• Lively Italian dining with fresh-baked focaccia, a generous menu and tables with enough seats for a small army. The Penne Rustica, which features shrimp or chicken, smoked prosciutto and penne pasta baked in crockery with a golden halo of cheese, is a hearty favorite.
    423-9220
    macaronigrill.com
  • Serving favorites such as gator tail, boiled crawfish, crawfish étouffée and more for dine-in or carry-out.
    426-1320
    joesokbayou.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
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    855-8000
    zsoyster.com
  • This Indian restaurant’s seven page menu seems daunting, but well-written explanations accompany each dish. If you still can’t decide, try the thali — a sampler plate which can be made with meat or vegetarian. The daily lunch buffet is also a good introduction to Indian cuisine.
    425-8892
    bombaygrillky.com
  • Sala Thai’s upscale Bangkok-based favorites, served in a sleek, stylish atmosphere, downplay the often-fiery dishes found at many Thai places.
    493-3944
  • 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
  • Tucked into the Holiday Manor walkway alongside Shiraz Mediterranean Grill, Thai Cafe offers affordable, fresh Thai dishes in a beautifully decorated atmosphere.

    502-425-4815
    http://thaicafelouisvilleky.com
  • Pretend you come from a big Italian family at this fun chain. Oversized entrées are made for passing around the table, and the decor is kitschy Italian-Amercan at its finest.
    493-2426
    buccadibeppo.com
  • The menu features traditional Indian cuisine prepared with chicken, lamb and seafood and abundant vegetarian dishes. The daily lunch buffet is a great Indian-fare primer.
    493-8899
    shalimarlouisville.com