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  • Famous for its prime aged beef (try the bourbon-marinated rib-eye) and extensive wine list (it is called Eddie MERLOT’s), this upscale chai

    584-3266
    eddiemerlots.com
  • This hip new hangout, headed by Michael Paley of Proof on Main, is located in an actual former garage restored to its full vintage glory — except that pizza and beer are served there now. The gourmet pizzas are fired in an 850-degree oven to ensure perfectly charred crust. Other stars on this regularly-changing menu are freshly shucked oysters and country ham sampler plates.
    749-7100
    garageonmarket.com
  • This luxurious Windy City steakhouse chain is famous for big steaks, jumbo seafood and its fine wine list. Nameplates on lockers holding private wine collections read like a who’s who in Louisville.
    584-0421
    mortons.com
  • This Chinese restaurant has been a St. Matthews staple for years. Traditional dishes, like braised duck web, may be a stretch for some, but the Oriental House beef and Chinese broccoli are also satisfying.
    897-1017
  • From the ashes of Maido, BARcode 1758 has risen like a Japanese-Korean fusion phoenix.

    894-8775
    maidosakebar.com
  • This all-vegetarian Asian eatery features a variety of excellent soups as well as noodle and stir-fry dishes that offer lemongrass, curry sauce and black bean sauce, among other options. The soft spring rolls, tomato dill soup and sesame soybeans (a tofu dish) are highly recommended.
    895-9114
    zengardenrestaurant.org
  • This funky cafe has art lining the walls and a wide-ranging menu tinged with Italian and Cajun flavors. Try the signature Lou Lou’s Pizza or one of the calzones jam-packed with flavorful ingredients.
    893-7776
    cafeloulou.com
  • Sidebar is on the — you guessed it— side of the westernmost Whiskey Row building. Serves the three Bs: burgers, bourbon and beer. And you can’t get any closer to the Yum!

    (502) 384-1600
    sidebarwhiskeyrow.com
  • This raucous Waterfront Park funhouse serves many types of seafood, including their famous crabs, as well as steaks and pasta.
    568-1171
    joescrabshack.com
  • Serving dishes from nearly every corner of the country, this Indian restaurant also excels at Indo-Chinese cooking. The “chaat corner” opens at 5:30 p.m. and serves Indian small plates.
    491-7412
    mydakshin.com