Issue October 28, 2008

LEO Dining Guide Listings 2008

The Local List

Price Range: $ = $10 or less; $$ = $20 or less; $$$ = $30 or less; $$$$ = more than $30. (Per person for a meal without tip or tax.) Capsule Reviews: Restaurants marked with the special •• were reviewed in these pages throughout the past year. Restaurants that were the subject of a full review include dining critic Robin Garr’s Louisville Hotbytes rating system based on a 100-point scale.

Louisville
 
BUECHEL/NEWBURG
BARBECUE

Ole Hickory Pit Bar BBQ, 6106 Old Shepherdsville Rd., 968-0585, $, Beer.

 
Casual Dining

Bluegrass Bistro, 3819 Bardstown Rd., 409-4511, $.

Four Kings Café, 4692 Jennings Ln., 968-2930, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Hitching Post Inn, 7314 Fegenbush Ln., 239-4724, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Winner’s Circle Restaurant, 1325 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy., 426-2600, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Chinese

Empress of China, 2249 Hikes Ln., 451-2500, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Oriental Star, 4212 Bishop Ln., 452-9898, $.

 
Desserts/Bakery/Ice Cream

Heitzman’s Cake Company, 3800 Old Shepherdsville Rd., 452-1891, www.heitzmansbakery.com, $.

 
Homestyle

Jane’s Cafeteria, 4601 Jennings Ln., 454-7286, $.

Whitney’s Diner, 3061 Breckenridge Ln., 454-5955, $.

 
International

Bosan-Mak, 3825 Old Bardstown Rd., 456-1919, $, Wine.

Chez Seneba African Restaurant, 4218 Bishop Ln., 473-8959, $.

••Dakshin Indian Restaurant, Eastland Shopping Center, 4742 Bardstown Rd., 491-7412, $. This recent arrival ranks as a favorite among the region’s Indian community. The menu is said to include at least one dish from every Indian state, from Tamil Nadu and the Malabar Coast to Kashmir and the Himalayas. (Reviewed 10/1/08; Rating: 86)

 
Korean

Lee’s Korean Restaurant, 1941 Bishop Ln., 456-9714, $$, Beer.

 

Mexican/Southwestern/Tex Mex

El Caporal, 2209 Meadow Dr., 473-7840, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

El Mexicano, 6911 Shepherdsville Rd., 962-8526, $.

El Rey Mexican Restaurant, 2918 Hikes Ln., 454-6520, $, Beer, Wine.

Tumbleweed, 3602 Bardstown Rd., 454-2727, www.tumbleweedrestaurants.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Middle Eastern

Al Watan Bakery, 3711 Klondike Ln., 458-6000, www.alwatanbakery.com, $.

 
Pizza

Angio’s, 3731 Old Bardstown Rd., 451-5454, $, Beer.

 
Pub/Sports Bar

Brickyard Sports Bar & Grill, 4300 Fegenbush Ln., 454-5433, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Fern & Moody’s, 3903 Bardstown Rd., 458-9415, $, Beer, Wine.

More Shenanigans, 4521 Bardstown Rd., 493-3585, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

O’Connell’s Irish Pub, 7207 Fegenbush Ln., 239-1771, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Steakhouse

John E’s, 3708 Bardstown Rd., 456-1111, www.johnEsrestaurant.com, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
 
Clifton/Crescent Hill
Asian

Zen Garden, 2240 Frankfort Ave., 895-9114, $.

 
Barbecue

Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot, 3204 Frankfort Ave., 895-3223, $, Beer.

Kentucky BBQ Company, 1800 Frankfort Ave., 895-3419, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Café/Coffeehouse

Blue Dog Bakery and Café, 2868 Frankfort Ave., 899-9800, $, Beer.

Caffe Classico, 2144 Frankfort Ave., 894-9689, $, Beer, Wine.

Crave Café & Catering, 2250 Frankfort Ave., 896-1488, $.

Heine Brothers Coffee, 2714 Frankfort Ave., 899-5551, www.heinebroscoffee.com, $.

Jackson’s Organic Coffee, 1402 Payne St., 569-0000, www.jacksonsorganiccoffee.com, $.

Java Brewing Company, 2309 Frankfort Ave., 894-8060, $.

Nancy’s Bagel Grounds, 2101 Frankfort Ave., 895-8323, $.

River City Coffee House, 2900 Brownsboro Rd., 618-2308, $.

 
Cajun/Creole

••J. Gumbo’s, 2109 Frankfort Ave., 896-4046, www.jgumbos.com, $, Beer. At this original location, there’s a down-home, neighborly feeling that results from having the proprietor (the affable Billy Fox Jr., Louisiana-bred Cajun cook and jockey) on the premises, slinging skillets around. I know I can count on a hearty, spicy meal at a price that’s almost laughable. (Reviewed 1/30/08; Rating: 85)

 
Casual Dining

Barbara Lee’s Kitchen, 2410 Brownsboro Rd., 897-3967, $.

Chrisanta’s Café, 1812 Brownsboro Rd., 618-2250, $.

K.T.’s Restaurant and Bar, 2300 Lexington Rd., 458-8888, www.ktsrestaurant.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Chinese

August Moon, 2269 Lexington Rd., 456-6569, www.augustmoonbistro.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Great Wall, 2206 Brownsboro Rd., 891-8881, $.

••Red Pepper Chinese Cuisine, 2901 Brownsboro Rd., 891-8868, $$, Beer, Wine. The latest tenant in the Moorish-looking building on Brownsboro Road, it’s now the domain of a skilled Sichuanese chef who arrived recently from Chicago’s Chinatown. It’s no mere chopsticks house but a classy restaurant offering both familiar Chinese-American dishes and an interesting “authentic Chinese” menu. (Reviewed 1/2/08; Rating: N/A)

 
Contemporary American

••Bourbons Bistro, 2255 Frankfort Ave., 894-8838, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar. Chef Michael Crouch offers thoughtful, creative dishes that may be rooted in down-home Ohio Valley flavors but travel around the world for inspiration. Bourbons Bistro is arguably bourbon whiskey’s No. 1 temple in the metro. (Reviewed 4/16/08; Rating: 89)

L&N Wine Bar and Bistro, 1765 Mellwood Ave., 897-0070, www.landnwinebarandbistro.com, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

North End Café, 1722 Frankfort Ave., 896-8770, www.northendcafe.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave., 899-9904, www.varanese.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Deli/Sandwiches
Cycler’s Café, 2295 Lexington Rd., 451-5152, $, Beer.
 
Desserts/Bakery/Ice Cream

Sweet Surrender, 1804 Frankfort Ave., 458-6363, $.

The Sweet Tooth, 3110 Frankfort Ave., 895-4554, $.

Breadworks, 3628 Brownsboro Rd., 893-3200, $.

 
Greek/Mediterranean

Grape Leaf, 2217 Frankfort Ave., 897-1774, $$.

Chicago Gyros Sandwich and Grill, 2317 Brownsboro Rd., 895-3270, $.

Shiraz Mediterranean Grill, 2011 Frankfort Ave., 891-8854, $.

 
Homestyle

Genny’s Diner, 2223 Frankfort Ave., 893-0923, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Irish

Irish Rover, 2319 Frankfort Ave., 899-3544, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Italian

Café Glace, 2716 Frankfort Ave., 895-2770, $$.

Porcini, 2730 Frankfort Ave., 894-8686, www.porcinilouisville.com, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Ray Parrella’s, 2311 Frankfort Ave., 899-5575, www.rayparrellas.com, $, Beer, Wine.

Volare Italian Restaurant, 2300 Frankfort Ave., 894-4446, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Jamaican
Taste of Jamaica, 2017 Brownsboro Rd., 896-1055, $.
 
Japanese

Maido Essential Japanese Cuisine and Sake Bar, 1758 Frankfort Ave., 894-8775, www.maidosakebar.com, $$$, Beer, Wine.

Osaka Sushi Bar, 2039 Frankfort Ave., 894-9501, $$$, Beer, Wine.

 

Mexican/Southwestern/Tex Mex

El Mundo, 2345 Frankfort Ave., 899-9930, www.502elmundo.com, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

El Nopalito, 2319 Brownsboro Rd., 893-9880, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar. 

 
Pizza

Clifton’s Pizza, 2230 Frankfort Ave., 893-3730, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Fat Jimmy’s, 2712 Frankfort Ave., 891-4555, www.fatjimmyspizza.com, $, Beer.

 
Filipino

Sari Sari, 2339 Frankfort Ave., 894-0585, www.gosarisari.com, $.

 
Pub/Sports Bar

Longshot Tavern, 2232 Frankfort Ave., 899-7898, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Spring Street Bar and Grill, 300 S. Spring St., 584-6630, www.springstreet.com, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Steakhouse

Pat’s Steak House, 2437 Brownsboro Rd., 896-9234, $$$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Thai

Thai Taste, 1977 Brownsboro Rd., 897-7682, $, Beer.

 
Vietnamese

Basa Modern Vietnamese, 2244 Frankfort Ave., 896-1016, www.basarestaurant.net, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
 
DOWNTOWN/BUTCHERTOWN
 
Barbecue

FireFresh Bar-B-Q, 211 S. Fifth St., 540-1171, www.firefreshbbq.com, $, Beer.

Picnicaters BBQ & Catering, 514 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., 584-7427, $.

Rite Way Bar-B-Cue House, 300 W. Chestnut St., 922-3156, $.

Wood City Grill, 612 S. Fifth St., 290-0518, $.

 
Café/Coffeehouse

Blue Mountain Coffee House, 400 E. Main, 582-3220, $, Beer, Wine.

Coffee Pot Café, 234 E. Gray St. (Medical Tower South), 584-5282, $.

Derby City Espresso, 331 E. Market St., 442-0523, $.

Java Brewing Company, 462 S. Fourth St., 561-2041, ww.javabrewingco.com, $.

Java Brewing Company, 516 W. Main St., 894-8060, www.javabrewingco.com, $.

Queue Café, 220 W. Main St., 583-0273, $.

 
Cafeteria

Hall’s Cafeteria, 1301 Story Ave., 583-0437, $, Beer.

 
Cajun/Creole

J. Gumbo’s, Fourth Street Live, 589-9245, www.jgumbos.com, $, Beer.

 
Casual Dining

Bistro 301, 301 W. Market St., 584-8337, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

The Bodega at Felice, 829 E. Market St., 569-4100, www.thebodegaatfelice.com, $, Beer.

••The Colonnade, Louisville Antique Mall, 834 E. Broadway, 749-3105, $. “The tradition continues,” its proprietors say, but with some differences: The “new” Colonnade is more upscale, a marked difference from the old show in the Starks Building basement. The menu includes traditional Kentucky dishes such as the Louisville Hot Brown and Benedictine. (Reviewed 10/7/08; Rating: 78)

Cravings a la Carte, 101 S. Fourth St. (National City Tower), 589-9679, $.

