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In January, we brought you our top 10 list of the latest and greatest additions to the Louisville restaurant scene. From hot chicken to French- and Spanish-inspired fare, these new eateries are quickly leaving their mark on our city’s ever-expanding dining culture, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome them to town. Now that a few months have passed, and everyone has settled in to the Louisville restaurant routine, we were curious to find out which dishes on their menus have garnered the highest demand. Whether or not you’ve been to every restaurant on our list or if you are still working your way through it, here are the dishes Louisvillians just can’t seem to get enough of.

The Spanish octopus with black olive aioli, crispy chickpeas and pimenton de la Vera from Artesano

The Spanish octopus with black olive aioli, crispy chickpeas and pimenton de la Vera from Artesano. Image: Artesano

Joella’s Hot Chicken

3400 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40207 • (502) 895-2235
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday, 11 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Closed Monday

Popular dish: Chicken and waffles

As the first official hot chicken joint in Louisville, Joella’s was an instant hit, and locals have been lining up to sample their crispy fried bird dipped in varying levels of fiery spice day and night. Any good Southerner loves a proper serving of chicken and waffles, and Joella’s does not disappoint. They serve their chicken spiced to your preference alongside airy waffles with plenty of maple syrup and spiked honey to quell the delicious burn. This dish has proven to be the most popular of Joella’s creations and, with additional locations throughout Kentucky and in Indiana and Ohio in the works, there is little question that Joella’s is here to stay.

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The chicken and waffles at Joella’s Hot Chicken | Image: Joella’s Hot Chicken

Fontleroy’s

2011 Grinstead Drive, Louisville, KY 40204 • (502) 882-2507
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Popular dish: House-smoked Berkshire pork chop

There’s a lot to love about Fontleroy’s, and any bar boasting deviled eggs and oysters on the half shell on their menu is a winner in our book. It is the house-smoked Berkshire pork chop, though, that patrons just can’t seem to resist. Served with Weisenberger grits and topped with pickled sweet peppers and onions, Fontleroy’s brines, smokes and grills this impressive chop, ensuring a richly flavored, not at all dried-out, pork experience. We can’t argue with that!

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The house-smoked Berkshire pork chop at Fontleroy’s is brined, smoked and grilled and served alongside grits and pickled sweet peppers and onions. Image: Dan Dry

La Chasse

1359 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40204 • (502) 822-3963
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Closed Sunday and Monday

Popular dish: French steak frites

We were sad to see Palermo Viejo, the longstanding Argentinian restaurant on Bardstown Road, close its doors last year, but we have quickly taken a liking to this cozy dining space’s new tenant, La Chasse. With Chef Alexander Dulaney (formerly in the Le Relais kitchen) behind the menu and Isaac Fox at the bar, it comes as no surprise that La Chasse has found quick success. Like any French restaurant worth its salt, La Chasse presents a steak frites that diners love. The Wagyu flank steak is rubbed with brown sugar and cumin and grilled medium rare. A local lettuce mix tossed in a bright sherry vinaigrette is a refreshing accompaniment to the beef, but will always play second fiddle to the real reason we love this dish — the frites! La Chasse adds plenty of fresh herbs and reggiano cheese to their frites, guaranteeing you’ll be ordering this dish time and time again.

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It’s no surprise that La Chasse’s take on the classic French steak frites is their most popular menu item! Image: Dan Dry

Galaxie Bar

732 East Market St., Louisville, KY 40202 • (502) 690-6595
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Closed Sunday and Monday

Popular dish: Wakatakas

The name of Galaxie Bar’s number one dish may confound you, but the flavors folded into these funky, taco-like offerings, both familiar and enlightening at once, will have your taste buds begging for more. With housemade flatbread serving as the base, there are five different variations of Wakatakas on the menu at Galaxie Bar, and each just happens to pair perfectly with their stellar spicy margaritas. From combos like the steak, onion, peppers, cheese, harissa and parsley Wakataka to the vegetarian-friendly wild mushroom, crispy risotto, Béchamel and radish mix, there is a wide variety. We can see why these eclectic Wakatakas are a hit with Galaxie Bar patrons.

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There are five different versions of Wakatakas on offer at Galaxie Bar in NuLu. Image: Galaxie Bar

Le Moo

2300 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 458-8888
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Lunch offered Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Popular dish: Beef stroganoff

We told you all about the complete Le Moo dining experience in November of last year, however we did not order what may surprise some to be the most popular dish at this new steakhouse — the beef stroganoff. Fresh pappardelle noodles are tossed with a mix of five different mushrooms, pearl onions and certified Angus hanger steak. Beef velouté and sour cream help craft the rich sauce and send this traditional dish over the top.

