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  • City Cafe is a lunchtime favorite among the downtown office crowd. Its creative (and reliably good) lunches and dinners are based on cuisines from around the world. Few restaurants do more for the cause of soup.
    459-5600
    citycafelunch.com
  • Well known as a retail purveyor of fresh seafood, The Seafood Connection also boasts an appealing lunch menu. You can request that something from the display case be placed on the grill.
    899-5655
    seafoodconnection.net
  • Dishes from the sleek sushi bar are the main draw at Wild Ginger, but non-sushi lovers will be happy with the entrée list, which has Chinese, Korean and Thai influences. Try the Korean spicy squid or bibim bop.
    384-9252
  • Located in the basement of the famed Mussels and Burger Bar, The Place Downstairs provides a classy, elegant-casual atmosphere suitable for a nighttime bite or a romantic evening.

    (502) 333-0376
    http://www.opentable.com/the-place-downstairs
  • Old World-style bakery with fresh baguettes, sourdough boules, and specialty breads. Stop by any of the four locations and grab a bagel or pastry and coffee for breakfast.
    254-2885
    breadworkslouisville.com
  • Every day is Fat Tuesday at this energetic Clifton eatery, which specializes in the best of down-home Cajun grub. Well-known favorites are the drunken chicken and bumblebee stew. Morning people can get their New Orleans fix at breakfast on weekends.
    896-4046
    jgumbos.com
  • China 1 serves the classics. From General Tso's chicken to pepper steak and boneless spare ribs, you can find all the best Chinese food at their location on Breckenridge Lane.

    (502) 897-6511
    http://www.china1louisville.com/
  • East meets West at this downtown, upscale restaurant, with dishes like seafood capellini and miso tilapia with Asian risotto.
    585-4005
    yachingsrestaurant.com
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    (502) 238-3070
    thejoyluck.com
  • The menu features traditional Indian cuisine prepared with chicken, lamb and seafood and abundant vegetarian dishes. The daily lunch buffet is a great Indian-fare primer.
    493-8899
    shalimarlouisville.com