Cunningham’s, 630 S. Fourth St., 587-0526, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Delta Restaurant, 432-434 W. Market St., 584-0860, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Dmitri’s Deli, 521 S. Third St., 584-8060, $.

Ice Breakers, 252 E. Market St., 618-2051, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Intermezzo American Café & Cabaret, 316 W. Main St., 584-1265, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Jenicca’s Café and Wine Bar, 636 E. Market St., 587-8720, $, Beer, Wine.

Mr. Z’s, 869 S. Third St., 584-8504, $.

PattiCakes Café, 1860 Mellwood Ave., 238-7387, $.

Toast on Market, 736 E. Market St., 569-4099, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Chicken

Chicken King, 639 E. Broadway, 589-5464, $, Beer.

Indi’s, 1033 W. Broadway, 589-7985, $.
 
Chinese

China Inn, 1925 S. Fourth St., 636-2020, $, Beer.

Chinese Chef, 2619 S. Fourth St., 634-0979, $. 

Chopsticks, 416 E. Broadway, 589-9145, $.

Chung King Palace, 110 E. Market St., 584-8880, $, Beer.

Double Dragon, 231 S. Fifth St., 587-8686, $.

Quick Wok, 801 W. Broadway, 584-6519, $.

Shanghai Restaurant, 526 S. Fifth St., 568-8833, $.

Wok Express, 234 W. Broadway, 583-8988, $.

 
Contemporary American

Artemisia, 620 E. Market St., 583-4177, www.artemisiarestaurant.com, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Bristol Bar and Grille, 614 W. Main St., 582-1995, www.bristolbarandgrille.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Maker’s Mark Bourbon House and Lounge, Fourth Street Live, 568-9009, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Proof on Main, 702 W. Main St., 217-6360, www.proofonmain.com, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Deli/Sandwiches

Another Place Sandwich Shop, 119 S. Seventh St., 589-4115, $.

Bank Shot Billiards, 403 E. Market St., 587-8260, www.bankshotbilliard.com, $, Beer.

Café Magnolia, 140 N. Fourth St. (Galt House), 589-5200, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Cat Box Deli, 500 W. Jefferson St., 561-6259, $.

City Café, 505 W. Broadway, 589-1797, www.citycafelunch.com, $.

City Café, 500 S. Preston St., 852-5739, www.citycafelunch.com, $.

Devino’s, 104 W. Main St., 569-3939, $.

Dino’s Down to Lunch Café, 239 S. Fifth St., 585-2874, $.

Ermin’s French Bakery and Café, 723 S. Fourth St., 587-9390, $.

Ermin’s French Bakery and Café, 454 S. Fourth St., 585-5120, $.

Fun Food Café, 1860 Mellwood Ave., 895-1003, $.

Main Eatery, 643 W. Main St., 589-3354, $.

Manhattan Grill, 429 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., 561-0024, www.manhattangrill.4mg.com, $.

Morris Deli & Catering, 555 S. Second St. (YMCA), 587-2353, $.

TC’s Sandwich Shop, 438 W. Market St., 581-9200, $$.

Wall Street Deli, 225 Abraham Flexner Way, 587-1006, $.

Webb’s Market, 944 E. Muhammad Ali Blvd., 583-0318, $, Beer.

 
Desserts/Bakery/Ice Cream

Cake Flour, 909 E. Market St., 719-0172, www.cakeflouronmarket.com, $.

Heitzman Traditional Bakery and Deli, 428 W. Market St., 584-2437, www.heitzmansbakery.com, $.

 
Homestyle

D. Nalley’s Restaurant, 970 S. Third St., 583-8015, $.

 
Hotel Dining

BLU Mediterranean Grille, 280 W. Jefferson St., 671-4285, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

The English Grill, 335 W. Broadway (Camberley Brown Hotel), 583-1234, www.brownhotel.com, $$$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

The Fountain Room at the Galt House, 140 N. Fourth Ave., 589-5200, www.galthouse.com, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

J. Graham’s Café and Bar, 335 W. Broadway (Camberley Brown Hotel), 583-1234, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Jockey Silks Bourbon Lounge, 140 N. Fourth Ave. (Galt House), 589-5200, www.galthouse.com, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

The Oakroom (Seelbach Hilton), 500 S. Fourth St., 585-3200, www.seelbachhilton.com, $$$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Otto’s Café (Seelbach Hilton), 500 Fourth Ave., 585-3201, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Peppers Bar and Grill, 320 W. Jefferson St. (Hyatt Regency), 587-3434, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Rivue, 140 N. Fourth Ave. (Galt House), 589-5200, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Trellis Café, 320 W. Jefferson St. (Hyatt Regency), 587-3434, www.hyatt.com, $$, Beer, Wine.

 
International

••Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant, 558 S. Fifth St., 625-7400, $. If you’re looking for fair-priced, foreign food, the Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. The restaurant supplies its consumers with a choice of vegetarian dishes, chicken or beef stews, tips and wots. (Reviewed 6/25/08; Rating: 77)

Gavi’s Restaurant, 2222 S. Seventh St., 583-8183, $.

Road to Morocco, 308 W. Chestnut St., 376-5855, www.rtmlouisville.net, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Saffron’s Persian Café, 131 W. Market St., 584-7800, www.safronsrestaurant.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Sala Thai City Wok, 526 W. Main St., 493-3944, $.

Yaching’s East West Cuisine, 105 S. Fourth St., 585-4005, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Italian
Luigi’s, 712 W. Main St., 589-0005, $.

Melillo’s at Piazza Di Felice, 829 E. Market St., 540-9975, www.melillos.com, $$, Beer, Wine.

Pesto’s Italian Restaurant, 566 S. Fifth St., 584-0567, www.pestositalian.com, $, Beer, Wine.

Vincenzo’s, 150 S. Fifth St., 580-1350,
www.vincenzosdining.biz, $$$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Japanese

Caviar Japanese Restaurant, 416 W. Muhammad Ali, 625-3090, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Raw Sushi Lounge, 520 S. Fourth St., 585-5880, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Mediterranean

Safier Mediterranean Deli, 641 S. Fourth St., 585-1125, $.

Yafa Café, 22 Theater Sq., 561-0222, $.

 

Mexican/Southwestern/Tex Mex

Los Aztecas, 530 W. Main St., 461-8535, www.losaztecas.net, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Mayan Café, 813 E. Market St., 566-0651, www.themayancafe.com, $, Beer, Wine.

 
Pizza

Fat Jimmy’s, 528 S. Fifth St., 589-8559, $, Beer.

Sicilian Pizza & Pasta, 631 S. Fourth St., 589-8686, www.sicilianpizzapasta.com, $, Beer.

 
Pub/Sports Bar

••Big Al’s Beeritaville,1715 Mellwood Ave., 893-4487, $, Beer, Wine. With a cozy bar, front patio with tables and an outdoor beer garden complete with a horseshoe pit and cornhole, it’s a fun, laid-back place to spend a Saturday afternoon or a weeknight happy hour. The typical pub-grub menu features an extra-thick fried bologna sandwich, wings, bratwursts and deli sandwiches. (Reviewed 9/3/08; Rating: 81)

Bluegrass Brewing Company, 2 Theater Square, 568-2224, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Champions Grill, 280 W. Jefferson St. (Inside downtown Marriott Inn near Convention Center), 627-5045, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Michael Murphy’s, 701 S. First St., 587-7916, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Petrus Nightclub, 116 E. Main St., 583-3772, www.petrusnightclub.com, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Prime Lounge, 104 W. Main St., 58-PRIME, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Zena’s Café, 122 W. Main St., 584-3074, www.zenascafe.com, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Seafood

Bendoya Sushi Bar, 217 S. Fifth St., 581-0700, $.

 
 
EAST END
Asian

2 Hahn’s Mongolian Grill, 9148 Taylorsville Rd., 493-0234, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Arirang 12567 Shelbyville Rd., 244-9838, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

••Jade Palace, 1109 Herr Ln., 425-9878, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar. This popular local Chinese eatery has been around for about 20 years, and recently got a new look as the Westport Village renovation put a fancy facade on the old building. (Reviewed 6/11/08; Rating: 86)

 
Barbecue

Brandon’s Barbecue, 9246 Westport Rd., 426-6666, $.

Jucy’s Smokehouse Barbeque, 7626 Lagrange Rd., Pee Wee Valley, 241-5829, $.

Mark’s Feed Store, 11422 Shelbyville Rd., 244-0140, www.marksfeedstore.com, $, Beer, Wine.

Pig City BBQ, 12003 Shelbyville Rd., 244-3535, $$, Beer, Wine.

Pit Stop Bar-B-Que, 13303 Magisterial Dr., 253-6740, $.

Scotty’s Ribs and More, 14049 Shelbyville Rd., 244-6868, www.bigbubba.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Café/Coffeehouse

Bountiful Bread Bakery Café, 1311 Herr Ln., 742-8111, $.

Café Fraiche, 3642 Brownsboro Rd., 894-8929, $.

Camille’s Sidewalk Café, 2060 Hurstbourne Pkwy., 493-2005, $.

Cottage Café, 11609 Main St., Middletown, 244-9497, $.

Grapevine Pantry, 11418 Old Main St., Middletown, 245-1569, $.

Java Brewing Company, 135 S. English Station Rd., www.javabrewingco.com, $.

La Vida Java Coffee Co., 1301 Herr Ln., 412-9393, $.
Trailside Café, 1321 Herr Ln., 423-1545, $.
 
Cajun/Creole

J. Gumbo’s, 531 Lyndon Ln., 425-0096, www.jgumbos.com, $, Beer.

J. Gumbo’s, 4005 Summit Plza., 326-3070, www.jgumbos.com, $, Beer.

Joe’s OK Bayou, 9874 Linn Station Rd., 426-1320, www.joesokbayou.com, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Casual Dining

Adriaan’s Around the Table Cuisine, 14041 Shelbyville Rd., 244-9695, $$.

Arbor Ridge Vine & Grill, 6402 Westwind Way, 241-5544, $$, Beer, Wine.

Atrium Café, 9940 Corporate Campus Dr., (Embassy Suites), 426-9191, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Austin’s, 4950 Hwy. 42, 423-1990, www.austins-restaurant.com, $$, Beer, Wine,
Full Bar.

Buckhead Mountain Grill, 10206 Westport Rd., 339-0808, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Captain’s Quarters, 5700 Captain’s Quarters Rd., 228-1651, www.cqriverside.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Cunningham’s Creekside, 301 Upper River Rd., 228-3625, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

••Incredible Dave’s, 9236 Westport Rd., 426-4790, www.incredibledaves.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar. If you’re unfamiliar with Incredible Dave’s concept, imagine a Chuck E. Cheese on steroids, and with a bar. (Reviewed 3/19/08; Rating: 74)

Westport General Store, 7008 Hwy. 524, 222-4626, $$.
 
Chinese

China Buffet 8, 1850 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy., 493-3884, $.

