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  • This hip hangout is known for its live music lineup, but just as much care has been taken with the menu. Standouts include House Friez and Totz, (crisp fries and tater tots with several dipping sauce choices) the Z Burger and the Track and Field Wrap with hummus, falafel and tzatziki sauce.
    635-1227
    zanzabarlouisville.com
  • Tucked away on Bardstown Road, this Italian eatery offers home-cooked flavor and old-world ambiance. It has developed a following for its consistency and generous portions, including baseball-sized meatballs.
    473-0015
  • 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
  • The swanky Von Allman Mansion is the perfect location for chef Dean Corbett to serve up beautifully presented plates. The seasonal menu includes five-course prix-fixe dinners that vary nightly, as well as an ala carte selection. More casual dining is offered on the patio and wineskellar.
    327-5058
    corbettsrestaurant.com
  • Hearty fare is served up family-style steps away from the popular U-pick orchards and market. Dinners include fried chicken, honey ham, country slaw, fried biscuits and apple butter and more.
    923-5255
    joehubers.com
  • The menu at this Westport-area eatery is heavily peppered with just-like-Mom-used-to-make favorites like meatloaf, pot pie and fried chicken. Try the chicken livers or fried green tomatoes served with plate-scraping “creek” sauce.
    339-8070
    gcdiner.com
  • A business-casual restaurant named after historic Louisville resident Henry Watterson. Chef Charles Reed created a menu utilizing that showcases Pan-European fare, handmade pastas and seafood dishes.
    690-6585
    henrysplacelouisville.com
  • A recently opened restaurant, lounge and live theater in the Highlands. The menu is eclectic with Shakespearean-named items like the Filet-dy MacBeth, Taming of the Stew and the Duke of Bourbon Brisket. The theater features poetry readings, live music, and plays.
    749-5275
    thebardstown.com
  • An all-American steakhouse with Irish heritage located in an antebellum roadhouse, this local time-warp has specialized in steak since 1958. Your choice of a generously portioned beef, seafood, pork or chicken entrée is served with two vegetables, a salad and hot rolls.
    893-2062
    patssteakhouselouisville.com
  • Louisville’s local outpost of the Tampa-based chain serves a variety of fish dishes any way you want them — grilled, sauteed, baked, or fried. Seafood lovers will also appreciate the Asian-inspired starters menu.
    412-4666
    bonefishgrill.com