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  • This funky cafe has art lining the walls and a wide-ranging menu tinged with Italian and Cajun flavors. Try the signature Lou Lou’s Pizza or one of the calzones jam-packed with flavorful ingredients.
    893-7776
    cafeloulou.com
  • Every day is Fat Tuesday at this energetic Clifton eatery, which specializes in the best of down-home Cajun grub. Well-known favorites are the drunken chicken and bumblebee stew. Morning people can get their New Orleans fix at breakfast on weekends.
    896-4046
    jgumbos.com
  • This newly-renovated restaurant still serves the Nuevo-Latino cuisine that made it a Louisville favorite. If you can’t choose just one of the colorful and spicy seviche selections, we don’t blame you. Try the seviche tasting option, with three or four small portions of the fresh seafood creations.
    473-8560
    sevicherestaurant.com
  • This Belgian-style brasserie brings, the latest venture by New Albanian Brewing Co. folks, brings style and sophistication to the beer connoisseur’s oft-limited options north of the Ohio. We won’t tell anyone if you break your diet resolution with the celebrated croque madame sandwich.
    725-9585
    newalbanian.com
  • This hip hangout is known for its live music lineup, but just as much care has been taken with the menu. Standouts include House Friez and Totz, (crisp fries and tater tots with several dipping sauce choices) the Z Burger and the Track and Field Wrap with hummus, falafel and tzatziki sauce.
    635-1227
    zanzabarlouisville.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
  • 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
  • Authentic Mexican cuisine, popular with the Latino community around Churchill Downs. Try the fajitas, steak rio, or enchilada dinner.
    634-3722
  • This restaurant offers diners a journey to Spain without leaving the Bluegrass. A list of tapas dishes, paella, calamari and lamb roasted with garlic dot a menu that reflects the best of Spanish flavors and spices.
    456-4955
    delatorres.com
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    807-3463
    theoakroomlouisville.com