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  • Dining outside on the multi-level riverside decks is best at this locally owned popular venue, but a seat indoors by the fireplace also warms up the winter months. Check out the popular pan-seared tuna.
    228-1651
    cqriverside.com
  • The name Impellizzeri and the word pizza go hand-in-hand in this city. Original, Sicilian deep-dish, and thin crust pizzas, as well as salads and pasta are available.
    454-2711
    impellizeris.com
  • Family owned and operated since 1944, Check’s is the archetypal Schnitzelburg cafe — a bar serving rolled oysters, curiously addictive burgers, fish sandwiches, brats, chili and bean soup.
    637-9515
  • Highland Morning is the new antidote to a night of drinking on Bardstown Road. Breakfast dishes like burritos and bacon and eggs are served 24/7. Lunch and dinner items are also available.
    365-3900
  • 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 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
  • This cherished South End eatery is still a place you go to make discoveries. Recommended: the Vietnamese pancake appetizer and the beef marinated with lime juice as well as anything over rice vermicelli. Don’t neglect the list of traditional Vietnamese dishes at the back of the menu.
    363-7535
    vietnamkitchen.net
  • The Uptown provides an elegant atmosphere on an eclectic stretch of Bardstown Road. Have dinner at one of the sidewalk tables and watch people from all walks of life stroll by. The menu is equally eclectic, with a selection of pasta dishes, dinner salads and entrées with Asian influences.
    458-4212
    uptownlouisville.com
  • Stop into the Louisville outpost of this Austin-based Tex-Mex chain after shopping at the nearby malls. They have a full menu of the usual suspects — tacos, burritos and enchiladas, plus fresh margaritas. For something different, try the Elvis Green Chile Fried Chicken. It’s breaded in potato chips and served with green chile sauce.
    327-3033
    chuys.com
  • This bistro, located in an historic former stop on the L&N railroad, has an exposed-brick interior and fireplaces that lend a cozy feeling. The seasonally-changing menu offers dishes to pair perfectly with the extensive wine selection, which can be ordered by the taste, glass, or bottle.
    897-0070
    landnwinebarandbistro.com