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Table of contents Arts & Entertaiment................................ 07 Music & Nightlife..................................... 14 Shopping Local........................................ 28 Food & Drink........................................... 36 2010 Winners’ Page................................ 53

Best of Indy 2010

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There’s a lot to be proud of where our hometown is concerned, which is why NUVO has been asking readers to brag on their local favorites since we began in March of 1990. And for just about each of those past 20 years, we’ve taken an annual survey of the best places in Indy to eat, drink, shop and enjoy local arts and culture. Nearly 10,000 of you cast your votes this year, making the 2010 Best of Indy Reader’s Poll the most successful in our two-decade history. With more than 110 voting categories, the total number of individual votes exceeds one million. Astonishing. And revealing. Turns out, sometimes the oldies are still the goodies— no matter how many times or how many people we ask. Bazbeaux Pizza, for example, has won as the city’s best pizza each year, since we first asked in 1991 and every year in between. You all also repeated most of your favorite local music choices this year; welcome back to Jennie DeVoe, Stereo Deluxe, Zero Boys and the Mudkids! We’ve continued our efforts to keep the NUVO Best of Indy contest focus on local people, places and things this year—and actually tightened the rules. While many, many, MANY votes were cast for corporate, national, international and/or chain businesses—we didn’t count them. As we stated in the rules on the voting site, only votes for locals count. This isn’t an easy rule to enforce, and we understand it pisses some people off. But our logic is simple: The Best of Indy contest and issue our devoted to shining a light on what is outstanding and unique to our city, neighborhoods and neighbors. You can go to any city in America and find an Applebees, Taco Bell, Target, Whole Foods or LA Fitness that will provide you with essentially the same items and service. We mean no disrespect or disparagement, and that is why you’ll find a list of the corporate choices that are distinguished but disqualified on page 52. The votes are in – and the news is great for more than 100 of Indy’s best. Take a quick glance at all the winners on page 53 and read through the descriptions of each throughout the magazine. Most of all—take time to revisit an old favorite or discover something new. There are a lot of bests in Indy—and lots of reasons to be proud of the hometown winners!


Best Of &

Arts, Media Entertainment

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Best Museum

Gallery won three of the previous four years. While it’s housed in the historic Stutz Business Center, the mission of this contemporary gallery is to strengthen the cultural scene in Indianapolis by helping the arts to flourish in the community. In addition to gallery shows, members of the Stutz Artists Association (which includes more than 70 local artists) also offer a rotating roster of classes in various mediums for adults and children. www.stutzartists.com, 212 W. 10th St., 503-6420 2nd: Big Car 3rd: Indianapolis Art Center

Performing Arts Group Museum

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis appeals to kids of all ages, which explains why its won this award 14 times over the past two decades. Only the IMA has taken the top honor in other years. Consider the recent rotating exhibits ranging from Barbie to King Tut, as well as educational programming honoring the lives of young heroes such as Anne Frank and Ryan White, add a host of discount admission opportunities and on-going support of community programs, and you’ve just a few of the reasons why the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is one of Indy’s best cultural attractions. www.childrensmuseum.org, 3000 N. Meridian St, 334-3322 2nd: Indianapolis Museum of Art 3rd: Indiana State Museum

Art Gallery

It’s the second consecutive win for the Stutz Art Space in a category Big Car

comedy choice in the NUVO reader’s poll for 18 years. While a handful of competing comedy clubs have come and gone and come again, Crackers has maintained great comedy at both the Broad Ripple and Downtown locations. Headlining national comics, as well as a decent open mic with funny locals, mean you are nearly guaranteed an evening of good laughs; affordable admission and bar prices mean you are guaranteed to not feel ripped-off. www.crackerscomedy. com, 247 S. Meridian St, 631-3536, 6281 N. College Ave., 255-4211 2nd: Comedy Sportz 3rd: Morty’s Comedy Joint

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is a five-time winner in this category. With an excellent year-round calendar of events that covers a variety of musical tastes, ISO offers something for lovers of all music types. Summer wouldn’t be the same without Symphony on the Prairie, and Time for Three might just be one of the most exciting group of musicians playing anywhere in the country. The occasional visit by pop stars and rap stars (ie Ice-T in 2009) doesn’t hurt either – neither does Happy Hour at the Symphony and its free food, drinks and pre-show musical guests on select Thursdays throughout the season. www.indianapolissymphony. org, Hilbert Circle Theatre box office, 45 Monument Circle, 639-4300 2nd: Indianapolis Children’s Choir 3rd: Dance Kaleidoscope

Theater

Comedy

Film Festival

With the exception of last year’s surprising upset by the Comedy Sportz troupe, Crackers has been voted Indy’s best

The Indiana Repertory Theater joins the Phoenix and Broadway Across America series as a five-time winner over the past two decades. We’d like to think the inclusion of our beloved former Arts Editor David Hoppe’s play After Paul McCartney in the IRT 200910 season helped them continue the winning streak, and perhaps it did. But there was no shortage of good works on the city’s oldest stage this year, just as in all those award-winning years past. Kudos to the IRT for mixing traditional (bankable) productions along with more contemporary – not to mention staging the work of local writers. www.irtlive. com, 140 W. Washington St., 635-5252 2nd: Beef and Boards 3rd: Phoenix Theatre Despite valiant get-out-the-vote campaigns by both runners-up, and the closest vote in the history of the category,

the feel-good Heartland Film Festival wins for the eleventh straight time and remains the only winner since we started asking you to vote way back in Y2K. Focused on films with positive themes of human spirit and triumph, Heartland has been steadily growing since 1991 and now attracts filmmakers like Rob Reiner to serve as a vehicle for movie premiers. Look for this year’s festival in October with screenings at venues throughout the Indianapolis area. www.heartlandfilmfestival.org, 200 S. Meridian St., Suite 220, 464-9405 2nd: Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival 3rd: Indianapolis International Film Festival

Indiana Repertory Theater, Best Performing Arts Group

Public art installation

We’ve asked this question five times over the past twenty years, and each time you give us the same answer: The iconic “LOVE” sculpture by Robert Indiana on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The

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1970 installation was one of the artist’s first reproductions of this steel pop art icon. Others can be found in New York City, Philadelphia, Tokyo, Bangkok and Bilbao (while Israel and Italy boast translated versions). Our “LOVE” may not be unique, but our claim to Indiana is: He’s an Indy native and graduate of Arsenal Technical High School. 2nd: “Anne Dancing” (Julian Opie), Mass Ave Cultural District 3rd: “The Ruins” (Taflinger & Bitter), Holliday Park

And while the Irish, Rib, Jazz and Penrod Art Festivals have been other multiple winners, the Broad Ripple Art Fair each May has come to symbolize the official start of summer and one of the most fun weekends of the year (when it doesn’t rain). Taking over the grounds of the beautiful Indianapolis Art Center, with lots of local music, food and beer vendors rounding-out the artists’ booths, this longtime festival has more than earned its “best” designation. www.indplsartcenter. org, 820 E. 67th St., 255-2464 2nd: Rib Fest 3rd: Indy Pride

Neighborhood/ Cultural District

Broad Ripple Art Fair, Best Outdoor Festival

OUTdoor Festival Butler wins Best University for the second time.

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Broad Ripple Art Fair wins again, making it the winningest in the category with five first place finishes over 15 years.

Broad Ripple becomes a ten time winner in this category this year, not bad considering the question has only been on the ballot eleven times. After losing last year to Mass Ave, Broad Ripple is once again the Best in Indy cultural districts. Oh sure, it can rowdy at times, and occasionally erupts as a hot spot for easy burglary targets, but the village is full of Best of Indy winners and there’s no better Indianapolis neighborhood to sample local music, dine at local restaurants, shop at local retail stores or enjoy an excellent local microbrew. www.discoverbroadripplevillage.com 2nd: Mass Ave 3rd: Fountain Square


Public Park

While ten-time winner Eagle Creek Park still holds the record for most wins in this category, White River State Park and Downtown Canal won last year and are not giving up the title just yet. Over the past decade, this urban oasis has evolved into a true cultural destination and offers grassy plains, walking trails and waterways as well as some of the city’s (if not the state’s) best cultural attractions including the Indianapolis Zoo, NCAA Hall of Fame, White River Gardens, Indiana State Museum, an IMAX Theater and Victory Field. www.in.gov/whiteriver, 801 W. Washington St., 233-2434 2nd: Eagle Creek Park 3rd: Holliday Park

House of Worship

This the is fifth win for St. Luke’s United Methodist Church as the

preferred place of worship for readers of NUVO in a category that garners a tremendous number of votes and a good deal of snarky comments from those who don’t think the question should be asked at all. We think St. Luke’s remains a perennial favorite of the more spiritual among you not just for the typical god stuff that most churches, mosques and temples do, but because it also provides a large amount of inclusive programming focused on community rather than division. www. stlukeumc.com, 100 W. 86th St., 846-3404 2nd: Common Ground 3rd: East 91st Street

College/University

Indianapolis is home to quite a few good institutes of higher learning, including Butler University—a school that just happened to make it all the way to the NCAA basketball finals this year AND win your vote as the city’s best university. Top-notch faculty, quality liberal arts-based degree programs, a beautiful campus and active student body, this small private college is one of the city’s oldest and most respected. We might be a little partial given the large number of Butler alum who for NUVO. www.butler.edu 2nd: IUPUI 3rd: UIndy

White River State Park and Downtown Canal, Best Public Park

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WTHR Personalities Andrea Morehead, Best News Anchor; Dave Calabro, Best Sports Reporter; Mimi Pearce, Best Traffic Reporter.

