74 / BEYOND GRITS Osaka $$ L D You’re never short on big-flavor options at Osaka,with an extensive menu featuring more than 50 sushi rolls,fresh sashimi,teriyaki dinners and a wide array of noodle dishes.The staff takes pride in attentive and friendly service. Regulars recommend chef specialties such as the grilled red snapper and shogun chicken,the“SnowWhite”and“Lexington”rolls,and the spicy tuna or spicy salmon avocado salad. 3805 Dylan Place – (859) 296-2625 – osakalexington.com Pho Saigon $ L D V Expect hearty bowls of noodles and Pho at this authenticVietnamese restaurant.Their appetizer selection is packed with favorites like egg rolls, dumplings,tempura and salads,and on their main dish menu,you’ll find soups,rice plates,stir fried noodles and much more. 1555 East New Circle Road – (859) 244-8989 – phosaigonlexington.com Sahara Mediterranean Cuisine $$ L D V Make no mistake,this place puts the quality of its food before anything else. Fresh ingredients are used to make refreshingly authentic Mediterranean dishes at a surprisingly affordable price.Order made-from-scratch Middle Eastern cuisine like shawarma,falafel or kebabs,with sides of rice or hummus for one of the healthiest and tastiest meals in town. 3061 FieldstoneWay – (859) 224-1138 128 129 WORLD CUISINE 127