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Best Restaurants 2017

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Joe's Next Door

Don’t mistake the unassuming prepared-foods case at Joe’s Next Door as ordinary; there’s serious culinary muscle behind the counter. Chef Jon Radford owned The Gathering in Geist before taking over the kitchen operation at Joe’s, where he works alongside Jason Cornelius, former executive chef at the Milano Inn, and pastry chef Danielle McQuoid, who logged […]

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CharBlue

Chef Ricky Hatfield’s sense of adventure puts steak-centric CharBlue (located in the former home of Georgia Reese’s Southern Table) in a whole different class from its downtown red-meat brethren. The Martinsville native grew up hunting in the Hoosier backwoods—developing an appreciation for the rustic flavor of game meat—and finessed his cooking skills at Sullivan’s Steakhouse, […]

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Open Society Public House

At a time when artistically uncompromising chefs can find themselves niche-marketed right out of business, Open Society owner Brian Baker refuses to make that mistake. The business school grad and restaurant industry jack-of-all-trades proudly declares his desire to be all things to all people. Open Society buzzes with coffee lovers and telecommuters on laptops in […]

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SotSot

The name is an acronym for Some of This, Some of That, which sums up what owner JR Roseman set out to serve at the 34-seat brick-and-mortar version of his Cajun food truck. The Panama native perfected many of his recipes while putting food on the table for his kids, including a soul-warming version of […]

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The Vanguard

It’s one thing to open a restaurant from scratch. To transform a popular haunt known more for its drinking scene into a bona fide supper club with serious comfort-food cred is another feat altogether. In late 2016, that’s exactly what Usual Suspects owner Bill Ficca did when he oversaw a complete renovation and overhaul of […]

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Salt On Mass

The Millikan on Mass building’s resident surf-and-turf spot doesn’t exactly capture the Hoosier aesthetic. It’s not even trying, to be honest. The bleached-out decor assembles all of the matchy-matchy components of a Florida beach house, from the soothing gray walls to the driftwood art tucked into shiplap shelves. And yet, this 9-month-old beauty feels like […]

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