Radio Station

This is the second consecutive win for WTTS 92.3, and one of several over the past few years. With only a handful of votes separating first and second place in 2010, we think it was the great selection of music with an emphasis on new tunes that sets WTTS apart from other radio offerings. Yes, there’s quite a bit of old stuff, but at least the catalogue is big enough that you don’t feel as if you’re in a time warp (not to mention the blessed absence of GaGa). WTTS also offers a great interactive web site. www.wttsfm.com 2nd: WFYI, 90.1 3rd: WZPL, 99.5

Indianapolis’ most iconic newsman Mike Ahern of WISH once dominated. Since his retirement, it’s been Morehead who has consistently earned viewers’ loyalty as the most trusted source for news. In addition to her anchoring duties for the evening news every week night, Morehead is also an Emmy award winning reporter and producer. Morehead produces Women You Should Know, a program that tells the story of women who have made an impact on Indianapolis and other cities throughout the world. www.wthr.com, 1000 N. Meridian St., 636-1313 2nd: Angela Ganote, WXIN 3rd: Debby Knox, WISH

Radio Personality

Dave Smiley of WZPL wins for the sixth straight year, but are his days on top numbered? Prior to Smiley’s reign, Bob and Tom of Q95 ruled for more than a decade—and came within three votes of taking the victory this year. For now, however, it seems NUVO readers are still in love with Smiley’s brand of humor and find him the best company for the morning drive to work. What’s not to love about an adolescent trapped in a grown man’s body playing practical jokes and making every possible double entendre all before 10 a.m.? www.wzpl.com 2nd: Bob and Tom, WFBQ 3rd: Scotty Davis, WNOU

Television station

Winning nine of the past ten years, WTHR is the local NBC affiliate in Indy and the clear favorite for NUVO readers in the local news department. The on-going recognition as the best in local tv comes, in large part, from the station’s emphasis on solid journalism that rarely relies on sensationalism in place of facts. The talent pool is crowded at WTHR and you’ll see a host of WTHR news, sports and traffic personalities win again this year in their respective categories. www.wthr. com, 1000 N. Meridian St., 636-1313 2nd: WXIN 59 (Fox) 3rd: WISH 8 (CBS)

Television news anchor

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Angela Buchman, WISH, Best Meteorologist

Television sports reporter

It’s win number 13 for the sports guy from Channel 13. No kidding—Dave Calabro wins with a thirteenth consecutive victory in the Best of Indy Reader’s Poll. Could there be a more recognizable sportscaster in this town? We think not, and apparently you don’t either. When he’s not on set, Calabro is reporting live from local, national and international sporting events with an Indy angle. He involves himself in the Indy sports community on a firsthand basis, making his recognition about both familiarity and honor for his commitment. www.wthr.com, 1000 N. Meridian St., 636-1313 2nd: Anthony Calhoun, WISH 3rd: Chris Hagen, WXIN


Indianapolis Colts, Best Pro Sports Team

Television/Radio traffic reporter

Mimi Pearce rides the WTHR Best of Indy winner’s wave a victory of her own and first place win for best traffic reporter. Perhaps it’s her snazzy jackets or the breezy toss back to weatherman Chuck Lofton in those five minute local updates during the Today Show, Pearce has an unflappable steadfastness to her smile and reporting no matter what the traffic conditions. She’s a reliable source for knowing where the backups, fender benders and construction zones are hampering maximum drive-time efficiency from sunrise until you’re safely at your desk. www.wthr.com, 1000 N. Meridian St., 636-1313 2nd: Mindy Winkler, WZPL 3rd:: Tom Davis, WRTV

Television weather forecaster/meteorologist

Really? You all are watching WTHR for the news, sports and traffic but switching to WISH for the weather? Apparently so, because Angela Buchman has won the Best Weather Forecaster award for the fourth time in seven years and she’s the only winner in the local television categories who doesn’t work at the NBC affiliate. And with the recent departure from the local news scene of her arch rival in this category, legendary weatherman Paul Poteet (who has won this category three times), Buchman might just manage to start a Calabro type of unchallenged winning streak. www.wishtv.com, 1950 N. Meridian St., 931-2222 2nd: Paul Poteet, WRTV 3rd: Chuck Lofton, WTHR

Sports team (Professional)

The Colts have been a part of Indianapolis since their arrival from Baltimore in 1984,

but it took more than a decade for them to truly emerge as the city’s home team. Now there is no denying how integral and valuable they are—as demonstrated by this year’s seventh straight win as the favorite pro sports team of NUVO readers. With two trips to the Super Bowl in the past five years, including one amazing victory, we understand why it’s easy to be on board the Blue Crew bandwagon and support Peyton Manning and the rest of the team for their efforts on the field and in the community. www.colts.com 2nd: Indianapolis Fever 3rd: Indianapolis Indians

Blog/Web site

The social networking site IndyMojo is many things for many people. Online message board? They’ve got one of the busiest in town, where one can discuss local arts and music with other aficionados, volunteer opportunities with other do-gooders and drink specials with other winos. Super-blog? Yup, a whole host of people write about music, sports, video games, pets and about 15 other topics. Calendar, directory, photo archive, city guide? Check, check, check, check —find out about a party Friday and see the results that you’ve forgotten about Monday. Plus they even throw concerts, like this summer’s Mojostock campout. www.indymojo.com 2nd: MyOldKentuckyBlog.com 3rd: Bilerico.com

Best place to volunteer

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Butler Bulldogs Basketball, Best College Sports Team

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the Humane Society’s recent success and NUVO readers continue to find it one of the most valuable places to donate their time and talents. www.indyhumane.org, 7929 Michigan Road, 872-5650 2nd: Big Brothers and Sisters of Central Indiana 3rd: Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

Best charitable event

It’s a repeat win for Mutt Strut, the highly imaginative and wildly popular Indianapolis Humane Society annual benefit. Each year, several thousand pet lovers and their pets take to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval for a two and a half mile walk and raise money for the Indianapolis Humane Society. The event raised over $350,000 in 2009 and engaged 400 volunteers. On top of the charitable cause, it’s worth it for a shot of you and your pooch on the bricks. www.indymuttstrut.org 2nd: Tonic Ball benefiting Second Helpings 3rd: Spotlight benefiting Indiana AIDS fund

Sports team (Amateur)

Naptown Roller Girls battled it out for a third win in this category, even though

they had some serious competition from their rival derby team and a whole lot of hurling lovers. But the Rollergirls fan base is huge—whether selling out those bouts at the fairgrounds, showing up at personal appearances, or simply casting an astronomical amount of votes in an alternative newsweekly reader’s poll. And why not – what’s not to love about broken bones, tough girls and stiff competition? www.naptownrollergirls.com 2nd: Circle City Socialites 3rd: Indy Hurling

Sports team (College)

Last season, the Butler Bulldogs’ already highly-esteemed national status went up a notch when they battled and barely lost to the Duke Blue Devils in the NCAA basketball finals. So whether it’s their home court of Hinkle Fieldhouse, their young and dynamic coach Brad Stevens or their unselfish, team-oriented play, everything about Butler Basketball says “best.” Even with the departure of Gordon Hayward to the pros, look for the Bulldogs to be highly ranked in the preseason polls. www.butlersports.com 2nd: IUPUI Basketball 3rd: Marion University Cycling


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Jennie DeVoe, Best Local Musician

Local Musicician

With this year’s win, Jennie DeVoe has collected a total of eight NUVO Best of Indy awards in various music categories over the past ten years. This year, she holds on to the title of Best Local Musician across all genres by a mere one vote over Rev. Peyton and his Big Damn Band, an award previously given to local music favorites like The Why Store, Slurs, Mudkids and Cousin Brothers. We’re still digging last year’s release by DeVoe entitled, Strange Sunshine, recorded with longtime P.J. Harvey collaborator John Parish on the board, and anxiously awaiting whatever comes next from this talented singer-songwriter. www. jenniedevoe.com 2nd: Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band 3rd: Stereo Deluxe

Dixon hasn’t collaborated, either as a sideman or equal partner. He’s connected scenes by recording albums for Owl Studios with esteemed organist Melvin Rhyne (and thereby celebrating our Indiana Ave. tradition) and, more recently, with jammy drummer Todd Harrold (introducing the world of straight-ahead jazz to jam music). Speaking of Owl, Dixon also works A&R for the Indy-based jazz/jam label, creating opportunities for other Indy artists to record and distribute their work. www.owlstudios.com 2nd: Frank Glover 3rd: Cynthia Layne

Jazz artist/group

The “musical mayor of Indy” isn’t a huge fan of his nickname, but Rob Dixon certainly deserves it: Name a jazz musician in town with whom saxophonist Rob

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Rock artist/group

Power-pop golden boys Stereo Deluxe are back for a second time to win the Best Local Rockers designation. Looks like the band is still riding the wave of success following the release of last year’s CD, When The Party’s Over, a collection of solid alt-rock-inspired tunes that includes the civic pride anthem “Southside Stomp,” devoted to the land where the four Perry Meridian graduates grew up and still call home. This year’s repeat win means Stereo Deluxe joins previous multiple winners in this category: Margot and the Nuclear So & Sos, Sparky’s Clubhouse, The Pieces and Push Down and Turn as your favorite local rockers. www.stereodeluxemusic.com 2nd: The Elms 3rd: Living Proof

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Stereo Deluxe, Best Local Rock Artists

Blues artist/Group

Blues guitar wunderkind Max Allen has grown up on the job, forging his own sound after first appearing on the scene as a precociously talented electric bluesman, or blueskid as it were. His most recent record, Ending Sun, stretches into jam band territory, matching earthy and sometimes funny vocals (“Lazy” being an ode to couch-surfing, belching and masturbating) with his wide-ranging but focused solos. And the album’s cover of Tupac’s “California Love” demonstrates that, while Allen has mastered the blues form,

