Swoon List: 5 Things We Adore Right Now

  1. Cerulean’s (339 S. Delaware St., 317-870-1320) pitch-perfect pair of vanilla-bean macarons—one big and one little—on a plate artfully balance with freeze-dried raspberries.
  2. Tiny pan-fried bluegill filets atop stone-ground grits at Black Market (922 Massachusetts Ave., 317-822-6757). Flavor-packed hunks of ham hock are fried just enough to crisp the edges and scattered on the plate for the requisite bacon notes. All of that, plus gravy.
  3. The Suzy Edamame at H2O (1912 Broad Ripple Ave., 317-254-0677). The cooked pods are tossed in a slightly sweet hoisin sauce with finely diced jalapenos and torn cilantro. They’re worth the messy fingers!
  4. The spicy mac-and-cheese appetizer at Bru Burger Bar (410 Massachusetts Ave., 317-635-4278), a bowl of long cavatappi twists, biting roasted-jalapeno cheese sauce, Andouille sausage, and juicy shrimp, enough for a light lunch. The servers know to keep the ice water coming.
  5. Sugar-dredged hot doughnuts that you drizzle with honey-sesame sauce at Naisa Pan-Asian Cafe (1025 Virginia Ave., 317-602-3708).