As a couple of restaurant doors close, many more open in Louisville

El Camino. Photo courtesy of ConsumingLouisville.com.
El Camino. Photo courtesy of ConsumingLouisville.com.

I feel like I’m missing something.

Restaurants are opening up around town like gangbusters, and I can’t figure out why. Is this a sign of the economy bouncing back? Has Louisville’s appetite for eating out reached epic proportions? Am I just noticing this uptick more because I write about food? WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

I’m going to take a Dayquil and ponder this. In the meantime, here is a round-up of some notable openings (and a closing or two). Click the source links for more info.

Butchertown

Douglass Loop/Highlands

Downtown/River Road

Employees assemble orders at Atlantic No. 5.
Employees assemble orders at Atlantic No. 5.
  • Open: Atlantic No. 5 (Ashlee Eats)
  • Opening: Unnamed restaurant from the same management company behind Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar and La Coop: Bistro a Vins (Business First of Louisville)

Fourth Street

Outer Loop

Grind, La Coop, Ollie’s Trolley and the best Louisville food you ate in 2012

A fine example of a Grind burger.
A fine example of a Grind burger with a cheese crisp and mustard.

I love social media.

What started as a Twitter conversation about good food Louisville folks ate in 2012 got a big enough response to be a blog post.

The following post is a round-up of what readers, Facebook fans and Twitter users said was the best Louisville food they ate in 2012, specifically, the best burger, cocktail, fries and overall dish or restaurant. I’ve identified the commenters by first name and last initial or Twitter handle.

A big thank you goes to blogger Michelle Jones of Consuming Louisville/Menu and Hours app, who started the conversation over Twitter, and everyone who responded to our questions.

  • Best Burger

    • My vote: Beer cheese burger from AP Crafters Kitchen and Bar
    • Grind, by a landslide.” Randi S.
    • @LouisvilleGrind veggie burger is my best burger this year. It is outstanding!” @TattooCharlies
    • Louisville Grind, multiple times. Proof on Main, too.” @dloehr
    • “#1 Grind #2 Jack Fry’s #3 Ollie’s Trolly” “@louisvillegrind The While You Wait is the best Burger on the Planet!” @danmen
    • “best burger, hands down, is at Holy Grale. Chef Josh Lehman is some kind of food wizard.” @GoDigaHole
    • “my two best foodie friends say lamb burger @StChrlesXchange, fries #lacoop and burger AND fries @21cLouisville” @hollygolawly
  • Best Fries
    Dueling fries at AP Crafters.
    Dueling fries at AP Crafters.
    • My vote: AP Crafters Dueling Fries
    • ollie’s. fries. drool.” @shilohwalker
    • Zaytun Tribal Fries” @HereIsMySpout
    • “… hard to beat Bank Street Brewery’s #TechnicallyNotLouisvilleButCloseEnough” @DBonifer
    • “Frites at Holy Grail.” @TeslaRuser
    • “Moules Frites at La Coop.” Christine V.
  • Best Cocktail
    • My vote: Anything at Rye on Market
    • “Oh, best cocktail I had was ‘Smoke Monster’ from @meatlouisville. It was seasonal tho. #RIPSmokeMonster” @bradluttrell
    • “Best cocktail: District 13 at Garage Bar.” Randi S.
  • Best Dish/Restaurant
    Grilled cheese and tomato bisque from The Main Eatery.
    Grilled cheese and tomato bisque from The Main Eatery.
    • My vote: Croque Monsieur at Lilly’s — a Kentucky BistroCafé Lou Lou and Wild Eggs
    • “The Kusheri at Ramsis is phenomenal! I’m calling it my favorite for the year.” @TattooCharlies
    • “sea bass w/ choco mole @TheMayanCafe, walleye w/ green chickpeas @21cCincinnati, b’nut squash salad @ryeonmarket!” @hollygolawly
    • “Can’t remember what it was called, but it was a phenomenal masterpiece from @lacoopbistro.” @jenmooreKY
    • Spring Street Cafe!” @TheBarBelle
    • “lobster bisque from bodega at felice (sadly now closed) and tomato bisque from Main Street Eatery!” @ErinEMenard