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Rob Dixon, Best Local Jazz Artist he’s willing to stretch a little outside of his comfort zone. www.maxallenmusic.com 2nd: Gov. Davis and the Blues Ambassadors 3rd: Gordon Bonham

the local music scene archives, the Zero Boys have enjoyed a resurgence over the past few years with the release of the entirety of the band’s early recordings on Secretly Canadian. Not that they were ever forgotten. Ever since the early ‘80s, when the band surprised hardcore fans who didn’t think anything decent could come out of a sleepy Midwestern town, the Zero Boys have remained a favorite of a far-flung fanbase, including some locals who have gotten the best chance to see the band’s periodic shows and hear new studio albums released since the band’s initial reunion in the early ‘90s. www.zeroboys.net 2nd: Gay Black Republican 3rd: Stand and Deliver

Metal artist/group Max Allen, Best Local Blues Artist

Roots artist/group

Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band came awfully darn close to stealing the title of best all-around local music act from Jennie DeVoe this year, perhaps because of that sold-out performance at the NUVO 20th Anniversary Party last March, or perhaps because of that excellent new CD they just released. Whatever the impetus, lots of you are liking this band’s brand of solid music via a ‘30sera resonator guitar and some quick fingers to play both treble and bass; not to mention Washboard Breezy using an instrument of women’s work for a decidedly unfeminine use and Jayme’s pounding attack on the set and marching bass drum. www.bigdamnband.com 2nd: The Cousin Brothers 3rd: Tonas Triad

Punk artist/group

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One of this city’s greatest metal bands was almost a stillborn. Back in 2003, Devil to Pay frontman Steve Janiak was on top of the local scene — but also short two feet of intestine, and not so far away from death’s door. He recovered, with a quite a story to tell about botched intestinal surgery, and he’s since achieved elder status without sitting on his laurels: Witness the band’s most recent album, 2009’s Heavily Ever After, which NUVO’s Jeff Napier called “the best guitar record Indy has produced in quite some time.”www.deviltopay.net 2nd: Xero Sum 3rd: Smoke Ring

Hip-hop artist/group

The Mudkids have won this category seven of the ten times that it has been on the ballot, putting the legendary group well on its way to the Best of Indy Hall of Fame. While they have made some personnel changes in recent years, the group’s core — emcee Rusty Redenbacher and DJ Elp-Mass — has remained intact,


Mudkids, Best Local Hip Hop Artists

Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Best Local Roots Artists

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Murat Theater, Eygptian Room, Best All-Ages Music Venue as has the group’s politically-conscious, reliably soulful and verbally facile work. A new full-length work by the Mudkids has been promised for the fall, not that the group hasn’t released a steady stream of work since 2006’s Basementality in the interim. www.myspace.com/mudkids 2nd: Oreo Jones 3rd: Andy D.

Live music venue: All-ages

Located in one of the city’s most vibrant cultural districts and iconic buildings, the Murat Egyptian Room may be primarily booked by the corporate behemoth that is Live Nation, but it’s hard to find fault with the city’s most consistent line-up of up-and-coming indie bands accessible to fans under 21. Perhaps that’s why it’s won this category two years running now. Ticket prices are reasonable, a good dose of comedy mixes up the offerings, and the non-smoking environment is a real plus over most of the city’s venues. You don’t have to be a kid to take in these shows, however. Nothing says grown-up like a pre-show dinner or drinks on nearby Mass Ave. www.livenation.com, 502 N. New Jersey St. 231-0000 2nd: Earth House 3rd: Indy CD & Vinyl

Live Music Venue: Bar/Club

Slater Hogan, Best Club DJ

Club DJ

Slater Hogan may have been a relative latecomer to the DJ world (he started DJing in his mid-20s), but he’s made quite a mark since then, helping to put Indianapolis on the map with projects like the house label Musique Boutique (founded with John Larner) and his weekly gig each Friday at Blu Lounge. Hogan celebrated his 40th birthday at Blu this February with guests The Hood Internet, just one of the many big-name headliners he’s brought to town this year (including King Britt and The Glitch Mob). www.facebook.com/slater.hogan 2nd: Indiana Jones 3rd: Rusty Redenbacher

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Radio Radio owner Tufty Clough may have another Fountain Square venue in the works with La Revolucion, but he’ll be hard-pressed to top his first club, the nonsmoking, unostentatiously well-furnished, intelligently-booked, spacious but intimate Radio Radio. It’s one the best places to see a show in town, both because of the always-excellent mix orchestrated by Tufty and the attentive bar staff led by previous Best of Indy winner Roni. The long-lived club is a big reason why Fountain Square remains a perennially cool part of town — it’s the place to go once duckpin bowling has lost its novelty. www.futureshock.net, 1119 Prospect St., 955-0995 2nd: Rathskellar 3rd: Melody Inn

Live Music Venue: Theater/Amphitheater

NUVO readers say the Vogue is the Best Live Music Theater/Amphitheater in town, and we couldn’t agree more. For more than


The Vogue, Best Music Venue (Theater/Ampitheater) and Best Dance Floor three decades, the Vogue has been one of the most dependable, perfectly-located, mid-sized concert halls in our city — a place where local bands play on the same stage as superstars like Willie Nelson and Billy Bragg and buzz acts like Rodrigo y Gabriela and Bassnectar. We’re glad that the beer’s cheap (and that there are imported options upstairs), the sound’s good (and can be blasted when need be) and booker Matt Schwegman is legit, bringing in acts that pay the rent while taking a shot on newcomers. www.thevogue.com, 6259 N. College Ave., 259-7029 2nd: Verizon Wireless Music Center 3rd: Lawn at White River State Park

Mid-week venue

After an eight-year reign, the Vogue has been replaced by its neighbor the Jazz Kitchen, just a few blocks to the south on College Avenue, as the favorite midweek night spot for NUVO readers. This year’s award is just one more accolade to add to the Jazz Kitchen’s15 awards as Indy’s Best Jazz Club before we retired the category. Maybe it’s the creative and eclectic live music weeknight bookings ranging from jazz legends to rising stars in soul, though it could be the delicious Creole dining choices and prime outdoor seating, or the decidedly more mellow and slightly more coherent SoBro clientele. www.thejazzkitchen.com, 5377 N. College Ave., 253-4900 2nd: The Vogue 3rd: Lockerbie Pub

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There’s no better place to get your dance groove on than at The Vogue in Broad Ripple. At least that’s what NUVO readers have indicated eight of the last ten years and chosen the Vogue as having the Best Dance Floor in Indy. While the weekend schedule is typically filled with live bands, there are a good number of nights set aside for DJs. Case in point - the weekly Retro Rewind dance party with DJ

Marcus. And if you’re not into dancing or even rocking out, keep in mind the Wednesday-night $1.50 Bud and Bud Lights specials. www.thevogue.ws, 6259 N. College Ave., 259-7029 2nd: Talbott 3rd: Ike and Jonesy’s

Open Mic

The winningest of all winners in all the years we’ve been surveying you people – the Slippery Noodle Inn can now claim a total of 29 Best of Indy Awards. They’ve earned ten wins as the city’s Best open Mic Night over the past two decades and 18 consecutive wins in the now-retired Best Blues Club category. Just like the sign out front says “Dis is it.” The Slippery Noodle really is the best the place in Indy for anyone who truly likes live blues performed by the best local and touring musicians. The history and infamy that comes with it being the oldest bar in the city doesn’t hurt either. http://slipperynoodlesound.com, 372 S. Meridian St., 631-6974 2nd: Locals Only 3rd: Mouse Trap

Karaoke

Some thought it was a fluke when Living Room Lounge first won this category back in 2008. But two years later, downtown’s Living Room Lounge returns for a second victory and proof that it’s no one-hit wonder. We confess to loving the neighborhood vibe of the place and good-natured approach to the karaoke performances that feel a little less intimidating than other, more upscale, bars. Upon reflection, we’d like to add that an amazing pork tenderloin sandwich may or may not be the real appeal. Otherwise, it’s just your friends showing off their Pop Star skills while you sulk in the corner. 934 N. Pennsylvania St., 635-0361 2nd: Fox and Hound 3rd: Metro


Talbott Street, Best Gay Club/Bar

Jukebox

Ah, snap! A surprise and very close win by the Alley Cat puts an end to the Melody Inn’s illustrious three-year rule as home to the city’s Best Jukebox. To be honest, we’ve spent a lot of time in both venues, drunk and sober, and listened to an awful lot of music, good and bad, on the jukebox of each and are hard-pressed to find a substantial difference. So we’ll surmise that it’s the missed opportunity to listen to the jukebox when the Melody Inn has live bands performing that gives the Alley Cat the edge. 6267 Carrollton Ave., 257-4036 2nd: Melody Inn 3rd: Dorman Street

other drunk people play pool (while listening to the award-winning jukebox, of course). For many, however, the pool playing is merely a ruse meant to attract members of the opposite sex. Which is pretty successful apparently—Alley Cat has won Best Bar For Hooking Up more than once as well. 6267 Carrollton Ave., 257-4036 2nd: Old Pro’s Table 3rd: Mouse Trap

Bartenders

We’ve given this award nearly each of the past 20 years, and no other venue or person has won more than twice-until the Melody Inn claimed its third win this year. Rob and Dave are the perfect hosts in a place that rarely fails to deliver cheap drinks, good music and amusing company. Sure it’s loud and quite often really, really loud, but it’s also one of the most reliable and respected live music venues giving local and regional bands a place to learn their stuff on stage and build a following. Cheers, indeed! (And don’t forget to tip well!!) www.melodyindy. com, 3826 N. Illinois St., 923-4707 2nd: Talbott Street 3rd: Radio Radio

Lap dance Radio Radio, Best Music Venue (Bar/Club)

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Broad Ripple’s infamous Alley Cat wins here, as well – just like they did last year. It’s really the only thing to do in the place that won the Best Dive Bar award for ten consecutive years before we retired the category, other than drink and/or watch

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PT’s Showclub is an eleven-time winner as the source for Indy’s Best Lap Dance. A “Gentlemen’s Club” offering dancing girls and drink specials every night of the week. The After Hours show and specials begin weekend nights at 1 a.m. with drinks served until 5 a.m.; and every third Thursday of the month is amateur night, where local ladies just learning how to strut their respective stuffs can get in some (wait for it) exposure before going pro and earn up to $500 in cash prizes.


