Discover Something New at Home in Louisville
New Restaurant: El Camino
After idling for 15 months, the old Avalon spot roared to life in October as El Camino. Featuring authentic Mexican street food (like camarones tortas) and artisanal tiki drinks (try the Donga Punch), its heat lamps and fire tables mean Bardstown Road's best patio is back in business, year-round.
Place to Bring a Little "Home" Home with You: WHY Louisville
A statement, not a question, WHY Louisville sells all the clothing and souvenirs you'll need to display your local pride, from t-shirts boasting, "Louisville: The 168th Biggest City on Earth" to posters of Col. Sanders's driver's license. Its two locations, in the Highlands and NuLu, make it a convenient stop before dinner or drinks.
Word on the Street
Louisville dominated 2013: the Uof L men's basketball team were national champs, the women's team reached the Final Four, the football team won the Sugar Bowl, hometown gal Jennifer Lawrence won the Oscar for Best Actress, culinary instructor Damaris Phillips won her own Food Network show and the city was Lonely Planet's top U.S. travel destination. So revel in the city's success -- preferably over the hottest liquor on the planet, Kentucky bourbon.
Zach Everson lived in Louisville from 2008 until last month, when he left to work full-time for us. He's written about the city for The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Condé Nast Traveler and was the founding editor of Eater Louisville.