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  • This influential and celebrated Louisville restaurant championed seasonal, local ingredients before it was trendy. The menu rotates weekly, and special three-course prix-fixe meals are available for lunch.
    451-0447
    lillyslapeche.com
  • The beef and pork ribs, all-vegetarian sides and a funky interior make Smoketown a go-to barbecue spot. A large selection of beers is also available.
    409-9180
    smoketownusa.com
  • This below-street-level restaurant is popular with theatergoers because, well, it’s in the same building as Actors Theater. It’s the brainchild of Louisville celebrity chef Edward Lee.

    502-584-6455
    actorstheatre.org/milkwood
  • Billed as “modern Vietnamese,” this Frankfort Avenue establishment takes authentic tastes of Vietnam to a higher level, incorporating a French flair and organic ingredients. Try the different preparations of prawns or the shaking beef — cut-up filet mignon with garlic, watercress, red onions and jasmine rice.
    896-1016
    basarestaurant.net
  • Taking cues from the Yucatan and sourcing its meat exclusively from local farms, the Mayan Cafe serves the essential ingredients of Mayan cooking: dishes rich with smoked chilies, pumpkin seeds, lime, oil infusions and roasted meats. Even if you’ve never voluntarily eaten them before, you must try the Tok Sel roasted lima beans.
    566-0651
    themayancafe.com
  • This offshoot of Louisville’s only Spanish restaurant De la Torres, La Bodega offers a tapas-only menu of hot and cold items in a cozy space next door to its Highlands progenitor. Appetizer-size portions of roasted red peppers and eggplant, mussels picante and other traditional dishes allow for easy mixing and matching.
    456-4955
    delatorres.com
  • 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
  • Asiatique invites you to explore rich Pacific Rim cuisine by award winning chef, Peng Looi.

    502-451-2749
    http://www.asiatiquerestaurant.com/index.php
  • Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese creations are all on the menu at Lemongrass Cafe. A good vegetarian selection is available.
    893-7757
  • This popular Lyndon spot features an eclectic menu with a Cajun flair. Try the andouille-stuffed chicken, blackened beef tenderloin, or shrimp and grits. They also offer gourmet pizzas, sandwiches and New York-style subs.
    426-8119
    cornercafelouisville.com