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Posted January 26th 2012, 4:13pm
Super Bowl 46 is set, a rematch of one of the all time classic Super Sundays should be a fun watch for those of us with no rooting interest. Personally I don't really care for any of the sports teams from both NYC and Bean Town. Have you ever talked sports with someone from Boston? They'll say with a straight face and honestly believe stuff like Larry Bird was better than Mike and of course anyone who knows people from New York knows its the center of any and everything...how 'bout them Knickerbockers? OK enough ranting, it's not a sports message board. I'll be down in Indy during the game and have been down there a couple times leading up to it. Here are some food stops for those that may be headed to Indy for SB XLVI or for others thinking about heading down there this week with the family to the NFL experience and those that may find themselves here someday. We'll start out at the place your most likely not getting into the weekend of the game.

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St. Elmo Steakhouse in Downtown Indianapolis

I would venture to guess this is the city's most well known and popular place to eat at by visitors, especially those in town to play the Colts. It's a classic American Steakhouse that was founded in 1902 and has been there ever since. The original tiger oak back bar which was purchased here in Chicago is still on display and I recommend taking a seat there for dinner and drinks. It's got the classic Chicago steakhouse saloon feel going for it. Reservations are accepted. The bar and the small tables behind it are first come first serve. Even though this is a steakhouse the star of the show seems to be their world famous shrimp cocktail.

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St. Elmo's Shrimp Cocktail

I went to St. Elmo on both visits and enjoyed each time. The first time around we went the whole nine yards. I made reservations which were for later around 9 but when we got there we just took a seat at the bar since there were spots available and Da Bulls were playing on ESPN. Even if your not big on meat or don't want to eat all that much the bar is still a great option for a snack and a martini, of which they make a mean one. The shrimp cocktail come five to an order with some saltines but if theres two of you they'll ask if you want six. It lived up to it's hype as one of the greatest to play. I love horseradish and if you use enough of the sauce on top of these, it'll have you making weirder faces than Jim Mora did during his famous postgame press conference rant.

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PLAYOFFS?!?!?!?!?!?!

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Quite the pair they are...

The menu at Elmo is pretty simple standard steakhouse fare with steaks, chops, chicken, salad and seafood selections available. My go to order at a fancy steakhouse like this is always the ribeye and it better be bone-in (Cowboy style). That's the case here where they're 20 ounces of nice tasting beef came cooked to perfect medium rare. The loaded baked potato only made it bigger and better as a whole. To old plastic face Jerry's dismay this will be the only superstar Cowboy on display during the big weekend.

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St. Elmo's Bone In Cowboy Style Ribeye

The Indiana Pork Chops come glazed with bbq sauce and a side of apples and I actually liked these better. The steaks are wet aged there so I cant say they're the best I have had and the nostalgia and a few martinis play a factor too but these are really nice with the sauce. I got a bone in filet with the mashed red potatoes to go for someone else. I didn't try it but they said they liked it.

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Pork Chops

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Bone-In Filet

St. Elmo has a sister, much bigger, restaurant next door called Harry & Izzy's which is partially owned by Peyton Manning who looks like he's on his way out of Indy. We stopped in here for a late lunch and I enjoyed the atmosphere.

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Downtown Indy

This place is huge, like big enough that Fox will be renting the entire place out for their Super Bowl party the Saturday before the game. They'll be open to public all other days. Despite the fact they're owned by the St. Elmo folks and Peyton it's still different as far as the menu. The shrimp cocktail looked different as I saw it pass by and they have a much bigger menu here with both lunch and dinner. I had another stop (St. Elmo) later that night so I just went what I call light. An order of their "signature" appetizer mini bone in filet chops brushed with herb butter for the table to start and a mini filet slider for me.

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Filet related appetizers

Both of the app's were satisfying but some people may not be for the price ($20) of those four little finger foods. But your out of town, live a little. I got a Indiana state tourist brochure when we first arrived the first trip from a nice lady at a place coming up. She showed us how her burgers were featured in the lead cover story which was "46 Super Sandwiches to try" in and around Indianapolis. The list is impressive, lots of nice pics and I got to as many as I could including H&I's which was featured for their St. Elmo Prime Rib Sandwich.

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As seen in the Indiana 2012 Travel Guide "Super 46"

Served sliced with white cheddar, au jus & creamy horseradish sauce alongside fresh cut fries this was a very good lunch but the tourist brochure had the price wrong at $7.95, it's just about $15 but I'd get this again next time so it was worth it to me. This other Guy got the filet which I tried and it was very good but as I told him, I would got the Izzy Style N.Y. Strip which comes rolled in cracked peppercorn, pan-seared and served on orange brandy butter sauce.

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Filet Mignon

On the first trip we stopped in at Maxine's Chicken & Waffles which was found on the iPhone as being near to where we were at the downtown La Quinta. So we went in for some eats before heading over to the real spot I wanted to stop. It was pretty good but nothing special. They serve no pork products so the sausage is beef and bacon turkey. Wings were just ok as was the waffle.

