Pound cake as still life, with more tropical fruits than a Carmen Miranda hat (most notably, tart guava and lime sauces) at Festiva (1217 E. 16th St., 317-635-4444).
Thunderbird‘s (1127 Shelby St., 317-974-9580) crispy buttermilk fried chicken, cheesy grits, and cornbread served with apple butter and honey butter.
A whole black sea bass served with rapini greens, blood orange, crispy red rice, and carrot-citrus dressing at Black Market (922 Massachusetts Ave., 317-822-6757).
The batter-dipped chicken-and-waffle bites with two warmed dipping syrups—one regular and one spicy—served with a powdered sugar dusting at Tried & True Alehouse (2800 S. State Rd. 135, Greenwood, 317-530-2706).
Open Society‘s (4850 N. College Ave., 317-999-8706) bourbon black-and-blue berry pop tart with a crisp and flaky crust.