this little shop in the Vogue Center.
    896-6361
    lotsapastalouisville.com
  • The Brown Hotel’s more casual restaurant provides a chance to eat the Hot Brown at its natal site — along with other sandwiches, salads and entrées. Features a lunch buffet on weekdays and a contemporary a la carte menu. Breakfast buffet on weekends.
    583-1234
    brownhotel.com