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  • Authentic Mexican cuisine, popular with the Latino community around Churchill Downs. Try the fajitas, steak rio, or enchilada dinner.
    634-3722
  • 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
  • This family-owned business out of Paducah features “pork as tender as your mother’s heart,” ribs, mutton sandwiches and an assortment of homemade sides, such as white beans and fried cornbread.
    968-0585
  • While American-Chinese dishes are available, the authentic dishes will please the adventurous eater. Try the spicy pan-fried pork, Szechuan wontons and stir-fry string beans.
    244-8896
    jasminelouisville.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
  • Louisville’s only coal-fired oven makes pizza crust thin and crisp. Coals offers carefully composed 12-inch pies, one to try is the Highlands pizza which is topped with Dream Catcher Farm bacon, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and arugula.
    742-8200
    coalsartisanpizza.com
  • After more than 30 years and expansions to include five area locations, this Best of Louisville award record-holder remains beloved to a diverse crowd, as do the always-popular Bristol Burger and green chili wontons. The original Bardstown Road location offers lunch, dinner and late-night menus.
    456-1702
    bristolbarandgrille.com
  • This high-end chain restaurant is famous for its extensive menu featuring salads, pasta dishes, seafood, steaks and “glamburgers.”
    897-3933
    thecheesecakefactory.com
  • This Prospect mainstay has a cozy fireplace and a varied but traditional menu that includes classics like country ham and fried chicken along with a variety of beef and seafood options.
    228-4555
    jharrodsrestaurant.com
  • As the name suggests, California Pizza Kitchen specializes in creative specialty pizzas like the California club and Thai chicken. For pizza purists, they offer Sicilian and Margherita pizzas. The menu also includes Italian and California-inspired appetizers, sandwiches, and pasta dishes.
    425-5125
    cpk.com