The Dish

9.4.13

Here’s the Deal

Indianapolis has plenty of high-end restaurants with prices equally grand. But tracking down good food (not junk) that won’t blow your budget requires special hunting-and-gathering skills. So we dug out our spare change and elastic-waist pants and dined in style at 24 wallet-friendly spots—from a restaurant that serves meat by the table to an all-you-can-eat sushi blowout. The final list appeared in the August 2013 Cheap Eats cover story. Want to know where to find the best deals in town?

THIS ONE’S ON US

Juicy Fruit

Like warm and bubbly freeform pastry, cobblers represent the perfect rustic summer dessert, especially when they burst with the season’s ripest berries and stone fruits. Offering one last delicious bite of summer, four restaurants (Tulip Noir, Maxine’s Chicken & Waffles, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, and Judge’s Tip of the Rib Bar-B-Que) show off the fruit of their labors.

GRAB A SPOON AND DIG IN

Noodle and Improved

A Michigan Road favorite for home-cooked Vietnamese staples recently got a bit of a makeover—and a new name. After a short hiatus, Pho 54 (7280 N. Michigan Rd., 317-298-9001) opened in early August in the same former fast-food storefront that housed Sizzling Wok Thien Huong, for years one of the few places in town to get aromatic lemongrass chicken or the hearty rice-noodle soup pho. While the owners are the same, the dining room will seem somewhat more spacious and tidy—at least to those who haven’t stopped in for a few years.

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Swoon List: 5 Things We Adore Right Now

1. A feta-topped lamb burger from The Pantry by Brad Gates (222 E. Market St., 317-445-0105) in City Market.

2. The moist double chocolate muffin from Henry’s on East (627 N. East St., 317-951-0335).

3. Old Point Tavern’s (401 Massachusetts Ave., 317-634-8943) pulled pork sandwich.

4. Sweet Grass Restaurant’s (405 W. Patterson Dr., Bloomington, 812-333-1043) rich, decadent rendition of baked macaroni and cheese—Pimento Mac, served in a piping-hot ramekin bubbling with bacon and scallions.

5. The Campfire S’mores milk shake currently bringing all the boys to the yard at Steak ’n Shake. The shake comes loaded with marshmallow cream, fudge, and crumbled graham crackers.

TELL US WHAT’S ON YOUR SWOON LIST

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The Brown Bag (the Libertine-based tiffin delivery service) rolled out its newest menu … Graphic-design website UnderConsideration.com featured Bluebeard’s Vonnegut-inspired menu in its Art of the Menu section earlier this month. Comment: “the menus are updated daily with a typewriter and the classic typewriter aesthetic is worked in throughout the menu design.” … The Loft Restaurant at Traders Point Creamery opens its new private dining space and outdoor patio with a Wine + Cheese Pairing Party on Sept. 26 … The Restaurant in The Canterbury has changed its name to Canterbury Kitchen & BarLuLu’s Coffee + Bakehouse (2292 W. 86th St, 317-879-1995) celebrates its 11-year anniversary with Four Days of Deals Sept. 5–8 … The Apple Store has opened at Conner Prairie (selling not iPhones but rather caramel apples, hot apple cider, and chocolate-covered potato chips).

PLUS, WE’RE THRILLED TO PRESENT THE BEST HAPPY HOURS IN TOWN

Guiding Bite

Brown County’s Story Inn hosts Hoosier Hops and Harvest this Saturday.

FIND OUT WHAT ELSE IS COOKING ON IM'S CALENDAR OF FOODIE EVENTS

Edited by Julia Spalding

September 2013

In the Current Issue ...

Find out why everybody's hooked on Rook, sample the goods from a [you-name-it]-free bakery, get A Couple Cooks’s recipe for savory watermelon salad, and find out which bars in town make their own boozy fruits. Plus, meet The New Hoosier Farmers.

It’s all in the September issue of Indianapolis Monthly, on newsstands now.

September 2013 Contents

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