Double Dragon Buffet, 233 Whittington Pkwy., 339-8897, $, Beer.

Double Dragon II, 12480 Lagrange Rd., 241-7766, $.

Dynasty Buffet, 2400 Lime Kiln Ln., 339-8868, $.

Emperor of China, 2210 Holiday Manor Shopping Center, 426-1717, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Jasmine, 13823 English Villa Dr., 244-8896, $.

Jumbo Buffet, 2731 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy., 495-0028, $$, Beer, Wine.

Liang’s Café, 3571 Springhurst Blvd., 425-0188, $.

Ling Ling Restaurant, 10476 Shelbyville Rd., 245-2100, $.

Liu’s Garden, 11517 Shelbyville Rd., 244-9898, $$.

Sesame Chinese Restaurant, 9409 Shelbyville Rd., 339-7000, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Sichuan Gardens, 9850 Linn Station Rd., 426-6767, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Wang’s Wok, 11517 Shelbyville Rd., 244-9898, $.

Yen Ching, 1818 Hurstbourne Pkwy., 491-3581,$, Beer.
 
Contemporary American

Bristol Bar and Grille, 300 N. Hurstbourne Pkwy., 426-0627, www.bristolbarandgrille.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Brix Wine Bar, 12418 New Lagrange Rd., 243-1120, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

••Corbett’s “An American Place,” 5050 Norton Healthcare Blvd., 327-5058, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar. Housed in the 150-year-old farmhouse that was originally home to the Von Allmen dairy operation, Corbett’s “An American Place” opened in the winter, joining the ranks of the region’s top tables. Patrons can choose between dining al fresco, on the lower level, or in the private “chef’s room.” (Reviewed 7/2/08; Rating: 93)

Corner Café, 9307 New Lagrange Rd., 426-8119, www.cornercafelouisville.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

••Limestone Restaurant, 10001 Forest Green Blvd., 426-7477, www.limestonerestaurant.com, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar. Chefs Jim Gerhardt and Michael Cunha specialize in dressing up Southern fare in a city suit. The suburban restaurant remains up there with the top spots in town. (Reviewed 1/16/08; Rating: 90)

Napa River Grill, Westport Village, 1211 Herr Ln., 423-5822, www.napariverlouisville.com, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Deli/Sandwiches
Cheddar Box Café, 12121 Shelbyville Rd., 245-2622, $.

Euro Market, 12907 Factory Ln., 243-0000, www.euromarket-ky.com, $.

••Jason’s Deli, 410 N. Hurstbourne Pkwy., 412-4101, $. A relatively new arrival, Jason’s Deli is attracting big crowds to the East End suburbs. Menu items like the delicious New York Yankee sandwich make it worth the trip. (Reviewed 5/7/08; Rating: 78)

Keeling’s, 11904 Shelbyville Rd., 245-6997, $.

Order’s Up! Café & Deli, 1981 Nelson Miller Pkwy., 245-5991, $.

Starving Artist Café and Deli, 8034 New Lagrange Rd., 412-1599, $.

 
Desserts/Bakery/Ice Cream

Breadworks, 2420 Lime Kiln Ln., 326-0300, $.

Breadworks, 11800 Shelbyville Rd., 254-2885, $.

Desserts by Helen, 9209 Hwy. 42, 228-8959, www.dessertsbyhelen.com, $.

Gelato Gilberto,The Summit, 4005 Brownsboro Rd.,?423-5571, $.

Heitzman Traditional Bakery, 9426 Shelbyville Rd., 426-7736, $.

Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen, 3598 Springhurst Blvd., 326-8990, $.

Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen, 12531 Shelbyville Rd., Middletown, 245-7031, $.

 
German

Erika’s German Restaurant, 9301 N. Hurstbourne Pkwy., 499-8822, $$, Beer, Wine.

Gasthaus, 4812 Brownsboro Center, 899-7177, $$$, Beer, Wine.

 
GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN

Shiraz Mediterranean Grill, 2226 Holiday Manor, 426-9954, $.

Shiraz Mediterranean Grill, 201 N. Hurstbourne Pkwy., 426-3440, $.

Shiraz Mediterranean Grill, 153 S. English Station Rd., 244-1341, $.

 
Health Conscious/Vegetarian

Rainbow Blossom Natural Foods, 12401 Shelbyville Rd., 244-2022, www.rainbowblossom.com, $.

Rainbow Blossom Natural Foods, 3608 Springhurst Blvd., 339-5090, www.rainbowblossom.com, $.

 
Homestyle

Goose Creek Diner, 2923 Goose Creek Rd., 339-8070, www.gcdiner.com, $, Beer, Wine.

Tiffany Cellar Café, 11601 Main St., 245-4411, $.

 
Indian

Bombay Grill, 216 N. Hurstbourne Pkwy., 425-8892, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

India Palace, 9424 Shelbyville Rd., 394-0490, www.indiapalaceky.com, $$, Beer, Wine.

Shalimar Indian Restaurant, 1820 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy., 493-8899, www.louisvilleshalimar.com, $, Beer, Wine.

 
International
Cachito Mio Cuban Café, 11316 Maple Brook Rd., 326-3544, $.

••Mojito Tapas Restaurant, 2231 Holiday Manor Shopping Ctr., 425-0949, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar. This established East End restaurant features small-plate Spanish tapas with a Cuban vibe. Chef-owner Fernando Martinez recently traveled to Europe and brought much of what he learned back home to kick Mojito’s menu up a notch. (Reviewed 9/17/08; Rating: 93)

Seviche: A Latin Bistro, 2929 Goose Creek Rd., 425-1000, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Italian

Angelina’s Café, 1701 UPS Dr., 554-1700, $.

 
Japanese

Fuji Japanese Steakhouse, 12905 Shelbyville Rd., 253-0036, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Fuji Japanese Steakhouse, 3576 Springhurst Blvd., 339-1978, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Hiko A Mon Sushi Bar, 1115 Herr Ln., 365-1651, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Ichiban Samurai, 1510 Lakeshore Ct., 412-3339, www.ichibansamurai.com, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Tokyo Japanese Restaurant, 2415 Lime Kiln Ln., 339-7171, $$, Beer, Wine.

 

Mexican/Southwestern/Tex Mex

Cancun Mexican Restaurant, 9904 Linn Station Rd., 327-0890, $.

Ernesto’s, 10430 Shelbyville Rd., 244-8889, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Ernesto’s, 4632A Hurstbourne Pkwy., 671-5291, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

El Nopal, 9473 Westport Rd., 327-6551, $, Beer, Wine.

El Nopal, 12937 Shelbyville Rd., 253-6802, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

El Tarasco, 9901 Lagrange Rd., 326-9373, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Fiesta Time Mexican Grill, 11320 Maple Brook Dr., 425-9144, $, Beer.

Los Aztecas, 1107 Herr Ln., 426-3994, www.losaztecas.net , $, Beer.

Mexico Tipico Restaurant, 12401 Shelbyville Rd., 645-8778, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Tumbleweed, 3550 Springhurst Common Dr., 412-8171, www.tumbleweedrestaurants.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Pizza

Bearno’s Pizza, 9222 Westport Rd., 423-1224, $$, Beer.

Fat Jimmy’s, 13829 English Villa Dr., 244-0840, $, Beer.

Original Impellizzeri’s, 4933 Brownsboro Rd., $$, 425-9080, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Tony Boombozz Pizza-Vino, 2813 Hurstbourne Ln., 394-0000, $$, Beer, Wine.

Tony Impellizzeri’s Pizza, 108 Vieux Carre Dr., 429-0606, $, Beer.

Wick’s Pizza, 12717 Shelbyville Rd., Middletown, 213-9425, www.wickspizza.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Wick’s Pizza, 2927 Goose Creek Rd., 327-9425, www.wickspizza.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Pub/Sports Bar

Brownie’s Grille & Bar, 237 Whittington Pkwy., 326-9830, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Jake’s and Mr. G’s, 10432 Shelbyville Rd., 244-0165, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Joe’s Older Than Dirt, 8131 New Lagrange Rd., 426-2074, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

New Direction Bar and Grill, 2630 Chamberlain Ln., 243-8429, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

P. Nuts Sports Bar & Grill, 1506 Lakeshore Ct., 412-1700, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

R Place Pub, 9603 Whipps Mill Rd., 425-8516, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

••Turkey Joe’s, 2809 N. Hurstbourne Pkwy., 327-9464, $, Beer. Hot wings are the specialty here, and you can take your pick of chicken, turkey or boneless chicken. Buffalo-style “hot” wings were just as good as could be, crisp and sizzling. (Reviewed 2/20/08; Rating: 76)

 
Seafood

Kingfish, 3021 Upper River Rd., 895-0544, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Kingfish, 1610 Kentucky Mills Dr., 240-0700, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Rumors Restaurant and Raw Bar, 12339 Shelbyville Rd., 245-0366, www.rumorrestaurants.com, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Steakhouse

Z’s Oyster Bar and Steakhouse, 101 Whittington Pkwy., 429-8000, $$$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Thai

Thai Café, 2226 Holiday Manor Shopping Center, 425-4815, $, Beer, Wine.

Thai Orchids, 9114 Taylorsville Rd., 493-4073, $.
 
Vietnamese
La Que, 1019 Bardstown Road, 238-3981, $$, Beer.
Lemongrass Café, 11606 Shelbyville Rd., 244-7110, $.
 
 
FERN CREEK
Barbecue
Bootleg Barbeque, 9704 Bardstown Rd., 239-2722, $.

FireFresh Bar-B-Q, 6435 Bardstown Rd., 239-7800, www.firefreshbbq.com, $, Beer.

 
Chinese
Double Dragon II, 6832 Bardstown Rd., 231-3973, $.

Hunan Wok, 6445 Bardstown Rd., 231-0393, $.

Royal Buffet Garden, 5316 Bardstown Rd., 491-8228, $, Beer.
 
Desserts/Bakery/Ice Cream

Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen, 5606 Bardstown Rd., 239-3880, $.

 
International

Sake Blue Japanese Bistro, 9326 Cedar Ctr., 708-1500, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Sarajevo Café & Restaurant, 325 Old Bardstown Rd., 456-1919, $, Beer.

 

Mexican/Southwestern/Tex Mex

El Nopalito, 6300 Bardstown Rd., 231-4249, $, Beer, Wine.

Fiesta Mexicana, 5414 Bardstown Rd., 762-0840, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

••Las Gorditas, 4756 Bardstown Rd., 492-0112, $. The Las Gorditas taco stand rolls into the parking lot at Eastland Shopping Center (where Buechel meets Fern Creek on Bardstown Road) just about every weekend evening. There’s almost always a crowd, and it’s usually a happy mix of Latino and Anglo diners, united in shared enjoyment of really good Mexican food. (Reviewed 5/28/08; Rating: N/A)

 
PIZZA

Bearno’s, 6101 Bardstown Rd., 231-2222, $$, Beer.

