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Best Restaurants 2013


Ever since it began dishing out its lo-fi eats three years ago, Chef Dan Wright’s gastropub has been operating at a velocity few can match.

Abigail Street

Where its sibling and next-door neighbor Senate runs a little hotter, Abigail Street downshifts to a slower flow with an inspired original menu featuring small-ish plates of a Mediterranean disposition.


Despite the cheeky tone and hairpin turns on the menu, it takes real talent and confidence to be this playful. Owen Maass breathes life into timeworn classics that result in deeply flavorful and soothing food.

Via Vite

On the short list of downtown restaurants that operate seven days a week, 12 or more hours per day, Via Vite vibrates with an energetic customer base of expense account lunches, late-night revelers, and hotel guests.

Dutch’s Larder

The Larder is an extension of Dutch’s Bar and Bottle Shop, a neighborhood fixture that was transformed from pony keg to beer and wine arsenal—700 varieties of beer, 200 of wine; eight rotating taps—six years ago.


If Kentucky is the new California, Chef Stephen Williams is the new Alice Waters (sorry, chef) whose cozy neighborhood bistro has one fork planted firmly in the canon of Kentucky-proud, the other in classic French.

Eli’s Barbecue

A proper little ’cue shack along the river, with ribs that are speaking-in-tongues good, some of the zazziest jalapeño cheese grits north of the Mason-Dixon line, and browned mashed potatoes that would make any short order cook diner-proud.

Hot Seats: Mantra on the Hill

Modern interpretations of traditional Indian dishes brought to you by Chef Yajan Upadhyaya.

Hot Seats: Metropole

The restaurant in the 21c Hotel keeps its regional and seasonal hearth lit with an ever-changing menu of sensual minimalism.

Hot Seats: JimmyG’s

Chef Jimmy Gibson loads it, locks it, and rocks it with a big beefy menu of muscular steaks, killer fried chicken with a Singaporean slant, pristine seafood, wood-grilled kabobs, and butter, butter, butter.

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