Five new restaurants to try in Indy in 2016

Just like everyone has their favorite foods, everyone also has their favorite restaurants. And though it's hard sometimes to breakout and try something new, if you live in Indianapolis — or if you're just passing through — here are a few newer restaurants to tryout in 2016.
  1. For an eclectic breakfast: MILKTOOTH

    A trendy little spot that occupies a onetime auto shop, this Indy restaurant is owned by a Food & Wine's Best New Chef for 2015 — Jonathan Brooks. At Milktooth, Jonathan and his wife Ashley not only make scrumptious breakfast treats, but have cornered the market for midday meals like brunch and earlier-than-usual dinners. And while they serve eggs and pancakes and other traditional breakfast fare, you should try one of their truly original bites like the spicy long pepper, orange & fennel breakfast sausage patty, the kimchi pork breakfast wontons or the roasted red cabbage, blue cheese yogurt, mushroom ponzu. Bonus, they even serve Ovalteen and porridge! 540 Virginia Ave., Indianapolis

  2. For something Southern: Georgia Reese's Southern Table & Bar

    If you live in Indy and have followed the Colts over the years, then you undoubtedly know of former linebacker Gary Brackett and his prowess on the football field. But what you might not know is he's also turned into a successful restaurateur. By opening his second Indy eatery, Brackett's given locals even more opportunities to try some glorious Southern comfort with plates that feature po' boys, fried chicken, alligator gumbo, grits, and turnip cakes. 3454 W 86th St., Indianapolis

  3. For something French: Cropichon et Bidibule

    If you love crêpes, or even if you've never had one, you need to checkout this little gem on Mass Avenue. Owned by Kathy and Stephane Coueffe, their charcuterie plates and mouthwatering offerings--made with ingredients like gruyere, chevre and prosciutto--will make you think you've landed at a hip Parisian bistro. 735 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis

  4. For your inner wrangler: THE SALTY COWBOY

    If you love good tequila and the Old West, you should plan a short drive to the north suburb of Zionsville for a tasty, albeit spicy, meal at the Salty Cowboy. With everything from killer burritos and wings to ribs and brisket, this picket-fenced-house-turned-restaurant won't disappoint. And make sure to order the guacamole — they actually make it tableside so it's fresh as can be. 55 E. Oak St., Zionsville

  5. For anyone and everyone: BENT RAIL BREWERY & PUB

    Sandwiches, soups, salads, pastas, pizzas, hot dogs, and beer — Bent Rail is the place where anyone and everyone can find something on the menu. With an impressive offering of typical and not-so-typical bar foods, here the focus is on creating good food and great beer that supports local artisans and farmers. And it's kid friendly and vegetarian friendly! 5301 Winthrop Ave., Indianapolis

Shauna Nosler lives in Indianapolis. She's a contributor to both the Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis Monthly Magazine, as well as to the national news organization U.S. News & World Report. More of her writing can be found on the lifestyle blog, The Flavored Word.

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