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8 Downtown New Albany Restaurants Worth the Trip

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Casino gambling, strippers with unadorned areolas and Theatair X (those holes between the video booths are for ventilation damn it, it gets stuffy in there) might be the best known reasons for venturing into Southern Indiana. But New Albany is getting hip. Sure, traveling there can still be arduous, what with the rickety bridges, rising river waters and the locals (called Indians) inundating guests with boasts about their superior collegiate basketball team. But these eight downtown New Albany restaurants demand a visit. [H/T for the Left Right Bank perspective to Tabitha H., Tony S. and Roger B. (full disclosure: Mr. B owns a restaurant mentioned herein, but its quality guaranteed inclusion even before he was asked to share his insight)]


[Photo: Courtesy Facebook/City of New Albany Government]

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Feast BBQ

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116 West Main Street
New Albany, IN 47150
This July 2012 opening quickly earned praise as one of Kentuckiana's top BBQ options (no small feat).

2. NABC Bank Street Brewery

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415 Bank Street
New Albany, IN 47150
Sure, you can get New Albanian's beers at many area bars and restaurants, but you'll need to visit its Bank Street Brewery to sample the pomme frites. Also, check out its Sunday brunch.

3. DP UpDogs

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147 East Market Street
New Albany, IN 47150
Sure, the name sounds like a sophisticated sexual maneuver, but this tight spot keeps it simple, focusing on hot dogs and ice cream.

4. Habana Blues

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148 East Market Street
New Albany, IN 47150
This tapas restaurant was so successful, it migrated eastward, opening a second spot on Hurstborne Parkway.

5. The Exchange Pub + Kitchen

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118 West Main Street
New Albany, IN 47150
It recently changed both its name and address, but its gastropub fare and smart beer selection kept its following intact.

6. Dragon King's Daughter

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202 East Elm Street
New Albany, IN 47150
So this Asian fusion restaurant probably won't open until next week. But the success of its Bardstown Road spot means expectations are high (and likely will be met).

7. Toast On Market

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141 East Market Street
New Albany, IN 47150
Perfect for Louisvillians looking for a little variety in their brunch but not willing to give up Toast's menu.

8. River City Winery

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321 Pearl Street
New Albany, IN 47150
A winery in Indiana? Go first, judge later. (Yes, usually bloggers do it the other way.)

1. Feast BBQ

116 West Main Street, New Albany, IN 47150
This July 2012 opening quickly earned praise as one of Kentuckiana's top BBQ options (no small feat).
116 West Main Street
New Albany, IN 47150

2. NABC Bank Street Brewery

415 Bank Street, New Albany, IN 47150
Sure, you can get New Albanian's beers at many area bars and restaurants, but you'll need to visit its Bank Street Brewery to sample the pomme frites. Also, check out its Sunday brunch.
415 Bank Street
New Albany, IN 47150

3. DP UpDogs

147 East Market Street, New Albany, IN 47150
Sure, the name sounds like a sophisticated sexual maneuver, but this tight spot keeps it simple, focusing on hot dogs and ice cream.
147 East Market Street
New Albany, IN 47150

4. Habana Blues

148 East Market Street, New Albany, IN 47150
This tapas restaurant was so successful, it migrated eastward, opening a second spot on Hurstborne Parkway.
148 East Market Street
New Albany, IN 47150

5. The Exchange Pub + Kitchen

118 West Main Street, New Albany, IN 47150
It recently changed both its name and address, but its gastropub fare and smart beer selection kept its following intact.
118 West Main Street
New Albany, IN 47150

6. Dragon King's Daughter

202 East Elm Street, New Albany, IN 47150
So this Asian fusion restaurant probably won't open until next week. But the success of its Bardstown Road spot means expectations are high (and likely will be met).
202 East Elm Street
New Albany, IN 47150

7. Toast On Market

141 East Market Street, New Albany, IN 47150
Perfect for Louisvillians looking for a little variety in their brunch but not willing to give up Toast's menu.
141 East Market Street
New Albany, IN 47150

8. River City Winery

321 Pearl Street, New Albany, IN 47150
A winery in Indiana? Go first, judge later. (Yes, usually bloggers do it the other way.)
321 Pearl Street
New Albany, IN 47150