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No. 1 – It wasn’t until Jonathan and Ashley Brooks opened their modern diner in Fletcher Place that we realized that, yes, we really were missing a restaurant that surprises us every day with dishes we’ve either never heard of or had completely forgotten about.
No. 2 – Everything about Marrow radiates years of forethought, from its russet-toned color palette to the dining room’s faint campfire aroma emanating from a smoker that John Adams installed before the restaurant’s November opening.
No. 4 – The Lockerbie neighborhood scored a major victory when Cunningham Restaurant Group opened this cutting-edge stunner in the former Amici’s Italian Restaurant over the winter.
No. 5 – The Delicia vibe practically whisks you away to a poolside cabana at a South American resort, while the menu provides a sample of the region’s cultures.
Every other Sunday, Bea’s Soda Bar parks at Bloomington’s Hopscotch Coffee to whip up themed waffles, like this cartoon-inspired creation. Let’s hope it gets a rerun.
No. 6 – Since Rook reopened in February, the fully open kitchen in the airy yet cozy new spot has been putting out some truly impressive bites.
No 7 – The pasture-to-plate mantra drives every ingredient on your plate, from the grass-fed livestock to the freshly plucked ground cherries.
No. 8 – No one tells us what to eat—except Greg Hardesty, the Recess chef-owner who has been crafting a prix-fixe menu at his SoBro mainstay since 2010.
No. 9 – Escaping the northside shopping grind in Ryan Nelson’s sleek yet woodsy strip-mall supper club never gets old. Despite its placement in a former Smith & Hawken store in the middle of a shopping district, Late Harvest’s patio is one of the city’s most charming outdoor spots.
No. 10 – Black Market is far more than a special-occasions spot. A chalkboard of daily creations means you can refuel after browsing nearby shops with an impromptu plate of rabbit and dumplings or kraut pierogi.
Could my granddaughter’s heart possibly be as full as mine? Does she appreciate the meaning of these moments, that they will endure long after the cooking aromas subside?
No. 11 – The only thing more surprising than Indy’s newfound craving for chopped pork-tongue sandwiches and trout-skin chips is where we discovered this implausible love: in a tiny East 10th Street storefront.
No. 12 – Grab a seat at the restaurant’s raw bar for super-fresh oysters or an ever-changing tuna poke.
No. 13 – Since it opened in 2012 Cerulean quickly became known for its sense of adventure, earning its third Best Restaurant selection.
No. 14 – Amid all the Midwest-is-best chest-thumping going on right now, this is still the place we want to be.
No. 15 – Of all the unexpected places Indy’s ever-expanding food scene took us this year, we never figured on Main Street Fortville as the location for a rollicking comfort-food pub with a lighthearted yet sophisticated soul.
No. 16 – Union 50 proves that when you have a menu adventurous enough to offer a smear of roasted bone marrow alongside fish and chips with powdered vinegar, you don’t have to follow the standard rules of engagement.
The house is a testament to the couple’s desire to build Indy into a better place.
Her style mantra: “Own it—use fashion to tell a story that represents you. It almost always goes wrong when you imitate a look that isn’t you.”
Want to freshen up your beauty routine this spring? Nordstrom’s in-demand makeup artist spills his tricks.
“I don’t think (women) are being specifically excluded. But I don’t think these organizations that are involved in public policy are thinking, Let’s invite women. The other thing is that women don’t have the same level of confidence to go into a place where they want to feel prepared, educated, and ready.”
“Name another sport where women brought men along,” says Chris French, a technical architect.
Pretty soon, they’ll be swooping in for French fries from the Cheesecake Factory patio.
No. 17 – Don’t save Oceanaire just for special occasions. Hot appetizers such as the generous crab cake or the rich and savory shrimp and grits make for a great weeknight meal with a salad and a glass of wine.
No. 18 – It takes some diligence to maintain a spot on this list after 17 years. Peterson’s, which has been dishing up elegant surf and turf in its clubby, dark-paneled dining room since the dawn of gourmet mac and cheese, also has a lock on consistency.
No. 19 – Young Broad Ripplians, still dewy from hot yoga refuel at this fresh-faced juice bar and brunch kitchen.
A look at Andrew Lannerd’s collection of royal items, memories, and contacts. He has parlayed his expertise into a company offering escorted tours of the U.K.
Hip shops and new restaurants revitalize the courthouse square in downtown Franklin.
No. 20 – What has been most fun about Public Greens is how Patachou, Inc.’s most conscientious, improvisational offering is always changing to follow the seasons.
My first stop was the Hotel Jones, cleverly named for its owner, Mrs. Jones.