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  • Porcini, named for the flavorful mushroom featured in many of its dishes, serves upscale Northern-Italian inspired dishes. Menu standouts include the strip steak with Gorgonzola butter and rack of lamb with bourbon and rosemary jus.
    894-8686
    porcinilouisville.com
  • The beef and pork ribs, all-vegetarian sides and a funky interior make Smoketown a go-to barbecue spot. A large selection of beers is also available.
    409-9180
    smoketownusa.com
  • This is the only place in town where an expertly crafted beer list is served in a former church, complete with an upstairs bar called the Choir Loft. The menu consists of snack-sized portions of bar food like scotch eggs and chorizo tacos. It would be a sin not to take the beer pairing recommendations on the menu.
    holygralelouisville.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
  • 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
  • The Fern Creek neighborhood’s best dining spot, the pub boasts an eclectic menu. Favorites include the Kentucky Hot Brown, frog legs, Icelandic cod and jumbo shrimp, along with soup du jour and gumbo. Beer garden in back for private parties.
    499-5673
  • Part of Fourth Street Live!, the Hard Rock Cafe celebrates rock ’n’ roll and classic American food. The walls are decorated with memorabilia and the menu is anchored by the popular Hard Rock cheeseburger.
    568-2202
    hardrock.com
  • 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
  • 384-1384
    originalchocolatebar.com
  • The family behind this outfit is from Guadalajara, and the efficient service exhibits a friendly Mexican touch. Try the popular fajitas.
    969-8243
    mycaporal.com