These Are America's Next Great Food Cities

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Thanks to its exceptional ability to welcome a new wave of entrepreneurs while supporting those who paved the way, the Circle City has emerged from the past few challenging years as a destination where everyone can eat well. Baked goods, in particular, have taken off. At downtown's Gallery Pastry Bar, Ben Hardy and Youssef Boudarine craft elaborate sweets like Brûlée Trillium (a croissant stuffed with berry compote, pecans, and brûléed Trillium, a decadent local triple-cream cheese) in an open-air kitchen and a dining room decorated with Moroccan lights and an Anthony Bourdain painting by Egyptian artist Salma Taman.

— Food and Wine

Best Restaurants 2021

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FINESSED MACARONS HAVE belonged famously to SoBro’s Gallery Pastry Shop for the last five years, courtesy of owners Alison Keefer and Ben Hardy. The Gallery Pastry Bar, their downtown second act, is a celebration of Vegas opulence played out in oyster flights, house breads, and inspired European-style standards.

Pastry burger with fries on the side

Here's what's on tap at Gallery Pastry Bar — and what the owners have planned next

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Dining options in the Wholesale District are a bit sweeter thanks to the team from Gallery Pastry Shop, the Broad Ripple spot known for macaroons, brunch and bottomless mimosas. The spinoff, Gallery Pastry Bar, is a lot more spirited. Unlike a lot of places that put the word bar in the name, the downtown dessert lounge offers a place to get all forms of booze.

Decorated dessert and blue cocktai
— Cheryl V. Jackson

New Gallery Pastry Bar brings their popular European-inspired pastries, upscale brunch to downtown

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INDIANAPOLIS — Almost 4 years ago, Alison Keefer and Ben Hardy opened Gallery Pastry Shop in SoBro and quickly gained acclaim for their decadent European-inspired pastries that look as beautiful as they taste. With that success already under their belts, they decided to do something that was always on their radar: open a downtown location— which they did in early July. Their goal? To bring “brunch culture” to downtown Indianapolis.

Pastry burger with meat and cheese
— cbs4indy staff

Back Downtown featuring Gallery Pastry Bar

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It’s time to come Back Downtown. Downtown Indy’s restaurants, retailers and attractions need us – until larger numbers of visitors and workers return. To help, learn more about the people behind the places we love and come shop, dine and play Back Downtown. Episode 2: Gallery Pastry Ba

Guests enjoying food and drinks
— Travel In staff


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— Artfull Living staff