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JUL 2018

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 7.18 47 Readers' Choice JAPANESE RESTAURANT 1. Sapporo 2. Sakura Blue 3. Sake Blue VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT 1. Vietnam Kitchen 2. Nam Nam 3. Pho Ba Luu MIDDLE EASTERN RESTAURANT 1. Shiraz 2. Grape Leaf 3. Safier BARBECUE RESTAURANT 1. Feast 2. Mark's Feed Store 3. Momma's Mustard Pickles & BBQ FRIED CHICKEN RESTAURANT 1. Joella's 2. Royals 3. The Eagle FAMILY-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT 1. Mark's Feed Store 2. Texas Roadhouse 3. Rubbies FOOD TRUCK 1. FlavaVille 2. Traveling Kitchen 3. La Chandeleur PIZZA 1. Impellizzeri's 2. The Post 3. Coals Bar You Haven't Heard of (Yet) Odeon 1335 Story Ave. We debated keeping the Odeon secret to ourselves but figured you'd eventually notice the Butchertown bar's glowing, fat-bulbed sign. What was once the Butchertown Pub is now part speakeasy, part lounge and venue. (In May, the bar's first concert was a benefit for Kentuckians for the Commonwealth featuring local artists Ben Sollee, Daniel Martin Moore and Mark Charles Heidinger.) Customers sip cocktails on Mid-Century Modern furniture — blue, purple and orange lights creating a mellow vibe in the dark space. Some congregate around the fireplace in the room with shag carpeting. Oh, and you'd better have the chops if you're gonna sit down at the piano. — Michelle Eigenheer CC Podcast Five Things (Louisville Public Media) Tara Anderson describes her podcast Five Things as "show-and-tell for grown-ups." In each episode, she interviews a guest — Congressman John Yarmuth, ballerina Wendy Whelan, WHAS anchor Renee Murphy — about five important objects in their life, revealed one by one over the course of the 30- to 40-minute show. "I don't do a ton of research ahead of time and don't want to know the items," Anderson says. "I want to be surprised along with the audience." Over 65 episodes since debuting in October 2016, interviewees have talked about everything from a trilobite and T-shirts to a hairbrush and a dollhouse that serves as a child's grave marker in Indiana. Without crying, try to get through the episode with Highlands Baptist Church pastor Joe Ph elps, who hands Anderson a burnt-orange "Hook 'em Horns" Texas Longhorns rubber wristband that survived a fire. Anderson's inspiration for the show was Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble, the absurdist local troupe that wrote and performed original plays until 2014. The group's Five Things explored the movies, books and albums the characters would bring to a desert island. "For each person, their last thing was something deeply personal," Anderson says. "It was this gut punch about what really matters. I sobbed." The show will return in the fall, with guests including a Holoc aust survivor, a drag queen from Kentucky who lives in Queens, New York, and Anderson's former doorman in NYC. She'd like to interview former mayor Jerry Abramson, Gov. Matt Bevin and Sen. Rand Paul. One of the first people she reached out to was My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James. "He very politely said no. He said what other people have said: 'Oh, I'm not materialistic,'" Anderson says. "But the point is not to talk about your bling. The five things are windows into a life." — JM CC

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