 
Pub/Sports Bar

Creeker’s Bar & Grill, 6330 Bardstown Rd., 762-0370, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

TK’s Pub and Grill, 5442 Del Maria Way, 499-5673, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
 
GERMANTOWN/AUDUBON
Barbecue

Hickory House B.B.Q., 2307 S. Preston St., 634-9111, $.

Smoketown usa Pit Bar-B-Que and Tex-Mex, 1153 Logan St., 409-9180, $.

 
Café/Coffeehouse

Sunergos Coffee & Micro-Roastery, 2122 S. Preston St., 634-1243, $.

 
Casual Dining

Ash Street Station, 800 Ash St., 637-2200, $, Beer.

The Brown Bag, 2100 S. Preston St., 635-6747, $.

••Olivia’s Restaurant, Goss Avenue Antique Mall, 946 Goss Ave., 409-6160, $. Located at the back of the cavernous Goss Avenue Mall, this restaurant is somewhat upscale, both in decor and menu, although just about everything is attractively priced at $10 or less. Choice menu items include fried green heirloom tomatoes and peanut butter pie. (Reviewed 10/7/08; Rating: 72)

 
Chinese

Bamboo House, 4036 Poplar Level Rd., 451-3113, $.

Double Dragon, 1255 Goss Ave., 635-5656, $.

Great Wok, 2502 S. Preston St., 634-1918, $.

 
Desserts/Bakery/Ice Cream

Dairy Kastle, 575 Eastern Pkwy., 634-8990, $.

Heitzman’s Bakery and Deli, 804 Eastern Pkwy., 635-2651, $.

Nord’s Bakery, Deli and Cafeteria, 2118 S. Preston St., 634-0931, $.

 
Homestyle

••Cottage Inn, 570 Eastern Pkwy., 637-4325, $. Serving up simple, affordable down-home fare since 1929, the Cottage Inn is one of Louisville’s oldest eateries in continuous operation. It offers easy-on-the-wallet fare that invites frequent return visits. (Reviewed 5/14/08; Rating: 90)

Old Louisville Style Chili Parlor and Fish House, 4544 Poplar Level Rd., 969-5636, $.

 
Italian

Come Back Inn, 909 Swan St., 627-1777,
www.comebackinn.biz, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 

Mexican/Southwestern/Tex Mex

Lolita’s Tacos, 4222 Poplar Level Rd., 459-4356, $, Beer.

Luna’s Rotisserie, 5213B Preston Hwy., 962-8898, $.

 
Pizza

Bruno’s Pizzeria & Pub, 1919 S. Preston St., 634-1003, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Danny Mac’s Pizza, 1014 Clarks Ln., 635-7994, $$.

Jockamo’s Pizza Pub, 938 Goss Ave., 637-5406, $, Beer, Wine.

Toni’s More Than Pizza, 3213 Preston Hwy., 634-5400, $$, Beer.

 
Pub/sports bar

Check’s Café, 1101 E. Burnett St., 637-9515, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Dugout, 921 Swan St., 583-5770, $, Beer.

Flabby’s Schnitzelburg, 1101 Lydia St., 637-9136, $, Beer.

The Zeppelin Café, 1036 E. Burnett Ave., 365-3552, $, Beer, Wine.

 
 
HIKES POINT
Barbecue

Bruce’s Smokehouse & the Ballpark Grill, 3065 Breckenridge Ln., 459-5201, www.firefreshbbq.com, $, Beer.

 
Chinese

Red Sun Chinese Restaurant, 3437 Breckinridge Ln., 499-7788, $.

Wonton Express, 3000 Hikes Ln., 452-2646, $.

 

Desserts/bakery/ice cream

Small Times Bakery, 2956 Richland Ave., 451-5499, $.

 
INTERNATIONAL

Oceanside Restaurant, 3707 Klondike Ln., 454-3737, $.

 

Mexican/Southwestern/Tex Mex

El Nopalito, 4028 Taylorsville Rd., 458-7278, $, Beer, Wine.

 
Pizza

Pizza Place, 2931 Richland Ave., 458-9700, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Pub/Sports Bar

Davern’s Upstairs, 3044 Hunsinger Ln., 456-5530, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
 
Highlands
Asian

#1 Asian Buffet, Mid City Mall, 1250 Bardstown Rd. 451-6033, $, Beer, Wine.

Asiatique, 1767 Bardstown Rd., 451-2749, www.asiatiquerestaurant.com, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Pink Door, 2222 Dundee Rd., 413-5204, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Barbecue

Mark’s Feed Store, 1514 Bardstown Rd., 458-1570, www.marksfeedstore.com, $, Beer, Wine.

 
Café/Coffeehouse

Butterfly Garden Café, 1327 Bardstown Rd., 456-4500, $.

City Café, 1250 Bardstown Rd. (Mid City Mall), 459-5600, www.citycafelunch.com, $, Beer.

Day’s Espresso and Coffee, 1420 Bardstown Rd., 456-1170, $.

Heine Brothers Coffee, 1295 Bardstown Rd., 456-5108, www.heinebroscoffee.com, $.

Heine Brothers Coffee, 1449 Bardstown Rd., 454-5212, www.heinebroscoffee.com, $.

Heine Brothers Coffee, 2200 Bardstown Rd., 515-0380, www.heinebroscoffee.com, $. 

Highland Coffee Company, 1140 Bardstown Rd., 451-4545, www.highlandcoffee.com, $.

Ray’s Monkey House & Kid Café, 1578 Bardstown Rd., 459-4373, $.

Sweet ’n’ Savory Café, 1574 Bardstown Rd., 456-6566, $.

 
Cajun/Creole

J. Gumbo’s, 947 Baxter Ave., 454-5507, www.jgumbos.com, $, Beer.

 
Casual Dining

Buckhead Mountain Grill, 3020 Bardstown Rd., 456-6680, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Derby City Dogs, 960 Baxter Ave., 561-2880, $.

Ditto’s Grill, 1114 Bardstown Rd., 581-9129, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Kaelin’s Restaurant, 1801 Newburg Rd., 451-1801, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Lonnie’s Best Taste of Chicago, 1034 Bardstown Rd., 451-2965, $.

 
Chinese

Eggroll Machine, 1216 Bardstown Rd., 459-1259, $, Beer, Wine.

 
Contemporary American

Avalon, 1314 Bardstown Rd., 454-5336, www.avalonfresh.com, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Baxter Station Bar and Grill, 1201 Payne St., 584-1635, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Bristol Bar and Grille, 1321 Bardstown Rd., 456-1702, www.bristolbarandgrille.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Café Metro, 1700 Bardstown Rd., 458-4830, www.cafemetrolouisville.com, $$$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Club Grotto American Bistro, 2116 Bardstown Rd., 459-5275, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Coach Lamp Restaurant and Pub, 751 Vine St., 583-9165, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Jack Fry’s, 1007 Bardstown Rd., 452-9244, www.jackfrys.com, $$$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

••Jarfi’s Bistro, 1543 Bardstown Rd., 589-5060, www.jarfis.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar. Jarfi’s menu has changed a bit (it’s always evolving), but what is truly new here is the atmosphere — whereas Lentini’s was upscale and sophisticated, the new Jarfi’s is colorful, vibrant and ethnically diverse. Under one roof, diners can encounter a French-style bistro, a Moroccan lounge, a sushi bar, traditional formal dining and a Times Square-themed dining hall. (Reviewed 7/9/08; Rating: 90)

Lilly’s, 1147 Bardstown Rd., 451-0447, www.lillyslapeche.com, $$$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Lynn’s Paradise Café, 953 Barret Ave., 583-3447, www.lynnsparadisecafe.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Uptown Café, 1624 Bardstown Rd., 458-4212, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Winston’s Restaurant, 3101 Bardstown Rd., 456-0980, www.sullivan.edu, $$$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Deli/Sandwiches

The Café, 712 Brent St., 589-9191, www.thecafétogo.com, $.

Morris Deli & Catering, 2228 Taylorsville Rd., 458-1668, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

••Stevens & Stevens, 1114 Bardstown Rd. (inside Ditto’s), 584-3354, $. Located in the back of Ditto’s Grill on Bardstown Road, Stevens & Stevens has built a loyal following the old-fashioned way, providing quality deli fare at reasonable prices. (Reviewed 5/7/08; Rating: 89)

 
Desserts/Bakery/Ice Cream

The Bakery, 3100 Bardstown Rd., 452-1210, $.

Breadworks, 2204 Dundee Rd., 452-1510, $.

CoCo’s Chocolate Café, 1759 Bardstown Rd., 454-9810, $.

Desserts By Helen, 2210 Bardstown Rd., 451-7151, www.dessertsbyhelen.com, $, Wine.

Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen, 2525 Bardstown Rd., 459-8184, $.

Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen, 1041 Bardstown Rd., 618-3380, $.

 
Diner

Café 360, 1582 Bardstown Rd., 473-8694, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Karma Café, 1126 Bardstown Rd., 587-0062, $.

Twig and Leaf, 2122 Bardstown Rd., 451-8944, $.

 
French

••Le Relais, 2817 Taylorsville Rd., 451-9020, $$$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar. Some French restaurants may be pretentious, but Le Relais is simply elegant. Its art deco environs are a perfect match for the setting — inside the Bowman Field Administration Building, circa 1929. (Reviewed 6/18/08; Rating: 96)

 
Greek/Mediterranean

Falafel House, 1001 Bardstown Rd., 454-4407, $.

Pita Delites,1616 Grinstead Dr., 569-1122, $.

Pita Hut, 1613 Bardstown Rd., 409-8484, $.
 
Health Conscious/Vegetarian

Amazing Grace Whole Foods Deli, 1133 Bardstown Rd., 485-1122, www.amazinggracewholefoods.com, $.

 
Indian

Bombay International, 1591 Bardstown Rd., 473-2077, $, Beer.

Kashmir Indian Restaurant, 1285 Bardstown Rd., 473-8765, $$, Beer, Wine.

••Sitar Indian Cuisine, 1702 Bardstown Rd., 473-8889, $, Beer, Wine. This Highlands spot offers a hearty Indian lunch buffet daily and an expansive Indian menu that includes both standard Northern Indian dishes and less familiar South Indian specialties. (Reviewed 2/20/08; Rating: 86)

 
International
Caspian Grill Persian Bistro, 1416 Bardstown Rd., 365-3900, $, Beer, Wine.

