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  • 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
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    855-8000
    zsoyster.com
  • This eatery specializes in eastern Mediterranean fare. Try the tomato-spiked baba ghanoush and stuffed grape leaves. For dessert, head next door to the bakery of the same name.
    454-4406
  • Zoe’s offers a selection of salads, soups. hummus, sandwiches and light entrées. Full dinners and tubs of their sides and salads are available for carry out.
    585-0000
    zoeskitchen.com
  • Famous Dave’s serves up St. Louis-style ribs, pulled pork, and its often-requested bread pudding. We recommend you don’t wear your nice white shirt.
    493-2812
    famousdaves.com
  • (502) 899-2008
    http://www.sweetsurrenderdessertcafe.com/
  • Food and great Cardinal memories come together at this restaurant near Freedom Hall devoted to U of L sports. Each booth has its own small TV. Specialties include baby-back ribs and fresh salmon, as well as the “Walk of Fame” salad.
    635-8686
    halloffamecafes.com
  • The Fish House keeps it simple and delicious. They have a small selection of seafood, fried in a peppery cornmeal breading called “Green River Style.” Also, for a New Orleans-style breakfast, try the beignets and chickory coffee and their sister restaurant, Beignet Cafe, at the same location.
    568-2993
    fishhouse.com
  • This 87-year-old seafood institution is one of the essential Louisville experiences. It specialize in fried seafood of all types, served with house-made cocktail and tartar sauces.
    937-9888
    mikelinnigsrestaurant.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