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Downtown Indy

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Fried Eggs and Potatoes with Turkey Bacon & Wings and Waffles

If the fans of both teams participating get a taste for something from back home, Indianapolis has them covered. First up is a deli that most New Yorkers shouldn't have too many complaints about. But when compared to their spots, we all know they always have at least something to say. But there's a reason this place has been around and well known since 1905.

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Shapiro's Deli, over 100 years in Indy

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Views Inside

Shapiro's has been discussed on here before and comes with high praise from most people that have been there. Since were in the Midwest, corned beef is best and so I've been told, that's the case at Shapiro's. I haven't tried the pastrami because the corned beef is too damn good.

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Shapiro's Corned Beef Sandwich

However if your a Reuben man like I am, that's where its at. Shapiro's corned beef is as silky smooth as it gets credit for but what I went in not expecting to be some of the best I ever had was their rye bread. So the Reuben takes it to another level with the bread getting toasted and everything coming together perfectly like they always do in a good one. I cant say whether this or Jake's in Milwaukee is a better Reuben but I can say that this might be the best sandwich in the entire state of Indiana (I got years to go to find out). It earned it's place on the cover of the 2012 Indiana Travel Guide just like Eli did on SI when they beat the then undefeated Patriot's back in '08.

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Shapiro's Reuben Sandwich...lets take a peak inside

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Ms. February (and March, April, May, June, July...)

So speaking of the Pat's who will try to exact revenge in Indy, there's a great Nantucket style cafe in the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood which is a trendy very nice neighborhood. Some of those homes on North Meridian drive which this little neighborhood is off of are ridiculous. Were talking Jim Irsay money. I never knew some parts of Indy were so nice. In fact I'll say it now, I never knew Indy was so nice. I like it there and most of the people. I'm not the biggest fan of Indiana. I feel like I gotta target on me whenever I roll thru NW Indiana with my city sticker on my vehicle and Chicago, IL listed on my license. However I am much better behaved in my old age. Oh and I despise Notre Dame, but lucky for them Penn State sprinted past 'em and never looked back. So about that New England style place in Indy...

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The Barking Dog Cafe

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Guess who's been here? Aww not this Guy...

I sat down and snapped the picture seen above as I waited for the lady, who I believe was the owner to bring me a iced tea (poured right). It was very nice inside and you could feel the East Coast vacation town vibe with all the good looking couples and forever happy old time husband and wives with their grandkids eating lunch and chatting it up. They did a really nice job with the atmosphere and I had a good feeling from the go about the food I was seeing and smelling as it passed by for tables at my side. Clam chowder was one my favorite foods in my early youth and I fell in love with it from family trips to New England over summer and have loved it ever since. So their homemade chowder was a must.

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Clam Chowda

I actually took that back and had it a little later in the night before going out and it was excellent. In fact really good, better than anything from around here. Not too thick but also not soupy. Nice consistency, full of flavor with a crapload of clams made me wish I got a bowl instead of a cup. I found Barking Dog thru the "Super 46" and along with other Guy they rec 'Buddys Shrimp Roll' although other menu items (some of which rotate) like the fried clams sounded great. The shrimp roll was a really good call especially since at this point I needed something lighter. They do the New England style rolls very well and again I got a little feel like I was in New England as I ate.

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Buddy's Shrimp Roll

Before I stopped into eat at Barking Dog I stopped by for a sandwich to go from 'Goose the Market' which I had to have when I saw it in the travel guide. I also remember mentions of it in this very informative Indianapolis thread.

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A new Indy favorite

The owners of Goose state on their website state "Our market is built around the love of phenomenal food, the people who passionately produce it, and the rest of us who can’t wait to get our hands on it. The Goose is chef–owned and –operated, and our vision is to share our passion for excellence in food and service. If you really love food then you will love the Goose." In fact the owners moved back to Indianapolis from Chicago and realized it was the neighborhood markets they would miss most about the city so they started the Goose. What a great place, I'm not sure there's anything like it within city limits. Aside from sandwiches, gelato and coffee served on site and a wine store downstairs this place is a real deal market with an amazing display case.

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"Now by fresh we don’t mean raised in Kansas, butchered in Nebraska, trucked to Chicago, shrink wrapped on a Styrofoam plate, rolled down a hill and into your meat case. We are talking Indiana, all natural, delivered by the farmer, slaughtered just hours or days before (except our luscious dry-aged beef which takes 21 days to reach perfection) you indulge. If you want it fresher than this, you’ll have to raise it yourself."

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See what else is inside

This is Tom Brady's type of place. Very classy with some attractive ladies stopping in to both stock their fridge and wine rack all while getting a snack. It was packed and I had to wait for my sandwich which I saw on, you guessed it, the "Super 46". The 'Batali' is named after not Mario but his father, who is to salami making what guys like Gale Sayers are to game breaking, legendary. Goose is also a salumeria and they "...start by buying the best swine Indiana has to offer. That means no junk, just the good stuff. That is the easy part. It starts with delicate blend of spices, all natural meats and an obsession for quality. The craft of salting, smoking and curing takes patience and more of the “L” word." Can you feel the passion? I sure as hell could taste it in this beauty.

