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  • One of the handful of old-style bakeries remaining, this St. Matthews institution has a soda fountain with homemade brick ice cream and individual ices in addition to a full assortment of pastries, cakes and wedding cakes.
    896-4438
    plehns.com
  • Molly Malone’s serves traditional Irish pub fare like corned beef hash with soda bread, as well American bar food standbys like hot wings. Traditional Irish libations are always flowing too. The large patio facilitates warm-weather dining, and inside there are many nooks to settle into while listening to live music or simply enjoying a drink.
    473-1222
    mollymalonesirishpub.com
  • Folks used to think the sign read “No Goils.” But it’s “No Coils” — a bygone way of cooling draft beer — that are eschewed by this 1924 St. Matthews landmark, which serves up burgers, barbecue and hot wings — not to mention a wide selection of domestic and imported beers and live music.
    742-8616
    gerstles.com
  • Leave your calorie counters at the door. Generous slices of pie topped with ice cream, as well as whole pies are offered at all nine locations. The pie selection includes fruit pies, meringue cream pies and specialties like the best-seller, Dutch apple with caramel. Five of the area locations include a deli with sandwiches, soups, and salads.
    459-8184
    piekitchen.com
  • It’s called “Mexican street food.” Translation?

    (502) 454-5417
    elfreakingcamino.com
  • This perennial favorite spot offers a cozy, lamp-lit atmosphere that evokes an old speakeasy. The menu consists of upscale American dishes that feature local products like country ham and Capriole cheeses. Don’t miss the shrimp and grits or the historic black-and-white photographs on the walls.
    452-9244
    jackfrys.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
  • 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
  • This restaurant employs all the charm of the South and Chef Jim Gerhardt’s “new Southern” cooking. The indecisive will enjoy the “Feed Me Chef” option — a five-course tasting menu specially chosen by the chef himself each night.
    426-7477
    limestonerestaurant.com
  • 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