Menu Guide 2014

The Black and Red Quinoa Salad at Napolese is a hearty meal itself full of summer vegetables and other local produce.
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Dishes of the Year: Black and Red Quinoa Salad at Napolese

Their salads aren’t just greenery on the side of a pizza—filled with substantial elements such as Brussels sprouts or roasted cauliflower, they easily make a hearty meal.

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Dishes of the Year: Beef Carpaccio at Restaurant Tallent

I really enjoy it when foods that are typically sweet are made as a savory dish. The rich, umami flavor of the parmigiano and the raw beef was balanced perfectly with the peppery greens. Fantastic!

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Dishes of the Year: Brussels Sprouts Salad at Bluebeard

It also reminded me of when I went to Paris—I stayed at a chateau south of the city, and one of the things we made was duck confit.

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Dishes of the Year: Indiana Roasted Sweet Corn Popsicle at Nicey Treat

The locally grown corn is roasted perfectly, creating a lush texture when blended and frozen with the creamy base.

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Dishes of the Year: Artisan Greens Salad at Peterson's

Anyone who’s dined with me knows I’m not an especially dainty eater, but this artfully plated toss of red oak leaf lettuce, frisée, and other delicate greens hits on every textural.

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Dishes of the Year: Bourbon-Smoked Pork Chops at Chef JJ's Backyard

Says Tia Agnew of New Day Meadery, “Of all the things I enjoyed this past year, I loved the bourbon-smoked pork chops with bacon polenta that I had at Chef JJ’s Backyard in Broad Ripple as much as any dish.”

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Six Best Cocktail Names in Indy

These intriguing names for concoctions hail from The Libertine, Black Market, Bluebeard, Nicky Blaine’s, The Ball & Biscuit, and Plat 99.

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10 of the Priciest Dishes at Indy Restaurants

Meals ranging from $48 to $119 should leave you with a satisfied stomach, and a lighter wallet.

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Three Ways to Eat Octopus in Indy

The delicacy takes a turn in these distinct styles—as a warm salad, grilled with pepper-and-fennel confit, and sushi.

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The Dining Trend We’re Dying to Try: Cronuts

Like the centaur of baked goods, the cronut is a cross between a croissant and donut—flaky and fried, coated in sugar with cream inside. Its cross-section is as delicate and intricate as a honeycomb.

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Three Indy Menu Items That Will Make You Do a Double-Take

Hopwood Cellars, Rook, and The Local Eatery & Pub serve up items that will have you asking, “Come again?”

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10 Favorite Celebrity Spottings at Indy Restaurants

Barack Obama, Jon Hamm, Katy Perry, Martha Stewart, and more.

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Seven Ways to Snag a Table at That Hot Restaurant

Avoiding Friday and Saturday nights not only ups your odds of a table, but can also mean less harried service and more attention to dishes. And Sundays can be great nights to dine out—Bluebeard, for instance, stays open until 10 p.m. with a special, scaled-down menu of dishes you might not get the rest of the week.

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Six Indy Restaurants Making National News

Yats, The Libertine, St. Elmo Steak House, Harry & Izzy’s, Petite Chou, and Maxine’s Chicken & Waffles are all making names for themselves.