Swoon List: 5 Things We Adore Right Now

  1. Emily’s Garden pizza at Big Woods Brewing Co. (60 Molly’s Lane, Nashville, 812-988-6000), a gooey, crispy thin-crust that uses feta crumbles as a salty foil for the sweetness of squash mixed with tomatoes, red onions, mushrooms, and spinach.
  2. Sopes Surtidos from Adobo Grill (110 E. Washington St., 317-822-9990), three corn masa “cups” with their own fillings: chorizo; plantains and mole; and carne asada (the best—juicy, smoky grilled skirt steak with spicy roasted tomato salsa on top).
  3. Egg salad panini with cheese and local greens at Fermenti Artisan’s new booth in City Market.
  4. Firm, buttery pan-seared sea bass at Sullivan’s Steakhouse (3316 E. 86th St., 317-580-1280), flaking luxuriously over wilted bok choy and sweet, plummy Hong Kong sauce. Tip: Order a side of horseradish mashed potatoes—this town’s second best use of the painfully pungent root.
  5. Anson Mills stone-ground grits—trucked in from South Carolina and served as a thick, savory porridge topped with Grafton cheddar shavings, at Eggshell Bistro (51 W. City Center Dr., Carmel, 317-660-1616).