Buttery, flaky crust cradles the custard filling in the heavenly vanilla-bean chess pie at Bluebeard (653 Virginia Ave., 317-686-1580). You’ll want to scrape your fork across the entire plate to get a swipe of caramel sauce and some crushed pistachio in every bite.
A paper basket of chilaquiles at La Mulita (5215 N. College Ave., 317-925-0677). Layers of tomatillo-soaked corn tortillas support the warm yellow ooziness of fried eggs and tender slices of steak.
Shredded pulled pork comes sandwiched between two fluffy cheddar waffles and smeared with sweet green-tomato chutney at Shoefly Public House (122 E. 22nd St., 317-283-5007).
A big bowl of dangerously addictive FARMfamous garlic fries at FARM Bloomington (108 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, 812-323-0002), sprinkled with Parmesan, chili flakes, lemon zest, and herbs and served with garlic and turmeric aioli for dipping.
Meaty braised short ribs at Oh Yumm! Bistro (5615 W. Illinois St., 317-251-5656) fall off the bone into a pool of sesame barbecue glaze and get topped with a mound of candied red cabbage.