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It’s a process, this evolving NUVO Best Of Indy Issue — every year it’s just a wee bit different.

OK, last year was a big sea change — our readers not only picked the winners, they built the ballot through a write-in nomination process. We kept that concept going in 2015. Again, the top finishers made it to the voting round, and here are the results.

Some old faves finished first, but there were some upsets, too — that’s one thing we find fascinating about this annual poll. It’s an indication of how the city changes from year to year. What’s really startling, though, is to go back through NUVO’s 25-year history to see just how much Indy’s grown. A great example? 1992’s Best Of Indy edition — apparently, dining options were so limited that the award for Indy’s Best Fried Chicken went to KFC.

And now that NUVO’s available in Bloomington, we’ve added our special “Best of Bloomington” section at the back of this list of winners. (This made for a PRIME excuse for a dedicated trip or two down to B-town for a couple of editors — including a meal at Mother Bear’s. HELLO.)

Compiling the blurbs is a blast — we really have fun scribbling these things, and it truly is a group effort: our Senior Editor/Music Editor Kat Coplen, Food and Listings Editor Sarah Murrell, Arts Editor Emily Taylor, News Editor Amber Stearns and Engagement Editor Brian Weiss all contribute whether it’s through writing or research.

We’re having a party at Crane Bay to celebrate with our winners, and we hope you can join us on October 29 from 6 – 11 p.m. Our promo squad tells us “Tickets include samples from food, beer and wine vendors, hors d'oeuvres and some of the best musical performances in town. The first 150 people to arrive at the celebration will receive a cocktail ticket, complimentary of Fuzzy's Vodka!”


Want more? Attendees will be treated to performances by DJ Action Jackson, Charlie Ballantine, Shiny Penny, Andra Faye and Scott Ballantine, Bashiri Asad, Bizzare Noir with a special appearance by Angel Burlesque, Oreo Jones, Five Year Mission and Russ Baum & Huck Finn.

Hope to see you there.


Ed Wenck
Managing Editor

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