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  • This new bistro, opened by the people who brought Louisville the Nachbar, features American comfort food with European flavors. Think pork ribs braised in sauerkraut and the duck fat popcorn appetizer is quickly becoming legendary around town.
    290-2390
    www.eiderdowngermantown.com
  • Homegrown, but with its heart in the Rockies, this expanding chain features hearty food — steaks, ribs, meatloaf and some killer blue-cheese coleslaw — as well as a full bar with a large selection of domestic and import beers, wine and spirits.
    456-6680
    eatatbuckheads.com
  • This 48-seat brewpub features at least seven house brews on tap — along with an occasional guest beer. The pub fare accommodates both meat-lovers and vegetarians. Save room for the house dessert — ice cream made with malt from the brewer’s Nitro Porter.
    458-8727
    cumberlandbrewery.com
  • Dangerously good food! Treat yourself and your family to some delicious BBQ during your day out on River Road.

    502-592-7065
    https://www.facebook.com/riverroadbbq/info
  • This Cheers-like bar and grill in Norton Commons is known for its meat offerings, particularly the triangle steak. Live music on Friday nights. Breakfast fans should come hungry on weekend mornings.
    327-5646
    karem.com
  • The ceramic pig outside signals the great pork barbecue inside. A smoked-meat empire in the making and Louisville favorite since 1988, Mark’s barbecue chicken, pork, and spicy mustard-based sauce keep it on the carnivore club’s frequent-visit list. Also, try the onion straws and fried corn.
    244-0140
    marksfeedstore.com
  • Have a panini, (the chicken prosciutto comes highly recommended), muffaletta, or custom deli sandwich for lunch and pick up gourmet and international ingredients to make dinner, all in one stop at this little shop in the Vogue Center.
    896-6361
    lotsapastalouisville.com
  • A collection of Persian favorites — from kebabs to khoresht — make this downtown restaurant a popular lunch and dinner spot. Try the rack of lamb kebabs.
    584-7800
    saffronsrestaurant.com
  • After 130 years, it still has the most substantial fried-fish sandwich in town — and that’s saying something in this fried-fish loving town. The turtle soup’s a keeper, too.
    587-0526
  • 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