Living Room Lounge, Best Karaoke www.ptsshowclub.com, 7916 Pendleton Pike, 545-5777 2nd: Brad’s Brass Flamingo 3rd: Red Garter Lounge

Ultralounge

No stranger to the Best of Indy winner’s circle, Blu wins this year as the Best Ultralounge. In addition to the swanky interior and beautiful clientele, Blu has one of downtown’s hottest dance floors thanks, in no small part, to the great lineup of talent they’ve got providing the grooves every weekend. Check Best Club DJ Slater Hogan each Friday for mashups, remixes, Top 40 and electro house. Saturday nights it’s DJ Limelight doing the R&B, Dance, and Top 40 thing. And then there’s Sundays with DJ Deanne where not only is the music good, there’s also no cover. www.bluindy.com, 240 S. Meridian St., 955-8585 2nd: 45 degrees 3rd: Blu Martini

Gay Bar/Club

Talbott Street continues to be the city’s most popular club for same-sex couples or those looking to do some same-sex coupling. It also happens to be one of the oldest, and still one of the best, dance clubs in Indianapolis. Gay, straight or bent in any manner, it doesn’t matter. House music is a staple, DJs are great and the live drag show is a must-see. Thursday night shows boast the most adventurous programming, including big-name DJs and touring alternative music acts. www.talbottstreet. com, 2145 N. Talbot St., 931-1343 2nd: Metro 3rd: Greg’s

Bar for Hooking Up

Is it a surprise that Alley Cat won this award? Not if you’ve been reading these blurbs in order or if you’ve ever been to the Alley Cat. And guess what—it’s not the first time Alley Cat has won this particular distinction. If you were really paying attention, you’d know that this is the fourth BOI award for the Alley Cat this year – making it a tie with Scotty’s

Brewhouse for the year’s biggest winners! Not sure it tops the time Stuff Magazine included the Cat in it’s own “Top 20 Dive Bars in the Country,” but we’re awfully proud. 6267 Carrollton Ave., 257-4036 2nd: Howl at the Moon 3rd: Red Room

Alley Cat wins four best of awards this year.

Bar to People-watch

And speaking of the Alley Cat, yes, they also won this award for a total of four this year. Apparently you people are getting all of your nightlife in a one-stop shopping manner. And you picked a holein-the-wall to beat all hole-in-the-walls to do so. You can’t even get here without threading through Broad Ripple’s back alleys. Cheap drinks, good music and lots of pool playing, the Cat is the coolest of the multi winners this year and most others. And did we mention you usually don’t have to go home alone? 6267 Carrollton Ave., 257-4036 2nd: Talbott Street 3rd: Chumley’s

Hangout for Hippies

For four years running, NUVO readers have voted the Mousetrap the Best Bar for Hippies, though we should probably have changed the name to Hipsters this year. With a good dose of live, mostly local,

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Melody Inn, Best Bar for Punks and Best Bartenders music as well as pool tables, big screens, darts and a dance floor that occasionally gets pretty crowded, the Mousetrap dominates this category for good reason. The locals who hang out here are laidback, as is the overall vibe. It’s the kind of place where everyone is made to feel welcome and most quickly make friends (or at least a friendly acquaintance). www.myspace.m/moustetrapbar, 7201 N. Keystone Ave., 255-3189 2nd: Earth House 3rd: Lazy Daze

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It’s a four-peat in this category for the notorious Melody Inn, and what better place for punks than the one featuring live music every night, including hosting the ever-popular Punk Rock Night every Saturday. The small bar helps you get intimate with the bands on stage, and if you were paying attention, you already know the bartenders are the best in town. Punks abound here, as do a healthy dose of other non-conformists—all of whom know the Melody Inn has a longtime commitment to the local music scene (and self-expression). www.melodyindy.com, 3826 N. Illinois St., 923-4707 2nd: Alley Cat 3rd: Radio Radio

Drink Specials

Bar for Suits

Bar Food

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: There’s a reason Nicky Blaine’s wins this category so frequently (four

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times, thus far!) and that’s because it is undoubtedly the coolest place in town for the sophisticated set. An upscale speakeasy just off Monument Circle and deep underground, Nicky Blaine’s offers fantastic drinks and a top-drawer selection of cigars in a beautiful and often stimulating environment. And we aren’t kidding about the martinis. Back in the day, we used to give a Best Martini in Indy award, and this place always won. www.nickyblaines.com, 20 N. Meridian St., 638-5588 2nd: Blu Martini 3rd: Lulu’s This is the second win in this category for Scotty’s Brewhouse, and we know why. There is no place better for drink specials than Scotty’s Brewhouse. What’s better than a cold 24-ounce microbrew on a Monday? Easy, one you don’t have to shell out a ton of cash for. The specials aren’t limited to beer either; look for half priced bottles of wine and cheap you-calls throughout the week. We also think it’s awfully special that Scotty’s has so many local beers on tap – including Three Floyds, Upland and Barley Island. www.scottysbrewhouse.com, 1 Virginia Ave., 571-0808 2nd: Melody Inn 3rd: Fox and Hound The motto at Scotty’s Brewhouse is “Good Food, Good Brew, Good People.” Given that they already won for the


Alley Cat (4) Best jukebox Best pool Best bar for people watching Best bar for hooking up

Scotty’s Brewhouse (4) Best drink specials Best bar food Best place for sports fans Best wings

Alley Cat, Indy’s undefeated and undisputed Best Dive Bar special pricing on the good brew part, it’s only fitting that NUVO readers also found the food better than your average. In fact, Scotty’s has the Best Bar Food in town. All the typical appetizers, sandwiches and burgers are there, but the fresh ingredients, imaginative sauces and spices (lotsa hot stuff!) make these taste better than many local restaurants not hosting sports fans and running a packed bar and patio. Full menu on the web site, in case you wanna read ahead of your visit. www.scottysbrewhouse.com, 1 Virginia Ave., 571-0808 2nd: Chatham Tap 3rd: Broad Ripple Brew Pub

Bar for Sports Fans

Field and Conseco Fieldhouse, Scotty’s Brewhouse offers year-round opportunities for game drinking and eating opportunities. A perfect place to visit before, during or after the game, Scotty’s also has a great crowd eager to root on the home team when tickets aren’t available or a bar is the preferred vantage point to take in all the action. The Sunday morning brunch menu is a big hit for those who don’t find tailgating as exciting as good food, good brew and good people with a waiter. Warning: Scotty’s gets full fast, so get here early. www.scottysbrewhouse.com, 1 Virginia Ave., 571-0808 2nd: Champps 3rd: Moe and Johnny’s

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Indiana Beer

Sun King Brewery’s products are seemingly everywhere, from their downtown tasting room and brewery (135 N. College Ave.) to Victory Field to liquor stores and bars across the city and beyond. Among their newest innovations is the canning of two of their flagship beers, Sunlight Cream Ale and Osiris Pale Ale, and you can get your growler filled at their shop on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. If you go to a bar that doesn’t have their brews — other popular selections include Wee Mac and Bitter Druid ESB — demand their inclusion. Don’t miss their seasonal and special brews, too. www.sunkingbrewing.com, 135 N. College Ave., 602-3701 2nd: Upland 3rd: Barley Island

Indiana Wine

Best Of SHOPping Local

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This is the third time we’ve polled NUVO readers on what they consider the Best Indiana Wine, and it’s the third time you’ve chosen Oliver Winery. Started in the 1960s by Indiana University law professor William Oliver, this successful winery continues to offer a complete collection of quality wine from grapes grown in Indiana. Take the drive down to Bloomington and visit in person for the tour and tastings and to shop for a few take home bottles. Most fine wine retailers in the city carry a year-round selection of Oliver wines, all reasonably priced. www.oliverwinery.com, 8024 N. S.R. 37, Bloomington, 812-876-5800 2nd: Chateau Thomas 3rd: Easley

Liquor/Wine Retailer

Kahn’s wins this category for the fourth consecutive year, making it the undisputed best place in Indy to find beer, wine and liquor (including an impressive stock of local products).

