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  • This perennial favorite spot offers a cozy, lamp-lit atmosphere that evokes an old speakeasy. The menu consists of upscale American dishes that feature local products like country ham and Capriole cheeses. Don’t miss the shrimp and grits or the historic black-and-white photographs on the walls.
    452-9244
    jackfrys.com
  • (502) 365-1651
    http://hikoamon.com/
  • Authentic Mexican favorites including fajitas, chile poblanos and signature margaritas.
    561-8535
    losaztecas.net
  • Treat yourself and 10 of your closest friends to Outback’s most famous creation, The Bloomin’ Onion. They also offer a full menu of steakhouse fare with Austrailan-themed names like the Kookaburra Wings, Grilled Chicken on the Barbie, and The Melbourne steak.
    895-4329
    outback.com
  • Old World-style bakery with fresh baguettes, sourdough boules, and specialty breads. Stop by any of the four locations and grab a bagel or pastry and coffee for breakfast.
    254-2885
    breadworkslouisville.com
  • Breakfast lovers shouldn’t miss Meridian Cafe. Offerings include superb French toast, a bagel sandwich with smoked salmon and wilted spinach, and hearty pastrami hash. If you’re more into lunch, check out the white bean burger or shitake mushroom sandwich.
    897-9703
    themeridiancafe.com
  • One of the handful of old-style bakeries remaining, this St. Matthews institution has a soda fountain with homemade brick ice cream and individual ices in addition to a full assortment of pastries, cakes and wedding cakes.
    896-4438
    plehns.com
  • This Vietnamese cafe uses Stone Cross Farms free range hormone-free meats and has a selective menu of traditional dishes like pho, shaking beef and vermicelli noodle stir-fries. Bubble tea and Vietnamese iced coffee comlement the food.
    891-8859
    namnamcafe.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 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