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  • American casual dining with a meat-heavy entrée menu that includes steaks, ribs, and burgers.
    339-5400
    cheddars.com
  • Treat yourself and 10 of your closest friends to Outback’s most famous creation, The Bloomin’ Onion. They also offer a full menu of steakhouse fare with Austrailan-themed names like the Kookaburra Wings, Grilled Chicken on the Barbie, and The Melbourne steak.
    895-4329
    outback.com
  • This beautifully renovated new restaurant offers classic, upscale bistro fare. Favorites so far include potato-encrusted grouper, blackened Bourbon Street scallops, and a bison rib-eye steak. Our reviewer highly recommends the Caesar salad.
    584-5533
    garysonspring.com
  • Chef Trew Quackenbush is the mastermind behind the world’s most creative selections of grilled cheese, soups and salads. All soups and salad dressings are homemade and the meat is roasted there.
    409-9494
    tomandchee.com
  • Traditional, upscale Italian cuisine with a contemporary flair, featuring fresh seafood, veal dishes and house-made pastas.

    894-4446
    volare-restaurant.com
  • This chain’s roots in Italy and Gulf Coast Cajun country make for spicy cuisine and an upbeat, high-energy atmosphere.
    412-2218
    carrabbas.com
  • This new place in Norton Commons combines the usual Chinese comfort foods like sweet and sour chicken and twice-cooked pork with a fresh sushi selection. If you’re a fan of bubble tea or are curious about it, Tea Station’s selection of this unique drink is a must-see.
    423-1202
  • A new addition to the New Albany restaurant scene, this spot offers local craft beers and Kentucky specialties, including Louisville’s hot brown and a bourbon molasses barbecue sauce.

    (812) 948-9999
    cafe27.com
  • Stop into the Louisville outpost of this Austin-based Tex-Mex chain after shopping at the nearby malls. They have a full menu of the usual suspects — tacos, burritos and enchiladas, plus fresh margaritas. For something different, try the Elvis Green Chile Fried Chicken. It’s breaded in potato chips and served with green chile sauce.
    327-3033
    chuys.com
  • Lively Italian dining with fresh-baked focaccia, a generous menu and tables with enough seats for a small army. The Penne Rustica, which features shrimp or chicken, smoked prosciutto and penne pasta baked in crockery with a golden halo of cheese, is a hearty favorite.
    423-9220
    macaronigrill.com