We recommend that you either know what you want before you walk in, go directly to an employee and ask for a recommendation or set aside a few hours to browse the over 900 beers and 5000 wines Kahn’s offers. The staff is knowledgeable and the frequent tastings, classes and other events give ample opportunity to take full advantage of the outstanding selection. www. kahnsfinewines.com, 5341 N. Keystone Ave., 251-9463 2nd: 21st Amendment 3rd: Mass Ave. Wine Shop

Grocer

Who would have thought choosing the Best Local Grocer in Indianapolis would be such a daunting task. While the quasi-local Marsh/O’Malia chain takes top honors as a local grocer, we admit that we had to go pretty far down before any non-corporate giant could be declared a winner. It’s the first time we’ve asked the question in more than a decade, and we had no idea it would be so difficult to find a qualifying winner. Which means Indy residents are having to work even harder to find a local grocer and local goods. Kinda bums us out, actually. www.marsh.net, 100 locations throughout Indiana and Ohio. 2nd: Georgetown Market 3rd: Goose the Market

Natural/Organic/ Green Goods

We’ve changed the nomenclature over the past 20 years, but no matter what we call it, Good Earth in Broad Ripple almost always wins as the Best Local Source for Natural/Organic/Green Goods. Since opening its doors in 1971, Good Earth has been one of the city’s best (and, often, only) options for buying products conducive to a conscious-living lifestyle. Family-run and neighborhood-friendly, the store has a wide range of food items, as well as natural


Silver in the City/At Home in the City, Best Gift/Home Shop body care, cosmetic and clothing options. Just as important, the staff is as committed to providing helpful, often educational, information. www.good-earth.com, 6350 Guilford Ave., 253-3709 2nd: Traders Point Creamery 3rd: Goose the Market

Farmer’s Market

Broad Ripple Farmer’s Market gets better each summer, which is probably why it has won Best Local Farmer’s Market three years running. Featuring more nearly 50 local vendors, products vary weekly, but farm fresh, often organic, fruits, vegetables and flowers are available from spring until fall, as well as a selection of meat and dairy items. When the weather’s good and the hangover’s mild, this is Broad Ripple at its best—with plenty of great food, live music and lively locals. Check web site for complete schedule. Open Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Located behind Broad Ripple High School. www. broadripplefarmersmarket.com, 1115 Broad Ripple Ave., 251-3926 2nd: City Market 3rd: Indy Winter Market

Bakery

This is the tenth time we’ve asked you to vote on this one, and it’s the tenth time you’ve named Long’s Bakery the Best Local Bakery in Indy. And why not? Since 1955, the Long family has been making the city’s best donuts by scratch every morning – and they keep baking all day long. In addition to donuts, there are cakes, cookies, pastries and pies. Essentially an institution, this is where your grandpa took you on Saturday morning. The line will seem a little longer when you go now, but that yeast donut will still be just as delicious as you remembered. 2300 W. 16th St., 632-3741 2nd: Taylor’s 3rd: Rene’s

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Big Hat Books is going to need an awfully big trophy case. This is the fifth consecutive win as Best Local Book Store for Liz Barden and her cozy little shop in Broad Ripple.

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With a stock so carefully selected, it’s easy to spend a good deal of time perusing the shelves or mining the staff’s informed opinions for a good read. But it’s not just books that make Big Hat a winner. The bigname readings and book signings, mixed with an impressive list of local authors, fill a schedule rounded out with workshops and book clubs. www.bighatbooks.com, 6510 Cornell Ave., 202-0203 2nd: Bookmama’s 3rd: Kid’s Ink

Flowers

Uhm, we’re sorry to repeat ourselves. But you’ve voted McNamara the city’s Best Local Florist 15 of 16 times, now. We’re running out of new things to say. If it hadn’t been for that one loss to Posh Petals in 2008, we’d be cutting and pasting our fool head’s off. With win # 15, McNamara enters the BOI Hall of Fame and continues to be our favorite one-stop shop for beautiful bouquets. Affordable cut flowers, as well as artistic arrangements made-to-order, have kept this family-run business a favorite Broad Ripple business for more than 50 years. www.mcnamaraflorist.com, 1111 E. 61st St. and six other area locations. 579-7900 2nd: Posh Petals 3rd: Watt’s Blooming

Petstuff

Third time’s a charm for Three Dog Bakery as the Best Local Pet Store. If you want to treat your pooch like a prince (or princess), Three Dog Bakery has two Indianapolis locations that offer a large selection of goodies and more practical items. You can pick up a box of Bark ‘N’ Fetch Biscuits, or a party tray or gift box for your next canine celebration or puppy play date. The team at Three Dog Bakery has consulted veterinarians, breeders and pet-shop owners to create treats and cookies from all-natural ingredients that keep dogs both healthy and happy. www.threedog.com, 844 Broad Ripple Ave., 466-1646 and 444 Massachusetts Ave., 238-0000 2nd: City Dogs 3rd: Purrs and Grrs


TY’s Luna Music, Best Music Store (Pictured: Owner Todd Robinson (center) and his groovy Luna cohorts)

Gifts/HOMe

The store so nice they named it twice— and you picked six times as a winner. Silver in the City (At Home in the City) is, apparently, unbeatable as the Best Local Gift/Home Shop. Maybe it’s the great Mass Ave location, or the amazing selection of beautiful, quirky, eco-friendly, artistic, original and (mostly) affordable items you can’t wait to buy yourself, those you love, and/or editors of your favorite local alt-weekly lining the selves of Kristen Kohn’s store that make you swoon. Whatever the reason, Happy Sixth, Silver! www.shopsilverinthecity.com, 434 Massachusetts Ave., 866-955-9925 2nd: Global Gifts 3rd: Mass Ave Toys

Bike Shop

It’s the first win for Indy Cycle as Best Bike Shop and a deserving one. As the city garners more and more bike enthusiasts, Indy Cycle is one of our favorites as a shop where beginners and pros alike are treated with respect by a helpful staff dedicated to helping you find what’s right for you. Need help moving the little prince or princess up from training wheels? This is the place. Thinking about using the bike lanes to commute to work instead of driving? Start here. www.indycyclespecialist.com, 5804 E. Washington St., 356-5765 2nd: Bicycle Garage Indy 3rd: Bike Line

Auto Dealer

Butler Toyota/Scion has integrated itself into the community both as a result of being the largest Toyota dealer in Indy and support/sponsorship of the local music scene. For example, every Thursday Butler Scion hosts a music and art showcase featuring local bands, as well as touring regional and national acts at Locals Only in partnership with Indy promoters and labels like A2 Industries, My Old Kentucky Blog, Transpanther, Indy Uprising and Standard Recording offering great local music free of charge. For music events check out www.butlerscionevents. com; when you want a new car, check out www.butlertoyotascion.com or visit the dealership at their 96th and Keystone location. 846-9600 2nd: Dreyer and Reinbold 3rd: Indy Honda

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Music

Luna Music joins the five-time winner’s circle this year. Great locations, groovy staff, outstanding selection and eclectic in-store programming seem to be the secret. Indy’s home-grown music store has two convenient locations near where you hang out anyway, both teeming with a large selection of new and old vinyl, as well as CDs. The listening stations throughout the store are a great way to try out new music and the staff is willing to help you find something fresh. Don’t forget to

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Metamorphosis, Best Tattoo/Piercing studio (Pictured: Artist Paul Breece) top off your trip by grabbing a sticker and smacking it on your bumper. It’s like a hipster homing device. www. lunamusic.net, 5202 N. College Ave., 283-5862 and 431 Massachusetts Ave., 917-5862 2nd: Indy CD & Vinyl 3rd: Karma

Antiques

Seven wins for Midland Antiques Mall stretching all the way back to the mid-90s as Best Local Antique Shop. Midland’s size, however, means “shop” in this case is actually a 40,000 sq ft historic paradise for anyone with an eye for style, whether it be artsy and modern or chic and retro. More than 125 dealers boast furniture, china, glassware, paintings and more from both yesterday and today. It’s best not to be in a rush here; the best items are often a bit obscured at a glance. www.midlandathome.com, 907 E. Michigan St., 267-9005 2nd: Southport Antique Mall 3rd: Meridian Vintage

Adult Toys

Fifteen consecutive wins for Cirilla’s, the store that used to be Pricillia’s, so we aren’t sure there’s a whole lot new for us to say about your Best Local Adult Toy Store. Discreet, but not dingy, the

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strip mall locations and gag-gift façade take most of the stigma from shopping for items to please yourself, your partner or embarrass the hell out of a friend at a bacholette party. It’s also a great date night shopping stop, just in case you want to pick up a few treats that might go well with dessert. www.cirillas.com, 8601 Michigan Road, 228-9345 and 6971 W. Washington St., 241-3176 2nd: Tasty’s Gift Factory 3rd: Lover’s Lane

Tattoo/Piercing Studio

Metamorphosis is on an eight-year winning streak as Best Tattoo/Piercing Studio. With a prime Broad Ripple location, professional staff, as well as one of the most extensive selections of body jewelry you’re likely to find anywhere, Metamorphosis has earned the Best of Indy designation. The shop features six tattoo artists who are eager to pair their creative energy with the desires of the customer to develop the ideal tattoo. Each artist has their own flavor, their own flair, which can be seen in the store’s expansive reference library, flash gallery and custom artwork. www. metamorphosisink.com, 828 Broad Ripple Ave., 466-1666 2nd: Artistic Skin Design 3rd: Skinquake


quality and quirky items that appeal to just about anyone with an affinity for previously worn items – particularly those with a funky vibe or postmodern irony. Racks are stuffed, so be prepared to do some digging. www. broadripplevintage.com, 824 E. 64th St., 255-4135 2nd: Frankey’s 3rd: Leon Tailoring

Women’s Fashion

Magic Bus, Best Smoke Shop

Smoke Shop

Magic Bus won for Best Local Smoke Shop, we think. We had to keep counting this one over and over because about half-way through each time, we forgot what we were doing. Having expanded the size of the store to nearly double, improved the lighting and garnered a bigger inventory – Magic Bus has everything smokers need and plenty non-smokers might enjoy. Plenty of papers, pipes and props to improve or enhance consumption, as well as a good selection of clothing (some hemp, some organic, most with funny/funky sayings on the front), personal products made from natural and organic ingredients, all manner of incense, candles and aromatherapy. 1073 Broad Ripple Ave., 251-5463 2nd: Twenty past four and more 3rd: High on a Hill

Men’s Fashion

Not sure what that says about men in this town, but it does say that Broad Ripple Vintage remains a staple in the Indy fashion scene. Where else can you or your guy find all the necessary items for his wardrobe while remaining fashionable and frugal? More than a secondhand store, BR Vintage selects

