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  • Tableside hibachi grill theatrics result in piping-hot entrées of beef, chicken and seafood. This Japanese eatery also boasts a full sushi bar, sake and Japanese plum wine.
    412-3339
    ichibansamurai.com
  • 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
  • This downtown spot offers favorite Italian classics with a contemporary flair. Try the sea bass entrée with fingerling potatoes, olives, caper berries and artichoke.
    671-4285
    blugrille.com
  • This below-street-level restaurant is popular with theatergoers because, well, it’s in the same building as Actors Theater. It’s the brainchild of Louisville celebrity chef Edward Lee.

    502-584-6455
    actorstheatre.org/milkwood
  • For those watching what they eat who also want to have a nice lunch downtown, Zoup is the place to go.

    (502) 585-9687
    http://www.misscskitchen.com
  • This restaurant employs all the charm of the South and Chef Jim Gerhardt’s “new Southern” cooking. The indecisive will enjoy the “Feed Me Chef” option — a five-course tasting menu specially chosen by the chef himself each night.
    426-7477
    limestonerestaurant.com
  • As the name suggests, California Pizza Kitchen specializes in creative specialty pizzas like the California club and Thai chicken. For pizza purists, they offer Sicilian and Margherita pizzas. The menu also includes Italian and California-inspired appetizers, sandwiches, and pasta dishes.
    425-5125
    cpk.com
  • Inspired by the honky tonk culture that arose in Bakersfield, Caif.. in the 1950s, this upscale diner, located in a renovated fire station, offers a taste of classic American and Tex-Mex cuisines. Chicken-fried steak and catfish share menu space with empanadas and several varieties of chili.
    259-9540
    whiskeybythedrink.com
  • A comfortable mix of Spanish and Cuban cuisine, Mojito specializes in tapas and also serves hot Cuban sandwiches and plates of Spanish cheeses.

    425-0949
    mojitotapas.com
  • The traditional menu offers teriyaki, tempura and rice or noodle bowl dishes, but sushi is the real draw. Try the zesty fried calamari roll.
    339-1978
    fujicaviar.com