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Swoon List: Including Big Lug, Kuma’s Corner, and SoBro cold-brewed coffee

A bottle of chilled SoBro Cold Bru—a ready-to-drink line of cold-brewed coffees bottled locally.


The fully loaded Goatsnake burger at Kuma’s Corner (1127 Prospect St., 317-929-1287). Its massive, aggressively seasoned patty sits under a smear of herbed goat cheese, poblano-corn relish, and buttermilk-breaded red onion slivers. A drizzle of lemon vinaigrette adds an unexpectedly bright flavor note.

The Goatsnake burger at Kuma's Corner

The Goatsnake burger at Kuma’s Corner


The hulking Pittsburgh-style Pastrami Sandwich at Union 50 (620 N. East St., 317-610-0234), piled with house-smoked meat, hand-cut fries, giardiniera, and beer cheese.

Union 50's french fry–topped pastrami sandwich

Union 50’s french fry–topped pastrami sandwich


A hot bowl of chicken pho with all the trimmings at Egg Roll #1 (4540 S. Emerson Ave., 317-787-2225).

The classic order: chicken pho at Egg Roll #1

The classic order: chicken pho at Egg Roll #1


An appetizer basket of “mild” Nashville Wings at Big Lug Canteen (1435 E. 86th St., 317-672-3503), a simple, faithful version with deep-fried skin touched with cayenne.

Big Lug Canteen's chicken-wing appetizer

Big Lug Canteen’s chicken-wing appetizer