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The Batali

There's also quite a few good classic locally loved places you should try and check out. All of which have their own threads on here. One last shout out to the "Super 46" Sandwiches of Indiana article in the states 2012 Travel Guide which led me to the Steer In. Coincidentally enough it just got it's own LTH thread HERE.

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A longtime Eastside Indianapolis favorite

The place has had a few owners since the 50's but whoever is there now seems to be nailing it as the place was packed on the Sunday we came in, all locals too. It's a pretty large operation and I liked the menu which I saw after seeing one of their sandwiches make the list. Guess who also rec'd it on his show? I never watch it despite the fact I do like many places I've seen him in. But even so he's everywhere and I'm guessing he'll be down in Indy for the biggie. Stay away dude, I need a break.

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The counter...how many Guy's can you spy?

This is my view from where I sat, Fieri looking right at me. All I could think in my head was "man your staring is starting to make me more uncomfortable than that Dolinsky dude does when I'm in Chicago" I mean on top of that his bleached spiked just for men head is next to each menu item he really liked. However if these places make more money off of it, and they do, then good for them. Just don't start slacking, like coach always said "remember what got you here" The menu here is enormous we stopped in on the way out of town so I said screw it and went for it all on fourth down. Started off with a must get menu item when I see it, homemade corned beef hash. Then went with an Indiana classic which they cut and bread in house, the tenderloin served alongside some onion rings also breaded in back.

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Homemade Corned Beef Hash

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Housemade Indiana Tenderloin Sandwich

Both of these (and the rings) were excellent versions of the classics they are. The hash was simple with lots of corned beef and served my style which is cooked until crispy. The tenderloin was juicy and I liked the black pepper laced batter. But for me the real star of the show, the reason Guy went gaga was the "Super 46" rec'd Meatball Sandwich. I loved the looks of it in the picture and the description was dead on. Served on a locally baked crusty baguette, the 'Fat Meatball' comes with three big homemade hunks of beef, veal and pork topped with house marinara and mozzarella and asiago, then browned and served. Another Hall of Famer, this one played meatball.

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Hi I'm Guy Fieri...BRO! that's crazy kool wild style bonkers brophlicious YO!

Next stop John's Famous Stew has been around since 1911. Its a classic Indianapolis old school tavern that happens to sell stew. As a lover of bowls of mixed meat I've been wanting to try this place since it got the Rene G Rec'd stamp of approval. Check out this places own thread HERE. Pulling on up into the parking lot it already had that classic Midwest tavern feel going on.

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John's Famous Stew

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No kids allowed...21 and up

We sat at the bar and ordered some beers before deciding on what to get. Although there never was a question was there? It was lunchtime so there were a couple groups maybe on break and that was it but I saw three different people come in for large take out orders of stew. They left with boxes like they were leaving the Restaurant Depot. I went with what sounded best as far as stew which was the "Hot Minced Pit" which is the hottest of the pots of the Macedonian Beef stew they do topped with butter beans and banana peppers. I agree with the many who praise this place. You gotta love that they have lived off their age old recipe. It's a super bowl indeed.

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John's Hot Minced Pit Bowl of beef stew.

Upon arrival on our second visit we headed straight for the Workingman's Friend which is also featured in another Rene G rec'd LTH thread seen HERE.

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Old School Indiana

The original thread linked too up there ,was from over five years ago, of course this place still hasn't changed a lick. I don't think it has since 1918 when they first opened up. Its opposite corner of a huge factory or manufacturing plant and part of a neighborhood that has the feel of Northwest Indiana. A real workingman's neighborhood that needs a place like this. Bill Belichick's type of spot.

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B&H 100's, ahh, the memories of my great grandma talking to me while blowing smoke in my face

Indiana still allows smoking in bars and this place was smokier than, well as smoky as a NW Indiana casino gets during senior special hours. No one on their scooters with oxygen tanks pumping air into them here however. This was my type of place and I was excited to try the burger. From pictures seen it looked to be similar to Schoop's found throughout Northwest Indiana. If you've never been, they do the griddled smashed style, loved by many myself included. The way to go is a double cheese and in fact it's just like Schoop's as far as toppings which include lettuce, tomato, mayo, raw onion, pickles, ketchup and mustard. They also put an extra bun in between each patty. I got mine with onion rings and placed one in there for good measure.

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Another excellent example of an American classic. The patties are smaller than Schoop's but the burger was $5 and well worth it. I liked it a whole lot. The owner came by and started chatting us up. Her grandpa found the place when he came over from Macedonia. We talked Super Bowl and how she wants to rent her house (empty, just beds) but doesn't know how. We explained what to do and then she showed me the 2012 Indiana Travel Guide with the 'Super 46' Sandwiches to try which this burger is featured in. That's what then got me going and this Super Post here is what became of it. Here's to Da Bears making it down to NOLA for Super Bowl 47 and cheers to Indianapolis. I expect a great game to be played and also to be back soon.

