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Buck's Restaurant & Bar Restaurant Review: On a fine evening, there's no better place in the city to partake of cocktails than the tree-covered patio at Buck's. Gracious nineteenth-century houses line the opposite side of the street, and Louisville's Central Park is just a block away. Upon moving indoors, you'll find a Jazz Age setting with live piano music, dark furniture and legions of tall vases filled with white flowers. One of the stops on the Urban Bourbon Trail, Buck's has a fine whiskey selection that enhances the speakeasy charm of the bar. Far less interesting, the wine list offers familiar selections chiefly from California. The menu is an interesting mix of Southern American and continental dishes augmented with a dash of Asian. Among the appetizers are oysters Rockefeller, sweet potato hash, and bacon-wrapped shrimp. The “T” in the BLT salad is fried green tomato. Risotto is made with sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and Kentucky sorghum. Steaks (filet or New York strip) are very good, but for something different choose the bourbon chicken saltimbocca or chicken fried quail with pepper gravy. Tart apple cobbler is topped with bourbon crème, but the hands-down house favorite dessert is the mocha dacquoise.