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  • Through the week, this spot in the heart of the downtown business district serves Italian cuisine for lunch. For weekend dinners, the menu shifts to Persian fare.
    584-0567
    pestositalian.com
  • The ceramic pig outside signals the great pork barbecue inside. A smoked-meat empire in the making and Louisville favorite since 1988, Mark’s barbecue chicken, pork, and spicy mustard-based sauce keep it on the carnivore club’s frequent-visit list. Also, try the onion straws and fried corn.
    244-0140
    marksfeedstore.com
  • This spot in the charming little village of Anchorage serves American comfort food like double-battered fried chicken, fried bologna, and a meatloaf burger. For after-dinner drinks, try the equally charming downstairs bar, the Sea Hag.
    708-1850
    villageanchor.com
  • Jackknife Cafe will soon be your favorite little lunch spot in Butchertown. With the contemporary design inside, they serve you big flavors and variety. 

    (502) 883-3228
    jackknifecafe.com
  • This is the only place in town where an expertly crafted beer list is served in a former church, complete with an upstairs bar called the Choir Loft. The menu consists of snack-sized portions of bar food like scotch eggs and chorizo tacos. It would be a sin not to take the beer pairing recommendations on the menu.
    holygralelouisville.com
  • Dishes from the sleek sushi bar are the main draw at Wild Ginger, but non-sushi lovers will be happy with the entrée list, which has Chinese, Korean and Thai influences. Try the Korean spicy squid or bibim bop.
    384-9252
  • A quaint sushi bar on Bardstown Road. Try the Yum-Yum and Hawaiian rolls.
    618-2829
    oishiisushiky.com
  • (502) 882-3279

  • Try the spicy calamari roll or the barbecued eel roll.
    891-0081
    mikatolouisville.com
  • This downtown lunch spot offers a selection of sushi as well as Japanese favorites like miso and udon noodle soup.
    581-0700