A James Beard Award semifinalist for best new restaurant, this place takes the "farm-to-table" concept with utter sincerity and boasts an impressive seasonal cocktail menu to match. The bartender nearly leapt over the bar for a high five when I ordered the drink she invented. Who can say no to rye, brandy, sweet vermouth and two kinds of bitters? Heavy on the organic spirits, the cocktails are almost as high-minded as the food, but the concept isn't overly serious: My menu was printed on the back of a Habitat for Humanity envelope. Actually, maybe that is kind of serious. 624 E. Market St., 502-384-9090; harvestlouisville.com
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