The Dish

11.20.12

Banh Voyage

Restaurateur Ed Rudisell landed in the food industry by accident, after getting laid off from a bank job. “When I was 24, I started working for Buffalo Wild Wings. I just needed to pay my rent,” says Rudisell, now 36 and co-owner of two successful local restaurants, Black Market and Siam Square. He hopes to open his third endeavor, Rook, by the end of the year. “It’ll be our take on the banh mi, integrating flavors from Vietnam, Korea, and Thailand,” says Rudisell of the Fletcher Place sandwich spot.

MEET AND GREET (AND EAT)

Tap Lessons

Bloomington is making room for its newest beer spot, The Tap (101 N. College Ave., Bloomington). The craft beer bar recently opened on the college town’s downtown square, offering 50 daily rotating taps and around 500 bottled beers. That's a lot of options, but owner Nathan Finney hopes the concept will appeal to craft beer connoisseurs as well as novice sippers (a demo he believes has been underserved).

CLASS IS IN SESSION

Swoon List: 5 Things We Adore Right Now

1. Crisp sweet potato tots from Punch Burger (137 E. Ohio St., 317-426-5280). A Napoleon Dynamite Thanksgiving.

2. A crispy-edged hash brown fit for a field hand at Sophia’s Original House of Pancakes (1694 W. Main St., Greenwood, 317-888-6800).

3. The house salad at Bu Da Lounge (148 E. Market St., 317-822-8522), in which greens are tossed with a chunky ginger dressing and topped with a delicate crown of frizzled crunch.

4. The Blueberry Buckle from Aristocrat Pub & Restaurant (5212 N. College Ave., 317-283-7388) made with yellow batter and big, juicy blueberries.

5. A moist, sweet hunk of double-layer carrot cake at The Legend (5614 E. Washington St., 317-536-2028).

WHAT’S ON YOUR SWOON LIST?

Succotash (The Dish)

Succotash

Zagat included Recess, Bluebeard, and Late Harvest Kitchen in its America’s Top Restaurants Survey for 2013 . . . Ocean Prime (8555 River Rd., 317-569-0975) is launching a happy hour menu, with items between $6 and $10 . . . A revamped Fashion Mall food court has reopened, and it has Pinkberry . . . Bub’s is opening another location, at 106th Street and Zionsville Road . . . Wasabi on 82nd St. (5025 82nd St., 317-594-1188) is offering brown-rice sushi now . . . And let's all celebrate the one-year anniversary of Chef Joseph’s at the Connoisseur Room . . .

PROPER ATTIRE, PLEASE

Guiding Bite

Check out who's serving on Thanksgiving Day.

AND GOBBLE UP THESE FOODIE EVENTS

Edited by Julia Spalding and Trisha Brand

Current Issue: November 2012

In the Current Issue ...

Discover if Carmel's Matt the Miller's Tavern is worth its wait in gold, learn about a full-flavored historic hog, see what student-chefs at Eleven at the Pyramids are making in a well-kept culinary secret location, and meet Ed Rudisell, the man behind Siam Square, Black Market, and the soon-to-open Rook. Get your dining news in the November 2012 issue of Indianapolis Monthly. On newsstands now.

November 2012 Contents

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