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redesigned kitchen is now serving a Creole/Cajun menu prepared by Zing Zang, a new concept from the guys behind The Hub Roti Cafe. $$ D p MERLE’S WHISKEY KITCHEN 122 W. Main St., 2908888. Tony Palombino has expanded and re-imagined his popular Whiskey Row food and music spot. Renovations feature a larger outdoor ‘Merle’s Backyard’ patio, with a bar, fire pit and adult games. The restaurant has a larger stage, added seating and an updated menu that keeps the tacos, but emphasizes Southern fried chicken with sides like sweet potato casserole, long-cooked green beans and a candied bacon appetizer. 100 bourbons are currently on offer, including handpicked private barrels from Buffalo Trace, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey and others. $ L D hpe NOOSH NOSH 4816 Brownsboro Ctr., 205-2888. Anoosh Shariat’s upscale family-style eatery is behind his snazzy cafe in Brownsboro Ctr. A rustic stone oven in an open kitchen offers breakfast (omelets, baked eggs, frittatas, tofu florentine), lunch ( sweet & spicy wings, mussels, crepes, soups) and dinner (pizzas, sandwiches, “hearty plates”).. $$$ B Br L D pf OLIVE LEAF BISTRO 130 W. Riverside Dr., Jeffersonville IN, 913-1252. Walk over the Big Four bridge for a meal that draws on the rich food traditions of countries ringing the Mediterranean. Olive Leaf Bistro serves everything from tagines to chicken Forestiere, oysters Rockefeller to eggplant Napoleon, and Greek salad to paella. $$$ L D hpf P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO 9120 Shelbyville Rd., 327-7707. This Arizona-based, Chinese themed restaurant offers a loud, happy scene with Chinese-style dishes. To its credit, everything is prepared well and service is consistently fine. $$$ L D hpf RIVER CITY WINERY 321 Pearl St., New Albany IN, 9459463. All the wines here – 26 varieties in all – are produced and bottled on the premises. Wine tastings and, upon request, wine cellar tours are available. The winery is also a full-service restaurant, with brick oven pizzas a specialty. A family-friendly place that is also pet-friendly on the outdoor patio. $$ Br L D e SET AT THEATER SQUARE 630 S. Fourth St., 587-0526. This restaurant seeks to please both lunchtime eaters and after-show imbibers, in the downtown space that was Cunningham’s for many years. Geoff Heyde, formerly of Village Anchor, is Executive Chef; his menu focuses on Southern fare and American favorites at a moderate price level. In the evening, a more sophisticated menu and bar program will cater to patrons before and after area theater events. $$ L D

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SIDEBAR AT WHISKEY ROW 129 N. Second St., 3841600. On the west side of Whiskey Row, above Troll Pub under the Bridge, Sidebar focuses on burgers, Bourbon and beer, a potentially boffo combo for those going to or coming from the Yum! Center across the street. The emphasis is on craft cocktails served alongside a short but bold selection of sandwiches, appetizers and desserts. $$ L D hpe THE SILVER DOLLAR 1761 Frankfort Ave., 259-9540. In this Clifton honky tonk bar and restaurant, the music, all on vinyl, is the “Bakersfield sound” — a fusion of Mexicali and American roots music. The southern country-style menu with sophisticated nuances has happy fans crowding in most nights. Choose from more than 80 Kentucky Bourbons, ryes, tequila and mescal, but no “foreign whiskey” like Scotch. $$ Br L D hpf SMOKE & RYE Horseshoe Casino Hotel, (812) 969-6423. This casino eatery focuses on house-ground burgers and BBQ (with buns baked fresh daily on premises) and offers, according to management, “one of the nation’s largest selections of Bourbon and Rye whiskey found under a single roof.” Sip your specialty cocktails or spiked milkshakes while listening to live music. $$ L D hpe SOMEWHERE LOUISVILLE 1135 Bardstown Rd., 5526942. Now you can dine and have some cocktails, and then slide right next door to Nowhere for late-night fun 54 Winter 2016 www.foodanddine.com

