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  • Pretend you come from a big Italian family at this fun chain. Oversized entrées are made for passing around the table, and the decor is kitschy Italian-Amercan at its finest.
    493-2426
    buccadibeppo.com
  • This brewpub, located in the heart of St. Matthews, is the latest in this expanding, Lexington-based group. Lunch and dinner is classic bar food — like hot wings, shrimp poppers, burgers and ribs. The beer list includes the big American brands plus 24 microbrews. We hear it’s a happening late-night spot, too.
    614-7327
    drakescomeplay.com
  • McAlister’s offers loaded spuds, super-size salads, a variety of soups and a broad selection of signature sandwiches.
    425-8900
    mcalistersdeli.com
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    807-3463
    theoakroomlouisville.com
  • This below-street-level restaurant is popular with theatergoers because, well, it’s in the same building as Actors Theater. It’s the brainchild of Louisville celebrity chef Edward Lee.

    502-584-6455
    actorstheatre.org/milkwood
  • 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
  • Customers line up at this national chain to watch as their burritos, quesadillas, or salads are prepared. The Bardstown Road location is now open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday.
    454-3380
    qdoba.com
  • This eatery is small on space, but big on authentic West African fare. Try the specialty, Thiebu Jeu, fish stewed in a tomato base served over spicy rice with one of the non-alcoholic West African drinks.
    473-8959
    chezseneba.com
  • This downtown lunch spot offers a selection of sushi as well as Japanese favorites like miso and udon noodle soup.
    581-0700
  • 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