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  • 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
  • This all-vegetarian Asian eatery features a variety of excellent soups as well as noodle and stir-fry dishes that offer lemongrass, curry sauce and black bean sauce, among other options. The soft spring rolls, tomato dill soup and sesame soybeans (a tofu dish) are highly recommended.
    895-9114
    zengardenrestaurant.org
  • Come to Dasha Barbour's Southern Bistro near the Buechel Bypass for some great home cooking. They have great chicken & waffles, porkchops, and hot wings.

    (502) 882-2081
    http://www.dbsbistro.com/home.html
  • Features at this Southern Indiana eatery include inventive treats and a full sushi bar. Try the Playboy Roll filled with shrimp tempura and avocado topped with tuna.
    280-8500
    kobesteakhouse.net
  • Lite beer drinkers need not apply. However, beer geeks (and we mean that in the nicest possible way) flock here for the house-made brews as well as the extensive selection of microbrews from all over the world. If beer sampling makes you hungry, they offer pizza, pasta, and sandwiches.
    944-2577
    newalbanian.com
  • As the name suggests, California Pizza Kitchen specializes in creative specialty pizzas like the California club and Thai chicken. For pizza purists, they offer Sicilian and Margherita pizzas. The menu also includes Italian and California-inspired appetizers, sandwiches, and pasta dishes.
    425-5125
    cpk.com
  • This offshoot of Louisville’s only Spanish restaurant De la Torres, La Bodega offers a tapas-only menu of hot and cold items in a cozy space next door to its Highlands progenitor. Appetizer-size portions of roasted red peppers and eggplant, mussels picante and other traditional dishes allow for easy mixing and matching.
    456-4955
    delatorres.com
  • Located at the former Club 21, The Cure Lounge is an upscale bar and lounge with several options for small plate dining.

    502-619-2178
  • From the ashes of Maido, BARcode 1758 has risen like a Japanese-Korean fusion phoenix.

    894-8775
    maidosakebar.com
  • (502) 899-2008
    http://www.sweetsurrenderdessertcafe.com/