Palermo Viejo, 1359 Bardstown Rd., 456-6461, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

••Queen of Sheba, 2804 Taylorsville Rd., 459-6301, www.queenofshebalouisville.com, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar. This Ethiopian restaurant offers an airy and bright atmosphere in its new home across from Bowman Field. The reasonably priced meals are served with an Ethiopian flatbread, so don’t be shy about eating with your hands. (Reviewed 6/25/08; Rating: 84)

Ramsi’s Café on the World, 1293 Bardstown Rd., 451-0700, www.ramsiscafe.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Irish

Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 933 Baxter Ave., 473-1222, www.mollymalonesirishpub.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

O’Shea’s Traditional Irish Pub, 956 Baxter Ave., 589-7373, www.osheaslouisville.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Italian

La Gallo Rosso Bistro, 1325 Bardstown Rd., 473-0015, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Japanese

••Oishii Sushi, 2245 Bardstown Rd., 618-2829, $$. Word of mouth has quickly built a good reputation for this new sushi shop in the Highlands, and it’s drawing crowds with its friendly, outgoing sushi chefs and wide selection of sushi treats. The menu offers a broad selection of both basic types of sushi, nigiri-zushi and maki-zushi. (Reviewed 4/30/08; Rating: N/A)

Sapporo Japanese Grill and Sushi, 1706 Bardstown Rd., 479-5550, www.sapporojapanese.com, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Latin

Seviche, 1538 Bardstown Rd., 473-8560, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 

Mexican/Southwestern/Tex Mex

Sol Aztecas, 2427 Bardstown Rd., 459-7776, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Pizza

Bearno’s, 1318 Bardstown Rd., 456-4556, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Bearno’s, 2900 Taylorsville Rd., 458-8605, $$, Beer.

Fat Jimmy’s, 2208 Bardstown Rd., 479-1040, www.fatjimmyspizza.com, $, Beer.

Original Impellizzeri’s, 1381 Bardstown Rd., 454-2711, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Spinelli’s Pizzeria, 614 Baxter Ave., 568-5665, $$, Beer.

Tony Boombozz, 1448 Bardstown Rd., 458-8889, www.tonyboombozz.com, $$.

Wick’s Pizza, 975 Baxter Ave., 458-1828, www.wickspizza.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Za’s Pizza Pub, 1573 Bardstown Rd., 454-4544, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Pub/Sports Bar

The Back Door, 1250 Bardstown Rd. (Mid City Mall), 451-0659, www.backdoor.us, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Bambi Bar, 2701 Bardstown Rd., 456-9635, $, Beer, Full Bar.

Big Dave’s Outpost,1801 Bardstown Rd., 459-9142, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Cahoots, 1047 Bardstown Rd., 454-6687, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Cumberland Brews, 1576 Bardstown Rd., 458-8727, $, Beer, Wine.

Dublin Cellar, 942 Baxter Ave., 583-2969, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Dundee Tavern, 2224 Dundee Rd., 458-6637, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Flanagan’s Ale House, 934 Baxter Ave., 585-3700, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Kern’s Korner, 2600 Bardstown Rd., 456-9726, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar. 

Monkey Wrench, 1025 Barret Ave., 582-2433, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

NV Tavern, 1202 Bardstown Rd., 452-6101, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Phoenix Hill Tavern, 644 Baxter Ave., 589-4957, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar. 

Shenanigans Irish Grill, 1611 Norris Place, 454-3919, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Versatile, 962 Baxter Ave., 583-0320, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.
 
Seafood
The Fish House, 1310 Winter Ave., 568-2993, $, Beer.
JoJo’s Fish Market, 2902 Bardstown Rd., 451-7100, $.
 
Spanish

••De La Torre’s, 1606 Bardstown Rd., 456-4955, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar. Recently the restaurant responded to customer demand (with one eye on the sinking economy) and shifted the menu over to an all-tapas list. The new menu offers more than three dozen small plates to choose from. (Reviewed 10/22/08; Rating: 94)

La Bodega, 1604 Bardstown Rd., 456-4955, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Thai

Thai Siam, Gardiner Lane Shopping Center, 458-6871, $$, Beer, Wine.

 
Vietnamese

Café Mimosa, 1216 Bardstown Rd., 458-2233, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
 
JEFFERSONTOWN
Chinese
China King, 3830 Ruckriegel Pkwy., 240-0500, $.
Jade Garden Buffet, 1971 Brownsboro Rd., 893-0822, $.
New China, 231 Blankenbaker Pkwy., 254-9299, $.

Shah’s Mongolian Grill, 9148 Taylorsville Rd., 493-0234, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Deli/Sandwiches

Backyard Burger, 1800 Priority Way, 240-9945, www.backyardburgers.com, $.

 

DESSERTS/Bakery/Ice Cream

Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen, 12613 Taylorsville Rd., 267-6280, $.

 
Homestyle

Dinner is Done, 3830 Ruckriegel Pkwy., 267-8686, $.

 
Japanese

Shogun Japanese Steakhouse, 9026 Taylorsville Rd., 499-5700, $$$, Beer, Wine.

 
Mexican/Southwestern/Tex Mex

El Caporal, 1901 Blankenbaker Pkwy., 266-9605, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

El Nopal, 12600 Taylorsville Rd., 240-6022, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

El Nopal, 10500 Watterson Tr., 266-5956, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

El Toro Restaurante Mexicano Cantina, 1810 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy., 491-7272, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Los Aztecas, 9606 Taylorsville Rd., 297-8003, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Tumbleweed, 8609 Citadel Way, 493-0905, www.tumbleweedrestaurants.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Pizza

Bearno’s Little Sicily, 10117 Taylorsville Rd., 267-2549, $$, Beer.

••Boombozz Pizza Bistro, 12613 Taylorsville Rd., 261-0222, www.TonyBoombozz.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar. A recent addition to the Tony Boombozz empire is the brand-new upscale casual Boombozz Bistro in Jeffersontown with an expanded menu and table service. The menu is heavy on pizza, of course, featuring all the familiar Boombozz creations. (Reviewed 3/5/08; Rating: 86)

Louisville Pizza Company, 3910 Ruckriegel Pkwy., 267-1188, www.chubbyrays.com, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Pub/Sports Bar

Blue Mule Sports Café, 10301 Taylorsville Rd., 240-0051, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Chatter’s Bar & Grill, 2745 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy., 961-9700, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Gaslight Tavern, 9119 Galene Dr., 267-1945, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Maggie’s Sports Bar & Grille, 10300 Taylorsville Rd., 267-9604, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Seafood

Passtime Fish House, 10801 Locust Rd., 267-4633, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
 
Okolona/Highview/Lynnview
Barbecue

Bootleg Barbecue, 7508 Preston Hwy., 968-5657, $, Beer.

 
Casual Dining

Buckhead Mountain Grill, 4112 Outer Loop, 966-5555, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Our Best Restaurant, 5404 Antle Dr., 962-8810, $$.
 
Chicken
Indi’s, 2901 Fern Valley Rd., 969-7993, $, Beer.
Indi’s, 4901 Poplar Level Rd., 964-5749, $.
 
Chinese
China Garden, 7309 Preston Hwy., 968-4672, $, Beer, Wine.
Golden Buddha, 8000 Preston Hwy., 968-7700, $.

Golden Palace Buffet, 161 Outer Loop, 368-2868, $.

Golden Wall, 3111 Fern Valley Rd., 968-9717, $, Beer.
Royal Garden Buffet, 5717 Preston Hwy., 969-3788, $$, Beer.
Yummy, 8625 Preston Hwy., 968-7450, $, Beer, Wine.
 
Deli/Sandwiches
Sub Station II, 3101 Fern Valley Rd., 964-1075, $.
 
Korean
Koreana II, 5009 Preston Hwy., 968-9686, $$, Beer, Wine.
 

Mexican/Southwestern/Tex Mex

El Nopal, 11336 Preston Hwy., 961-9851, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

La Monarca, 6501 Shepherdsville Rd., 969-7938, $.

La Tapatia Restaurant, 8106 Preston Hwy., 961-9153, $, Beer.
Rosticeria Luna, 5213 Preston Hwy., 962-8898, $.
Tacqueria La Mexicana, 6201 Preston Hwy., 969-4449, $.

Tumbleweed, 4255 Outer Loop, 966-0307, www.tumbleweedrestaurants.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Tumbleweed, 4801 Outer Loop (Jefferson Mall), 810-6553, www.tumbleweedrestaurants.com, $$.

 
Pizza
Bearno’s Little Sicily, 8019 Preston Hwy., 968-6060, $$, Beer.
Fat Daddy’s Pizza, 10611 W. Manslick Rd., 363-7551, $.
 
Pub/Sports Bar
Bulldog Café, 10619 Manslick Rd., 380-0600, $, Beer.
Stooges Bar and Grill, 7123 Grade Ln., 363-9803, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.
 
Seafood

Sharom’s, 5627 Outer Loop, 968-8363, $, Beer.

 
Steakhouse

Texas Roadhouse, 3322 Outer Loop, 962-7600, www.texasroadhouse.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Thai
Thai Smile 5, 5800 Preston Hwy., 961-9018, $.
 
 
Old Louisville
Café/Coffeehouse

Old Louisville Coffee House, 1489 S. Fourth St., 635-6660, $.

 
Cajun/Creole

J. Gumbo’s, 3115 S. Second St., 363-8888, www.jgumbos.com, $, Beer.

 
Casual Dining

••Carly Rae’s, 103 W. Oak St., 365-1003, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar. Carly Rae’s is emerging as a strong contender to break the spell of the doomed location at the corner of First and Oak streets in Old Louisville. The attractive and fair-priced casual bistro offers a mix of Cajun, Creole, Mediterranean and a lot of Clancy. (Reviewed 8/20/08; Rating: 88)

Masterson’s, 1830 S. Third St., 636-2511, www.mastersons.com, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Third Avenue Café, 1164 S. Third St., 585-2233, www.thirdavecafe.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Chinese
A Taste of China, 1167 S. Fourth St., 585-5582, $.
 
Contemporary American

610 Magnolia, 610 W. Magnolia St., 636-0783, www.610magnolia.com, $$$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Buck’s, 425 W. Ormsby St., 637-5284, www.bucksrestaurantandbar.com, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Café Bristol at the Speed Museum, 2035 S. Third St., 634-2723, $.

 
Deli/Sandwiches

Ermin’s Bakery and Café, 1201 S. First St., 635-6960, $.

Ollie’s Trolley, 978 S. Third St., 583-5214, $.
 
Diners
Dizzy Whiz Drive-In, 217 W. St. Catherine St., 583-3828, $.
Juanita’s Burger Boy, 1450 S. Brook St., 635-7410, $.
 
INTERNATIONAL

Mediterranean Shish Kabob, 1907 S. Fourth S., 636-1080, $.

 
Italian
Amici, 316 Ormsby Ave., 637-3167, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.
 

Mexican/Southwestern/Tex Mex

La Tapatia Restaurant, 3022 S. Third St., 638-0300, $, Beer.
Santa Fe Grill, 3000 S. Third St., 634-3722, $.
 
Pizza

••Oak Street Pizza, 125 E. Oak St., 585-1788, $. This tiny little storefront in Old Louisville has been getting great reviews from the foodies on the LouisvilleHotBytes.com forum. Takeout only, it’s close to a New York City pizza in style. (Reviewed 1/9/08; Rating: N/A)

Windy City Pizzeria, 2622 S. Fourth St., 636-3708, $, Beer.
 
