May 2013


Vol. 36 // Issue 10

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Editor’s Note

Amanda Heckert introduces our 25 Best Restaurants coverage, and weighs in on the food industry in Indiana—especially the people behind it.



From The Libertine to Recess and Oakleys to Bluebeard, Korean to Latin and sushi to steak, our critics choose the cream of Indy’s dining crop.
(Live online May 28)

WANTED: Dining Trends We’d Like to See

Po’ boys, banh mi, house-pickle plates, fusion tacos, and food trucks have all hit our dining scene in spades. Here are a few currently fashionable big-city fads we hope will arrive soon enough.

MY LAST MEAL: Indy Notables Dish on Favorites

We posed this scenario to them: Tomorrow isn’t coming. Where do you go for the ultimate feast? See what these 12 said.

LIST: Foodie Glossary

It’s not you. Foodie conversation can get a little too complicated—a little too inside baseball. We demystified some of the latest buzzwords. If you want to sound like a pro, study up.

FILM: Can This Little Guy Save IndyCar?

Scoundrels and Scandals: These are the shocking, headline-grabbing crimes from the 10 most notable killers, kidnappers, and thieves ever to prowl the underbelly of Indianapolis. – See more at:

A superpowered snail named Turbo—backed by one of the most successful animation studios in the world—is set to hook a new generation on the Indy 500.

POLITICS: Postscript

It was nearly four decades ago that rookie state rep Marilyn Schultz took on the biggest old-boys’ club in Indianapolis. Some called her a champion for gender equality. Others called her a—well, she’s only now opening the hate mail to find out.

FLORA: Natural Beauties

Once a niche passion, low-fuss native plants are growing on more gardeners. This lovely field guide to Hoosier flora will get you started.

Circle City

FRONT & CENTER: Fast Break

Why the Indiana Fever, WNBA champs, didn’t get a vacation.

CULTURE COUNTER: (John) Green Screening

A young filmmaker geeks out with a documentary on John Green’s Nerdfighters.

WHAT I KNOW: Mark Miles

The former pro-tennis honcho and Super Bowl whisperer plans to reinvigorate open-wheel racing and spruce up the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


A bustling wine bar and a classic ice cream stand keep Old Town feeling young. Plus, all of our Street Savvy stories to date—from Fishers to Fountain Square, Kokomo to SoBro. We’ve got the goods on what’s new and fun in the city’s ‘hoods, suburbs, and beyond.

SHOPTALK: Little Nail Shop

For Tinseltown-style digits, add blingy Minx decals like fishnet, houndstooth, and metallic lace.

SHOPTALK: My Look, Edgy Heels

Runway producer Denisha Ferguson is known in the city’s growing fashion circle for innovation and crisp personal style, reflected in both her line, Dlang Fashion, and UnZip Magazine, the online and print publication she edits.

Eat + Drink

FLAVOR OF THE MONTH: Mint to Be—with a Recipe

Cerulean pastry chef Pete Schmutte shares an easy yet elegant take on silky custard.

TASTE TEST: Burn Notice

A toast to four fiery cocktails that spice up spring.

NEW IN TOWN: Jack’s Donuts

Founded in the early ’60s, this mom-and-pop spot in New Castle built a loyal following with its basic hole-cut, melt-in-your-mouth treats—and now it’s back.

ROAD TRIP: Tin Man Brewing Co.

Opened last fall, the Evansville brewery offers not just polished, go-down-easy beers, but also eco-friendly packaging.

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A thief recently broke into our home, leaving behind only contempt.
by Philip Gulley


Historic hassles, interstate terror, and Long’s other doughnuts. – See more at:

Murderous falcons, racecar logos, and the fine art of noodling. Ask The Hoosierist.
by Sam Stall

DEBORAH PAUL: Meals on Wheels

Parking-lot feasting gets me out of the house and allows for stress-free digestion.

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