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  • Mexican fare with a California Twist (fish tacos are a popular item) and the unusual and upbeat atmosphere make this a favorite on Frankfort Avenue.
    899-9930
    502elmundo.com
  • At this fast casual restaurant, all meals are made in front of you while you pick fresh ingredients for items such as tacos, burritos, salads or quesadillas.
    897-5323
    salsaritas.com
  • Authentic Mexican cuisine, popular with the Latino community around Churchill Downs. Try the fajitas, steak rio, or enchilada dinner.
    634-3722
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jack’s is the more casual, lounge area attached to sister restaurant Equus. Have a seat on one of the comfortable leather couches and order from a menu of dressed up American classics. Absolutely don’t miss the cocktails mixed by longtime bartender Joy Perrine.
    897-9721
    equusrestaurant.com
  • This hip new hangout, headed by Michael Paley of Proof on Main, is located in an actual former garage restored to its full vintage glory — except that pizza and beer are served there now. The gourmet pizzas are fired in an 850-degree oven to ensure perfectly charred crust. Other stars on this regularly-changing menu are freshly shucked oysters and country ham sampler plates.
    749-7100
    garageonmarket.com
  • This Cheers-like bar and grill in Norton Commons is known for its meat offerings, particularly the triangle steak. Live music on Friday nights. Breakfast fans should come hungry on weekend mornings.
    327-5646
    karem.com
  • China 1 serves the classics. From General Tso's chicken to pepper steak and boneless spare ribs, you can find all the best Chinese food at their location on Breckenridge Lane.

    (502) 897-6511
    http://www.china1louisville.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