Best of Indy: 34 Readers’ Choice Winners

We asked, you answered. Here, the results of our annual survey about the best the city has to offer.

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BESTOFINDY_500x500Drum roll, please. Below, you’ll find the winners of our online survey accompanying the magazine’s “Best of Indy” feature in the December issue. For good measure, we also threw in a selection of comments from the readers who voted. Congratulations to all!

UPDATE: Make your 2015 Best of Indy picks now. 


Best Jewelry Store: G. Thrapp Jewelers

“I love the small neighborhood feel and the vintage/estate jewelry.” —Linda Mcleaish


Best Dog Groomer: The Village Dog

“Great work and fun staff who love the pooches that come in for their haircuts.” —Cari Kluger


Best Spin Class: InCycle

“Great instructors who know what they’re doing and keep it both tough and fun.” —Kate Appel


YOGA1Best Yoga Studio: Invoke

“They’re always adding more classes to keep up with the demand, and I love my Reformer trainer, Megan!” —Patty Heffelman


Best Hair Colorist: Will Turpin of Whiskey and Honey Salon

“Will is awesome. He keeps this 50-year-old looking 35.” —Greg McAbee


Best Alterations Shop: Georgetown Alterations

“I’ve trusted them to alter my clothes for 20 years. They’ve even made Halloween costumes for my sons.” —Sally Cutler


Best Baby Clothes: Ballerinas and Bruisers

“Locally owned, beautiful things.” —Lori Nichols


Best Framing Shop: The Great Frame Up

“Not just for their service, but the owners are great supporters of the local arts community.” —Hugh Vandivier


Best Eyeglasses Shop: Ossip Optometry

“Great selection of the coolest, up-to-date styles. Although being stylish does not come cheap.” —Wayne Johnson


Best Cut Flowers: The Empty Vase

“Unusual flowers and combinations, great service.” —Jennifer Hendrian


Best Museum Shop: Indianapolis Museum of Art

“Where else can you get cool Robert Indiana stuff?” —Rhonda Long-Sharp


Best Doughnut: Long’s Bakery

“No other competition, really. Soft and delicious.” —Pat Francisco

Best Salad: Napolese

“Love the double chopped salad as a staple, but their seasonals are always interesting.” —Casey Wiscons


Best Steakhouse: St. Elmo Steak House

“Just the place to be.” —Morgan Greenlee


Best Restaurant Bread: Bluebeard

“Because Amelia’s.” [Amelia’s is the bakery that supplies Bluebeard.] —Lyn White


Best Cupcakes: Flying Cupcake

“The icing-to-cake ratio is spot on. You want yummy? You get yummy.” —Michelle Hammond


Best Froyo Shop: Huddles

“The taste of the froyo is incomparable.” —Morgan Harrison


Best Date Place: Mama Carolla’s

“They have a perfect house Chianti.” —Jayne Beasley


Best Park For Winter Fun: Eagle Creek

“Great snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.” —David Temple

The alcohols CRG buys for its restaurants are Fountain Square Brewery, Sun King, New Day Meadery, Bier Brewery, Triton Brewery, and Flat12 Bierwerks. (Photo by Stacy Newgent)


Best Brewery: Sun King Brewing

“Duh.” —Adrian Gillaspy


Best Mexican Restaurant: La Piedad

“The friendly servers, the casual patio, the great (and inexpensive) food.” —Allyson Dobberteen


Best Food Truck: Scratch

“The poutine fries. Enough said.” —Julie Garrett


Best Luxury Hotel: The Conrad

“You just can’t beat their beds.” —Don Karlander


Cafe PatachouBest Breakfast Place: Cafe Patachou

“Two words: cinnamon toast.” —Jacqueline Cromleigh


Best Ice Cream Shop: BRICS

“They don’t believe a flavor combination can be too rich.” —Pam Nixon


Best Restaurant Patio: Rick’s Boatyard Cafe

“I feel like I’m on vacation sitting on the water there.” —Carly Glickman


Best Farmers Market: Broad Ripple Farmers Market

“Such a great variety of vendors and easily accessible from multiple parts of town.” —Sara Zembrodt


Best Sports Bar: Kilroy’s

“So many TVs!” —Michelle Mezzanotte


Best Music Festival: WARMfest

“Incredible national and local acts. This new fest is totally underrated.” —Roxanna Caldwell


Best Art Gallery: Long-Sharp Gallery

“Two floors of work from local and world-renowned artists.” —LaMont King Jr.


Angela Buchman on our December 2003 cover

Best Local Newscast: WTHR

“Angela Buchman is a babe!” —Taylor Herman


Best Record Store: LUNA Music

“Great vibes.” —Patricia Benrubi


Best Spa: Evan Todd Spa

“I love the tranquil atmosphere, and it always smells great up there!” —Cara Shanks


Best Local Sports Team: Colts

“Love my Colts, especially now that Andrew Luck is on board. We have a huge future with him.” —Kimann Schultz



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