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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 has one change:
Added: The Monkey Wrench
Removed: La Coop: Bistro a Vins

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
· 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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Exchange Pub + Kitchen

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118 West Main Street
New Albany, IN 47150
Rave reviews in LEO Weekly and Louisville Courier-Journal help explain why this New Albany gastropub is drawing big crowds, even in the middle of the week.

2. Feast BBQ

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116 West Main Street
New Albany, IN 47150
(812) 920-0454
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Dishes like its barbecued tofu and brisket provide a reason to ford the Ohio (other than to play the slots or see the naked ladies, of course). Tater tots, vinegar slaw and collard greens sides pair well with everything.

3. Atlantic No. 5

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605 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Chef Tyler Morris has moved from Rye on Market to this lunchbox-decorated Main Street café, and now presents "an Innovative take on lunchtime classics and a full selection of coffees by local roasters." The bacon & egg sandwich is excellent for either breakfast or lunch, as is the coffee.

4. MilkWood

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316 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
The "comfort bar food with an Asian pantry" at Edward Lee's Actors Theatre spot appeals to diners with tastes as traditional as Shakespeare (go with the burger) and as experimental as Pinter (the scallop and pork belly entree).

5. Decca

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812 E Market St
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 749-8128
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A San Francisco transplant, chef Annie Pettry's NuLu kitchen has quickly impressed in Louisville with its "commitment to locally farmed and small production ingredients."

6. Rye On Market

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900 E Market St
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 749-6200
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"We would love to establish ourselves based on our chef-driven menu and ingredient-focused philosophy," Rye's general manager wrote recently in an email. Based on the crowds at this NuLu new American restaurant, however, it's already done so.

7. 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.

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. El Camino

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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.

10. 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...

11. Mussel & Burger Bar

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9200 Taylorsville Rd.
Louisville, KY 40299
This February 2013 opening, one of the few reasons to eat in Jtown, has quickly thrust itself into "best burger in town" conversations.

12. Guaca Mole

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9921 Ormsby Station Road
Louisville, KY 40223
(502) 365-4822
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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.

1. The Exchange Pub + Kitchen

118 West Main Street, New Albany, IN 47150
Rave reviews in LEO Weekly and Louisville Courier-Journal help explain why this New Albany gastropub is drawing big crowds, even in the middle of the week.
118 West Main Street
New Albany, IN 47150

2. Feast BBQ

116 West Main Street, New Albany, IN 47150
Dishes like its barbecued tofu and brisket provide a reason to ford the Ohio (other than to play the slots or see the naked ladies, of course). Tater tots, vinegar slaw and collard greens sides pair well with everything.
116 West Main Street
New Albany, IN 47150

3. Atlantic No. 5

605 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
Chef Tyler Morris has moved from Rye on Market to this lunchbox-decorated Main Street café, and now presents "an Innovative take on lunchtime classics and a full selection of coffees by local roasters." The bacon & egg sandwich is excellent for either breakfast or lunch, as is the coffee.
605 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

4. MilkWood

316 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
The "comfort bar food with an Asian pantry" at Edward Lee's Actors Theatre spot appeals to diners with tastes as traditional as Shakespeare (go with the burger) and as experimental as Pinter (the scallop and pork belly entree).
316 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

5. Decca

812 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206
A San Francisco transplant, chef Annie Pettry's NuLu kitchen has quickly impressed in Louisville with its "commitment to locally farmed and small production ingredients."
812 E Market St
Louisville, KY 40206

6. Rye On Market

900 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206
"We would love to establish ourselves based on our chef-driven menu and ingredient-focused philosophy," Rye's general manager wrote recently in an email. Based on the crowds at this NuLu new American restaurant, however, it's already done so.
900 E Market St
Louisville, KY 40206

7. 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

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. 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

10. 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

11. Mussel & Burger Bar

9200 Taylorsville Rd., Louisville, KY 40299
This February 2013 opening, one of the few reasons to eat in Jtown, has quickly thrust itself into "best burger in town" conversations.
9200 Taylorsville Rd.
Louisville, KY 40299

12. 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