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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 latest, greatest cocktail creation. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change often to highlight where the Louisville crowds are flocking to at the moment. (The restaurants are listed by geographic location, not by merit.)

This month's Heatmap added The Brewery and Zäd Modern Mediterranean and removed Decca and Rye on Market.

Suggestions for next month's Heatmap will be welcomed 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.
· April 4, 2013 Added: The Exchange Pub + Kitchen.
· May 2, 2013 No changes
· June 6, 2013 Removed: St. Charles Exchange.
· July 11, 2013 Added: La Coop: Bistro à Vins.
· Aug. 1, 2013 Added: Garage Bar.
· Sept. 5, 2013 No changes.
· Oct. 3, 2013 Added: Havana Rumba Express & Tapas Bar. Removed: Garage Bar, Harvest, Holy Grale, Proof on Main, Seviche: A Latin Restaurant.
· November 8, 2013 Added: Atlantic No. 5, El Camino. Removed: Relish, Havana Rumba Express.
· December 10, 2013 No changes.
· January 2, 2014 Added: The Monkey Wrench. Removed: La Coop: Bistro a Vins.
· February 6, 2014 Added: Loop 22, Taco Luchador. Removed: Game, Guaca-Mole.
· March 6, 2014 No changes.
· April 3, 2014 Added: The Place Downstairs. Removed: Atlantic No. 5.
· May 1, 2014 Added: The Joy Luck. Removed: Mussel & Burger Bar.
· June 5, 2014: Added: Grind Burger Kitchen. Removed: The Exchange Pub & Kitchen.

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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
(812) 920-0454
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Until the planned Nulu outpost opens, dishes like Feast's barbecued tofu and brisket provide reasons to ford the Ohio. Tater tots, vinegar slaw and collard greens sides pair well with everything.

2. MilkWood

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316 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 584-6455
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Edward Lee's Actors Theatre restaurant offers stepped-up Southern classics, some with Asian twists, as in the "Southern Dim Sum" menu Lee recently unveiled for Sunday brunch.

3. The Brewery

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426 Baxter Ave
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 365-2505
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After spending 18 years at Jack Fry's, Chef Shawn Ward recently joined Dean Corbett of Corbett's: An American Place and others in updating this 1980s classic. Outgoing CJ critic Marty Rosen called the new menu "something of an adventure in pub cuisine." [Photo: Yelp]

4. Grind Burger Kitchen

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3311 Preston Highway
Louisville, KY 40213
(502) 851-7333
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Liz and Jesse Huot's Grind Gourmet Food Truck built a fan base rabid for hand-shaped, high-quality burgers. Now the duo have opened a non-mobile restaurant with the same great burgers and an expanded menu.

5. Monkey Wrench

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1025 Barret Ave
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 582-2433
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Executive Chef Dustin Staggers has added an upgraded menu to Dennie Humphrey's newly renovated establishment, serving skillet-fried chicken, burgoo, burgers and more.

6. Gralehaus

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1001 Baxter Ave
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 459-9939
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Design-forward and claiming to be Louisville's first "beer & breakfast," gralehaus (no ugly capital letters, please) serves better-designed breakfast, lunch and beer in an old house on the Baxter side of the triangle. It shares a space (and ownership) with Holy Grale (which also offers excellent food and beer). Try the biscuit with duck sausage gravy.

7. ZÄD Modern Mediterranean

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1616 Grinstead Drive
Louisville, KY 40204
Nabil Al-Saba and his wife Lynley Gumaer have operated The Grape Leaf for 20 years, but recently opened Zäd as "a chance to do something different." The menu's chia-coated falafel, cilantro hummus and other "modern" takes on Mediterranean classics have been quite warmly received.

8. The Silver Dollar

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1761 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 259-9540
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This East End honky-tonk, "centered around Bakersfield Sound music and Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey," was named one of the top 10 whiskey bars in America by GQ. It's also a hot spot for brunch.

9. Joy Luck

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1285 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 238-3070
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Chinese food gets gourmet gloss at this Taiwanese-influenced, trendily decorated Bardstown Road restaurant. Try the Taiwanese boneless roast duck or braised pork over rice.

10. El Camino

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1314 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 454-5417
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A mashup of Mexican street food stall, surf punk shack and tiki bar landed on Bardstown Road in late 2012. Brian Enyart, former Chef de Cuisine of both Topolombampo and Frontera Grill, is now Executive Chef.

11. Loop 22

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22 Dundee St
Louisville, KY
(502) 882-3279
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Adam Burress and Chase Mucerino, the guys behind Hammerheads and Game, have joined new partner Eric Morris for another meat-centric restaurant. This time mainly focused on rotisserie duck and chicken, it's expanded hours to include lunch and Sunday brunch.

