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Magazine names 2 Indianapolis restaurants the “Best”

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Indianapolis, Aug. 15 - Cafe Patachou, tucked away in the heart of Indianaplis’ Meridian Kessler area, is ranked as one of the nation's 10 best breakfast cafes by Bon Appetit Magazine.

Owner Martha Hoover calls it "like winning an Emmy."

On an edible scale, Patachou is always pretty packed.

Rob Olds should know. "It’s a regular spot for me."

It hits the spot for those looking for the basics, like sourdough toast and coffee.

And for those with a more polished palate you can get dishes with "bacon, horseradish and gouda."

Bruce Steckler is the original Pennsylvania Avenue Patachou chef.

He says that just being mentioned in Bon Appetit is the creme de la creme of awards in the culinary world. "Knowing inside you've done it is the honor."

Now recognized on a national level, Patachou has received several local awards, including the Critics Choice, the highest award in Indianapolis.

Also making the top great neighborhood restaurants in the Midwest is Ralph’s Great Divide in Indianapolis.

Located in Lockerbie, it’s a very different feel from Patachou's eclectic and funky scene, says co-owner Mike Webb. "We don't care what you wear, as long as it's clean."

Half restaurant and half bar, you go there to fill up. Ralph's hearty beef and bean chili is featured in the magazine.

Now, owners are getting calls from everywhere.

Not quite considered an Emmy for these owners, making the Bon Appetit list is another thing they can hang on the wall.

So how did Ralph’s make the list? It turns out a loyal customer wrote to the magazine and nominated them.

Patachou owners say they have no idea how they made the list.

The Trojan Horse in Bloomington was also mentioned in the magazine.

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