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The tasty array of casual Italian tastes at Bearno's will warm bellies while the friendly neighborhood service warms tomato-shaped hearts. Appetizers such as spicy boneless chicken wings ($7.49 for a large) and garlic cheese stix ($7.49) lay the foundation for a robustly-flavored repast, while fresh salads ($3.99–$10.99) cleanse the palate in preparation for savory sandwiches ($7.39–$8.99), build-your-own or pre-conceived specialty pizzas ($8.99–$37.99), and classic pasta dishes. Wrap paws around a slice of Mama Bearno's pizza, loaded with sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, olives, and mozzarella ($17.99 for a medium), or mumble a mouthful of chicken parmesan with a side of mostaccioli ($7.99). If you are having trouble deciding between menu categories, opt for a hybrid open-faced pizza hoagie ($7.39), or blindfold your index finger and point.

8019 Preston Hwy
Louisville,
KY
US

An inexhaustible source of slow-cooked, smoky ribs, the Bootleg Bar-B-Q pit masters have supplied area carnivores with excellent meat since 1991. Bootleg's co-owners work alongside their mutton-juggling employees to deliver well-slathered meatstuffs dressed in savory sauces to starving mouths of all sizes. When running their buds over the menu, tongues trill at the feel of robust half-slab dinners ($12.49) and pulled-pork and beef-brisket sandwiches ($4.99). A Courier-Journal review advises sandwich aficionados to order their first selection without sauce, then sample every Bootleg sauce until the ideal accompaniment reveals itself. Bootleg recommends customers send meat-seeking missives ahead of their arrival, as many sublimely smoked dishes take time to prepare, such as the wings, which require three hours' notice to exchange their aerodynamacy for hot and sticky flavor. A slew of enticing sides, available in individual, pint, or gallon sizes, fill remaining gut space with homespun fixings made from scratch, including country coleslaw, mac 'n' cheese, and down home tater salad.

7508 Preston Hwy
Louisville,
KY
US

The chefs at El Rincon Cuban Restaurant & Bar treat diners to the tastes of Havana with a menu of authentic Cuban cuisine. Before entrees take the stage, an appetizer of papas rellenas warms taste buds with its orbs of breaded, fried mashed potatoes, each filled with seasoned ground beef, much like most asteroids. Diners can quell lunchtime belly rumblings with the chuleta natural, seasoned grilled-pork-tenderloin steak served with yuca with mojo sauce. Inside the fricassee de pollo, a bone-in quarter chicken simmers in potatoes and a white-wine-and-creole sauce, and the grilled sandwich cubano culls together ham, roasted pork, and cheese. Live musicians belt out festive tunes on weekends, and staff members lay out tarps for late-night salsa dancing or impromptu slip 'n' slide competitions.

8118 Preston Highway
Louisville,
KY
US

The Spaghetti Shop's chefs pair the long noodles with classic toppings, including marinara and meatballs, as well as with more unique toppings, including barbecue sauce. They also pop the noodles in the oven for gooey spaghetti bakes. Whatever spaghetti or specialty pasta dish patrons order at the restaurant, they can sop up the accompanying sauce with unlimited pieces of housemade garlic bread.

The chefs also send out their pasta dishes, garlic bread, and gourmet fudge brownies to weddings or corporate and private events, and they offer takeout meals perfect for a family dinner that's quick and tasty, unlike a partially defrosted bag of frozen peas.

4657 Outer Loop
Louisville,
KY
US

From its humble beginnings as a single orange-juice stand in Los Angeles, Orange Julius has blossomed into a worldwide purveyor of refreshing blended smoothies and fresh fruit drinks. Slurp a large smoothie (a $5.73 value each) in one of more than a dozen flavors, such as pomegranate and berries, a blend of low-fat frozen yogurt and three ruby-hued fruits, or tropical tango, a mix of pineapple, banana, orange sherbet, and tropical fruit juice. Light smoothies each contain 250 or fewer calories, acquiring their sweetness from fresh fruits, a light sprinkling of Splenda, and afternoons spent reading Nancy Drew mysteries. Or hold the ice and sip a namesake large Julius fruit drink (a $4.44 value each) available in the shop’s famous signature orange or 1 of 13 other frothy flavors, perfect for quenching thirst after a long day of stamp licking.

4801 Outer Loop
Louisville,
KY
US

In 1997, Shahram Pouranfour, his wife Gita, and their sons Farzan and Arman opened up the first Fishery Station in south Louisville, dishing up familiar favorites such as oysters, catfish, and coleslaw. Like season two of Twin Peaks, the menu became more adventurous and fascinating as time went on, expanding with exotic samples of alligator tail, shark, and frog legs. Shahram adds a cosmopolitan flair to the selection of fried chicken and fish with mediterranean gyros, baklava, and falafel, as well as a special Iranian spread (kashk e bademjan) made with mashed eggplant, whey, caramelized onions, and mint saut?ed with garlic.

5610 Outer Loop
Louisville,
KY
US