Our Top 10 Food-and-Drink Stories of 2014

Our most-viewed dine-and-drink dispatches of the year, all in one sitting.

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Get a taste of this: Indy’s top dining stories of 2014 feature kid-friendly pubs, chef burgers, Alton Brown’s Indy food-and-drink tour, the year’s best restaurants, and more.

 

10west_3-photosize-Honorable Mention: Main Attraction, A Review of 10 West – Serving up fresh-cut steaks, swanky cocktails, and the resulting good times in the heart of Cicero, this restaurant plays to the crowd. [April]

 

 

 

Shoefly-Public-House-Shoefly-Pie-photosize--300x30010. Top Five Kid-friendly Pubs – Readers got fired up over our list of the best family-friendly pubs in the city. [October]

 

 

 

 

MustDo_slider_web-300x3009. The New Indy Must-Do List: Eat This – These items should be at the top of every good Indy foodie’s checklist. [February]

 

 

 

 

Fried chicken at 10-01 Food & Drink

8. Best Restaurants: 10-01 Food & Drink – Under Dan Dunville’s watch, the open kitchen finally turned out masterful takes on the most approachable dishes: a succulent appetizer of pan-roasted steak bites scattered on a swoosh of spicy steak sauce; sweet tomato bisque that is the essence of summer; and house-smoked brisket wedged inside Texas toast. [May]

 

 

 

plancha burger7. Top Five Chef’s Burgers – From bison with sea salt to lamb with spicy feta spread, the best chef-burger creations in the city have their day in the bun. [November]

 

 

 

 

(L-R) Derek Jeter, Jill Huse, and Peyton Manning's back

Photo courtesy Craig Huse

6. The Truth About Peyton, Jeter & St. Elmo – We corrected Sports Illustrated’s anecdote about the sports legends and one legendary steakhouse. [October]

 

 

 

 

(L-R) Salted Caramel:  Salt-lovers get their fix with a dash of the stuff mixed into a stratum of puffy, golden icing. ; Black Raspberry Key Lime:  This clever rendition of the jelly doughnut hits every textural note, with Key lime glaze and a fluffy core bursting with tart blackberry-raspberry-lemon filling.

5. Best of Indy Food & Drink 2014 – Craft doughnuts, gourmet wings, farm-to-car dining, and more made our list of the tastiest developments in the local dining scene this year. [December]

 

 

 

4.Gary Brackett - September 2014 - Georgia Reese's Gary Brackett’s New Turf – Georgia Reese’s, named after Brackett’s youngest daughter, joins the ranks of Indy soul-food spots like Kountry Kitchen and Maxine’s Chicken & Waffles. For Brackett, however, it’s not a competition. [September]

 

 

 

JohnCraigandNatalieWallatPlowandAnchor-300x300 3. Coming Soon: Plow & AnchorChef John Adams, who departed Bluebeard mere months after the hit restaurant garnered a James Beard nomination for Best New Restaurant last year, returned to Indianapolis to head up the kitchen at Plow & Anchor, the latest restaurant enterprise from chef and restaurateur Craig Baker (The Local Eatery and Pub, Bent Rail Brewery). And it came to pass. [April]

 

 

 

 

Photo via @altonbrown on Twitter

2. Alton Brown Eats His Way Through Indy – Before performing his brand of “culinary cabaret” on the Clowes Hall stage, Food Network star Alton Brown ate his way through Indianapolis. Local stops included St. Elmo Steak House, Long’s Bakery, Jockamo’s Upper Crust Pizza, Your Local Deli and Market, and more. [November]

 

 

 

0613-DELICIA-RIBEYE1. Best Restaurants – Pull up a chair and dig into this year’s list of the best places to eat, from a Pan-Asian rookie to a farm-to-table stunner that’s the cream of the crop. [May]

 

 

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