For the ultimate #foodporn fix, we follow these Instagram feeds showcasing some of the most inventive creations being dreamed up in Midwest kitchens. Our March/April cover story contains 37 reasons why we're living in the golden age of Midwest dining. These accounts from chefs, restaurants and photographers provide eight more.
@_plate There's a good reason why Midwest Living works regularly with pro photographer Kevin Miyazaki to capture food (he was the eye behind our March/April cover shoot of fried chicken). Even a greasy burger becomes art through his lens. Kevin's feed includes beautifully lit and occasionally moody food photography from a wide swath of the region.
@doritedonuts We confess: Any halfway decent shot of fried dough prompts thoughts of running to the nearest bakery. But Windy City-based Do-Rite takes their pics—and doughnuts—to the next level. That shot in the upper left, with glistening Valrhona chocolate glaze and a swoop of chocolate ganache, belongs in a frame at The Art Institute of Chicago down the street.
@isachandra Isa Chandra Moskowitz is a champ when it comes to making our stomachs growl for vegan fare. The chef-owner of Omaha's acclaimed Modern Love snaps pics of her newest dishes (the menu changes seasonally) and sprinkles her feed with stylish selfies and catstagrams. Consider us in love.
@jenisicecreams Speaking of cat photos, props to Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams for rolling out their new Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso flavor with that fab pic in the upper right. The Columbus, Ohio, company clearly has as much fun with photo shoots as they do coming up with flavors like bourbon salted pecan and wildberry lavender.
@publicgreens Going beyond the role of a typical farm-to-table restaurant, Public Greens uses all of its proceeds to feed Indianapolis Public School system students who often miss out on three squares a day. That alone makes it a worthy destination, but wait until you try their salads and sandwiches. They taste as fresh as they look, with many ingredients coming from the adjacent garden.
@stephandthegoat Count the reasons Stephanie Izard is worth following. She's a James Beard Award winner, a Top Chef champion and runs a hugely popular Chicago restaurant with a catchy name: Girl and the Goat. Also, you'll score a glimpse of the dishes at Duck Duck Goat, her new Chinese restaurant in the West Loop.
@travailkitchen No single photo captures the experience of thumping music, beer-chugging chefs and the intricate choreography of waitstaff at Travail Kitchen and Amusements in the Twin Cities suburb of Robbinsdale, but this feed at least allows a peek at the restaurant's fanciful food presentations.
@zombieburgerdm Take a moment to imagine the consumption of these gut-busting monsters at Zombie Burger in Des Moines, and you may start feeling a few pounds heavier. Sure, they're a bit ugly, but curiosity keeps us coming back to check out the latest ZB of the Week. The one in the lower left is called the World War B: pulled barbecue bacon topped with four strips of bacon, cheddar cheese and bacon sauce. Holy heart attack.
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