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  • Through the week, this spot in the heart of the downtown business district serves Italian cuisine for lunch. For weekend dinners, the menu shifts to Persian fare.
    584-0567
    pestositalian.com
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    855-8000
    zsoyster.com
  • Family owned and operated since 1944, Check’s is the archetypal Schnitzelburg cafe — a bar serving rolled oysters, curiously addictive burgers, fish sandwiches, brats, chili and bean soup.
    637-9515
  • Homegrown, but with its heart in the Rockies, this expanding chain features hearty food — steaks, ribs, meatloaf and some killer blue-cheese coleslaw — as well as a full bar with a large selection of domestic and import beers, wine and spirits.
    456-6680
    eatatbuckheads.com
  • The well-designed dining room and two bars add ambiance to a menu that includes sushi, teryiaki and tempura dishes, soups and salads.
    625-3090
    caviarsushibar.com
  • This deli brings a Manhattan feel to the Bluegrass. Try the hearty pasta salads with whimsical names like Isabella Tortellini or a New York classic like matzo ball soup or pastrami on rye. Also, see how many celebrities you recognize in the fun paintings on the walls.
    584-3354
    stevensandstevensdeli.com
  • The Fish House keeps it simple and delicious. They have a small selection of seafood, fried in a peppery cornmeal breading called “Green River Style.” Also, for a New Orleans-style breakfast, try the beignets and chickory coffee and their sister restaurant, Beignet Cafe, at the same location.
    568-2993
    fishhouse.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
  • Offers a wide variety of lunch soups, salads and pastas, as well as creatively titled sandwiches such as It Ain’t Easy Being Green. It also has cookies, and pies and cakes sold whole or by the slice.
    245-2622
  • Bearno’s has long made a top-notch pie, but the stromboli sandwich, lasagna and spaghetti are also tempting. Topping lovers, try the huge Super Bearno’s Special pizza.
    458-8605
    bearnos.com