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  • This chain touts its baby back ribs and slow-smoked, hand-pulled pork. The signature sweet is equally down-home — a bag of hot cinnamon and sugar doughnuts.
    491-7570
    smokeybones.com
  • Chef specialties like Peking and Cantonese roast duck dot a menu of favorites like lo mein and shrimp royal cashew. It also has a lengthy dim sum menu.
    425-9878
    jadepalacelouisville.com
  • This unpretentious place will appeal to people who love two things: meat and beer. They cook pulled pork, ribs, chicken, and salmon in a smoker out front and offer a nice beer selection. Don’t miss “Beerhalla,” the backyard filled with putt-putt, cornhole, and beer pong games.
    895-3223
    frankfortavenuebeerdepot.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
  • Equus offers inventive American regional cuisine served by a seasoned staff. Favorites include a veal sweetbreads appetizer, Parmesan-crusted sea bass and fried chicken with kale and potatoes.
    897-9721
    equusrestaurant.com
  • The attraction here is the view from a spectacular perch on the 25th floor of the Galt House’s West Tower, courtesy of two revolving dining rooms that provide a panorama of both sides of the Ohio River. The dinner menu incorporates influences from classic American and European cuisines.
    568-4239
    rivue.com
  • This 48-seat brewpub features at least seven house brews on tap — along with an occasional guest beer. The pub fare accommodates both meat-lovers and vegetarians. Save room for the house dessert — ice cream made with malt from the brewer’s Nitro Porter.
    458-8727
    cumberlandbrewery.com
  • One of the handful of old-style bakeries remaining, this St. Matthews institution has a soda fountain with homemade brick ice cream and individual ices in addition to a full assortment of pastries, cakes and wedding cakes.
    896-4438
    plehns.com
  • 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
  • A quaint sushi bar on Bardstown Road. Try the Yum-Yum and Hawaiian rolls.
    618-2829
    oishiisushiky.com