Pitaya has been the favorite place for women’s fashion in Indy four of the past five years; but look out – Indy Swank wasn’t far behind and its only been open nine months. Pitaya is still holding on to the top spot, however, thanks in very large part to a constantly changing inventory of fresh, stylish and mostly affordable items. Trendy and tailored, the selection is great and the staff is helpful. It’s a great way to spend part of any day when shopping in Broad Ripple! Pitaya’s interior is just as bright and shiny as the staff, which is always willing to help out. www.pitayaonline. com, 842 Broad Ripple Ave., 465-0000 2nd: IndySwank 3rd: Frankey’s

Vintage/Consignment Fashion

It’s the ninth consecutive win for Broad Ripple Vintage, and it doesn’t look as if they’ll be giving up the crown anytime soon. The perpetual Doors soundtrack, classic rock concert posters, paisley print and that faint musty smell inside of Broad Ripple Vintage gives you the feeling that you’re not just shopping for threads from the past, but that you have actually travelled back in time to the era of flower children and bell bottoms. With an ever-changing selection, it’s the perfect place to score a retro-inspired look, find unique accessories or assemble a last minute Halloween costume. Just be sure that you have an ample amount of time -- scouring the racks of clothing could easily take up an entire afternoon. www.broadripplevintage.com, 824 E. 64th St., 255-4135 2nd: Value World/Village 3rd: Plato’s Closet

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Day Spa

Philipe’s Day Spa returns to top place after a five-year absence; but won six straight years before the cold streak. That’s because Philipé’s offers a fullbody spa experience by focusing on holistic healing and relaxation. With a dedicated staff providing personalized care, including just the right products and treatments, Phillipe’s is a welcome escape from everyday stress and a perfect way to reinvigorate the mind, body and spirit. With a series of price points and packages, even the smallest budget can find big luxury. 4685 E. 82nd St., 578-9900 2nd: The Villa Inn Spa 3rd: Studio 2000 Day Spa

Hair Salon

Snips of Irvington tied with Salon Orange Moon this year, but took top place this time. This shop in Historic Irvington is a full-service salon where owners Anthony Lineberry and Kevin Edwards, along with their excellent staff of designers and stylists, offer high-end service in a neighborhood atmosphere. Customers come from all over greater Indianapolis to enjoy everything Snips has to offer, with services catering to hair (cut and style, perms and relaxers, special occasions), skin (facials, waxing, bronzing) and body (massage and nails). www.snips-in.com, 5731 E. Washington St., 356-2611 2nd: Salon Orange Moon 3rd: Running with Scissors

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Yoga/Pilates Studio

It’s five times in a row for Invoke as the favorite choice of NUVO readers looking for a great yoga and Pilates studio with affordable choices, friendly instructors and beautiful atmosphere. The beautiful old building, with its large windows and high ceilings, the variety of classes and the motivating without being annoying instructors give Invoke the perfect vibe for all levels of students. The web site provides a complete schedule and good description of classes, but the staff is always willing to help consult as you make choices for the class best-suited to your own skill and interest level. www.invokestudio.com, 970 Fort Wayne Ave., 631-9642 2nd: City Yoga 3rd: Yoga Center

Health/Fitness Center

In one of the closest races in this year’s Best of Indy contest, the northside Jordan YMCA wins Best Local Health/ Fitness Center for the third time – but only by a three-vote margin over NIFS. The proximity to Broad Ripple, affordable price, family-atmosphere, great schedule of classes and helpful staff continue to make Jordan YMCA a favorite option for those looking to keep fit. It may not be as glamorous or singles-oriented as some of the other health clubs in town, but then that’s probably why it keeps winning this category. www.indymca.org, 8400 Westfield Blvd., 253-3206 2nd: NIFS 3rd: Athenaeum YMCA


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King Dragon, Best Chinese Cuisine

Chinese

There are no shortage of good and bad Chinese restaurants in Indy, but the one NUVO readers said they liked best this year is the fairly new King Dragon in Broad Ripple. Despite the bland strip mall locale, the food is delicious and the prices low to moderate. We recommend the steamed veggie dumplings — luscious green pockets bursting with vegetable goodness: carrots, cabbage and even minced broccoli—and the Hunan triple delight. Also, the fried stuff like Honey Chicken isn’t too greasy or heavy. Don’t miss the wonton soup either. 2134 E. 62nd St., 202-9378 2nd: Yen Ching 3rd: Naisa Pan-Asian

Japanese

Another Broad Ripple, favorite Naked Tchopstix boasts great sushi and a great location right next to the Vogue. The small café has a diverse menu of appealing and accessible sushi for vets and rookies alike. Don’t be afraid to customize the menu to your taste, but feel free to pick from the menu options that are easy and rarely disappointing. Sushi isn’t the only choice here, a plus for those who’d rather have their food well done. Throw in great atmosphere and a friendly staff and you’ve got one of the best restaurants in Indy. 6255 N. College Ave., 252-5555 2nd: Sakura 3rd: Taki

yellows of curry that is as stimulating to the eye as the palate. This year’s Best Thai option, Siam Square is just as good for lunch as dinner. Staple soups include the spicy thom yum and the silky thom kah gai For a searing midday meal, try the Siam ginger plate lunch special, served with a spring roll to help douse the flames. Return in the evening to sample a considered pairing from the dinner menu and selective beer or wine lists. For dessert, spoil your taste buds with an order of roti rolls – pan-fried flatbread smothered in sticky icing. Moderately priced, exceedingly delicious. www. siamsquareindy.com, 936 Virginia Ave., 636-8424 2nd: Thai Café 3rd: Jasmine Thai

India Garden, Best Indian Cuisine

Indian

Fifteen-time winner India Garden continues its domination as the Best Indian Restaurant in Indy. A culinary adventure worth taking for those looking to expand their horizons through culture and flavor. Navigating the menu is easy with thorough descriptions of the exotic samplings, the only hard part is deciding on which mouth-watering dish to try. Tandoori ovens and Northern Indian spices make the dishes burst with flavor and melt with tenderness. Make sure to include a mango lassi in your order; the tropical frozen drink is a delicious staple of Indian tradition. www.indiagardenindy. com, 830 Broad Ripple Ave., 253-6060 and 207 N. Delaware St., 634-6060 2nd: Shalimar 3rd: Taj of India

Italian

Siam Square, Best Thai Cuisine

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There are many great Italian restaurants in Indy, but NUVO readers can’t seem to break the Mama Carolla’s Old Italian habit. Good food and excellent ambiance, Mama’s provides a great dining experience for families, friends and couples (Spoiler alert: It won as the most romantic restaurant in town, too) Smokefree dining, inside and out, makes it easy to enjoy your meal from start to finish. Add a glass of wine (or the whole bottle), a little grated parmesan, and you’re in for a wonderful meal and evening. www. mamacarollas.com, 1031 E. 54th St., 259-9412 2nd: Iaria’s 3rd: Ambrosia


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Mexican/Spanish

Everyone has a favorite Mexican restaurant, and for the past four years NUVO readers have picked La Hacienda as the best in town. Cheap, authentic, delicious—you can’t go wrong with this family-run restaurant. The large portions go great with a pitcher of Texas Margaritas, made strong with that traditional citrus kick. Lunch specials and Happy Hour offer great deals for those looking for a lighter meal or a round of drinks. Sit inside to enjoy playful murals, or outside to enjoy the weather. www. lahaciendaindy.com, 6825 Graham Road, 317-577-2689; 3874 Lafayette Road, 317-290-0755; and 6429 E. Washington St., 357-8084 2nd: El Sol de Tala 3rd: La Piedad

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Santorini Greek Kitchen, this year’s top place as Best Greek/Mediterranean Restaurant, is win number eight for one of Fountain Square’s most vibrant eateries. Before we forget, make sure you have galaktaboureko for dessert. Seriously. Other than that, we recommend just about anything else on the menu. Spanakopita, souvlaki, saganaki are all tasty, and while the Tomato Balls might look more like pancakes, they still burst with flavor. Belly dancers perform on Friday and Saturday nights, so make

reservations as the tables fill up fast. Settle down for a long meal because the portions are enormous, leaving even the biggest appetite fully satisfied. Full bar; non-smoking. www.greekkitchen.dine.com, 1417 Prospect St., 917-1117 2nd: Greek Island 3rd: Hellas Café

Middle Eastern/No. African

Saffron Café offers a wide variety of delicious North African (mostly Moroccan) cuisine; and can best be described as a circus for the senses. We recommend the delicate and delicious saffron rice foremost, but the Antipasto Plate, a combination of three appetizers: hummus, zaalouk and bakoula served with mild feta cheese and pita wedges is high on the list as well. You might also try one of two specialty dishes: a Kafta Sandwich, finger rolls of finely ground, deeply seasoned and char-grilled beef served on an open-face pita and the Couscous Royale, a medley of vegetables served over couscous and steamed in a clay pot. www.saffroncafe-indy.com, 621 Fort Wayne Ave., 917-0131 2nd: Bosphorus 3rd: Mediterrano Café

English/Celtic Pub Food One of the best pubs in the city, particularly if you like Irish atmosphere, hospitality and beer, Claddagh also has Indy’s best fish n’ chips, according


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Delicatessen

Shapiro’s has been the favorite deli of NUVO readers for at least 20 years, and won this category every single time we’ve taken your votes. According to the folks at Shapiro’s, they’ve only had a few simple goals since the place opened more than a century ago: “Cook good. Serve generously. Price modestly. People will come.” They might be on to something. The food is delicious, the portions are huge, the prices are mostly modest and the place is always packed. You can dine in or carry out; but don’t miss the bakery items either way. Cheescake is much better for you than corned beef. www.shapiros.com, 808 S. Meridian St., 631-4041 2nd: Goose the Market 3rd: Ripple Bagel Deli

