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The Eater Louisville Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort, where to sip the it cocktail. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change often to highlight where the Louisville foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment. (The restaurants are listed not by rank, but in the order in which this editor got around to finishing their descriptions.)

Added: MilkWood, Game.
Removed: 610 Magnolia, Hammerheads

Have any suggestions? Any vital omissions? Leave 'em in the comments.


Eater Louisville Heatmap history

·Dec 6, 2012: Initial Eater Louisville Heatmap
·Jan. 3, 2013: Added Feast BBQ, Guaca Mole and Relish
·Feb. 7, 2013: Added Mussel & Burger Bar
·March 7, 2013: Added MilkWood and Game, removed 610 Magnolia and Hammerheads

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Seviche: A Latin Restaurant

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1538 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40205
Anthony Lamas's Nuevo Latino restaurant is in its seventh year. But it's still as hot as some of its blistered shishito peppers.

2. Decca

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812 E Market St
Louisville, KY 40206
Called "an icon in the making," in April 2012 by LEO Weekly, this modern American restaurant is still winning over skeptics a year later.

3. Rye On Market

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900 E Market St
Louisville, KY 40206
"Is Yelp Really for Morons?" Time magazine asks. That this NuLu hotspot, which emphasizes seasonal and regional cuisine, only nets 3.5 stars on that user-review site answers Time's question with a resounding "fuck yeah."

4. The Silver Dollar

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1761 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206
Open for barely a year, this East End honky-tonk, "centered around Bakersfield Sound music and Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey" already has spawned one local imitator.

5. Proof on Main

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702 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202
Because plopping a 30-foot-tall golden naked David (penis) in front of its entrance wasn't surprising enough, in August, this top Louisville restaurant changed executive chefs. While the reviews of David are mixed, Levon Wallace's menu has drawn near universal praise.

6. St. Charles Exchange

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113 S. 7th Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 618-1917
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Located in one of downtown's oldest buildings, its list of craft cocktails is almost as long as its bar. And executive chef Patrick McCandless must have sold his soul for that deviled eggs recipe.

7. Harvest

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624 E Market St
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 384-9090
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Two newer restaurants (Decca and Rye) have opened just down the street, but Harvest's commitment to all-things local still attracts Louisvillians to dine under the eyes of the watchful farmers.

8. Holy Grale

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1034 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40204
Sure this converted Unitarian Church is more bar than restaurant, but its elevated pub food (like the cassoulet dog) attracts even teetotalers. Insider tip: eat a hamburger to get a base in your stomach, drink beers, eat another hamburger to sober up, thank Eater.

9. Relish

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1346 River Road
Louisville, KY 40206
Former Jack Frye's owner Susan Seiller's ditches clubby for clean and simple (think pressed ropa vieja—Cuban-style brisket, manchego, Cuban roll) to rave reviews.

10. Feast BBQ

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116 West Main Street
New Albany, IN 47150
Dishes like its barbecued tofu provide a reason to ford the Ohio (other than to play the slots or see the naked ladies, of course).

11. Guaca Mole

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9921 Ormsby Station Road
Louisville, KY 40223
502-365-4822
Our experts called this Mexican restaurant, best known for its namesake dish, one of the city's top newcomers in 2012—and Urbanspoon proclaimed it among the best in the nation.

12. Mussel & Burger Bar

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9200 Taylorsville Rd.
Louisville, KY 40299
The owners of Guaca Mole opened this American bistro to equally rave reviews (especially of its namesake dishes) in early February 2013, making it one of the few reasons to eat in Jtown.

13. MilkWood

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316 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
The "comfort bar food with an Asian pantry" at 610 Magnolia's Edward Lee's new Actors Theatre spot appeals to diners with tastes as traditional as Shakespeare and as experimental as Pinter.

14. Game

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2295 Lexington Road
Louisville, KY 40206
The Hammerheads' guys' February 2013 opening is just another burger joint off the highway. Except for the kangaroo meat. And the ostrich meat. And the wild boar meat. And the...

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1. Seviche: A Latin Restaurant

1538 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205
Anthony Lamas's Nuevo Latino restaurant is in its seventh year. But it's still as hot as some of its blistered shishito peppers.
1538 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40205

2. Decca

812 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206
Called "an icon in the making," in April 2012 by LEO Weekly, this modern American restaurant is still winning over skeptics a year later.
812 E Market St
Louisville, KY 40206

3. Rye On Market

900 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206
"Is Yelp Really for Morons?" Time magazine asks. That this NuLu hotspot, which emphasizes seasonal and regional cuisine, only nets 3.5 stars on that user-review site answers Time's question with a resounding "fuck yeah."
900 E Market St
Louisville, KY 40206

4. The Silver Dollar

1761 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206
Open for barely a year, this East End honky-tonk, "centered around Bakersfield Sound music and Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey" already has spawned one local imitator.
1761 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206

5. Proof on Main

702 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202
Because plopping a 30-foot-tall golden naked David (penis) in front of its entrance wasn't surprising enough, in August, this top Louisville restaurant changed executive chefs. While the reviews of David are mixed, Levon Wallace's menu has drawn near universal praise.
702 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202

6. St. Charles Exchange

113 S. 7th Street, Louisville, KY 40202
Located in one of downtown's oldest buildings, its list of craft cocktails is almost as long as its bar. And executive chef Patrick McCandless must have sold his soul for that deviled eggs recipe.
113 S. 7th Street
Louisville, KY 40202

7. Harvest

624 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202
Two newer restaurants (Decca and Rye) have opened just down the street, but Harvest's commitment to all-things local still attracts Louisvillians to dine under the eyes of the watchful farmers.
624 E Market St
Louisville, KY 40202

8. Holy Grale

1034 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204
Sure this converted Unitarian Church is more bar than restaurant, but its elevated pub food (like the cassoulet dog) attracts even teetotalers. Insider tip: eat a hamburger to get a base in your stomach, drink beers, eat another hamburger to sober up, thank Eater.
1034 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40204

9. Relish

1346 River Road, Louisville, KY 40206
Former Jack Frye's owner Susan Seiller's ditches clubby for clean and simple (think pressed ropa vieja—Cuban-style brisket, manchego, Cuban roll) to rave reviews.
1346 River Road
Louisville, KY 40206

10. Feast BBQ

116 West Main Street, New Albany, IN 47150
Dishes like its barbecued tofu provide a reason to ford the Ohio (other than to play the slots or see the naked ladies, of course).
116 West Main Street
New Albany, IN 47150

11. Guaca Mole

9921 Ormsby Station Road, Louisville, KY 40223
Our experts called this Mexican restaurant, best known for its namesake dish, one of the city's top newcomers in 2012—and Urbanspoon proclaimed it among the best in the nation.
9921 Ormsby Station Road
Louisville, KY 40223

12. Mussel & Burger Bar

9200 Taylorsville Rd., Louisville, KY 40299
The owners of Guaca Mole opened this American bistro to equally rave reviews (especially of its namesake dishes) in early February 2013, making it one of the few reasons to eat in Jtown.
9200 Taylorsville Rd.
Louisville, KY 40299

13. MilkWood

316 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
The "comfort bar food with an Asian pantry" at 610 Magnolia's Edward Lee's new Actors Theatre spot appeals to diners with tastes as traditional as Shakespeare and as experimental as Pinter.
316 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

14. Game

2295 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206
The Hammerheads' guys' February 2013 opening is just another burger joint off the highway. Except for the kangaroo meat. And the ostrich meat. And the wild boar meat. And the...
2295 Lexington Road
Louisville, KY 40206