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Get in me belly

St Elmo Steak House
127 South Illinois Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225
(317) 635-0636

Harry & Izzy's
153 South Illinois Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225
(317) 635-9594

Maxine's Chicken & Waffles
132 North East Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 423-3300

Shapiro's Delicatessen
808 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225
(317) 631-4041

The Barking Dog Cafe
115 East 49th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205
(317) 924-2233

Goose the Market
2503 North Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205
(317) 924-4944

The Steer-In
5130 East 10th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219
(317) 356-0996

John's Famous Stew
1146 Kentucky Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46221
(317) 636-6212

The Working Man's Friend
234 N Belmont Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46222
(317) 636-2067
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Posted January 26th 2012, 9:21pm
Agree:

Harry and Izzy's...esp. if you're looking for a late night nosh and neighboring St. Elmo's is closing down.

Goose, goes w/o saying.

Shapiro's where you can watch the hoi polloi down turkey clubs and pink lemonade(wtf?) while you, of the cognoscenti, enjoy righteous corned beef or pastrami

Pile ons:

Taste

gone are the days of snooty service, now it's but a casual brush-off to go with your selection of breakfast and lunch items

5164 North College Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46205-1136
(317) 925-2233

Zest

1134 E 54th St # H Indianapolis, IN 46220-3279
(317) 466-1853

service is still slow as Christmas, but food is handily prepared

Recess

4907 North College Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46205
(317) 925-7529

set menu, changes daily, overpriced, well-executed

Biscuits

go for the Mexican breakfast menu or the eponymous(I like the chilaquiles and the breakfast burrito)

Avoid like the Plague the nearby "Thai" and Indian places

(317) 202-0410
1035 Broad Ripple Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220


The Sinking Ship

Come Get Wrecked!

4923 North College Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46205
(317) 920-7999

Sam's Gyros

undergoing an expansion, an unusual take on gyros, diced meat, microwaved pita, better than it sounds, a local favorite, try the "spicy," a stewed version of the regular

5404 N College Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220

Twenty Tap

next to Sam's, lots of SOBRO douches, loud, somewhat unmoored waitstaff, well-curated beer list, inventive-enough grub; deepfried cheese curds!, housemade pickle pickles!, burgers a plus, a decent Cuban, nduja(see what I mean about inventive-enough?)

5406 N College Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220

The Fresh Market

where you might spy me slinging some of Naptown's best wings to the ravening Superbowl hordes

720 East 54th Street Indianapolis, IN 46220
(317) 259-9270
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"Johnny thought when all purpose had been forgotten the world would end this way, with a dance. He slumped back in a corner, drew his knees up to his chin, and watched."-Derek Jarman
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Posted January 27th 2012, 1:08pm
Just a few blocks farther west of downtown than Working Man’s Friend is a little taco truck called El Taco Veloz (2475 W Washington St) with a trompo selling pretty good al pastor tacos:
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A tiny sit-down place called Tortas Guicho Dominguez y El Cubanito serving good tacos (chorizo!) and tortas is just southeast of downtown, on the way to a little neighborhood called Fountain Square (good lounges/bars and fewer douchebags than Broad Ripple).

To escape the crowd, another hidden away place a little east/southeast of downtown is Taqueria Monterrey (1909 Southeastern Ave). They have a more extensive menu than your average taqueria. I’ve always been happy with their chorizo and al pastor tacos.
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Posted January 27th 2012, 5:15pm
I keep getting recommended Tortas Guichas...must visit soon(post-Superbowl).

The last place I tried for tortas was El Burrito in Crystal Lake(rec'd off LTH) when I was there opening a new store. That was a good find. Unfortunately, the people I subsequently rec'd it to didn't quite have the same appreciation. Except for one they were a margaritas, queso dip, enchiladas crowd. And nothing wrong with that.
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"Johnny thought when all purpose had been forgotten the world would end this way, with a dance. He slumped back in a corner, drew his knees up to his chin, and watched."-Derek Jarman
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Posted January 28th 2012, 8:34am
great post dabeef ,loved all of these spots.
liven large in indy
think i eat half of it :mrgreen:
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philw bbq cbj for kcbs &M.I.M. carolina pit masters
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Posted January 28th 2012, 10:24am
Great post! Brings back memories of my time in Indy! Thank you for sharing!

Be on the lookout for the West Coast Tacos food truck as well. These guys are a great story and are doing big things in Indy.

