Swoon List: Festiva, The Tamale Place, And More

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The jumbo wedge salad served with bacon, diced tomatoes, and chunks of bleu in both dressing and cheese form at McCormick & Schmick’s (110 N. Illinois St., 317-631-9500).

McCormick & Schmick’s wedge salad

Julia Spalding

The Smack & Cheese from BurgerFuel (6320 Guilford Ave., 317-405-8362) is 100 percent grass-fed beef; smashed juicy, beer-battered macaroni cheese bites; bacon; queso; and melted cheddar.

The Smack & Cheese burger from BurgerFuel

Michael Rubino

A chunky steak taco, traditionally topped with chopped onion and cilantro, from The Tamale Place (222 E. Market St., 317-423-2203) in City Market.

A steak taco from The Tamale Place at City Market

Julia Spalding

The meaty and tender mole short rib at Festiva (1217 E. 16th St., 317-635-4444), whose smoky, rich sauce with a restrained sweetness balances perfectly against a creamy sweet-potato purée.

Festiva’s mole short rib

Terry Kirts

The tangy, hearty, totally vegetarian samosa chaat from Noor Indian Grocery & Kitchen (8028 S. Emerson Ave., 317-559-6624), which features a whole range of Northern and Southern Indian street foods and curries from a surprisingly affordable counter menu board.

Vegetarian samosa chaat from Noor Indian Grocery & Kitchen

Terry Kirts

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