Bistro 42 dishes out a delectable menu of classic Italian and American fare in a casual setting. Pique palates with an ambrosial Hail to Caesar salad ($6.99) or one of the many appetizers, such as wings ($7.99–$19.99) or the calamari fritto, lightly fried and paired with a mini marinara dunking lagoon ($8.99). Bistro lasagna, made with fresh cheese, beef, and pepperoni ($11.99), or pot roast, prepared Southern style with mushroom-marsala gravy and served with a choice of sides ($12.99), make for satisfying main events. Hungry herbivores can feast on eggplant parmesan ($11.99) or practice lasso skills with Momma's spaghetti ($7.99). A smorgasbord of sandwiches served on oven-baked bread, such as the italian sausage ($8.99) and italian veggie ($7.99), satisfy midday munchies. On Friday nights, guests can enjoy the sounds of live music, and an ever-present kids' menu pleases both picky progeny and the young at stomach.
Steve-O’s Italian Kitchen keeps families feeling full with a menu of handcrafted italian pizza, pasta, subs, overstuffed salads, and Italian specialties. A kick-starter of chicken wings ($6.99/10 wings) primes palates for boot-based dishes such as the 100% prime veal cutlet parmigiana ($11.99). Steve-O tops its fettuccini alfredo ($10.99) with sauce made from scratch—a delicious, mysterious substance found only on sandworm-riddled desert planets—and applies the same hands-on principles to its lasagna ($10.99). DIY diners can cobble together a pizza ($6.99–$22.99) out of pepperoni, bacon, fresh basil, banana peppers, and a host of other toppings ($1–$1.75 each) before sticking a sweet landing with the cannoli ($3.50).
With a menu of appetizing dishes, Texican’s satisfies stomachs with its tongue-tantalizing Texas-style slow-smoked meats and sauces, served as condiments at the table. Whether hunkering down for an in-house experience or ordering chow on the go, the friendly barbecue buffs make it easy to fill up on feasts such as the hearty hickory-smoked beef brisket, either in a bold, savory sandwich ($4.99) or part of a meal with your choice of two sassy sidekicks such as skillet-fried taters and slaw ($6.99). More adventurous diners can duel with a posse of four fiery wings ($4.99–$6.99) as taste buds take part in an old-West-style shootout on the mouth’s main street. A serving of cherry-wood-smoked pork spare ribs ($4.99–$6.99) vies to steal eaters' attention from its succulent cousin, the 18-hour smoked pulled-pork sandwich ($3.99–$5.99), flanked by a bevy of personal-size spectators including mac ’n' cheese or cinnamon apples. Also served in pints ($3.25) and quarts ($5.99), the sides can feed a family or an entire army of little green men.
Burning Bush's menu takes tongues on a trip to Greece without them having to endure endless views of ancient ruins. Vegetarians will salivate over falafel ($4.01) and quinoa lavanini, lavash bread topped with pepper-jack cheese, avocado, and quinoa ($5.42). Meat junkies and professional bodybuilders can choose bison kebabs cooked over an oak charcoal fire, a gyro ($5.66+), or a Balkan burger ($5.89), which blends beef, pork, and lamb into an unholy union of succulence. Youngsters under 10 can order off the kids' menu or nag their parents for one of the restaurant's thin-crust pizzas. Burning Bush also serves sweet, creamy meal endings from Gelato Gilberto, a local gelateria in Norton Commons.
Louisville’s own Courier-Journal likens the coziness of J. Harrod’s Restaurant to that of an “old-school suburban sanctuary”—an apt description, though the upscale eatery sidesteps clichéd décor for an elegant dining room that refuses to pander to nostalgia. Like the green plaid wallpaper and other subtle touches of décor, chef Jenny Ballard’s menu reflects a refined simplicity with its comforting dishes of boneless fried chicken, center-cut pork chops, and veal marsala. The kitchen’s five house-made dressings spruce up salads with recipes that represent America’s diverse culinary traditions, from a zesty peppercorn ranch to a dressing that boasts ingredients from each of our country’s 1,000 island territories. Waiters whisk dishes from the kitchen to large tables, whose polished surfaces are illuminated by the glow that emanates from a wood-paneled fireplace.