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RYE 900 E. Market St., 749-6200. New York hip meets Kentucky farm produce and meats, and the result is a daily menu focused on what is freshest. Every dish is created with unpretentious flair and served in a sleek East Market Street ambience. The house-made charcuterie program is exceptional. $$ L D hpf SWAY 320 W. Jefferson St. (Hyatt Regency), 587-3434. The handsome dining room on the entry level of the hotel has a bar that opens to Fourth street in good weather, and a menu based on the “Southern Way,” from whence comes the name Sway. The fried chicken, cooked to order, quickly became a signature dish, and Chef Logan Sandoval has got the timing of the tricky dish down to a science. $$$ B L D hpf UPTOWN CAFÉ 1624 Bardstown Rd., 458-4212. The Uptown has been an excellent spot for lunch and bistro-style dinners for so long that people seem to take it for granted. Those in the know find it an excellent value, for its Highlands location and sophisticated ambience, as well as the eclectic modern menu that includes seasonal small plate selections by long-time chef Matt Weber. $$$ L D hpf VARANESE 2106 Frankfort Ave., 899-9904. Chef John Varanese has made even old-timers forget that this stylish venue was once a gas station. With a slatebacked interior waterfall and a front wall that folds open in good weather, the dining room is as interesting as the lively, international seasonal menu. Live jazz, contemporary art and urban style complete the mood. $$$ D hpfe VOLARE 2300 Frankfort Ave., 894-4446. (See review under European/Italian.) WILTSHIRE ON MARKET 636 E. Market St., 589-5224. Understated elegance and creative dishes characterize this NuLu restaurant. The finely crafted small plates menu changes weekly to showcase the best seasonal ingredients. Start with the weekly charcuterie board or cheese plate, followed by a seasonal flatbread or salad, and perhaps a pasta dish. Open Thur.-Sun. only. Reservations suggested. $$ D pf YACHING’S EAST WEST CUISINE 105 S. Fourth St., 585-4005. Yaching’s promises “an eclectic menu of contemporary Asian fusion cuisine.” It’s an attractive mix of East and West, sufficient to give just about everyone something to enjoy, regardless of which compass point attracts your taste buds. $$$ L D hp

502 BAR & BISTRO 10401 Meeting Pl., 742-4772. There are a lot of TVs, with sports on in this sleek, contemporary spot in Norton Commons, but the food is several notches above the norm of sports bars. Chef Ming Pu’s eclectic, modern American menu offers interesting twists on standards like wings and beer cheese, but you can also find an ahi tuna appetizer and a Korean short ribs dish, an open-faced meatloaf sandwich and entrees from a vegetable stir fry to a beef filet. A full bar and signature cocktails, and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. $$ Br D hpf ANOOSH BISTRO 4864 Brownsboro Rd., 690-6585. Anoosh Shariat’s quietly elegant Brownsboro Center space has an eclectic lunch and dinner menu that includes pan-seared ruby trout, pork Dijon, grilled romaine salad, and house-made pastas. $$ D p BISTRO 1860 WINE BAR 1765 Mellwood Ave., 6181745. New owner Doug Prather plans no changes to Chef Michael Crouch’s menu concept, offering three sizes and/or price ranges — petite for tasting, appetizer and small entrée — allowing diners to explore the menu at a reasonable cost. The homey, chic old Butchertown building is both comfortable and elegant. In fair weather, dine in the shady garden, or ask to be seated in the Camel Lounge upstairs. $$$ D hpf BISTRO 301 301 W. Market St., 584-8337. Its central location across the street from the Convention Center and a short stroll from the Yum! Center makes this stylish casual bistro a good choice for food and drink 52 Spring 2017 www.foodanddine.com

RED = Advertiser B = Breakfast Br = Brunch L = Lunch D = Dinner

Spring 2017 (vol 55)  

FEB - MAR - APR 2017

Spring 2017 (vol 55)  

FEB - MAR - APR 2017