Acquired Taste: Blood Rice Cakes With Timothy DeLaGhetto and Justina Valentine
Best new dinner
Artesano Tapas Vino y MasAddress and Info
This tapas place in Westport Village has something for everyone: from luscious beef cheek to bacon-wrapped, cheese-stuffed dates.
Best new hangout bar
Louis’s The TonAddress and Info
Louis’s looks deceptively small from the outside, but it stretches back into several rooms. It’s a comfortable but classy post-work hangout spot, and they sometimes have a beer float on the menu with Louisville Cream ice cream.
Best new night-out bar
GalaxieAddress and Info
Galaxie is the neighborhood bar NuLu didn’t know it needed. The space is small but the cocktails pack a punch, and the staff are always friendly.
Best new outdoor bar
8UPAddress and Info
Technically yes, 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen opened in late 2014, but there was no chance to use their primo rooftop bar until 2015, so it counts. Especially in warmer weather, the view from 8UP is unbeatable.
Best new brewpub
Goodwood Brewing CompanyAddress and Info
Goodwood uses the same pure limestone water used to make bourbon to make their beer. They also wood-age their beer as an homage to Louisville’s favorite spirit.
Best new hotel bar
Aloft’s CornerAddress and Info
The lobby, restaurant, and bar at Aloft in Downtown Louisville are connected with an open floor plan and a cool retro-future look to the decorations. Great for a big crowd.
Best new breakfast
Con HuevosAddress and Info
You heard it here: the best eggs in town. Get there early, the restaurant is tiny and on weekends Con Huevos fills up fast.
Best new brunch
Lydia's HouseAddress and Info
The griddled bread pudding at Lydia house is beyond compare, and their Germantown Booch-made craft kombucha will really start your morning off right.
Best new lunch
Joella’s Hot ChickenAddress and Info
Nashville-style hot chicken finally made the drive (flight?) to Louisville, and it’s a hit. Go extra spicy and get the JoJo sauce with your fries.
Best new dinner and drinks
Butchertown GroceryAddress and Info
When you’re finished with dinner downstairs (order the gnocchi and the rotisserie chicken) walk around the outside of the restaurant to the bar upstairs and sample some of Butchertown’s best cocktails.
Best new late night
America The DinerAddress and Info
America The Diner is primely positioned to suit the needs of Highlands barflies late into the night and early into the morning. The cheese curds and the alcoholic milkshakes at America The Diner are good any time of the day, but there’s something about eating in a diner in the wee hours of a morning that just works.