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Named one of the Top 100 Places to Drink in the South by Imbibe, Bourbon’s Bistro fills glasses with more than 130 varieties of rare bourbons including Heaven Hill, Ancient Age, and Old Rip Van Winkle. In the restaurant, located within a 1877 building, diners feast upon bourbon-inspired meals seated at one of many cozy tables lining a brick wall decorated with pictures of the past and midnight blue curtains. The bone-in pork chop exudes the sweetness of bourbon with a topping trio of caramelized apples, country ham, and bourbon glaze, while the Maple-leaf Farms duck breast is paired with roasted fingerlings, caramelized brussels sprouts, bacon lardons, and aged balsamic.

2255 Frankfort Ave
Louisville,
KY
US

In the middle of July, alfresco diners at Le Deauville might dive headlong into a Bastille Day celebration, watching as servers light red, white, and blue cupcake towers with sparklers or mediate street-side matches of pétanque. Though they bathe their sidewalk bistro in patriotic colors on state holidays, the staffers also immerse visitors in French culture year-round. Chefs populate seasonal menus with traditional French dishes such as steamed mussels in tomato and herbs, roasted rack of lamb with bordelaise mint sauce, and sea scallops with wild-mushroom risotto. They sometimes augment these dishes with globe-hopping guests including Caribbean lobster and Spanish mackerel, introducing new flavors to French preparations without having to pass sushi off as really, really strange-looking ratatouille.

In warm weather, servers ferry these dishes to sidewalk tables draped in white tablecloths next to the restaurant's French-door-covered façade, which is illuminated each night by strings of colored light bulbs. Gray tiled floors inlaid with intricate designs spread out inside, running between dark-wood-paneled and exposed-brick walls. Here, patrons gather at café tables or sidle up to an old wooden bar, where servers pour from a full stock of beer, wine, and spirits.

199 N Limestone
Lexington,
KY
US

In 1818, George and Elizabeth Moore built a new house in which to raise their future family. Their youngest daughter, Mariah, would go on to spend her entire life in the home her parents had bequeathed to her. When Rick Kelley and David Sears decided to transform the historic residence into a restaurant nearly a century after her passing, they chose the name to honor its longest-term resident. They also added a 3,000-square-foot expansion and restored the fireplaces, wood flooring, and brick walls to their original appearance.

Thanks to these refurbishments, Mariah?s old home seems to have found new life in the 21st century. Where she used to cook, chefs now hand-cut steaks and slide thin-crust pizzas into a large brick oven for firing. As Bowling Green's oldest standing brick structure, the nearly 200-year-old Mariah Moore House offers diners much to gaze at if they can pry their eyes away from the hearty fare on their plates. The building?s historic accents include a Brunswick bar top from the 1880s, an aged carousel horse, and a TV-video wall salvaged from Grover Cleveland?s presidential situation room.

801 State St
Bowling Green,
KY
US

Pangea Cafe's owner and chef Justin Crandall strives to locally source the ingredients for his palate-pleasing, culture-crossing menu. Supper selections shine with entrees such as the parmesan-rosemary chicken, pan-seared and flanked by a red-pepper-and-mozzarella infused risotto cake ($14.99), and the tortilla-crusted shrimp, doused in chipotle marinara ($11.25 lunch; $13.99 dinner). The Asian flavors of napa cabbage, crisp carrots, and tasty noodles tossed with soy vinaigrette come in a range of culinary incarnations, from a lunch salad ($7.54) or a wrap ($7.35) to a succinctly satisfying supper salad ($8.29). A zesty roster of pizzas ($10.99–$14.99) emerges from the oven garnished with traditional toppings such as pepperoni and mushroom, as well as more adventurous adornments including banana peppers, jalapeños, and GI Joes.

1320 Carter Rd
Owensboro,
KY
US

Family owned and operated beginning in 1984 specializing in cajun and creole cuisine with live jazz. Traditional fare as well with great steaks, chicken, pasta and pork dishes. Full bar and wine list. Private party rooms available for up to 40 guests. Reservations suggested. Free parking in Main Strasse Village lot.

529 Main St
Covington,
KY
US

Inside Miyako Sushi & Steakhouse, diners gather around the flames of 10 hibachi grills to watch an expert chef flip and sear chicken in teriyaki sauce, while other patrons sit in comfy black chairs in the cool blue glow of the sushi bar. Sleek modern decor surrounds guests as their teeth unpack skillfully rolled sushi and their eyes stare hungrily at the nervous fish inside the restaurant’s aquarium. Miyako’s hibachi and sushi chefs use only fresh ingredients as they craft each dish to diners’ specifications.

2511 Ritchie Ave.
Crescent Springs,
KY
US