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Boogie Burger rocks, plain and simple. So it came to no surprise to us that NUVO readers voted it home to the Best Burger in Indy. Broad Ripple’s little dining-car-of-a-restaurant-thatcould does lots of things well. There’s a basic burger that rookies might want to start with, but don’t wait long to venture into the condiment options which are all dwarfed by the bacon, but still good. Veggies and vegans don’t dismay. The black bean and soy options at Boogie Burger are excellent. Don’t forget an order of garlic fries or onion rings. www.boogieburger.com, 977 E. Westfield Blvd., 255-2540 2nd: Scotty’s Brewhouse 3rd: Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream

Pizza

And the award for the longest winning streak of NUVO Best of Indy awards in our 20-year history goes to…Bazbeaux Pizza. One of only two questions we’ve asked every single year, NUVO readers have never selected anything other than Bazbeaux as the city’s Best Pizza. In addition to excellent locations (Mass Ave and Broad Ripple) and terrific staff, what makes Bazbeaux so enjoyable is the variety of options. Pour over a massive list of ingredients and craft your own masterpiece, or skip the work and choose one of the standard favorites like the Basilica, which drops tomato sauce for pesto, adds black olives and sun-dried tomatoes, and finishes off with feta cheese. www.bazbeaux.com, 811 E. Westfield Blvd. and 334 Massachusetts Ave., 255-5711 2nd: Jockamo 3rd: Some Guys

Burrito

Makes sense that the Best Burrito in the city can be found at the same place NUVO readers voted Best Mexican Restaurant this year. Which is exactly why La Hacienda wins this award too! Sure they may not be as big as your head, but these burritos really do hit the spot like no other. Standard bean, beef and cheese options are punctuated with authentic and aromatic seasoning the never drowns out the basic goodness. Don’t forget a pitcher of Texas Margaritas to wash those burritos down with! www.lahaciendaindy. com, 6825 Graham Road, 317-577-2689; 3874 Lafayette Road, 317-290-0755; and 6429 E. Washington St., 357-8084 2nd: La Bamba 3rd: Cancun

Steak

Indianapolis’ first steakhouse has also been chosen as its best time and time again by NUVO readers. This is the tenth win for St. Elmo’s Steakhouse, and we have no doubt that it will not be the last. This downtown institution has been serving perfectly cooked steaks exactly the way patrons ask for them for more than one hundred years (not to mention a host of other delicious dishes and the best shrimp


cocktail on the planet). While the choices are traditional, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Why mess with success? Classic steakhouse food served in an upscale saloon atmosphere works just fine. www. stelmos.com, 127 S. Illinois St., 635-0636 2nd: Sullivan’s 3rd: Morton’s

Wings

If you check over in the Music and Nightlife BOI categories, you’ll find that Scotty’s Brewhouse won Best Bar Food, as well as Best Drink Specials and Best Bar for Sports Fans. And what do sports fans who like drink specials and bar food want to eat? Hot Wings, of course! And Scotty’s has some pretty damn good ones—the Best Wings in the city according to NUVO readers. Make sure to try a variety of homemade sauces including brew, barbeque and honey mustard – offered in varying degrees of hotness. www.scottysbrewhouse.com, 1 Virginia Ave., 571-0808 2nd: Just wingin’ it 3rd: Chatham Tap

Pork Tenderloin

For more than 150 years, Hoosiers have been flocking to the Indiana State Fairgrounds at 38th and Fall Creek Boulevard to sample the best of things local. Food is no exception, and in

addition to elephant ears, candy apples, turkey legs, corn on the cob and lemon shakeups – apparently the pork tenderloin sandwich ranks pretty high for NUVO readers as well. This year’s State Fair takes place August 6-22 and the theme is “Year of the Pig.” Not sure if “Best Pork Tenderloin” is good news or bad news for said piggies, but it’s delicious news for the fans! www.in.gov/statefair 2nd: Mug-n-Bun 3rd: Bourbon Street

Coffeehouse

Hubbard and Cravens is the Meridian-Kessler and Broad Ripple coffee shop serving more than customers—it serves friends and neighbors some of the best coffee in the world right in our favorite neighborhoods. With a dual commitment to quality and community, Hubbard and Cravens provide a welcome respite from cookie-cutter chain shops and the patchouli-scented trendier ones. This is a great place to bring your laptop and your yearning for an excellent cup of coffee. Friendly conversations are optional and almost always available. Don’t miss the fresh baked goods, either! www.hubbardandcravens.com, 4930 N. Penn. St., 251-5161 & 6229 Carrollton Ave., 803-4155 2nd: Lazy Daze 3rd: Monon

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Café Patachou, Best Brunch/Breakfast

Breakfast/Brunch

Café Patachou won the last time we asked this question back in 2006 as well. Billing itself as the “student union for adults since 1989,” Café Patachou’s original location at the corner of Pennsylvania and 49th Street in the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood has been serving up some of the most delicious breakfast and brunch options, quickly and mostly affordably, for more than two decades. Now with a family of dining establishments, including Napolese and Petit Chou, the orginal Patachou (now with an expanded dining room and snazzy outdoor patio) is a neighborhood kitchen with sophisticated tastes. Take a morning to taste for yourself. www.cafepatachou. com, 4911 N. Pennsylvania St., 925-2823 2nd: Le Peep 3rd: Taste

and white chocolate shavings), The Bee’s Knee’s (light honey pear cupcake scented with ginger and topped with honey buttercream)… we could go on, and on, and on. Menu changes daily, if not hourly, which is why we recommend frequent visits. And be prepared to wait in line occasionally. The Best Desserts in the city are popular. www.theflyingcupcakebakery. com, 5617 N. Illinois St. and 715 Massachusetts Ave., 396-2696 2nd: Circle City Sweets 3rd: Holy Cow! Cupcakes

Late Night Option

No better way to score with your hottest neighbor after the bars close than to head over or call up Broad Ripple’s favorite pizza joint Hot Box for some late night craving satisfaction. The pies are delicious as the names are imaginative: The Popeye, Hot Chick, Big Al’s Fredo and (our favorite) the Dixie Chicken. While there are a few stores around town (and one in West Lafayette), we still like the BR location best – and so do NUVO readers who voted it the best option for latenight munchies. Plus those ubiquitous plastic cups are always a cool bonus! www,getthehotbox.com, 715 Broad Ripple Ave., 257-7500 2nd: Peppy’s Grill 3rd: La Bamba

Vegan/Vegetarian

The Flying Cupcake, Best Desserts

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Come to The Flying Cupcake for dreamy treats with names like What’s up Doc? (moist carrot cake packed with coconut and raisins topped with velvety cream cheese), Chocolate Ganache (chocolate cupcake topped with a rich chocolate ganache

It’s pretty handy that Yats, the restaurant voted as the best in the city, is also winning awards for its affordability and its vegetarian options. Maybe that’s because Joe Vuskovich and his crew love equally and want to make sure everyone gets a chance to eat some of the best creole food anywhere outside of New Orleans, served by the friendliest guys and gals your bound to meet. Each day brings a new set of six to ten menu items, and that means there are always a vegetarian


or vegan option available. At only $5.50, it’s a steal. www.yatscajuncreole.com, 659 Massachusetts Ave., 317-686-6380 and 5463 N. College Ave., 253-8817 2nd: Three Sisters 3rd: Café Patachou

Upscale Dining

Nothing feels quite as fancy or grown up as putting on the suit, picking up a date and heading downtown for a nice dinner for two. And no other restaurant in the city provides a better upscale dining experience than St. Elmo’s Steakhouse, according to NUVO readers again this year. This is the fourth time in five years that St. Elmo’s has won this award, and it probably won’t be the last. A downtown dining staple for 100+ years, it’s destined to be a favorite for many years to come. www. stelmos.com, 127 S. Illinois St., 635-0636 2nd: R Bistro 3rd: Harry & Izzy’s

Budget-minded Dining

The Best Cheap Eats in Indy for eight straight years – NUVO readers love Yats! Which means you might have to wait in line behind a bunch of other people hungry for delicious Cajun and Creole offerings for under six bucks. But the wait is worth it. This is soul food in a soulful place and you will only be a stranger once. Mardi Gras lasts all year, but the menu changes daily. After you’ve decided on your dish comes the hard part, deciding which of the nine different types of hot sauce you’re going to cover your plate with. www.yatscajuncreole. com, 659 Massachusetts Ave., 317686-6380 and 5463 N. College Ave., 253-8817 2nd: Mug-n-Bun 3rd: Boogie Burger

Mama Carolla’s, Best Romantic Dining

Romantic Dining

Mama Carolla’s Old Italian in Broad Ripple is, hands-down, the most romantic restaurant in the city, primarily because it oozes ambiance. From the twinkling lights to heavy wood accents, all housed in what actually feels like a house, there’s something cozy and refreshing about a visit to Mama’s in this case. The reasonable prices mean it’s affordable for two, even with a good bottle of wine to complement the traditional Italian menu. When the weather permits, take your date to the patio dining room for an even more romantic evening. (And don’t forget about their new café next door for breakfast – Good Morning Mama’s!) www.mamacarollas.com, 1031 E. 54th St., 259-9412 2nd: Eagle’s Nest 3rd: Jazz Kitchen

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Yats, Best Local Restaurant (Pictured: Owner Joe Vuskovich (right) and righthand man Philip Kincaid a.k.a Spill.

