The Dish

5.1.12

The Birth of a Restaurant

For three months this winter and spring, we followed father-and-son team Tom and Ed Battista as they faced the joys and tribulations of opening their new restaurant, Bluebeard, in Fletcher Place (at 653 Virginia Ave). It is a venture, however rewarding, not for the faint of heart. In IM's May 2012 feature, “Made from Scratch," we gave readers a sneak peak at how the Battistas’ vision for a simple Italian-style bakery called Amelia’s spiraled into a mini restaurant complex poised to open in June—and, along the way, overcame loan rejections, overworked architects, and a hulking oven that barely squeezed through the door.

SEE THE BEHIND-THE-SCENES CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS AND MORE

Big Shots

Looking for a 5-star margarita for your Cinco de Mayo sipping this Saturday? We’re not talking newfangled margaritas with fresh-squeezed guava juice or tequila aged for 20 years. We’re talking margaritas as big as your head, served up in giant bowls that could house a whole school of fish, rimmed with salt and big wedges of lime. Thirsty?

TRY ONE OF THESE FIVE BIG POURS

Raise the Roof

Considering the electric lime and Pepto Bismol pink walls, mounted taxidermy, indoor bocce ball court, and Mister Rogers and Merle Haggard portraits, we have a feeling the owners of The Tin Roof (36 S. Pennsylvania St., 317-224-0785) won’t be taking much of anything too seriously. Opening in early May, this chain from Nashville, Tenn., will serve up drinks and live music on most evenings–and hopes to capture happy hour crowds headed to Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

READ MORE ONLINE . . . PLUS PHOTOS

Swoon List

What’s the Catch?

If you’re a salmon fan, you've probably recently seen the name Skuna Bay Salmon on a number of menus. We’ve seen it at The Oceanaire (30 S. Meridian St., 317-955-2277), The Local Eatery and Pub (14655 N. Gray Rd, Westfield, 317-218-3786), Kona Jack’s (9419 N. Meridian St., 317-843-1609), Harry & Izzy’s (153 S. Illinois St. 317-635-9594), and Goose the Market (2503 N. Delaware St., 317-924-4944). What’s it all about? To find out, we caught up with Tim Lelliott, a Skuna Bay fisherman, and Mark Marlar, the executive chef at The Oceanaire.

HERE’S THE SCOOP

Swoon List: 5 Things We Adore Right Now

1. The strawberry cheesecake Flavor Blast—with the flavoring piped right into the soft-serve ice cream—at the roadside ice cream stand Mrs. Curl (259 S. Meridian St., Greenwood, 317-882-1031). Next time we’ll try the Blue Goo.

2. The crispy margarita pizza, with the ingredients baked onto a wheat tortilla, at Tavern on South (423 W. South St., 317-602-3115).

3. The egg white-capped Silver Gin Fizz at The Libertine (38 E. Washington St., 317-631-3333), flavored with orange blossom water.

4. Bourbon-infused maple syrup from Burton's Maplewood Farm in Medora—thick and sweet, with just a hint of the spirit's charred-oak aging.

5. Weber Grill’s (10 N. Illinois St., 317-636-7600) crab cake sandwich.

TELL US WHAT’S ON YOUR SWOON LIST

Succotash

Westfield’s longstanding Kelties has closed . . . As has the Venezuelan restaurant Caracas Arepas Grill . . . But B’s Po Boy (1261 S. Shelby St., 317-916-5555) plans to open soon in Fountain Square, with an outdoor cafe and two bocce ball courts.

Guiding Bite

Bushel baskets are poised at Indy's summer farmers markets, and The Night Porter celebrates the death of La Jolla.

VISIT IM’S CALENDAR OF FOODIE EVENTS FOR MORE

Edited by Julia Spalding and Trisha Lindsley

The Best New Restaurants

In the Current Issue ...

We count down the year's Best New Restaurants and get to know million-dollar farmer Greg Gunthorp.
Also . . . the many weird (and wonderful) flavors of Lick Ice Cream and the most elegant cooler to ever grace the infield. You have been served.

May 2012 Contents

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