Pub/Sports Bar

Granville Inn, 1601 S. Third St., 637-9128, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

The Rudyard Kipling, 422 W. Oak St., 636-1311, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Seafood

Hill Street Fish Fry, 111 E. Hill St., 636-3474, $.

 
 
Portland/West End
Barbeque

Finley’s Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Q, 1500 W. Broadway, 581-0298, $.

Rite Way Bar-B-Cue House, 1548 S. Catherine St., 584-9385, $.

 
Café/Coffeehouse

Expressions of You, 1800 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., 584-6886, $.

 
Chicken

Indi’s, 3820 W. Market St., 778-5154, $.

King’s Fast Foods, 2101 W. Broadway, 772-7138, $, Beer.

King’s Fried Chicken, 1302 Dixie Hwy., 776-3013, $.

 
Chinese

Chopsticks House, 2112 W. Broadway, 772-3231, $.

Crystal Chinese, 3901 W. Market St., 776-9702, $.

Happy Dragon, 2600 W. Broadway, 778-2573, $.

 
Homestyle

Big Momma’s Soul Kitchen, 4532 W. Broadway, 772-9580, $.

 
Pizza

Annie’s Pizza, 2520 Portland Ave., 776-6400, $.

 
 
Prospect
Barbecue

Vince Staten’s Old Time Barbeque, 13306 Hwy. 42, 228-7427, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Café/Coffeehouse

Java Brewing Company, 9561 Hwy. 42, 292-2710, www.javabrewingco.com, $.

 
Casual Dining

The Bristol Bar & Grille, 6051 Timber Ridge Dr., 292-2585, www.bristolbarandgrille.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Chick Inn, 6325 Upper River Rd., 228-3646, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

J. Harrod’s, 7507 Upper River Rd., 228-4555, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Karem’s Grill & Pub, 9424 Norton Commons Blvd., 327-5646, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN

Blackstone Grille, 9521 U.S. 42, 228-6962, www.theblackstonegrille.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Cutter’s Wharf, 1902 Victory Ln., 228-3100, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Chinese

Panda Chinese Restaurant, 9543 Hwy. 42, 228-6400, $.

 
DELI/SANDWICHES
Ermin’s Bakery & Café, 9550 U.S. Hwy. 42, 228-7210, $.
 
Japanese

••Hanabi Sushi & Japanese Cuisine, 6027 Timber Ridge Dr., 228-8244, $$, Beer, Wine. Hanabi Sushi is just down the strip from the Prospect Bristol Bar & Grille. The extensive menu offers fare that is fresh and competently prepared. (Reviewed 4/30/08; Rating: N/A)

Shogun Japanese Steakhouse, 4110 Hampton Lake Way, 394-0123, $$$, Beer, Wine.

 

Mexican/Southwestern/Tex Mex

Los Aztecas, 9207 Hwy. 42, 228-2450, www.losaztecas.net, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Pizza

Bearno’s Pizza, 9207 W. Highway 42, 228-9388, $$, Beer, Wine.

 
Seafood

Blackstone Grill, 9521 U.S. Highway 42, 228-6962, $.

 
 
Shively/PRP/Valley
Barbecue

Clark Boy Bar-B-Q, 6728 Johnsontown Rd., 933-5577, $.

FireFresh Bar-B-Q, 8610 Dixie Hwy., 995-7585, www.firefreshbbq.com, $, Beer.

Mark’s Feed Store, 10316 Dixie Hwy., 933-7707, www.marksfeedstore.com, $, Beer, Wine.

 
Cajun/Creole

J. Gumbo’s, 6661 Dixie Hwy., 995-8805, www.jgumbos.com, $, Beer.

 
Chinese

China Castle, 7420 Third Street Rd., 367-4272, $.

Chinese Express, 3228 Crums Ln., 448-1360, $.

Chong Garden, 10341 Dixie Hwy., 935-1628, $.

Eastern House, 5372 Dixie Hwy., 568-2688, $, Beer.

First Wok, 3967 Seventh St. Rd., 448-0588, $.

 
Desserts/Bakery/Ice Cream

Pie Pantry, 9208 Dixie Hwy., 384-0743, $.

Valley Dairy Freeze, 10300 Deering Dr., 933-3429, $.
 
Homestyle

Carolyn’s Restaurant, 3822 Cane Run Rd., 776-9519, $.

Fork in the Road Restaurant, 4951 Cane Run Rd., 448-3903, $.

Frontier Diner, 7299 Dixie Hwy., 271-3663, $.

Hazelwood Restaurant, 4106 Taylor Blvd., 361-9104, $.

Hometown Buffet, 6641 Dixie Hwy., 995-3320, www.hometownbuffet.com, $.

Jessie’s Family Restaurant, 9609 Dixie Hwy., 937-6332, $.

Mr. Lou’s Country Cottage Restaurant, 5408 Valley Station Rd., 933-0806, $.

O’Dolly’s, 7800 Old 3rd St. Rd., 375-1690, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Italian

Savino’s Italian Food, 8533 Terry Rd., 933-1080, $.

 
Mexican/Southwestern/Tex Mex

El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant, 9070 Dixie Hwy., 995-8722, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Mexico Tipico, 6517 Dixie Hwy., 933-9523, $$, Beer, Wine.

Tumbleweed, 9701 Dixie Hwy., 937-9951, www.tumbleweedrestaurants.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Pizza
Annie’s Pizza, 4007 Cane Run Rd., 449-4444, $.
Bearno’s Little Sicily, 7895 Dixie Hwy., 937-1234, $$, Beer.

Wick’s Pizza, 10966 Dixie Hwy., 995-4333, www.wickspizza.com, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Pub/Sports Bar

Benchwarmer’s, 7325 St. Andrews Church Rd., 368-1148, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Brewskee’s Tavern, 5507 Valley Station Rd., 933-0361, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Jokers Bar and Grill, 7323 St. Andrews Church Rd., 363-5662, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Seafood

Mike Linnig’s, 9308 Cane Run Rd., 937-1235, $, Beer.

 
Steakhouse

Texas Roadhouse, 4406 Dixie Hwy., 448-0705, www.texasroadhouse.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
 
South End
Barbecue

Jimbo’s Bar-B-Que, 801 W. Kenwood Dr., 375-1888, $, Beer.

Rubbie’s Bar-B-Que, 6905 Southside Dr., 367-0007, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Café/Coffeehouse

Coco’s Bakery, 6915 Southside Dr., 368-9280, $.

Sister Bean’s, 4956 Manslick Rd., 364-0082, $.

Thornberry’s Deli & Pies, 5103 S. Third St., 367-8394, $.

 
CASUAL DINING

The Lunch Pail, 502 E. Warnock St., 634-7116, $.

 
Chicken

Indi’s, 5009 S. Third St., 363-2535, $.

 
Chinese

Golden Star Chinese Restaurant, 3458 Taylor Blvd., 368-1833, $.

Hong Kong Fast Food, 5312 S. Third St., 367-8828, $.

Shah’s Mongolian Grill, 423 E. Warnock St., 493-0234, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Contemporary American

Cardinal Hall of Fame Café, 2745 Crittenden Dr., 635-8686, www.cardinalhalloffamecafe.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Derby Café, 704 Central Ave. (KY Derby Museum), 634-8858, www.derbycafe.com, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Woodford Reserve Bar and Grille, Louisville International Airport, 363-2526, www.hmshost.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Homestyle
Granny’s Apron, 2605 Rockford Ln., 449-9026, $.
Wagner’s Pharmacy, 3133 S. Fourth St., 375-3800, $.
 
Hotel Dining

Empire Grill and Bar, 978 Phillips Ln. (Executive Inn), 367-2251, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Golden Targe Tea Room, 830 Phillips Ln. (Executive West), 367-2251, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Great American Grill, 2735 Crittenden Dr. (Hilton), 637-2424, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
International

Behar Café & Restaurant, 5600 National Turnpike, 368-5658, $.

Djuli, 5312 S. Third St., 368-5199, $.

Tuscany Italian Restaurant, 9 New Cut Rd., 363-0308, $$.

 

Mexican/Southwestern/Tex Mex

El Nopal, 4214 Outer Lp., 968-2566, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

El Nopal, 5444 New Cut Rd., 380-8447, $ Beer,
Wine, Full Bar.

El Tarasco, 5425 New Cut Rd., 368-5628, $, Beer, Wine.
 
Pizza

Angilo’s Pizza, 1725 Berry Blvd., 368-1032, $.

Bearno’s, 7895 Dixie Hwy., 937-1199, $$, Beer.

Iroquois Pizza, 6614 Manslick Rd., 363-1234, $$, Beer, Wine.

 
Pub/Sports Bar

Hoops Grill and Sports Bar, 6733 Strawberry Ln., 375-4667, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Juanita’s Place, 3294 Taylor Blvd., 361-1638, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Pucker’s Bar & Grill, 4041 Preston Hwy., 364-7250, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Spectator’s Bar and Grill, 5530 New Cut Rd., 368-7650, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill, 2787 S. Floyd St., 637-5241, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Vietnamese

Annie Café, 308 W. Woodlawn Ave., 363-4847, $, Beer.

Café Thuy Van, 5600 National Turnpike, 366-6959, $, Beer.
Pho Binh Minh, 6709 Strawberry Ln., 375-9249, $$, Beer.
Vietnam Kitchen, 5339 Mitscher Ave., 363-5154, $, Beer.
 
 
St. Matthews
Asian

Yang Kee Noodle, 7900 Shelbyville Rd. (Oxmoor Center), 426-0800, $, Beer, Wine.

 
Café/Coffeehouse
Bloom’s Café, 307 Wallace Ave., 896-8008, $.
Cheddar Box Café, 3909 Chenoweth Sq., 893-2324, $. 

Heine Brothers Coffee, 119 Chenoweth Ln., 893-5103, www.heinebroscoffee.com, $.

Heine Brothers Coffee, 4123 Shelbyville Rd., 894-9413, www.heinebroscoffee.com, $.

Kayrouz Café, 127 Wiltshire Ave., 896-2630, $, Beer, Wine.

••Meridian Café, 112 Meridian Ave., 897-9703, $, Beer. This cozy St. Matthews lunch spot has always attracted crowds, but now they made a good thing even better by adding a bunch of appetizing breakfast dishes. Menu choices include “light breakfasts” like grilled banana walnut bread to “Meridian Classics” like pastrami hash. (Reviewed 1/9/08; Rating: N/A)

 
Casual Dining

Bluegrass Grill & Bar (Ramada Inn), 1041 Zorn Ave., 897-5101, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Café Lou Lou, 106 Sears Ave., 893-7776, www.cafeloulou.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Lonnie’s Best Taste of Chicago, 121 St. Matthews Ave., 895-2380, $.

W.W. Cousins, 900 Dupont Rd., 897-9684, $, Beer.

