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  • California atmosphere and cuisine transported to Louisville. Fans of alfresco dining will enjoy the patio, which features a fire pit at each table for chilly evenings. The menu includes creative twists on steak and seafood, and the wine list — as would be expected from a place with Napa in its name — is a standout.
    423-5822
    napariverlouisville.com
  • Piled-high Kentucky-style barbecue sandwiches, baby-back rib dinners and homemade sides in huge portions make for mighty good eatin’ at this Fern Creek joint. Catering available.
    239-2722
    bootlegbbq.net
  • Customers line up at this national chain to watch as their burritos, quesadillas, or salads are prepared. The Bardstown Road location is now open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday.
    454-3380
    qdoba.com
  • Beautifully prepared and presented authentic Thai dishes. Menu standouts include mild kanom jeeb (pork and shrimp dumplings) and eye-watering gua teow pad keemow.
    282-0198
    maisthai.com
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert are served at the latest restaurant opened by Canadian chocolatier Ghyslain Maurais.

    690-8645
    ghyslain.com
  • Surprisingly located inside a small Latin tienda or grocery store, Tienda La Chapinlandia offers authentic Guatemalan food.

    502-883-1924
    http://http://haychiwawaa.com/
  • After 130 years, it still has the most substantial fried-fish sandwich in town — and that’s saying something in this fried-fish loving town. The turtle soup’s a keeper, too.
    587-0526
  • 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
  • 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
  • The family behind this outfit is from Guadalajara, and the efficient service exhibits a friendly Mexican touch. Try the popular fajitas.
    969-8243
    mycaporal.com