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  • Lively Italian dining with fresh-baked focaccia, a generous menu and tables with enough seats for a small army. The Penne Rustica, which features shrimp or chicken, smoked prosciutto and penne pasta baked in crockery with a golden halo of cheese, is a hearty favorite.
    423-9220
    macaronigrill.com
  • A new restaurant in the Hyatt Regency on Fourth Street, Sway stands for “Southern way” and features Southern staples like fried green tomatoes and chicken-fried steak.
    581-1234
  • This small, intimate restaurant is an offshoot of Wiltshire Pantry, a local catering company. Plan to be surprised by the menu, as it changes weekly. One sure thing, though: It always includes a meat, chicken, seafood, and vegetarian selection.
    589-5224
    wiltshirepantry.com
  • Stop into the Louisville outpost of this Austin-based Tex-Mex chain after shopping at the nearby malls. They have a full menu of the usual suspects — tacos, burritos and enchiladas, plus fresh margaritas. For something different, try the Elvis Green Chile Fried Chicken. It’s breaded in potato chips and served with green chile sauce.
    327-3033
    chuys.com
  • A new addition to the New Albany restaurant scene, this spot offers local craft beers and Kentucky specialties, including Louisville’s hot brown and a bourbon molasses barbecue sauce.

    (812) 948-9999
    cafe27.com
  • Chef Ethan Ray presents only the best on this plates at The Place Downstairs.

  • The kitchen at Sichuan Garden nails almost every dish on its lengthy menu that features authentic Chinese food and some Thai specialties.
    426-6767
  • Choose one of the inventive (and modestly priced) Asian-inspired entrées, or create your own combination of stir-fry. The new “pick two” menu — including an appetizer and a smaller-portioned entrée — is a great choice for lunch.
    426-0800
    yangkeenoodle.com
  • Try the spicy calamari roll or the barbecued eel roll.
    891-0081
    mikatolouisville.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