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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. (Update: the restaurants are listed not by rank, but in the order in which this editor got around to finishing their descriptions. Sorry for any confusion.)

As this post is the first Eater Louisville Heatmap, every restaurant is a new entry. Congratulations, restauranteurs, you broke your cherry!

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


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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
Yep, Anthony Lamas's restaurant is in its seventh year. But it's still as hot as some of its blistered shishito peppers, especially having debuted a new menu in November. Just this past weekend, the bar area was three-deep, causing would-be diners to cross the street to Café Mimosa to drink away their hour-plus wait for a table.

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, one of the hottest restaurants in the city's hottest neighborhoods is still packing them in.

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 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's success 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 (penis), 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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Executive chef Mitch Prensky must have sold his soul for that deviled eggs recipe.

7. Hammerheads

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921 Swan St
Louisville, KY 40204
Diners were walking into this former walkout basement for chicken and waffles before that dish was cool (again).

8. 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.

9. 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. And its gradual expansion (first the choir loft, then the beer garden), keeps it fresh.

10. 610 Magnolia

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610 W Magnolia Ave
Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 636-0783
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Probably the only way 610 Magnolia won't rank among Louisville's hottest restaurants will be when its chef/owner Edward Lee opens a new spot (which is set to be early 2013 at Actors Theatre).

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1. Seviche: A Latin Restaurant

1538 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205
Yep, Anthony Lamas's restaurant is in its seventh year. But it's still as hot as some of its blistered shishito peppers, especially having debuted a new menu in November. Just this past weekend, the bar area was three-deep, causing would-be diners to cross the street to Café Mimosa to drink away their hour-plus wait for a table.
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, one of the hottest restaurants in the city's hottest neighborhoods is still packing them in.
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 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's success 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 (penis), 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
Executive chef Mitch Prensky must have sold his soul for that deviled eggs recipe.
113 S. 7th Street
Louisville, KY 40202

7. Hammerheads

921 Swan St, Louisville, KY 40204
Diners were walking into this former walkout basement for chicken and waffles before that dish was cool (again).
921 Swan St
Louisville, KY 40204

8. 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

9. 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. And its gradual expansion (first the choir loft, then the beer garden), keeps it fresh.
1034 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40204

10. 610 Magnolia

610 W Magnolia Ave, Louisville, KY 40208
Probably the only way 610 Magnolia won't rank among Louisville's hottest restaurants will be when its chef/owner Edward Lee opens a new spot (which is set to be early 2013 at Actors Theatre).
610 W Magnolia Ave
Louisville, KY 40208