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  • McAlister’s offers loaded spuds, super-size salads, a variety of soups and a broad selection of signature sandwiches.
    425-8900
    mcalistersdeli.com
  • This chain’s roots in Italy and Gulf Coast Cajun country make for spicy cuisine and an upbeat, high-energy atmosphere.
    412-2218
    carrabbas.com
  • Located at the world’s most famous racetrack and named for the fastest two minutes in sports, this Derby Museum restaurant serves up traditional Kentucky fare with a lighter spin. Try the Kentucky Hot Brown.
    634-0858
    derbycafe.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
  • This 87-year-old seafood institution is one of the essential Louisville experiences. It specialize in fried seafood of all types, served with house-made cocktail and tartar sauces.
    937-9888
    mikelinnigsrestaurant.com
  • Chef Trew Quackenbush is the mastermind behind the world’s most creative selections of grilled cheese, soups and salads. All soups and salad dressings are homemade and the meat is roasted there.
    409-9494
    tomandchee.com
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    636-0783
    610magnolia.com
  • This deluxe national chain’s perch atop the Kaden Tower makes it a prime dinner destination. Enjoy tender signature steaks, Maine lobster, and an award-winning wine list along with a view of the city.
    479-0026
    ruthschris.com
  • This is the sister of Los Aztecas, with virtually the same menu, including everything from nachos to fajitas and, of course, margaritas.
    459-7776
    solaztecas.net
  • Four area locations, including the Taphouse in the Highlands. Artisan pizzas and panino sandwiches stand out. The Pollotate — an aromatic rosemary, chicken and potato pie — has racked up national awards.
    896-9090
    tonyboombozz.com