12. The Place Downstairs

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9200 Taylorsville Rd
Jeffersontown, KY 40299
(502) 333-0376
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Fernando Martinez took the space beneath his wildly popular Mussel & Burger Bar and put in an upscale, eclectic dining spot. Now joined by former Papalinos founder Allen Rosenberg, Martinez and company cook up an array of small plates, "jars" of terrine and other good things, plus entrees and desserts. Try the octopus appetizer.

1. Feast BBQ

116 West Main Street, New Albany, IN 47150
Until the planned Nulu outpost opens, dishes like Feast's barbecued tofu and brisket provide reasons to ford the Ohio. Tater tots, vinegar slaw and collard greens sides pair well with everything.
116 West Main Street
New Albany, IN 47150

2. MilkWood

316 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
Edward Lee's Actors Theatre restaurant offers stepped-up Southern classics, some with Asian twists, as in the "Southern Dim Sum" menu Lee recently unveiled for Sunday brunch.
316 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

3. The Brewery

426 Baxter Ave, Louisville, KY 40204
After spending 18 years at Jack Fry's, Chef Shawn Ward recently joined Dean Corbett of Corbett's: An American Place and others in updating this 1980s classic. Outgoing CJ critic Marty Rosen called the new menu "something of an adventure in pub cuisine." [Photo: Yelp]
426 Baxter Ave
Louisville, KY 40204

4. Grind Burger Kitchen

3311 Preston Highway, Louisville, KY 40213
Liz and Jesse Huot's Grind Gourmet Food Truck built a fan base rabid for hand-shaped, high-quality burgers. Now the duo have opened a non-mobile restaurant with the same great burgers and an expanded menu.
3311 Preston Highway
Louisville, KY 40213

5. Monkey Wrench

1025 Barret Ave, Louisville, KY 40204
Executive Chef Dustin Staggers has added an upgraded menu to Dennie Humphrey's newly renovated establishment, serving skillet-fried chicken, burgoo, burgers and more.
1025 Barret Ave
Louisville, KY 40204

6. Gralehaus

1001 Baxter Ave, Louisville, KY 40204
Design-forward and claiming to be Louisville's first "beer & breakfast," gralehaus (no ugly capital letters, please) serves better-designed breakfast, lunch and beer in an old house on the Baxter side of the triangle. It shares a space (and ownership) with Holy Grale (which also offers excellent food and beer). Try the biscuit with duck sausage gravy.
1001 Baxter Ave
Louisville, KY 40204

7. ZÄD Modern Mediterranean

1616 Grinstead Drive, Louisville, KY 40204
Nabil Al-Saba and his wife Lynley Gumaer have operated The Grape Leaf for 20 years, but recently opened Zäd as "a chance to do something different." The menu's chia-coated falafel, cilantro hummus and other "modern" takes on Mediterranean classics have been quite warmly received.
1616 Grinstead Drive
Louisville, KY 40204

8. The Silver Dollar

1761 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206
This East End honky-tonk, "centered around Bakersfield Sound music and Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey," was named one of the top 10 whiskey bars in America by GQ. It's also a hot spot for brunch.
1761 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206

9. Joy Luck

1285 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204
Chinese food gets gourmet gloss at this Taiwanese-influenced, trendily decorated Bardstown Road restaurant. Try the Taiwanese boneless roast duck or braised pork over rice.
1285 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40204

10. El Camino

1314 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40204
A mashup of Mexican street food stall, surf punk shack and tiki bar landed on Bardstown Road in late 2012. Brian Enyart, former Chef de Cuisine of both Topolombampo and Frontera Grill, is now Executive Chef.
1314 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40204

11. Loop 22

22 Dundee St, Louisville, KY
Adam Burress and Chase Mucerino, the guys behind Hammerheads and Game, have joined new partner Eric Morris for another meat-centric restaurant. This time mainly focused on rotisserie duck and chicken, it's expanded hours to include lunch and Sunday brunch.
22 Dundee St
Louisville, KY

12. The Place Downstairs

9200 Taylorsville Rd, Jeffersontown, KY 40299
Fernando Martinez took the space beneath his wildly popular Mussel & Burger Bar and put in an upscale, eclectic dining spot. Now joined by former Papalinos founder Allen Rosenberg, Martinez and company cook up an array of small plates, "jars" of terrine and other good things, plus entrees and desserts. Try the octopus appetizer.
9200 Taylorsville Rd
Jeffersontown, KY 40299