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The Uptown Cafe Restaurant Review: The Uptown Cafe's prime location lies in the heart of Louisville’s original Restaurant Row. A cadre of regulars, who have dined in the warren of quiet dining rooms beneath the collection of vintage Wiener Werkstätte posters for decades, is joined by a new generation of food lovers justifiably drawn to chef Matt Weber’s moderately priced, reliable and creative menu. Small plates (such as tomato napoleon or buffalo shrimp dip) rotate monthly. A green salad is unexpectedly more interesting with the addition of black olives and slivered almonds (add grilled shrimp, chicken or salmon and make it a meal). Favorite entrées include Jaegerschnitzel in a spicy brown sauce, salmon croquettes with orange dill hollandaise, and duck ravioli in a sauce of mushrooms, black peppercorns, butter and white wine. The dessert menu, headed by the aptly named Chocolate Seduction, is among the best in the city. As for the cocktails, consider the Kentucky Gimlet, based on single-barrel bourbon. All wines, showing a California and other New World focus, are available by the glass. Experienced staff provides seamless service. Check out Monday’s half-price wine nights.