If you're looking for the best sushi in town, Sakura at 71st and Keystone Ave can't be beat!
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Owner/Operator/Chef/Pitmaster/Bub
Bub's BBQ
120 8th Ave NE, Suite 3
DeMotte, IN 46310
219-987-2909
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Posted January 28th 2012, 11:23am
Yes, food trucks eventually hit Indy. There are 3 or 4 that squat outside the store any given week. Foremost, the West Coast Taco truck offering the redundant(elsewhere) mash up of Korean product in a Mexican container. Here, unfortunately, the container consists of those tissue thin, mechanically-produced corn tortillas(the industrial toilet paper of tortillas). It is possible to source El Milagro and Atotonilco tortillas in Indy if one takes the time. Godforbid a truck makes it's own.
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"Johnny thought when all purpose had been forgotten the world would end this way, with a dance. He slumped back in a corner, drew his knees up to his chin, and watched."-Derek Jarman
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Posted January 30th 2012, 1:39pm
Just a great post..thank you..

I am in Indy quite a bit on business...this enhances what I thought to be a pretty desolate place....
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Posted January 31st 2012, 3:26pm
Christopher Gordon wrote:Taste

gone are the days of snooty service, now it's but a casual brush-off to go with your selection of breakfast and lunch items


We stopped in at Taste a few months ago while in Indianapolis and had a pretty tasty (pun partly intended) lunch. BUT...

I'm pretty easy about service most of the time, but this was, without question, the rudest service I've seen in any restaurant in all my decades of restaurant eating. Mainly, it was one guy, stalking angrily about the restaurant, bitching about the customers, often directly in front of them/us. This went on the entire time we were there. Every time it seemed like he was getting himself under control, he'd erupt again. The rest of the staff was OK, but this kid's attitude had all of them on edge, so their efforts were compromised.

At least it was memorable.
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Posted January 31st 2012, 4:02pm
maigre wrote:
Christopher Gordon wrote:Taste

gone are the days of snooty service, now it's but a casual brush-off to go with your selection of breakfast and lunch items


We stopped in at Taste a few months ago while in Indianapolis and had a pretty tasty (pun partly intended) lunch. BUT...

I'm pretty easy about service most of the time, but this was, without question, the rudest service I've seen in any restaurant in all my decades of restaurant eating. Mainly, it was one guy, stalking angrily about the restaurant, bitching about the customers, often directly in front of them/us. This went on the entire time we were there. Every time it seemed like he was getting himself under control, he'd erupt again. The rest of the staff was OK, but this kid's attitude had all of them on edge, so their efforts were compromised.

At least it was memorable.


Sounds like Taste. We moved from Chicago 4+ years ago, but before that we'd visit our friends in Broad Ripple every so often and I remember 6 or so years ago them taking us to Taste(this is long before the restaurant reboot). We sat outside and, as I recall, our lanky frizzy haired waiter completely ignored me, waited on everyone else, and somehow I was invisible to his discerning eye. Until he'd taken everyone's order, left, came back with drinks, and I spoke up. We were all kinda wth? Fast Forward post restaurant reboot, a few months ago, I stopped in to get some sandwiches to go(they have great sandwiches and frites). I'm standing off to the side, out of everyone's way anticipating my order. And this same waiter delivers a totally snide, do you need something?! Which read more like, "why the fuck are you standing there!?" Ahhh, Taste, decent food, sometimes shitty service. If you care to brave it and are in the neighborhood during Super Bowl, I still recommend it. I'm that generous.
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Posted January 31st 2012, 4:29pm
Christopher Gordon wrote:Ahhh, Taste, decent food, sometimes shitty service. If you care to brave it and are in the neighborhood during Super Bowl, I still recommend it.
Yep, their frites are particularly good. Another place worth a mention is SoBro Cafe (653 E 52nd St), about 20 paces from the front door of Taste, around the corner. Serving pannenkoeken (Dutch pancakes), sandwiches and sweet potato fries, with nothing but good attitudes.
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Posted January 31st 2012, 6:59pm
SCUBAchef wrote:
Christopher Gordon wrote:Ahhh, Taste, decent food, sometimes shitty service. If you care to brave it and are in the neighborhood during Super Bowl, I still recommend it.
Yep, their frites are particularly good. Another place worth a mention is SoBro Cafe (653 E 52nd St), about 20 paces from the front door of Taste, around the corner. Serving pannenkoeken (Dutch pancakes), sandwiches and sweet potato fries, with nothing but good attitudes.


Is that in the space of the shortlived Garuda? I wasn't impressed with Garuda's food(tiny menu, expensive for what it was, and woefully underseasoned---I have no prior experience with Dutch/Indonesian restaurants, but I had, at that time been cooking regularly and sourcing ingredients from James Oseland's Cradle of Flavor so I figure I have a good spice barometer). However, the interior was awfully-pretty, and the front of house exceptionally-friendly. And I was so excited to have rijsttafel not only in Indianapolis, but walking distance. Oh, well. I'll have to give SOBRO Cafe(sounds like maybe the same owners?) a try.
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Posted November 10th 2013, 9:34pm
I was in Indy Saturday and stopped into the City Market which turned out to be very disappointing. Nothing of note whatsoever so I headed over to Goose the Market where I knew there was lots to love. The Batali sandwich was as good as it was the first time around but the "Freeman" on the special board was even better. As super of a sandwich as I've had in a long time. Took home some lamb snack stix and a smoked duck breast too. Great place.

