Aftertastes for 1-30-08

RED PEPPER CHINESE CUISINE, 2901 Brownsboro Rd., 891-8868. 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)

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 forum. Takeout only, it’s close to a New York City pizza in style. (Reviewed 1/9/08; Rating: N/A)

TACOS LA ROSITA, 113 Grant Line Plaza, New Albany, (812) 948-7967, 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)

MERIDIAN CAFÉ, 112 Meridian Ave., 897-9703. 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)

LIMESTONE RESTAURANT, 10001 Forest Green Blvd., 426-7477, 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)

BLUEGRASS BREWING CO., 3929 Shelbyville Rd., 899-7070, 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)

60 WEST BISTRO AND MARTINI BAR, 3939 Shelbyville Rd., 719-9717, 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, now assisted by sous chef Chris Vanhoozer. (Reviewed 1/23/08; Rating: 84)