A shareable plate of tender carrots roasted in browned butter and dusted with breadcrumbs at new Fountain Square bar and restaurant Pioneer (1110 E. Shelby St., 317-986-6761).
Crack Fries—beer battered, aggressively seasoned, and served with a cheesy dipping sauce at Hop Cat (6280 N. College Ave., 317-565-4236).
Creamy, scoopable salt cod brandade, back on the appetizer menu at Late Harvest Kitchen (8605 River Crossing Blvd., 317-663-8063).
A warm, comforting bowl of smoky risotto tinged with hunks of bacon and peas at Palomino (49 W. Maryland St., 317-974-0400).
A wholesome Balance Bowl of fresh spinach strewn with black beans, brown rice, tomatoes, and shredded chicken, and drizzled with zesty dressing, from Duos @ Eskenazi Health (720 Eskenazi Ave., 317-880-5676).