Wild Eggs, 3985 Dutchmans Ln., 893-8005, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Chinese
China 1, 123 Breckenridge Ln., 897-6511, $.
House of Dragon, 126 Breckenridge Ln., 893-7994, $$.
I Ching Asian Café, 4600 Shelbyville Rd., 893-7171, $.
King Wok, 291 N. Hubbards Ln., 899-7188, $.
Manchu Wok, 7900 Shelbyville Rd. (Oxmoor Center), 429-8207, $.
Oriental House, 4302 Shelbyville Rd., 897-1017, $.
 
Contemporary American

••60 West, 3939 Shelbyville Rd., 719-9717, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar. The 5-year-old Cafe Emilie reinvented itself with a new name and image. Owners Emilie and Charles Knieriem are still in charge, and Chef Tim Smith remains in the kitchen. (Reviewed 1/23/08; Rating: 84)

211 Clover Lane, 211 Clover Ln., 896-9570, www.211cloverln.com, $$$$, Beer, Wine.

Azalea, 3612 Brownsboro Rd., 895-5493, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Equus/Jack’s Lounge, 122 Sears Ave., 897-9026, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Gillman’s Point, 3930 Chenoweth Sq., 893-0106, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

The Patron, 3400 Frankfort Ave., 896-1661, www.thepatron.org, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Cuban
Havana Rumba, 4115 Oechsli Ave., 897-1959, $$, Beer, Wine.
 
Deli/Sandwiches
Andrew’s Café, 4010 Dupont Circle, 895-7064, $.

Café J, 3600 Dutchmans Ln. (Jewish Community Center), 459-0660, www.jccoflouisville.org, $.

Calistoga Artisan Sandwiches, 4000 Dutchmans Ln., 895-3779, $.

Danish Express, 102 1/2 Cannons Ln., 895-2863, $.

Feed Bag, 133 Breckenridge Ln., 896-1899, $.
Karem’s Deli, 314 Wallace Ave., 895-0084, $.
Lotsa Pasta, 3717 Lexington Rd., 896-6361, $.

Paul’s Fruit Market, 3905 Chenoweth Square, 896-8918, www.paulsfruit.com, $.

Spring Valley Deli, 6400 Dutchmans Ln., 896-9250, $.

Shady Lane Café, 4806 Brownsboro Rd., 893-5118, $.

Wall Street Deli, 3920 Dutchmans Ln., 894-0889, www.wallstreetdeli.com, $.

 
Desserts/Bakery/Ice Cream
The Cupcake Shop, 3701 Lexington Rd., 899-2970, $.

Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen, 3737 Lexington Rd., 893-3393, $.

Plehn’s Bakery, 3940 Shelbyville Rd., 896-4438, $.

Starlight Frozen Custard, 4169 Shelbyville Rd., 893-7827, $.

 
Health Conscious/Vegetarian

Rainbow Blossom Natural Foods, 3738 Lexington Rd., 896-0189, www.rainbowblossom.com, $.

 
INDIAN

Sage Indian Restaurant & Bar, 4123 Oechsli Ave., 896-0025, $.

 
Japanese

••Asahi Japanese Restaurant, 3701 Lexington Rd., 895-1130, $$. Chef Yong Bong Tak has made Asahi a worthy addition to St. Matthews. The extensive menu includes more than 100 sushi options, including the “Hawaiian Roll” and pairs of nigiri sushi. (Reviewed 7/23/08; Rating: 78)

Sakura Blue, 4600 Shelbyville Rd., 897-3600, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 

Mexican/Southwestern/Tex Mex

Bazo’s Fresh Mexican Grill, 4014 Dutchmans Ln., 899-9600, $, Beer.

El Tarasco, 110 Fairfax Ave., 895-8010, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Ernesto’s, 6201 Dutchmans Ln., 893-9297, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Tumbleweed, 5000 Shelbyville Rd. (Mall St. Matthews), 893-3100, www.tumbleweedrestaurants.com, $.

Tumbleweed, 7900 Shelbyville Rd. (Oxmoor Center), 339-8411, www.tumbleweedrestaurants.com, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Tumbleweed, 380 Brenton Way, 955-5747, www.tumbleweedrestaurants.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Pizza

Pizza by the Guy, 814 Lyndon Ln., 426-4044, $.

Saints Pizza and Pub, 131 Breckenridge Ln., 891-8883, www.saintspizza.com, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Tony Boombozz, 3334 Frankfort Ave., 896-9090, www.tonyboombozz.com, $$.

 
Pub/Sports Bar

••Bluegrass Brewing Company, 3929 Shelbyville Rd., 899-7070, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar. The 15-year-old St. Matthews brew house emerged from cosmetic surgery in mid January with a new look and an updated menu, including some old BBC favorites such as brewhouse chili nachos and shepherd’s pie and new editions like a hot bacon and spinach salad and fried polenta fingers. (Reviewed 1/23/08; Rating: 83)

Brendan’s, 3921 Shelbyville Rd., 895-1212, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Diamond Pub and Billiards, 3814 Frankfort Ave., 895-7513, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Gerstle’s Place, 3801 Frankfort Ave., 899-3609, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Jim Porter’s Good Time Emporium, 2345 Lexington Rd., 452-9531, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

ZaZoo’s Bar and Grill, 102 Bauer Ave., 894-8030, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Seafood

Carolina Shrimp and Seafood, 3922 Westport Rd., 894-8947, www.carolinashrimp.com, $, Beer, Wine.

The Fishery, 3624 Lexington Rd., 895-1188, $, Beer.

Seafood Connection, 3922 Chenoweth Square, 899-5655, $$.

Stan’s Fish Sandwich, 3723 Lexington Rd., 896-6600, $, Beer.

 
Steakhouse

Del Frisco’s, 4107 Oechsli Ave., $$$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Texas Roadhouse, 6460 Dutchmans Ln., 897-5005, www.texasroadhouse.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Thai

Simply Thai, 318 Wallace Ave., 899-9670, $.

 
Vietnamese

Lemongrass Café, 106 Fairfax Ave., 893-7757, $.

 
 
 
INDIANA
INDIANA
Charlestown
Pizza

Charlestown Pizza Co., 850 Main St., Charlestown, (812) 256-2699, $$, Beer, Wine.

 
 
CLARKSVILLE
Barbecue

Mark’s Feed Store, 513 Lewis & Clark Pkwy., (812) 285-1998, www.marksfeedstore.com, $, Beer, Wine.

Jersey’s Café, 1515 Lynch Ln., (812) 288-2100, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
CASUAL DINING

Champions Grill, 505 Marriott Dr. (Holiday Inn), (812) 283-4411, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Chinese
Asian Buffet, 1305 Veterans Pkwy., (812) 285-8888, $.
China Buffet, 706 E. Lewis and Clark Pkwy., (812) 288-8989, $.
You-Carryout-A, 827 Eastern Blvd., (812) 282-8881, $.
 
DELI

Cup of Sunshine Tea House & Café, 415 E. Riverside Dr., (812) 282-4316, $.

 
Desserts/Bakery/Ice Cream

Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen, 1370 Veterans Pkwy., (812) 288-6000, $.

Widow’s Walk, 415 W. Riverside Dr., (812) 280-7564, $.
Williams Bakery, 1051 N. Clark Blvd., (812) 254-2867, $.
 
Entertainment

Derby Dinner Playhouse, 525 Marriott Dr., (812) 288-2632, www.derbydinner.com, $$$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
INDIAN

India Palace, 408 E. Lewis & Clark Pkwy., (812) 258-0000, Beer, Wine.

 
Japanese

Kansai Japanese Steakhouse, 1370 Veterans Pkwy., (812) 218-9238, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 

Mexican/Southwestern/Tex Mex

El Burrito de Oro, 1927 Greentree Blvd., (812) 285-8820, $, Beer.

El Caporal, 515 E. Lewis and Clark Pkwy., (812) 282-7174, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

La Frontera, 754 E. Lewis and Clark Pkwy., (812) 258-0074, $, Beer.

La Herradura, 615 Eastern Blvd., (812) 280-8650, $, Beer.

La Tapatia Diner, 827 Eastern Blvd., (812) 218-8030, $, Beer.

Ruben’s Mexican Restaurant, 1370 Veterans Pkwy., (812) 258-0417, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Pub/Sports Bar

Danny Boy’s, 1101 S. Clark Blvd., (812) 283-3566, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Seafood

Islamorada Fish Company (Inside Bass Pro Shop), 951 E. Lewis & Clark Pkwy., (812) 218-5300, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Clarksville Seafood, 916 Eastern Blvd., (812) 283-8588, $.

Hungry Pelican, 564 Eastern Blvd., (812) 282-4673, $, Beer, Wine.

Skip Jack’s, 1418 Blackiston Mill Rd., (812) 282-7557, $.

 
Steakhouse

Texas Roadhouse, 757 E. Lewis & Clark Pkwy., (812) 280-1103, www.texasroadhouse.com, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
 
ELIZABETH/BRIDGEPORT
Buffet

Villa Buffet, Horseshoe Casino, (866) 676-SHOE, www.horseshoe.com, $$.

 
Café/Coffeehouse

Aroma Café, Horseshoe Casino, (866) 676-SHOE, www.horseshoe.com, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Cleo’s Coffee and More, Horseshoe Casino, (866) 676-SHOE, www.horseshoe.com, $, Beer.

 
CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN

Jack Binion’s Steakhouse, Horseshoe Casino, (866) 676-SHOE, www.horseshoe.com, $$$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Casual Dining

JB’s Café, Horseshoe Casino, (866) 676-SHOE, www.horseshoe.com, $.

Legends, Horseshoe Casino, (866) 676-SHOE, www.horseshoe.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Deli/Sandwiches

Ace High Snack Bar, Horseshoe Casino, (866) 676-SHOE, www.horseshoe.com, $.

All In Deli, Horseshoe Casino, (866) 676-SHOE, www.horseshoe.com, $.

 
 
FLOYDS KNOBS
Café/Coffeehouse

Bean Street Café, 101 Lafollette Station, (812) 923-1404.

The Hobknobb Roasting Co., 3700 Paoli Pike, (812) 923-1458, www.hobknobb.com, $.

 
Casual Dining
A Nice Restaurant, 404 Lafollette Station South, (812) 923-7770, $.

Juke Box Family Restaurant, 768 Highlander Point Dr., (812) 923-1435, $.

 
CUBAN

Cuba Libre, 702 Highlander Pt., (812) 923-2822, $$.

 
Desserts/Bakery/Ice Cream

Berry Twist, 3670 Scottsville Rd., (812) 923-8305, $.

 

Mexican/Southwestern/Tex Mex

Los Indios, 730 Highlander Point Dr., (812) 923-2929, www.losindiosmexmex.com, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Pizza
Arni’s Pizza, 3700 Paoli Pike, (812) 923-9805, $.
Bearno’s Pizza, Lafollette Station South, (812) 923-4600, $, Beer.

Pizza City, 4620 Williamsburg Station Rd., (812) 923-1450, www.pizzacity.biz, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
 
JEFFERSONVILLE
Asian

Asian BBQ & Cuisine, 1207 E. Market St., (812) 218-9858, $.

