Aug 22, 2006 at 8:06 pm
LA PERLA DEL PACIFICO, 2840 Goose Creek Road, 339-7670. Not just another taqueria but a serious restaurant with a specialty — seafood — that it handles quite well. There are standard dishes like soft tacos and quesadillas, plus more unusual things like octopus. (Reviewed 7/12; Rating: 85)

STRATTO’S, 318 W. Lewis & Clark Pkwy., Clarksville, (812) 945-3496. Fine new Italian eatery raises the bar for gourmet-style dining north of the Ohio. Extensive menu featuring more than two dozen courses. (Reviewed 7/19; Rating: 84)

SARI SARI, 2339 Frankfort Ave., 894-0585, Popular new Crescent Hill spot — you might call it a “Brother of El Mundo,” as owner Pete Chamberlain and chef Lourdes Fronteras, a native of the Philippines, are in charge of the reasonably priced Filipino delights.
(Reviewed 7/26; Rating: 82)

QUEEN OF SHEBA ETHIOPIAN, 3315 Bardstown Road, 459-6301, Expansive Ethiopian lunch buffet ($6.49), served Sunday-Friday, featuring the finest of the African country’s hot and cold dishes, is the highlight. (Reviewed 7/26; Rating: N/R)

RED ROBIN GOURMET BURGERS & SPIRITS, Brownsboro Crossing, 339-8616, The buzz surrounding this corporate restaurant chain is warranted. More than two dozen variations on the burger, plus the gaudy and appetizing Towering Onion Rings. (Reviewed 8/2; Rating: 77)

CHICAGO GYROS SANDWICH AND GRILL, 2317 Brownsboro Road, 895-3270. Little Clifton shop gets gyros right and has a bewildering array of variations on this Greek staple. Deli and standard grill items also served. Rating: (Reviewed 8/2; Rating: N/R)

ORDER’S UP! CAFÉ & DELI, 1981 Nelson Miller Parkway, 245-5991. Lovable and cozy new lunch spot in an East End office park is a spin on the fast casual model, with fresh sandwiches all priced at $5 or less, plus soups, salads and sides. (Reviewed 8/2; Rating: N/R)

SEAFOOD CONNECTION, 3922 Chenoweth Sq., 899-5655. Cozy lunch stop with many a delicious fish dish, including fish tacos and sandwiches, shrimp po’boy and crab cakes, four-star quality, all under $10. (Reviewed 8/9; Rating: 91)

TOAST ON MARKET, 736 E. Market St., 569-4099. Adds a tongue-in-cheek bistro spin to traditional breakfast and lunch diner fare. Located in the old Shel-Mar theater, offering plenty of seating. (Reviewed 8/16; Rating: N/R)