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Popular foods in Indiana include a tenderloin sandwich, deep fried pickles, pulled pork and sugar cream pie. Indianapolis may not have been known as a foodie destination, however that is changing.

Indianapolis is getting credited as one of the 11 best up-and-coming culinary destinations in the United States by Food & Wine. The magazine has created a list of cities who are punching well above their weight with their vibrant food and drink scenes.

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You’ll find Cincinnati, Omaha, Boise, Jersey City, Tucson, Charlotte and Indianapolis on the Food & Wine line-up. The publication states,

“A new guard of food entrepreneurs is striving to make Indy a city where everyone can eat well.”

Indianapolis made the list by offering a real diversity of cuisines. Food & Wine claims that Indy serves an abundance of affordable, quality dining options; and a vibrant mix of personalities championing food access for all.

“The Circle City has emerged from the past few challenging years as a destination where everyone can eat well.”

Highlighting Indianapolis in their inaugural index, the article suggests that Indy is a burgeoning pastry place spearheaded by downtown’s Gallery Pastry Bar. They also name Amelia’s Bread as a spot where guests can dig into the bakery’s fudgy salted chocolate buckwheat cookies and croissant cinnamon rolls.

Fletcher Place’s Amberson Coffee & Grocer and Fountain Square’s speakeasy, The Commodore are getting nods. Some of the city’s mouth-watering spots including the LUME at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Garage Food Hall, the Bottleworks Hotel plus the AMP were all named as places to try.

Food & Wine gave a shout out to my favorite spot for breakfast, Cafe Patachou. Stalwarts like St. Elmo’s, Shapiro’s Deli, Livery and Iozzo’s were absent from the list.

So, put down that soggy, fried pickle and instead try a delicious croissant stuffed with berry compote, pecans, and brûléed Trillium!