Welcome to Bites, the Independent's version of a typical dining guide, but with more tooth. (As if that weren't already evident from the zebra-print booty that invited you into this week's issue of the Independent.)
Inside this pull-out, you'll find the batch of true stories that inspired that eye-catching image. You'll also discover a handy, alphabetized directory and indexes (organized by cuisine and location) including more than 175 regional eateries — far less than the actual number of independent restaurants out there vying for your attention, we realize. Sadly, it is simply unfeasible for us to dine at and discuss every structure in the city with a grease trap.
We've admittedly been selective for our compendium, adding only some of the best-known and/or best-loved spots to our main source material: every worthy outfit that we formally reviewed in 2010, and all places voted last year to the top of an Indy Best Of category. If we've missed a place that you feel should be included here, let us know what makes it special by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write your own reader review at csindy.com.
In the name of user-friendliness: Spots marked with one dollar sign generally sell entrées in the $5 to $10 range; two signs, in the $10 to $20 range; and three signs, $20 and up.
A special note of thanks to Bryce Crawford and Claire Swinford for their assistance on the write-ups. And a sincere thanks to local diners who continue to support independent eateries. This is your scene — go ahead, stick a fork in it.