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  • The Grape Leaf prides itself on being a friendly, locally owned, pan-mediterranean neighborhood restaurant.

    (502) 897-1774
    http://www.grapeleafonline.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 hometown favorite features hamburgers made from freshly ground USDA Choice chuck, grilled to order, served on a homemade bun and topped with your choice of more than 40 toppings.

    897-9684
    ilovecousins.com
  • Authentic Mexican cuisine, popular with the Latino community around Churchill Downs. Try the fajitas, steak rio, or enchilada dinner.
    634-3722
  • Piled-high Kentucky-style barbecue sandwiches, baby-back rib dinners and homemade sides in huge portions make for mighty good eatin’ at this Fern Creek joint. Catering available.
    239-2722
    bootlegbbq.net
  • Sidebar is on the — you guessed it— side of the westernmost Whiskey Row building. Serves the three Bs: burgers, bourbon and beer. And you can’t get any closer to the Yum!

    (502) 384-1600
    sidebarwhiskeyrow.com
  • American casual dining with a meat-heavy entrée menu that includes steaks, ribs, and burgers.
    339-5400
    cheddars.com
  • The kitchen at Sichuan Garden nails almost every dish on its lengthy menu that features authentic Chinese food and some Thai specialties.
    426-6767
  • Adventurous but accessible sushi dominates the menu at this hip Highlands eatery, but other Japanese dishes are available. Try the Dynamite, a blend of sticky sweet rice, chewy baked scallops, and mushrooms under a creamy, caramelized brown sauce.
    479-5550
    sapporojapanese.com
  • Located inside an historic downtown building, this Italian-American chain serves comfort food like spaghetti Vesuvius and Italian-style meatloaf.
    581-1070
    osf.com