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Smoked Brisket w/ Poblano Chimichurri, Chihuahua and Garden Greens

Goose the Market
2503 North Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205
(317) 924-4944
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Posted November 11th 2013, 11:35am
Da Beef wrote:... so I headed over to Goose the Market where I knew there was lots to love. ... Took home some lamb snack stix and a smoked duck breast too. Great place.


Goose the Market is a great, delicious place. For the past few years on our trips down to Kentucky (for bourbon tours/tastings & horse racing at Keeneland) we leave on Friday mornings as we hit Goose the Market for sandwiches, then stop over at Sun King Brewery as growler refills are only $5 on Fridays.
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I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be.
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Posted November 12th 2013, 5:49pm
Da Beef wrote:I was in Indy Saturday and stopped into the City Market which turned out to be very disappointing. Nothing of note whatsoever . . .

I’ve been to Indianapolis twice recently and was going to post on a couple places I’ve become fond of at City Market. Granted, most of the offerings there don’t look terribly exciting but I'm a big fan of the kraut and the beer. Fermenti Artisan's (kraut) long white sign can be seen under the blue banner and Tomlinson Tap Room (beer) is barely visible at the far end of the balcony on the right.

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Fermenti Artisan specializes in fermented vegetables and beverages — sauerkraut, curtido, pickled peppers, kefir, kombucha and the like. Almost everything I've tried has been excellent. A couple weeks ago I enjoyed this smoked salmon salad with fresh and fermented vegetables on a bed of beautiful local greens (almost all their produce is from Indy or surroundings). Except for a beet vinaigrette that I didn't care for, it was one of the most satisfying and interesting salads I've had in quite a while.

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Tomlinson Tap Room pours beers from Indiana exclusively, mostly from breweries I'm unfamiliar with.

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On that tap list are beers from Bier Brewery, Fountain Square, Triton, Brugge, Danny Boy, New Albanian, Salt Creek, Flat 12, 450 North, Planetary, Upland and Three Floyds. Another visit introduced me to Three Pints, Powerhouse, Daredevil and People's. I love the low-key atmosphere, especially after hours (TTR is open until 9), looking out over the deserted Market. I have a feeling all my future visits to Indianapolis will include a stop at Tomlinson.

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Posted November 15th 2013, 12:29pm
Next time you're in City Market try The Pantry by Brad Gates - he's in the corner near the staircase going up to Tomlinson Tap. Very good chef, he knows what he's doing. Varied menu, changes often. Definitely try his cheeses, he chooses them well.
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Posted November 19th 2013, 10:44am
rolled down to Indy recently for about 24 hours of eat and drink with Da Beef, here are some #discoveries. :wink:

seriously now, just some data points on some places visited:

B's Po Boy, Enjoyed a really solid shrimp Po Boy here, gumbo and rice and beans weren't to my liking:

Shrimp Po Boy:
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Red Beans and Rice: - a little too one note(cayenne) for me
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B's Po Boy
1261 South Shelby Street
Indy

http://www.bpoboy.com/

Saw Iaria's Italian Restaurant en route to another spot, looped back to have some drinks and catch a glimpse of the neon:

As Old School as they come:

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Iaria's Italian Restaurant
316 S. College Ave.
Indy

http://www.iariasrestaurant.com/

Always on the lookout for fried shrimp a visit to Mary's Seafood and Pastries was in the cards: Some good shrimps and a really great piece of caramel cake that lasted me 2 days - anyone who can remember the Sanders Caramel cakes from the Detroit area from back in the day, this is it - sorry no pic.:

Mary's skrimps:
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Mary's Seafood and Pastries
5523 E. 38th St.
Indy

Almost bolted town without trying some more fried chicken - To clarify I dont live and die for fried chicken, I enjoy the search more than the eating most days, plus living in Lasalle County you kind of grow into liking it & end up knowing what is great vs good. Just good to scratch another spot off the list, what I am finding is pan fried is no better than the best of the chicken done in a deep fryer.

Iron Skillet:

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The Iron Skillet, solid chicken, basic, and stripped down, the bird is the star.. no frills.:

Like $11 for all this bird:
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a chunk of breast meat:

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The Iron Skillet
2489 W. 30th Street
Indy

http://www.ironskillet.net/

Did a couple tenderloins in town:

Plumps Last Shot was the first, cant remember the other spots name, tenderloin wasnt as good as Plums:

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Ill confess, I am not the biggest breaded tenderloin sandwich fan, a pork cutlet that size seems better utilized on a plate next to a pile of mashed potatoes and gravy, but I digress.

Plumps version was meaty, and surprisingly tensder:

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Plumps Last Shot
6416 Cornell
Indy

http://plumpslastshot.com/

Lastly made a return trip to Smoking Goose, cited over here:

viewtopic.php?f=15&t=410&start=30

Grabbed up some more of their lard - great stuff, as well as some pork rillette, some spicy capocolo & some bourbon barrel slats for smoking - Big fane of Smoking Goose and what they do, if I was in my 20's Id go apprentice there.

