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  • A wide-ranging menu based on contemporary Southern cuisine is nudged up a bit in preparation and presentation from the typical American bistro. Be sure to try the Maker’s Mark bourbon sirloin or the cedar plank salmon.
    423-1990
    austinslou.com
  • Loop 22 will leave your mouth watering for more with a menu featuring brussels sprouts salad, mussel appetizer, suck sandwich and chicken and fried dumplings.

  • The pizza here has many fans, but Clifton’s is also known for huge, build-your-own calzones and great breadsticks. Live music nightly.
    893-3730
    cliftonspizza.com
  • Lite beer drinkers need not apply. However, beer geeks (and we mean that in the nicest possible way) flock here for the house-made brews as well as the extensive selection of microbrews from all over the world. If beer sampling makes you hungry, they offer pizza, pasta, and sandwiches.
    944-2577
    newalbanian.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
  • Tucked away in the courtyard of a Victorian house, this cafe serves scrumptious soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts in generous portions to hungry lunchtime patrons. Try a cup of hot tea alongside the pear and Gorgonzola salad or chicken salad.
    456-4500
    butterflygardencafe.com
  • Find this joint on the sunny side of the Ohio and find barbecue done right. From moist slices of brisket to a wonderfully smoky tofu sandwich, plus sides of collard greens and macaroni and cheese. Get there early to avoid the long lines.
    920-0454
    feastbbq.com
  • Serving favorites such as gator tail, boiled crawfish, crawfish étouffée and more for dine-in or carry-out.
    426-1320
    joesokbayou.com
  • Sample popular brews like American Pale Ale and Dark Star Porter while watching the brewmaster work his magic at this restaurant and microbrewery with several area locations. Many items on the menu of casual pub fare are made with BBC beers. Popular creations include the pretzel and BBC beer mustard appetizer, as well as the Brewhouse Chili.
    899-7070
    bbcbrew.com
  • The kitchen at Sichuan Garden nails almost every dish on its lengthy menu that features authentic Chinese food and some Thai specialties.
    426-6767