Greenwood isn’t exactly synonymous with fine dining, but the 2014 opening of Revery put the southside suburb on the culinary map. Diners flock there for the novelty of a gourmet restaurant serving foie gras and pickled beets with whipped goat cheese and wasabi in a homey-rustic space where chatty servers in jeans catch up with their regulars. Former Mesh on Mass executive chefs Mark Henrichs and Danny Salgado tap into that dichotomy on the menu, capturing the comforting charm of the eatery’s downtown location with modern spins on familiar dishes. A shareable bowl of cheese curds fried in chorizo oil rests on a kicky, creamy jalapeño sauce. The veal-and-mushroom meatloaf, a deeply savory, earthy specimen, is propped up by potato puree and fringed with butter-glazed carrots. When you see everyone around the dining room spooning bites out of identical tiny glass canning jars, you know they’ve ordered the eatery’s house-favorite banoffee pie, here reimagined as a parfait of banana slices, crumbled graham crackers, caramel sauce, and whipped cream.

TIP: After dinner, settle into the restaurant’s back-room speakeasy, where bartender Sarah Brown slings craft cocktails, and homemade beef jerky is on the bar-snacks menu. 

DON’T MISS: The short rib, an ultra-tender hunk of meat that glides off the fork.

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299 W. Main St., Greenwood, 215-4164, reverygreenwood.com

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A graduate of IU’s Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing, Terry Kirts hails from a town in Illinois so small it didn’t have a restaurant until he was in the 8th grade. Since 2000, he’s more than made up for the dearth of eateries in his childhood, logging hundreds of meals as the dining critic for WHERE Indianapolis, Indianapolis Woman, and NUVO before joining Indianapolis Monthly as a contributing editor in 2007. A senior lecturer in creative writing at IUPUI, Terry has published his poetry and creative nonfiction in a number of literary journals and anthologies, including Gastronomica, Alimentum, and Home Again: Essays and Memoirs from Indiana, and he’s the author of the poetry collection To the Refrigerator Gods, published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2011.