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Destination Dining 2013

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Destination Dining: The Butcher Shoppe

Inside, it’s a low-lit den of charmingly old-school Bavarian motifs with dark-paneled walls, dangling antique farm implements, and barstools upholstered in deep ruby and avocado—fancy digs for an 11,000-square-foot converted chicken coop that opened last year on the 141-acre Walhill Farm.

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Destination Dining: The Exchange Pub & Kitchen

Restaurateur Ian Hall quickly found a following for his fresh take on locally inspired cuisine when he opened this Southern Indiana standout in a strip mall in 2011.

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Destination Dining: TW Fable

When Bluffton native Tiercell William Schwartz returned to his hometown after a decade-long stint in New York, he longed for a place to get a drink and a big-city meal. So he opened his own restaurant with an urban vibe in 2010.

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Destination Dining: Octave Grill

No more than two dozen seats, some with chunky, custom-made chairs, populate the snug dining room of Casey and Sylvia Petro’s burger joint in the heart of Chesterton.

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Destination Dining: Spire

Farm-to-fork cuisine gets a minimalist treatment at this spare, open restaurant tucked inside the just-added clubhouse at LaPorte’s Legacy Hills Golf Club.

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Destination Dining: The Winds Cafe and Bakery

Most Sunday mornings, as coffee brews and the smell of freshly baked cinnamon rolls perfumes the air, a line weaves from the tiny vestibule of The Winds Cafe and Bakery out through its front door to the brick-lined walkway and picketed entrance.

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Destination Dining: Valley

Foodies find their happy place in this small-town farm-to-fork spot that came to be when “a shaggy-haired chef from Florida’s Gulf Coast” fell in love with a country girl from Indiana.

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Destination Dining: Seviche

Since opening in 2005, clubby Seviche in the high-energy Highlands district has been racking up raves for a menu that fuses Latin flavors and Bluegrass ingredients with mouthwatering results.

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Destination Dining: Barn Brasserie

Chef-owner Matt Burns got a good lesson in regional sourcing at Westfield’s The Local Eatery & Pub—and helped head up the kitchen at nearby Vera Mae’s Bistro with wife Jessica—before the pair teamed on this ambitious but amiable spot for “French soul food.”

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Destination Dining: Farmer’s Daughter

Sarah Wolfe’s menu rolls with the whims of the local produce surrounding her home base of Princeton.

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Destination Dining: Joseph Decuis

The Joseph Decuis operation began as a way for owners Pete and Alice Eshelman to entertain business clients out of a downtown-Roanoke bank building they had converted into a private dining facility. In 2000, they opened their doors to the public as well.

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Destination Dining: Kokoro Sushi

Tony Yamazaki (endearingly referred to as “Crazy Tony”) runs the show at this college-town sushi house.

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Destination Dining: Abigail Street

Unparalleled for its imaginative and original menu of small plates with a Middle Eastern lean, Abigail Street is one of the busiest places in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, with scores of repeat diners tucked into bench-lined tables and barstools.

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Destination Dining: Crystal & Jules

Hometown boy Andy Richmer cut his teeth as a chef at the nearby Belterra Casino before venturing into his own restaurant two years ago, situated in a historic home at the western end of Madison’s main drag.

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Destination Dining: Firehouse BBQ & Blues

In the midst of Richmond’s emerging historic Depot District, Firehouse BBQ & Blues boasts a smoking backstory.