Pig City BBQ, 12003 Shelbyville Rd., 244-3535, If pigmeat is what you crave, head on over to the new barbecue joint out in the East End. Pig City BBQ seasons with a special rub and smokes the meat for up to 24 hours with cherry wood, which imparts a slight sweetness to the meat — especially the chicken. (Reviewed 11/08; Rating: N/A)

Fresco Southwest Grill & Pizza, 2047 Lytle St., 776-6077. This new Portland pitstop offers you a pick of Mexican or Italian dishes — or, if you like, a little of both — in a sparkling, inviting space that looks a bit like a fast-food franchise. Mexican fare includes the standard tacos, burritos and such, while the Italian menu features pizza, spaghetti, Italian sausage sandwich, chicken parmesan sandwich and Italian fries. (Reviewed 11/08; Rating: N/A)

Holly Hill Inn, 426 N. Winter St., Midway, Ky., (859) 846-4732, A good hour’s drive east of downtown Louisville, Holly Hill is one of Kentucky’s most sophisticated eateries and too good for Louisville not to claim it as one of our own. Talented Chef Ouita Michel creates inspired seasonal menus, which change monthly but generally offer a three- to six-course prix-fixe dinner. (Reviewed 11/15; Rating: N/A)

Danielle’s, 2206 Frankfort Ave., 893-7677. This stylish Frankfort Avenue bistro features an innovative menu of dishes that are splendidly prepared with an emphasis on sweet and fruity flavors in Chef Josh Hillyard’s savory appetizers and entrees. (Reviewed 11/29; Rating: 88)

Westport General Store, 7008 KY Hwy. 524, Westport, Ky., (502) 222-4626, This cozy restaurant is located about a half-hour’s drive from Louisville in tiny, historic Westport in Oldham County. Dishes are prepared with skill and presented stylishly with interesting accompaniments, a nice wine list, microbrewery beers and a fine list of bourbons. (Reviewed 12/06; Rating: N/A)

Pho Binh Minh, 6709 Strawberry Ln., 375-9249. The city’s latest Vietnamese entry features a menu that lists about 40 authentic dishes, divided into appetizers, sandwiches (Bahn Mi) and four main-dish categories: Pho (soup); Hu and Mi (stews); Bun (noodle) and Com (rice). The fare is friendly, filling and not too expensive. (Reviewed 12/20; Rating: 85)

Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, 325 W. Main St. (Waterfront Plaza), 584-0102, The Cincinnati-based mini-chain kicks things up a notch or two at Waterfront Plaza, but it also shares a taste of that wacky Galt House flavor. Complete with a massive wine list and spectacular meat courses, the pricey Jeff Ruby’s blows away Morton’s of Chicago and Ruth’s Chris. (Reviewed 12/27; Rating: 88)

Liang’s Café, 3571 Springhurst Blvd., 425-0188. One of the city’s newest top Chinese spots, Liang’s is owned by Roland Wong, who for many years ran the front of the house at Emperor of China. A dozen regional North China dishes are integrated into the regular menu as “House Specialties,” which are listed on the menu in both English and Chinese. (Reviewed 1/3; Rating: 89)