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Opening the Doors to Healthier and Stress-Free Living

A Column by Alice Abbott-Moore,
Content Access/Information Delivery Teams, Ekstrom Library

Louisville Dining:
A Sampling of the Regular and the Unleaded


Itís summertime, and you know what that means! More free time, which means more time to get out, relax and enjoy fine food.

Perhaps you have experienced it: you have dinner plans; everyone in your party has a different idea about good cuisine and where to find it. Some people are fine cooks and are far more critical of restaurant cuisine. On the other hand, when it comes to healthy low-fat eating, I can be quite critical and stubborn on where and what I eat.

Chances are when folks go out to eat, someone in the group may have varying dietary needs. Many people have restrictions on what they consume due to health, political, religious, social, and spiritual reasons.

During the past seven years, since I changed my dietary habits, I have dined out quite a bit with others who do not eat like I do. In the beginning it was quite frustrating. I experienced a couple of instances that were almost maddening, but over the years, I have come to think of dining out as not only an adventure and a challenge, but also as a game.

Here is a list of restaurants that provide variety for everyone, from those who eat lower-fat diets to those who eat whatever they please. At each of these restaurants, I have found that one can order items prepared alternatively to lower the fat; they provide baked, broiled, grilled, and steamed items and will also reduce or eliminate sauces and spreads upon request. The following list is selective, not comprehensive. The Louisville area is blessed with many fine restaurants.


I have used restaurant critic Robin Garrís rating system for the pricing of the restaurants:

$$$$ = expensive ($50-up)
$$$ = upscale ($30-$50)
$$ = modest ($15-$30)
$ = budget (under $15)

Arirang
4160 Bardstown Road
(502) 495-1004
$$

Asiatique
106 Sears Avenue
(502) 899-3578
$$$$
http://www.asiatique.bigstep.com

Azalea
3612 Brownsboro Road
(502) 895-5493
$$$
http://www.tosabe.com/azalea/index.shtml

Bearnoís
Bowman Field 458-8605
Dixie Hwy. 937-1234
Elizabethtown 763-1996
LaGrange 222-3577
New Cut 367-1199
Shepherdsville 543-3481
Westport Road 423-1224
Prospect 228-1224
Okolona 968-6060
Jeffersontown 267-2549
Middletown 254-5152
Downtown 584-7437
Hikes Point 456-6465
LaGrange 222-3577
Mt. Washington 538-4900
New Cut/Outer Loop 367-1199
Shively 449-4141
Jeffersonville 282-1224
New Albany/Slate Run 949-7914
New Albany/State St. (812) 948-1020
All $

Bristol Bar & Grille
1321 Bardstown Road
(502) 456-1702
$$

Captainís Quarters
5700 Captainís Quarters Road, Harrods Creek
(502) 228-1651
$$$

Chicoís
3003 Breckinridge Lane
(502) 452-2479
$

China Inn
Cardinal Shopping Center
1925 S. Fourth Street
(502) 636-2020
$

Cunninghamís
900 S. Fifth Street
(502) 587-0526
$$

Empress of China
2249 Hikes Lane
(502) 451-2500
$$

The Emperor of China
210 Holiday Manor Shopping Center
(502) 426-1717
$$

Encore Restaurant & Catering
Actorís Theatre

316 West Main Street
(502) 584-1205
$-$$

The English Grill
Brown Hotel
Fourth & Broadway
(502) 583-1234
$$$$

The Fishery
3624 Lexington Road
(502) 895-1188
$

Health and Harvest Cafť
3030 Bardstown Road
(502) 458-1101
$

KTís
2300 Lexington Road
(502) 458-8888
$$

Kunzís
115 S. Fourth Avenue
(502) 585-5555
$$$

La Bamba
1237 Bardstown Road
(502) 451-1418
$

Lentiniís
1543 Bardstown Road
(502) 459-3020
$$$
http://www.lentinis.com

Lynnís Paradise Cafe
984 Barret Ave.
(502) 583-3447
$$

Mike Linnigís
9308 Cane Run Road
(502) 937-9888
$

The Oakroom
Seelbach Hotel, 500 S. Fourth Avenue
(502) 585-3200
$$$$

The Patron
3400 Frankfort Avenue
(502) 896-1661
$$$
http://www.thepatron.org

Pita Delights
1015 Barret Avenue
(502) 583-2926
$

Q-Doba
1500 Bardstown Road
(502) 454-3380
970 Breckenridge Lane
(502) 721-8100
$

Ramsiís Cafť on the World
1203 Bardstown Road
(502) 451-0700
$-$$

Shariatís
2901 Brownsboro Road
(502) 899-7878
$$$$

Stanís Fish Sandwich
3723 Lexington Road
(502) 896-6600
$

2. Hahnís Mongolian Grill
9148 Taylorsville Road
(502) 493-0234
$$

Thatsa Wrapp
323 Wallace Avenue
(502) 896-1235
$

Uptown Cafe
1624 Bardstown Road
(502) 458-4212
$$

Vietnam Kitchen
5339 Mitscher Avenue
(502) 363-5154
$

Wickís Pizza Parlor
971 Baxter Ave.
(502) 458-1828
$$
http://www.wickspizza.com/


So, there is no excuse for not eating out once in a while. Everyone can eat healthy, avoid conflicts with friends or loved ones over food preparation, and enjoy a fine dining experience while out on the town in Louisville.

Sources:
Insiderís Guide to Louisville Restaurants (http://www.insiders.com/louisville/main-restaurants.htm)
Robin Garrís Restaurant Guide (http://www.louisvillehotbytes.com/index.shtml)