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  • Not only does this dining experience include Southern-inspired cooking, but it also boasts a selection of over 70 bourbons.

    (502) 568-9009
    http://www.makerslounge.com
  • A contemporary cafe, serving hot and cold deli sandwiches with sassy names. Try the “Bamm!! I’m Good!” or the “It Ain’t Easy Bein Cheesy.” They also do box lunches to go and event catering.
    896-1488
    cravecafeandcatering.com
  • Sweet teeth hanker for Helen’s beautifully decorated cakes, such as the chocolate macadamia nut and the chocolate truffle.

    451-7151
    dessertsbyhelen.com
  • Gourmet tacos that redefine fast food, served on house-made tortillas with a variety of salsas. Choose from a list of local ingredients, and grab a light bite or go for the whole punk platter.
    584-8226
    tacopunk.com
  • Chef Chaveewan Saing expertly incorporates sweet and spicy flavors of authentic Thai cuisine. Vegans and vegetarians will be pleasantly surprised at their options, but for omnivores should go for the Spicy Beef Salad.
    899-9670
    eatsimplythai.com
  • Find this joint on the sunny side of the Ohio and find barbecue done right. From moist slices of brisket to a wonderfully smoky tofu sandwich, plus sides of collard greens and macaroni and cheese. Get there early to avoid the long lines.
    920-0454
    feastbbq.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
  • 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
  • A recently opened restaurant, lounge and live theater in the Highlands. The menu is eclectic with Shakespearean-named items like the Filet-dy MacBeth, Taming of the Stew and the Duke of Bourbon Brisket. The theater features poetry readings, live music, and plays.
    749-5275
    thebardstown.com
  • Saigon Cafe in St. Matthews offers an intruiging combination of Vietnamese dishes with Chinese and Thai influences.

    502-893-7757
    http://www.saigon-cafe.com