Smoking Goose
407 Dorman
Indy

http://smokinggoose.com/

Seemingly just scratched the surface in Indy with 2 trips down in the past month or so. Ill be back.
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Posted April 3rd 2014, 11:09am
A few more stops to add this now rich thread. First and foremost is Hank's Smoked Briskets. I will never go to or thru Indy again without stopping in at this place. Every other food stop in town takes a backseat in my pocket guide.

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It doesn't matter where in America you are, if you're on an MLK Jr. Drive there's BBQ nearby

In the case of East Indy, there's some top of the line brisket as well as smoked corned beef. Hank's is attached to a popular neighborhood barber shop and basically does takeout. I believe we (jimswside was w/ me) got a 1/2 pound of each, it was taken out to the lot to dine al trunko. Hot Damn! I hate playing the best game but this was the best brisket I've had outside the state of Texas. No question about it. Hell, it was as good as I remember some of the top spots I had on my semi recent trip down there. The corned beef further cements the claim of the Midwest being the King of salt cured beef. They smoke theirs here and that nice hint of it added in makes me wonder if I'll ever fully appreciate it being baked or steamed again.

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Smoked Brisket

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Smoked Corned Beef

We stopped in for a snack at this Jamaican spot pictured below. It's run by the son of a Chinese-Jamaican, I think swside was kind of surprised to see the guy with a deep rastafari voice on the phone was actually a small Chinese guy. Nothing new to me. Many places in the states serving Jamaican food are owned by Chinese people with family roots in Jamaica. The patties were a $1 and change and a little different as far as the dough goes to others I've ate but they still tasted great. It appeared they sell lots of frozen bags full of them. I'd have a few in my freezer if I was a resident there.

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Hidden in a strip mall somewhere

A couple notes form me on the spots Jim mentions up above. B's Po' Boy's was really good. The sandwich anyway. They get their bread shipped in from Leidenheimer Baking Company in New Orleans and the standard crunch that's needed is definitely there as you can see in the picture. The Gulf Shrimp were lightly breaded and the overall balance was spot on. I was just in NOLA, this was as as good as many you'll find down there.

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B's Fried Shrimp Po Boy

Iaria's is a classic old school Italian-American joint. It was packed on that Saturday night but we manged to squeeze a couple seats at the beautiful bar where the tender had obviously been working for what seemed like forever. I couldn't resist trying their famous spaghetti and meatballs and they were good for what they were. I can make better but they itched the sudden fix I got for them upon entering. The old school ovens in back were more to the eye than the pizzas coming out of them.

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Classic 1950's Italian-American Owned Restaurant

jimswside wrote:Ill confess, I am not the biggest breaded tenderloin sandwich fan, a pork cutlet that size seems better utilized on a plate next to a pile of mashed potatoes and gravy, but I digress.


Nothing out of this world but I'm not sure they ever are, still I thought the couple we tried were respectable and I enjoy eating them when riding thru both Indiana and Iowa. They're comforting, no doubt about that. The Fried Chicken at the Iron Skillet was much better than a more well known place I tried at a later date (read on) and those fried scrimps were buzzworthy.

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Ralph's Great Divide

This little neighborhood favorite has been a part of the area since pre-civil war. The east end of the building anyway. Thru the years it's been a part of a carriage, an auto repair shop and a pub post prohibition. It became Ralph's Great Divide in 1983 and has served their signature bourbon ham sandwich ever since then. While it is a bar, and a very cool one, it's more of a restaurant as far as hours and reason patrons are there. I remember there being a guy on the piano on our visit as well as plenty of regulars enjoying their Saturday night. The aforementioned bourbon ham is described as "Slow Baked Pit Ham with Bourbon & Spices" and comes served on bread from a local bakery with the works if you want. I guess it's loved by many around here. I didn't love it, but I liked it.

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Famous Bourbon Ham Sandwich - "The One and Only"

I also tried an order of their signature German potato Salad (served warm) and got the "Tips and Aug" to go with it. The tips are 6 ounces of skewered tenderloin beef and the aug is their "Hot Pot Aug" which is a cream of potato au gratin soup. The German potato salad was stellar. I would enjoy that often if this place was my neighborhood haunt. The skewer and soup were solid too. Meat was tender and had deep beef taste to it while the soup hit the spot. I think it was like $11 for the combo so not a bad deal by any means.

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German Potato Salad

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Beef Tenderloin Tip Skewer with a cup of Hot Pot Aug

One more stop, not from this trip but another one I had to take down this way last Fall. The Cafeteria is a staple in Indiana cuisine. If you do alot of travel thru the state I suggest taking a look at Joanne Raetz Stuttgen's book titled 'Cafe Indiana: A Guide to Indiana's Down-Home Cafes'. She documents all of the states hometown mom-and-pop restaurants in celebration of small-town Midwest culture. One of the more well known Cafeteria's in the state is the roadfood approved Gray Brother's Cafeteria which rests about 20 minutes southwest of Indianapolis.

