• 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
  • 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
  • From the ashes of Maido, BARcode 1758 has risen like a Japanese-Korean fusion phoenix.

    894-8775
    maidosakebar.com
  • This all-vegetarian Asian eatery features a variety of excellent soups as well as noodle and stir-fry dishes that offer lemongrass, curry sauce and black bean sauce, among other options. The soft spring rolls, tomato dill soup and sesame soybeans (a tofu dish) are highly recommended.
    895-9114
    zengardenrestaurant.org
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    899-9904
    varanese.com
  • This long-standing Clifton favorite also has a second location downtown, serving up sushi and other Japanese dishes in a bright and cheery environment to a loyal clientele.

    (502) 894-9501
    http://www.louisvilleosaka.blogspot.com/
  • Over 130 Bourbons. Southern-inspired cuisine. Located in Historic Clifton. Locally owned, Kentucky Proud and key member of the Urban Bourbon Trail.

    (502) 894-8838
    http://www.bourbonsbistro.com/Bourbons/home.html
  • Billed as “modern Vietnamese,” this Frankfort Avenue establishment takes authentic tastes of Vietnam to a higher level, incorporating a French flair and organic ingredients. Try the different preparations of prawns or the shaking beef — cut-up filet mignon with garlic, watercress, red onions and jasmine rice.
    896-1016
    basarestaurant.net
  • This Clifton-area eatery focuses on curries and features a light bite called yum woonsen, a glass-noodle salad crammed with ground chicken, shrimp, lime juice, chiles, shallots and cilantro.
    897-7682
  • Eggs Over Frankfort is the perfect brunch spot in the Crescent Hill area.While their food is simple, they offer to serve a traditional, homemade breakfast and lunch.