Best of Louisville

We look forward to it every year. We consider the entire field, narrow down our selections and then choose the one we think is best. But we aren’t content to trust just our own instincts. We also ask our friends who they like, and we wonder who the experts will pick. When this time rolls around each year, we can hardly wait to see who wins.

And we’re not even talking about the Kentucky Derby! No, each summer Louisville home owners look to see who our town has chosen as this year’s “Best of Louisville” in any number of different categories. The Best of Louisville competition, sponsored by Louisville Magazine, has featured the best of everything around town for 27 years now. But this year, not only did the magazine’s readers and editors have their say, a panel of local experts in the areas under review — music, food, architecture and development — were consulted for their opinions as well.

To get the skinny on who finished first in every category, check out the magazine’s July issue. But for the bottom line on some of the best spots in Derby city for dining, we have the winners right here.

Best of Louisville – Readers’ Choice:

New Restaurant — Garage Bar and Harvest (tie)

Favorite Restaurant — Jack Fry’s

Outdoor Dining — Captain’s Quarter’s

Breakfast Spot — Wild Eggs

Swanky Bar — Proof on Main

Coffee Shop — Quill’s Coffee

Ice Cream Parlor — Graeter’s

Karaoke — Akiko’s

Best of Louisville – Experts’ Choice:

Mexican Restaurant — Guaca Mole Cocina Mexicana and Mayan Café

Asian Restaurant — NamNam Café

Italian Restaurant — Coals Artisan Pizza

Soul Food — Charim Korean

New Restaurant — Decca

Dessert Menu — Sweet Surrender

Restaurant Atmosphere — Jack Fry’s

Hamburger — Bluegrass Burgers

One of the nation’s top cities for dining out, Louisville boasts hundreds of wonderful, eclectic places to eat. And now that Louisville’s home owners – as well as the experts – have spoken, this year's “best” is a sure bet.

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