Wait staff

Serving downtown patrons since 1902 means that the folks at St. Elmo’s Steakhouse not only know how to deliver excellent meals to satisfied customers, they can also help you make the best selection. It’s also why NUVO readers believe the Best Wait Staff in Indy can be found at St. Elmo’s and have voted the same for five consecutive years! Helping guests every step of the way from deciding which cut of meat to enjoy or which of the several thousand award-winning wines to pair with their meals. Known for the classic turn-of-thecentury Chicago saloon style décor, St. Elmo offers an upscale experience with excellent service. www.stelmos.com, 127 S. Illinois St., 635-0636 2nd: Bazbeaux 3rd: Scotty’s Brewhouse

Wine list

Broad Ripple’s Corner Wine Bar brings a little bit of Paris bistro to an otherwise very Midwestern corner. NUVO readers have been so impressed they’ve voted it as having the Best Wine List a total of eight times, going back to an early win in 1995. With over 150 wines and champagnes to choose from, this tiny bistro has something for every taste and budget. Thankfully, this includes several excellent house wines. They also feature a menu that is both imaginative and a perfect as an accompaniment to the wine. A bit pricey, but excellent and well-worth the splurge. Desserts here are delicious. www.cornerwinebar.com 6331 Guilford Ave., 255-5159 2nd: Euphoria 3rd: Northside Social

Tasting Room/Brew Pub

Voted the Best Tasting Room/Brew Pub in Indy during its first year of being open, the Sun King tasting room on North College has quickly become a hub for local beer lovers and micro brewers to hang out, talk beer, drink beer and take beer home when they go! As of July 4, that includes Sundays in Indiana for the first time since Prohibition! While

the tasting room has wacky hours, the web site spells it all out. Beer menus are always changing, though some favorites are fairly standard. Come thirsty and open to trying some new tastes. www. sunkingbrewing.com, 135 N. College Ave., 602-3701 2nd: Broad Ripple Brewpub 3rd: Brugge

New Restaurant

There’s a lot of good pizza in this city and a lot of good new restaurants. But when our food critic Jennifer Litz reviewed Neal Brown’s new Pizzology for the first time, she described herself as “a lovestruck schoolgirl with singular attentions” who “eschewed all the wonderful possible permutations of salads, soups and pasta dishes on the menu for the seemingly endless artisan pies.” Litz’s love sickness is highly contagious. We don’t know anyone who isn’t raving about it. Seriously. You can get a delicious pie for under $20, but you’re going to be one of many, many others with the same craving, so be patient. www.pizzologyindy.com, 13190 Hazel Dell Parkway (Carmel), 844-2554 2nd: Scotty’s Lakehouse 3rd: Northside Social

Best of the Best

The food is good, the vibe is great, the people are awesome and the party seems perpetually underway. No matter which Yats location you drop in to, you’ve stumbled upon the favorite restaurant of NUVO readers and the one they’ve voted Best Restaurant in Indy for four of the past five years. It’s also the one they named as having the best vegetarian options and being easiest on the wallet again this year. You won’t leave Yats hungry; and if you leave friendless, you’re probably an ass to begin with. The menu changes daily, check the chalkboard for choices and be prepared to sink into some delicious and affordable Cajun goodness. www.yatscajuncreole.com, 659 Massachusetts Ave., 317-686-6380 and 5463 N. College Ave., 253-8817 2nd: St. Elmo’s 3rd: Mama Carolla’s

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Distinguished but Disqualified

While we want to keep the NUVO Best of Indy Reader’s Poll focused on the best in local, independent businesses, we do recognize that some of our favorite stores and yours are corporate chains. Several big-vote getters this year were disqualified for their lack of localness, but still worthy of some attention.

Fresh Market 95 stores in18 states Whole Foods 273 stores in 38 states Trader Joes 341 stores in 24 states Kroger 2,500 stores in 31 states Half-price Books: 100 stores in 15 states Lifetime Fitness: 85 locations in 19 states LA Fitness: 300+ locations in 15+ states BWs/BW3: 650 locations in 42 states PF Changs: 200+ locations around the world Cheesecake Factory: 150 locations throughout the U.S. Melting Pot: 140+ locations throughout the U.S. Howl at the Moon: 12 locations in 8 states. Qdoba: wholly owned by Jack in the Box, Corp. Chipotle: wholly owned by McDonalds, Corp. Oceanaire : wholly owned by Lawry’s Corp

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15 Cirilla’s

19 Bazbeaux Pizza

14 Children’s Museum

18 Crackers comedy

14 Jazz Kitchen

18 St Elmo’s steakhouse

13 Yats

18 The vogue

11 Heartland Film Festival

15 Alley Cat

11 PT’s SHOWCLUB

15 India Garden

10 Shapiro’s Deli

15 Broad Ripple Brewpub

10 BroadRipple VillAGE

15 MacNamara FLORIST

10 Long’s Bakery

Indiana Pacers After winning the first ten years we conducted the Best of Indy poll, the Pacers have continued to slip down the list over the past decade. They haven’t been able to get past the Colts since 2004, and this year they managed to place sixth – behind the Colts, Fever, Indians, Ice and Sirens as Indy’s Best Pro Sports Team. Perhaps, someone needs to spend a little of that CIB money on public relations).

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2010 ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA

Best Museum: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Best Art Gallery: Stutz Art Space Best Performing Arts Group: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Best Comedy venue/group: Crackers Best Theatre: Indiana Repertory Theater Best Film Festival: Heartland Film Festival Best Outdoor Festival: Broad Ripple Art Fair Best Public Art Installation: “LOVE” (Robert Indiana), Best Cultural District: Broad Ripple Best Public Park: Downtown Canal/White River State Park Best House of Worship: St. Luke’s UMC Best College/University: Butler University Best Blog/Web site: IndyMojo Best Radio Station: WTTS 92.3 Best Radio Personality: Dave Smiley, WZPL Best Television Station: WTHR-13 (NBC) Best News Anchor/Reporter: Andrea Morehead, WTHR Best Trafffic Reporter: Mimi Pearce, WTHR Best Sports Reporter: Dave Calabro, WTHR Best Weather Forecaster: Angela Buchman, WISH Best Pro Sports Team: Indianapolis Colts Best Amateur Sports Team: Naptown Roller Girls Best College Sports Team: Butler Bulldogs Best Place to Volunteer: Indianapolis Humane Society Best Charitable Event: Mutt Strut

MUSIC AND NIGHTLIFE

Best Artist/Group: Jennie DeVoe Best Blues Atist/Group: Max Allen Band Best Hip Hop Artist/Group: Mudkids Best Jazz Artist/Group: Rob Dixon Best Metal Artist/Group: Devil to Pay Best Punk/Hardcore Artist/group: Zero Boys Best Rock Artist/Group: Stereo Deluxe Best Roots Artist/Group: Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band Best Club DJ: Slater Hogan Best Live Music Venue (Bar/Club) Radio Radio Best Live Music Venue (Theater/Amphitheater): The Vogue Best Live Music Venue (All ages): Murat Egyptian Room

Best Mid-week Venue: Jazz Kitchen Best Dance Floor: The Vogue Best Open Mic Night: Slippery Noodle Inn Best Karaoke: Living Room Lounge Best Jukebox: Alley Cat Best Billiards/Pool: Alley Cat Best Place to People Watch: Alley Cat Best Bartenders: Melody Inn Best Drink Specials: Scotty’s Brewhouse Best Bar Food: Scotty’s Brewhouse Best Place for Sports Fans: Scotty’s Brewhouse Best Place for Suits: Nicky Blaine’s Best place for Punks: Melody Inn Best place for Hipsters: Mousetrap Best Ultra-Lounge: Blu Best GBLT club/bar: Talbott Street Best Place for Hooking Up: Alley Cat Best Place for a Lap Dance: PT’s Showclub

SHOP LOCAL

Best Indiana Beer: Sun King Brewery Best Indiana Wine: Oliver Winery Best Liquor/Wine Retailer: Kahn’s Best Grocery: Marsh/O’Malia Best Natural/Organic/Local Selection: Good Earth Best Farmer’s Market: Broad Ripple Best Bakery/Sweets: Long’s Bakery Best Book Store: Big Hat Books Best Music Store: Luna Music Best Florist: McNamara Florist Best Home/Gift Store: Silver in the City Best Pet Store: Three Dog Bakery Best Bike Shop: Indy Cycle Best Auto Dealer: Butler Scion Best Men’s Fashion: Broad Ripple Vintage Best Women’s Fashion: Pitaya Best Vintage/Consignment Fashion: Broad Ripple Vintage Best Vintage/Antiques Home: Midland Antiques Best Spa: Philipe’s Day Spa Best Hair Salon: Snips of Irvington

Best Yoga/Pilates Studio: Invoke Best Health/Fitness Center: YMCA Jordan Best Tattoo/Piercing Studio: Metamorphosis Best Smoke Shop: Magic Bus Best Adult Toy Store: Cirilla’s

FOOD AND DRINK

Best Chinese: Yen Ching Best Japanese: Naked Tchopstix Best Thai: Siam Square Best Indian: India Garden Best Italian Restaurant: Mama Carolla’s Best Mexican/Spanish: La Hacienda Best Greek/Mediterranean: Santorini Best Middle Eastern/No. African Restaurant: Saffron Café Best Pub Food: Claddagh Irish Pub Best Delicatessen: Shapiro’s Best Burgers: Boogie Burger Best Pizza: Bazbeaux Best Burrito: La Hacienda Best Steak: St. Elmo’s Best Seafood: Kona Jack’s Best Wings: Scotty’s Brewhouse Best Pork Tenderloin Sandwich: Indiana State Fair Best Desserts: The Flying Cupcake Best Coffeehouse: Hubbard & Cravens Best Breakfast/Brunch: Café Patachou Best Late Night: Hot Box Pizza Best Vegan/Vegetarian: Yats Best Upscale Dining: St Elmo’s Best Budget-minded Dining: Yats Best Romantic Dining: Mama Carolla’s Best Wait Staff: St Elmo’s Best Wine List: Corner Wine Bar Best Brew Pub/Tasting Room: Sun King Best New Restaurant: Pizzology Best Restaurant: Yats

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