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Moorseville, IN

This would be my first visit to one of these fill your tray up Indiana cafeterias and thus I learned a few things as I went. The line starts with dessert and there's lots of it. So much I was overwhelmed. Even though I'm not the biggest dessert guy you cant go thru one of these in the middle of Midwest and not get a piece of pie.

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Start of the Buffet Line

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Moving thru...Beef and Noodles, Fried Chicken and Meatloaf

Along with my slice of apple pie I went ahead and had them put three pieces of dark meat fried chicken and a few hush puppies on my tray. For my sides I went overload and got green beans cooked in ham juice, mac and cheese, sliced potatoes and of course the standard Hoosier classic of beef (or chicken) and noodles, second only to the pork tenderloin for most beloved eat in-state. Read more in this excerpt HERE.

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So photogenic

My friend went slightly lighter than I and got the Friday special of baked cod? and some sides and pie to go with it. My next learning lesson would be in the price of all this. It wasn't cheap, maybe the fact it was being served cafeteria style led me to believe this but my tray and drink were easily over $20.

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Friends Plate

First up the fried chicken which is taken very seriously around this way. It was ok. I'm not totally opposed to it when it's pre-fried and served cafeteria style and there wasn't a problem with it as far as temperature or crunch on the exterior, it was just plain. I didn't hate it but I don't feel the need to return for more. The sides were all pretty good and in case anyone was wondering, the meat in the beef and noodles was indeed real and not from a can. I know this because I got a little piece of butcher string that was still stuck to some in my order. I'd imagine this place gets packed on the weekends.

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My Plate

Hank's Smoked Briskets
3736 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr St
Indianapolis, IN 46208
(317) 925-1689

Patties of Jamaica
5172 Allisonville Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46205
(317) 253-4006

B's Po Boy
1261 Shelby St
Indianapolis, IN 46203
(317) 916-5555

Iaria's Italian Restaurant
317 S College Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 638-7706

Ralph's Great Divide
743 N New York St
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 637-2192

Gray Brothers Cafeteria
555 S Indiana St
Mooresville, IN 46158
(317) 831-7234
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Posted April 3rd 2014, 11:19am
Note to self: do not read a post by Da Beef when the stomach is growling.

That brisket looks fantastic! Thanks for the great post.
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Posted April 3rd 2014, 12:01pm
Da Beef wrote:
In the case of East Indy, there's some top of the line brisket as well as smoked corned beef. Hank's is attached to a popular neighborhood barber shop and basically does takeout. I believe we (jimswside was w/ me) got a 1/2 pound of each, it was taken out to the lot to dine al trunko. Hot Damn! I hate playing the best game but this was the best brisket I've had outside the state of Texas. No question about it. Hell, it was as good as I remember some of the top spots I had on my semi recent trip down there. The corned beef further cements the claim of the Midwest being the King of salt cured beef. They smoke theirs here and that nice hint of it added in makes me wonder if I'll ever fully appreciate it being baked or steamed again.

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Smoked Brisket

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Smoked Corned Beef

We stopped in for a snack at this Jamaican spot pictured below. It's run by the son of a Chinese-Jamaican, I think swside was kind of surprised to see the guy with a deep rastafari voice on the phone was actually a small Chinese guy. Nothing new to me. Many places in the states serving Jamaican food are owned by Chinese people with family roots in Jamaica. The patties were a $1 and change and a little different as far as the dough goes to others I've ate but they still tasted great. It appeared they sell lots of frozen bags full of them. I'd have a few in my freezer if I was a resident there.

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Hidden in a strip mall somewhere



This little neighborhood favorite has been a part of the area since pre-civil war. The east end of the building anyway. Thru the years it's been a part of a carriage, an auto repair shop and a pub post prohibition. It became Ralph's Great Divide in 1983 and has served their signature bourbon ham sandwich ever since then. While it is a bar, and a very cool one, it's more of a restaurant as far as hours and reason patrons are there. I remember there being a guy on the piano on our visit as well as plenty of regulars enjoying their Saturday night. The aforementioned bourbon ham is described as "Slow Baked Pit Ham with Bourbon & Spices" and comes served on bread from a local bakery with the works if you want. I guess it's loved by many around here. I didn't love it, but I liked it.

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Famous Bourbon Ham Sandwich - "The One and Only"


Hanks Briskets was excellent, I think I preferred the corned beef to the brisket, but now I am not so sure.

Really enjoyed my first taste of a Jamaican Patty, & yes I was cracked up by the little asian guy with the big jamaican accent.

The ham sandwich at Great Divide worked for me, an Anton Egoesque flashback moment that took me back to my childhood when we would have ham 2 nights in a row, the first night it was boiled and then sliced and served on Butternut bread with mayo lettuce and tomato...

Indy is alot of fun and an easy cruise.
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