 
Café/Coffeehouse

Adrienne & Co. Café and Bakery, 129 W. Court Ave., (812) 282-2665, $.

Perkfection, 359 Spring St., (812) 218-0611, $.
 
Cafeteria

••Ann’s By The River, 149 Spring St., (812) 284-2667, $. This cafeteria-style restaurant lives up to its tag line: “Home-cooked food like Grandma used to prepare for Sunday dinner.” Many of the dishes really are based on recipes passed down through the Coomers family for generations. (Reviewed 4/2/08; Rating: 84)

 
Casual Dining
A Nice Restaurant, 2784 Meijer Dr., (812) 280-9160, $.

Babby’s Steakhouse, 1207 E. Market St., (866) 492-3484, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Bristol Bar and Grille, 700 W. Riverside Dr., (812) 218-1995, www.bristolbarandgrille.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Buckhead Mountain Grill, 707 W. Riverside Dr., (812) 284-2919, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Jerry’s Restaurant, 1510 E. Tenth St., (812) 283-7968, $.
Our Best Restaurant, 2835 Holman Ln., (812) 288-8133, $.

Star Cruises, 501 W. Riverside Dr., (812) 589-7857, www.staroflouisville.com, $$$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Chinese
You-Carryout-A, 1551 E. Tenth St., (812) 288-8313, $.
China Town Buffet, 1716 E. Tenth St., (812) 218-9998, $.
 
Deli/Sandwiches

Chicago Grill & Subs, 1626 Spring St., (812) 288-5988, $.

Lunch Today, 590 Missouri Ave. (Water Tower Square), (812) 282-1005, www.bajcatering.com, $.

Soup Line, 320 E. Court Ave., (812) 283-1007, $.

 
Desserts/Bakery/Ice Cream
Jeff’s Bakery, 334 E. Court Ave., (812) 283-3636, $.
 
Italian

Come Back Inn, 415 Spring St., (812) 285-1777, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Rocky’s Italian Grill, 715 W. Riverside Dr., (812) 282-3844, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Uncle Tubby’s, 3014 Middle Rd., (812) 288-8850, $.

 
Japanese

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse, 301 S. Indiana Ave., (812) 280-8500, www.kobesteakhouse.net, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 

Mexican/Southwestern/Tex Mex

••Buenos Dias Café, 1703 Charlestown-N.A. Pike, (812) 282-2233, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar. A simple, modern strip-mall exterior conceals one of the region’s most interesting small Latino eateries. The menu includes affordable, delicious dishes such as a Honduran Breakfast, Mexican stewed beef and fiery shrimp. (Reviewed 8/6/08; Rating: 88)

Puerto Vallarta, 125 Quartermaster Ct., (812) 288-2022, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Tumbleweed, 2784 Jefferson Centre, (812) 282-9333, www.tumbleweedrestaurants.com, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Pizza

Alexander’s Pizzeria, 1611 Charlestown-New Albany Rd., (812) 284-9000, $.

Bearno’s, 2784 Meijer Dr., (812) 282-3125, $$, Beer.

J Train Pizza & Pub, 201 Spring St., (812) 283-3663, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Pub/Sports Bar

19th Green Grill and Pub, 1740 Williamsburg Dr., (812) 284-9088, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Bob’s Pub & Grub, 1005 W. Market St., Jeffersonville, (812) 283-8919, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

The Lighthouse, 202 Main St., (812) 283-0077, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Mick’s Lounge, 1448 Tenth St. (Gateway Plaza), (812) 283-8096, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Pitt Stop Pub & Grill, 1710 E. 10th St., (812) 284-5475, $, Beer and Wine.

Third Base Tavern, 134 Spring St., (812) 283-4947, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Seafood

Kingfish, 601 W. Riverside Dr., (812) 284-3474, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Thai

Mai’s Thai Restaurant, 1411 E. 10th St., (812) 282-0198, $$, Beer.

 
 
NEW ALBANY
ASIAN

Onion Restaurant Tea House, 4211 Charlestown Rd., (812) 981-0188, $$, Beer, Wine.

Orchid Asian Café, 400 W. Main St., (812) 948-8887, $$, Beer.
 
Café/Coffeehouse

Coffee Crossing, 4212 Charlestown Rd., (812) 981-2633, www.coffeecrossing.com, $.

Main Street Café & Treats, 155 E. Main St., (812) 944-4494, $.

 
Casual Dining
A Nice Restaurant, 3105 Blackiston Mill Rd., (812) 945-4321, $.
Janie’s Café, 223 W. Fifth St., (812) 944-2400, $.

Rock n Roll Ranch House, 2612 Charlestown Rd., (812) 944-9199, $.

Sam’s Food and Spirits, 3800 Payne Koehler Rd., (812) 945-9757, www.samstavern.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

South Side Inn, 114 E. Main St., (812) 945-9645, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Speakeasy, 225 State St., (812) 981-0981, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Cajun

Joe’s OK Bayou, 4308 Charlestown Rd., (812) 948-2080, www.joesokbayou.com, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Chicken
Wings to Go, 4324 Charlestown Rd., (812) 941-9464, $.
 
Chinese
Asian Buffet, 3813 Charlestown Rd., (812) 945-1888, $, Beer
Golden China Buffet, 3300 Grant Line Rd., (812) 948-8877, $.
Hong Kong Chinese, 345 New Albany Plaza, (812) 945-1818, $.
Oriental Star, 2602 Charlestown Rd., (812) 948-8895, $.
 
Contemporary American

Windsor Restaurant & Garden, 148 E. Market St., (812) 944-9688, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Deli/Sandwiches
Great Harvest Bread, 4214 Charlestown Rd., (812) 945-4422, $.
 
Desserts/Bakery/Ice Cream

Ermin’s French Bakery and Café, 2736 Charlestown Rd., (812) 941-8674, $.

Mom and Pop’s Cone Corner, 1817 Graybrook Ln., (812) 945-6711, $.

 

Health Conscious/Vegetarian

Creekside Outpost Health Food Store, 614 Hausfeldt Ln., (812) 948-9118, www.creeksideoutpost.com, $.

Rainbow Blossom Health Food Store, 3003 Charlestown Crossing Way, (812) 941-0080, www.rainbowblossom.com, $.

 
Homestyle
The Little Chef, 147 E. Market St., (812) 949-7567, $.
Ninny’s-N-New Albany, 506 W. Main St., (812) 941-1235, $.

Tommy Lancaster’s, 1629 E. Market St., (812) 945-2389, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Italian
Bruno’s Pizzeria, 5170 Charlestown Rd., (812) 944-5050, $.
Federal Hill Café, 310 Pearl St., (812) 948-6646, $.
Mr. Spaghetti, 4510 Charlestown Rd., (812) 948-9999, $, Beer, Wine.
 
Japanese

Tomo Japanese Restaurant, 4315 Charlestown Rd., (812) 941-0200, $$$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 

Mexican/Southwestern/Tex Mex

El Nopal, 2743 Charlestown Rd., (812) 945-3588, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

El Nopal, 730 Rolling Creek Dr., (812) 590-3435, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

La Rosita Taqueria, 1515 E. Market St., (812) 944-3620, $, Beer.

Puerto Vallarta, 4214 Charlestown Rd., (812) 945-3588, $$.

••Tacos La Rosita, 113 Grant Line Plaza, (812) 948-7967, www.LaRositaGrill.com, $, Beer. La Rosita owners Israel and Lidia Landin opened this second New Albany location in late 2007. Along with the familiar Mexican fare, the menu is vegetarian-friendly, offering seven interesting meat-free options, including a veggie taco. (Reviewed 1/9/08; Rating: N/A)

Tumbleweed, 2005 State St., (812) 945-0177, www.tumbleweedrestaurants.com, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Tumbleweed, 3005 Charlestown Crossing Way, (812) 945-9333, www.tumbleweedrestaurants.com, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Pizza

Arni’s Pizza, 1208 State St., (812) 945-1149, www.meetyouatarnis.com, $.

Bearno’s, 3002 Charlestown Crossing Way, (812) 949-7914, $$, Beer.

The Fun House, 373 Professional Ct., (812) 945-2386, $$.

Sportstime Pizza, 3312 Plaza Dr., (812) 944-2577, www.newalbanian.com, $$, Beer, Wine.

 
Pub/Sports Bar

Mac’s Hideaway, (812) 945-4256, 1636 Slater Run Rd., $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

MYbar, 3306 Plaza Dr., (812) 948-6501, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Rich O’s Public House, 3312 Plaza Dr., (812) 949-2804, $, Beer.

The Rustic Frog, 1720 Old River Rd., (812) 944-0576, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Studio’s Grille & Pub, 207 E. Main St., (812) 590-3171, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Tucker’s American Favorites, 2441 State St., (812) 944-9999, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Vic’s Café, 1839 E. Market St., (812) 944-4338, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Seafood

Dock Seafood, 1125 State St., (812) 944-2951, $.

Hungry Pelican, 2604 Charlestown Rd., (812) 948-1692, $, Beer, Wine.

••Market Street Fish House, 133 E. Market St., (812) 590-3377, $. The Market Street Fish House makes a worthy addition to the Metro’s seafood dining scene. The restaurant offers a short, affordable and delightful menu of competently fried fresh seafood and sides. (Reviewed 5/21/08; Rating: 81)

 
 
SELLERSBURG
Casual Dining

Covered Bridge, 12510 Covered Bridge Rd., (812) 246-8880, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

The Chicken House, 7180 State Rd. 111, (812) 246-9485, $$, Beer, Wine.

 
Desserts/Bakery/Ice Cream

Tradewinds Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop, 7601 Hwy. 311, (812) 246-9616, $.

 
INTERNATIONAL

Beijing Grill and Sushi Bar, 8007 Hwy. 311, 248-0900, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Italian

Vicario’s, 7773 Hwy. 311, (812) 246-1000, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Pizza

Ma Zerellas, 949 S. Indiana Ave., (812) 246-9517, $.

The Pizza Palace, 469 N. Indiana Ave., (812) 246-3346, $.

Sir Dano’s Pizza Parlor, 469 N. Indiana Ave., (812) 246-3346, $.

 
Pub/Sports Bar

Sid’s Pub and Ranch House, 935A S. Indiana Ave., (812) 246-8192, $, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
Steakhouse

Neil and Patty’s Fireside Bar and Grill, 7611 Hwy. 311, (812) 246-5456, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

 
 
STARLIGHT
Deli/Sandwiches

Huber Starlight Café, 19816 Huber Rd., (812) 923-9463, www.huberwinery.com, $, Wine.

 
Homestyle

Joe Huber Family Restaurant, 2421 Scottsville Rd., (812) 923-5255, www.joehubers.com, $$, Beer, Wine, Full Bar.

Stumler’s Restaurant and Orchard, 10924 St John’s Rd., (812) 923-3832, $$, Beer, Wine.