and games. The new kitchen is run by Scott Darnell, formerly of Lilly’s, cooking up an eclectic Southerninspired menu. The fare includes beer cheese and pretzels, smoked wings, buttermilk fried chicken and 3 varieties of flatbreads. $$ D hpfe THE FAT LAMB 2011 Grinstead Dr., 409-7499. Dallas McGarity, long-time Executive Chef at Marketplace at Theater Square, has taken over the space that used to be Fontleroy’s for his own restaurant, where he focuses on small plates such as baked ricotta-stuffed eggplant, lamb meatballs with tzatziki and feta, spinach and ricotta gnocchi with truffled cream, hand rolled beet pasta in white wine butter, seared scallops with cauliflower puree and a fish of the day. $$ D hpf THE HUB LOUISVILLE 2235 Frankfort Ave., 777-1505. Clifton residents who remember this totally renovated site as a one-time tire dealership will be awed when they take in its sprawling evolution into a modern restaurant, live music venue, cocktail bar and adult rec center. Tie into its Southern-inspired small plates menu and its specials board of rotating entrees. The bar boasts a big rum and tequila selection, with alcoholic floats a specialty. $$ D hpfe VILLAGE ANCHOR PUB & ROOST 11507 Park Rd., 708-1850. In the heart of Anchorage is this two-level Euro-village inspired concept. On the upper level, a French bistro with an outdoor terrace. Downstairs at The Sea Hag the ambience is a British pub. The hearty upscale comfort food-style menu is served lunch and dinner with weekend brunch. A short, well-selected wine list and ambitious beer list with more than 50 craft and import choices accompany 55 Bourbons to boot. $$$ Br L D hpf WILTSHIRE AT THE SPEED 2035 S. Third St., 634-2976. Susan Hershberg and her team bring “artfully inspired, creative and seasonal” breakfast and luncheon fare to the renovated Speed Museum. Open at 10 a.m. for pastries, croissants, coffee and tea, lunch is served until 3 p.m., with soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees such as buckwheat noodle salad with seared salmon. Also a grab-and-go counter open until 5 p.m. $$ B Br L pf

BONEFISH GRILL 657 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy., 412-4666. This franchise concept from the Florida-based Outback Steakhouse chain offers impressive seafood in a comfortable setting. Add Bonefish to your short list of suburban chain eateries that do the job right. $$$ D hp CLARKSVILLE SEAFOOD 916 Eastern Blvd., Clarksville IN, 283-8588. As the only surviving descendant of Louisville’s old Cape Codder chain, Clarksville Seafood upholds a long and honorable tradition. The menu is simple — fried fish and fried seafood, served on paper trays — but it is consistently excellent and affordable. And now open until 8 p.m. most nights. $ L D CUNNINGHAM’S 6301 Upper River Rd., 228-3625. One of the longest-lived restaurants in the city, Cunningham’s has had several incarnations, and now pulls in old timers and new fans at its Harrod’s Creek location. There you can find fine fish sandwiches and pub grub, and absorb some of the nostalgia associated with this long-time favorite. $ Br L D hpf EAGLE LAKE & RESTAURANT 7208 Whipple Rd., 9377658. If you like to fish, or if you like to eat fish, you’ll likely enjoy Eagle Lake, a simple, down-home eatery in Southwestern Jefferson County. Seafood is the specialty. Fishermen will enjoy their stocked pay-to-fish lake. $$ LDf THE FISH HOUSE 1310 Winter Ave., 568-2993. Louisville is as overflowing as a well-stocked lake with fish-sandwich houses, and The Fish House is right up there with the best. Crisp breading laced with black pepper is the signature of Green River fried fish from Western Kentucky. And on weekends the space morphs into Café Beignet, serving hearty breakfasts and New Orleans-style beignets. $ Br L D f THE FISHERY 3624 Lexington Rd., 895-1188. The

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