With nearly two million people in the metropolitan area, Indianapolis is the second-most populous city in the Midwest after Chicago, though it\u2019s sometimes hard to convince outsiders of its status as a foodie destination.\r\n\r\nHowever, Naptowners enjoy an unpretentious and varied food and drink scene that offers great prices and even better hospitality. Start your day at Milktooth or Love Handle, two of the most inventive and lovable brunch places in the country, and go from there.\r\n\r\n\r\nWhere To Eat in Indianapolis\r\n\r\nPublic Greens\r\nMartha Hoover has been at forefront of Indy\u2019s local food movement since she opened Cafe Patachou in 1989. She now has 11 restaurants and has formed The Patachou Foundation, a charity that feeds thousands of children impacted by homelessness and hunger every year. Public Greens offers creative salads and main courses inspired by the bounty from an onsite mini-farm. An \u201cUrban Kitchen With a Mission,\u201d Public Greens donates all profits and extra crops to The Patachou Foundation, which runs after-school meal programs\u00a0aimed at promoting good nutrition among students.\r\n\r\n\r\nFestiva\r\nAn influx of Mexican immigrants to Indianapolis has resulted in a bevy of quality mercados and taquer\u00edas. At Festiva, Chef Rachel Hoover, a New England Culinary Institute graduate who was taught the finer points of Mexican cuisine by her mother-in-law, focuses on freshness and local ingredients. You\u2019ll find veggie sopes with almond mole and tacos with Indiana goat on the menu, along with an extensive mezcal and Tequila list.\r\n\r\n\r\nVida\r\nSince it opened last year, Vida has become one of the hottest wine and food destinations in town. Layton Roberts works with local farmers year-round to create his menus. Seasonality reigns in dishes like scallops with fava beans and asparagus, or orecchiette with ramps and English peas. There\u2019s also a hydroponic wall of edible greens that\u2019s the basis for Vida\u2019s \u201cwall greens\u201d salad. The global wine list is one of Indy\u2019s deepest, with several bottles in the $30 range, and it peaks with a 2013 Hundred Acre \u201cKayli Morgan\u201d priced close to retail at $675. Two in-house sommeliers, Roddy Kirschenman and Michael Miller, guide diners with infectious enthusiasm.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhere to Drink in Indianapolis\r\nMallow Run Winery\r\nThough the mid-1800s heyday of Indiana wine\u00a0has been forgotten by many, many local bottlings can be found that feature interesting, lesser-known hybrid grapes and other fruits from the region. Mallow Run Winery, 20 minutes south of downtown Indy, offers a beautiful landscape in which to taste its range of dry wines. It utilizes grapes like Traminette (a Gew\u00fcrztraminer offspring), Chambourcin (a teinturier, or red-fleshed grape that\u2019s used here to make a crisp varietal ros\u00e9), Catawba (the most widely planted variety in the U.S. in the early 1800s), and Cayuga, which has some of the aromatic and acidic qualities of Riesling. Don\u2019t miss the hard ciders, either.\r\n\r\n\r\nRebar Indy\r\nRebar Indy\u2019s not yet one year old, but it has established itself as an instant favorite. There\u2019s a pour-your-own wall of 20 rotating beer taps and a staggering whiskey menu with 100 bottles to choose from, available in \u00bd-ounce tastes as well as full-sized pours. A stellar bar menu includes the half-pound \u201csignature burger\u201d with whipped goat cheese, bacon jam, grilled onion and pickled yellow tomato.\r\n\r\n\r\nBar at St. Elmo Steak House\r\nThere\u2019s no better place to enjoy a first bottle of wine in Indianapolis than the bar of this historic steakhouse, which dates to 1902. It\u2019s a terrific pick for dinner, and the speakeasy-styled 1933 Lounge upstairs is a great place for a cocktail. The downstairs bar, however, shouldn\u2019t be overlooked. Bartenders are keen to give insider\u2019s tips for your time in the city and St. Elmo has one of the best wine lists in town, with a number of back-vintage bargains.