Taste Test: Indy’s Best Bread Baskets

Having nearly vanished during the low-carb craze, bread baskets are back on the table.


Artisan Bread Basket

601 E. New York St., 317-420-2323

Pastry chef Hattie McDaniel’s recent creations have included pumpernickel biscuits and miniature Pullman loaves. Her streusel-topped version of Amish friendship bread paired with fried sage honey butter tastes like a nostalgic bite of Thanksgiving dinner.


Corn Muffins

Marrow Corn Muffins
Corn Muffins from Marrow

1106 Prospect St., 317-986-6752

Accompanied by rich East-meets-Indiana sorghum-miso butter, these muffins with a chewy edge make a great bar snack at the funky Fountain Square soul food spot.

Rush on Main

Bavarian Pretzel Sticks

Rush on Main
Bavarian pretzel sticks from Zionsville’s Rush on Main.

112 S. Main St., Zionsville, 317-344-2416

A hybrid of soft mall pretzels and the kind you might get at Wrigley Field, these big, buttery sticks are as homey as they come, especially when dunked in gooey, straightforward nacho cheese.


Bread Service

Mesh Bread Service
Bread service from Mesh

725 Massachusetts Ave., 317-955-9600

There’s a charming formality to the bread service at this Mass Ave standard that hearkens to restaurants of old. A rustic loaf arrives tucked in a cloth napkin, then another server comes by to pour a little herbed olive oil.

Harry & Izzy’s

Dinner Rolls

Harry & Izzy's
The bread basket from Harry & Izzy’s

Three locations

You may come for the steaks and sliders, but you’ll be won over by these utterly comforting rolls that land somewhere between focaccia and the classic Parker House carb. By request at lunch and standard issue at dinner, these warm, herb-flecked hunks have a delectable buttery center.

Cafe Carib

Coco Bread

Cafe Carib
Co Co Bread from Cafe Carib

5603 E. Washington St., 317-602-8923

Despite their name, there’s no coconut milk in these soft, aromatic rolls at one of Indy’s newest food truck–to-restaurant conversions. But the sweet undertone definitely delivers a flavor of the West Indies.

The Rathskeller

Bread Basket

The Rathskellar
The Rathskellar’s bread basket.

401 E. Michigan St., 317-636-0396

Arranged alongside the pumpernickel and whole wheat is one of Indy’s best pretzels: warm, chewy, and topped with coarse salt. Slather it with butter or dip it in sinus-clearing, Wisconsin-made Silver Springs mustard.