A perfect cold-weather breakfast: Two flaky biscuits, topped with thick pork gravy and an egg at Love Handle (877 Massachusetts Ave., 317-384-1102).
Rook (501 Virginia Ave., 317-737-2293) boasts a warm Laing dip, which tastes like a very exotic spinach dip but with kale and chorizo in a creamy coconut cream base, topped with Oaxacan cheese. Spoon it into pieces of grilled bread.
Spicy chicken tinga street tacos with cilantro, avocado, and salsa verde at Dos Hombres Taco House, pressing fresh tortillas in Circle Centre’s old Johnny Rocket spot. Now that’s something to sing about.
A whole smoked sea bass, one if the weekend-only menu items from the smoker at Moontown Brewing Company.
Dark chocolate bites from Xchocol’art at the Carmel Farmers Market. 82% dark chocolate, topped with local bee pollen and organic edible dried lavender and magnolia flowers. (Opening soon in the Arts & Design District, downtown Carmel.)