We eat up this kind of attention.
Food & Wine magazine has named Indianapolis one of 11 next great food cities in America.
The special May travel issue nods to a “new guard of food entrepreneurs” in Indianapolis and lauds the city’s diversity of cuisines and abundance of affordable quality dining options in the feature on standout under-the-radar culinary cities.
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It highlights local gems, including Gallery Pastry Bar downtown, Amelia’s Bread’s new location in Windsor Park and Fletcher Place’s Amberson Coffee & Grocer; as well as The Garage Food Hall at the Bottleworks District and The AMP food hall at 16 Tech Innovation District.
Indy is listed among seven of the most exciting up-and-coming big American cities for food lovers. Others are Boise, Idaho; Charlotte, North Carolina; Cincinnati, Ohio; Jersey City, New Jersey; Omaha, Nebraska; and Tucson, Arizona.
Food & Wine magazine editors compiled the list, considering “creativity, innovation, diversity, and deliciousness,” the magazine said.
Another four small cities — Biddeford, Maine; Bozeman, Montana; Charlottesville, Virginia; and Greenville, South Carolina — are recognized for their impressive food scenes.
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The acknowledgment is a feather in the cap for the local tourism industry.
“Indy is deserving to be on this list. And when potential visitors open up the magazine and see Indy’s name on there, they know it is a city where they can go and get a quality meal and not break the bank,” said Morgan Snyder, director of public relations at Visit Indy, the city’s tourism arm. “Accolades like this move people to visit Indianapolis and that benefits us all.”
It’s not the first time Food & Wine has recognized culinary capability in the Circle City.
The magazine called Indianapolis a “rising star of the Midwest” in 2016, the same year Bon Appétit highlighted local restaurants.
The food scene also played a part in the city making Time magazine’s list of The World’s Greatest Places of 2021 and Travel + Leisure magazine’s readers voting Indianapolis one of America’s Favorite Cities in 2016.
The issue hits newsstands on April 22.
Contact IndyStar reporter Cheryl V. Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-444-6264. Follow her on Twitter: @cherylvjackson.