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neighborhood feel that people remember from when Miss Jessie presided in the 1970s, but the food and accouterments are up to date, a blend of “country” and “cool.” $$ L D GOOSE CREEK DINER 2923 Goose Creek Rd., 3398070. Goose Creek Diner offers old-fashioned comfort food, as the name “diner” suggests, but transcendently adds a gourmet taste to the down-home eats. $ B Br L D HEALTHY EATING 332 W. Broadway, 709-4411. This downtown storefront offers delivery and takeout of healthful meals focused on fresh fruits, vegetables and lean meats created to “make you feel light and energized when you return to work.” Home meal plans available too. Dine in too, if you can grab a table in the little space. $ JOE & KATHY’S PLACE 5408 Valley Station Rd., 9355323. This family-run, home-cooking-from-scratch place has developed a loyal following among the Valley Station locals. The menu supplies expected standards like fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, but contemporary offerings like vegetable panini and pork tenderloin sandwich with pesto mayo are available, too. $ B L D MOCA DINER 2610 Chamberlain Ln., 618-0977. MOCA Diner (run by husband Moe and wife Cathy) serves house made dishes — meat loaf, roast chicken, spaghetti and meatballs — all made from scratch. Breakfast is served all day, along with lunch and dinner. There is a full bar with wine list, patio seating, and daily specials. $$ B L Dpf O’DOLLYS 7800 Third St. Rd., 375-1690. Homestyle steam-table favorites, available from breakfast to dinner, not to mention full bar service that makes O’Dollys a Southwest Louisville destination. $ B L D hp WAGNER’S PHARMACY 3113 S. Fourth St., 375-3800. A track-side institution that has as much history as the nearby Twin Spires of Churchill Downs. Soups, sandwiches, shakes, cherry Cokes and an early bird “trainer’s” breakfast can be enjoyed all year round. Racing history on the walls and servers who’ll call you “hon.” $ B L

Bardstown Rd., 882-2081. This Buechel place certainly gives the “bistro” concept a down-home Southern twist. Fried chicken and fish, a vegetable plate with three sides choices, burgers, pork chop sandwich, and chicken wings. Sides include sweet potato casserole studded with pecans, fried corn on the cob and collard greens. $$ L D FINN’S SOUTHERN KITCHEN 1318 McHenry St., 7082984. Noted local restaurateur Steve Clements is back in action with this new southern-influenced spot located in the historic Fincastle building next to the newly developed Germantown Mill Lofts. Serving breakfast (buttermilk biscuit sandwiches), lunch (soups, salads and sandwiches) and dinner 7 days a week, with brunch on weekends. $$ B Br L D hp FOOD 4 UR SOUL 612 S. Fifth St., 614-6363. This corner space at Fifth and Chestnut offers up soulful favorites: fried catfish, rib tips, pork chops (grilled, fried, or smothered), sweet potato casserole, fried mac and cheese, and fried bologna sandwiches. $$ L D FORTY ACRES AND A MULE RESTAURANT 1800 Dixie Hwy., 776-5600. $ L D FRANCO’S RESTAURANT & CATERING 3300 Dixie Hwy., 448-8044. Long-time fans of Jay’s Cafeteria (including politicians and national entertainers) are no longer bereft. Jay’s former owners serve up Southern Soul food in Shively at family-friendly prices. Look for smothered pork chops, collard greens, fried chicken, fried catfish and fruit cobbler. $ L D GOSPEL BIRD 207 E. Main St., New Albany IN, 7251054. Eric Morris and Ethan Ray, who have been part of some of the more interesting Louisville restaurants of late, move over to a grand old building in New Albany. They call their new place a “flashy pub with Southern influences,” offering innovative choices such as a version of poutine, and venison chorizo queso sauce over grilled shrimp, their version of a surf 'n' turf. $$ Br D hpf

MISS ADA’S 510 E. Chestnut St., 561-3762. $ L RED BARN KITCHEN 8131 New Lagrange Rd., 434-7470. The OLE Restaurant group’s latest eatery is a Southern foods and BBQ stop. Executive Chef Reed Johnson’s menu includes pulled pork and ribs, beef brisket and ribs, shrimp and grits, fried chicken, a country ham platter – “home cooking coming from a chef perspective," according to partner Fernando Martinez. The renovated Joe’s Older Than Dirt location has two dining rooms and an extensive patio. $$$ Dpfe SCENE 501 W. Main St. Scene is the latest dining venture in the space at the Kentucky Center for the Arts that has seen a lot of things come and go. Open before shows for drinks and small plate dining served in the fast-casual style. Flatbreads, burgers, pasta dishes, crab cakes; a small but good wine and beer selection and a full bar. $$ D hp SHIRLEY MAE’S CAFÉ 802 Clay St., 589-5295. This Smoketown institution draws hungry locals as well as celebrities in town hungry for the soul food of their youth. BBQ ribs, and hot-water cornbread cooked in a cast iron skillets. Pig’s feet and chicken wings and collards, all seasoned with Shirley Mae Beard’s spice rack — salt and pepper. $ L D SOUTHERN EXPRESS 418 W. Oak St., 963-1719. This well-known West End carryout spot has moved into a sit-down location in Old Louisville. There, classic soul food is served for eat-in or takeout and at rockbottom prices. Diners build their own meal at $1 per item. Choices vary daily, but look for fried chicken, cooked cabbage, fried whiting, pork roast, fried or smothered pork chops, mac and cheese and rib tips. $ LDf

ANN’S BY THE RIVER 149 Spring St., Jeffersonville IN, 284-2667. This is cafeteria-style dining done very well.

WEBB’S MARKET 944 E. Muhammad Ali Blvd., 5830318. An old-line neighborhood corner grocery store houses a delicious secret: At the back you’ll find a steam table loaded with exceptional comfort food. Fried chicken is excellent, and don’t miss the chili. $ B L

BIG MOMMA’S SOUL KITCHEN 4532 W. Broadway, 772-9580. Big Momma’s may be the most hospitable place in the West End to get genuine soul food. A different main course is featured daily, all home-cooked food, including such goodies as baked chicken, smothered pork chops, meat loaf, catfish … and fried chicken every day. $ L D BOOK & BOURBON SOUTHERN KITCHEN 600 Terminal Dr. (Louisville Airport). This library-themed concept at this upscale, airport dining venue offers more than 100 bourbons, along with a classic craft cocktail list. The food menu tweaks Southern comfort food with items such as fried green tomato Benedict and short rib hush puppies. $$ B L D hp COOK N’ COMPANY 947 Central Ave., 635-1000. A home-cooking restaurant right across from Churchill Downs. You will find cheeseburgers, fried catfish sandwiches and rotating daily specials of ribs, salmon cakes and fried pork chops. House-made desserts round out lunch or dinner. $ L D f DAISY MAE’S 223 W. Fifth St., New Albany IN, 944-8101. Daisy Mae’s offers southern food and hospitality. The menu includes fried chicken and cod, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, collards and pinto bean soup every day. Look for daily specials that include a regularly rotating fruit cobbler and red velvet cake. $ L D f DASHA BARBOURS SOUTHERN BISTRO 3825

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