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Le Moo’s beef stroganoff is a decadent combination of fresh pappardelle pasta, sautéed hanger steak, mushrooms, pearl onions, beef velouté and sour cream. Image: Le Moo

Royals Hot Chicken

736 East Market St., Louisville, KY 40202 • (502) 919-7068
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11:30 am to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Closed Sunday and Monday

Popular dish: Chicken tenders and pimento cheese grits

There wasn’t a doubt in our mind that Ryan Rogers, the creator of Feast BBQ, would hit the hot chicken ball out of the park when he announced he would open Royals in NuLu. He hit what we consider to be a grand slam. In fact, the addition of soft serve and Champagne to the menu is the cherry on top of this equally authentic and creative fried chicken experience. Regulars have found that testing their taste buds with Royals’ chicken tenders is a must, with levels ranging from mild to hot to gonzo, which is only for the most dedicated spicy food fanatics. Royals’ menu boasts a highly addictive list of sides, as well, the most popular of which are the pimento cheese grits, crafted with locally milled corn grits by Louismill and housemade pimento cheese. What’s not to like?

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Patrons of Royals Hot Chicken can’t get enough of their chicken tenders and pimento cheese grits … you get to pick your heat level, and “gonzo,” pictured here, is not for the faint of heart! Image: Andrew Hyslop

The Table

1800 Portland Ave., Louisville, KY 40203 • (502) 708-2505
Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Closed Saturday and Sunday

Popular dish: Meatloaf sandwich and warm acorn squash salad

Among several delicious items on their menu, The Table’s meatloaf sandwich and warm acorn squash salad was one that we had the pleasure of sampling this winter. As serving seasonal and local ingredients is one part of the honorable mission of this restaurant, the menu will soon be changing over to feature fresh spring finds from the garden. We encourage you to head to The Table soon to enjoy their most popular winter menu items before they are gone. There is little doubt that you will love your experience at The Table and no doubt at all that their pay-what-you-can/everyone-has-a-seat-at-our-table philosophy will warm your heart.

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Head to The Table as soon as possible to try their meatloaf sandwich and squash salad, the two most popular items on their winter menu.  Image: The Table

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Warm squash salad will only be around for a little while longer …

Monnik

1036 East Burnett Ave., Louisville, KY 40217• (502) 742-6564
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Closed Monday

Popular dish: Beer cheese

Served with toasted spent grain bread, the beer cheese at Monnik is a must-order when dining at this new Schnitzelburg establishment. Three burgers, a variety of french fry dishes and sauerbraten, a traditional German dish Monnik makes using sour beef, round out the menu, every dish designed to pair naturally with beer.

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There are many excellent items to choose from on Monnik’s food menu, but no meal is complete without an order of their beer cheese!

Butchertown Grocery

1076 East Washington St., Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 742-8315
Restaurant Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Brunch, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Closed Monday and Tuesday
Upstairs Bar Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.; Closed Monday and Tuesday

Popular dish: Gnocchi

From the sneak peek we were lucky enough to take part in last October, we knew that the gnocchi handcrafted by Chef Bobby Benjamin and his team would be hard to resist. Light-as-pillows potato is layered with mushrooms and herbs and tossed with Parmesan and butter — what else could your heart possibly desire? Other than the escargot that is … or the Southern burger with pimento cheese and bacon jam … or the bone-in, 55-day, dry-aged rib-eye grocery steak … well, you get the idea!

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There is little wonder why the gnocchi at Butchertown Grocery is the most in-demand dish on the menu!

Artesano

1321 Herr Lane, Louisville, KY 40222 • (502) 708-2196
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Popular dish: Bombas de toro

Deciding what to order at Artesano is no easy feat; the tapas-style menu is a veritable smorgasbord of Spanish-inspired dishes, all perfect for sharing and sampling. The bombas de toro caught our eye on our first visit, and we couldn’t have fallen more in love with these oxtail-stuffed potato balls topped with oxtail sauce and pimenton aioli. Apparently we weren’t the only ones, as this is one of the most popular dishes served at Artesano!

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The bombas de toro, oxtail-stuffed potato balls with oxtail sauce and pimenton aioli, are one of the most popular menu items at the recently opened Artesano in Westport Village. Image: Artesano

So take this as a call to action to try out all of these most popular dishes at any of these new restaurants. Enjoy!

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