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Revisit: Boogie Burger

Somewhere between a patio barbecue and a walk-up Dairy Queen, the adorably quirky digs of the original Boogie Burger won us over from the start. Tucked inside a broom closet next to what is now Ripple Inn, this lovably shabby burger joint gave off an undiscovered vibe, even four years after it opened and lines were curling out the doors on summer evenings. We were always surprised that a place this humble could put out such scrumptious fare: two-handed, well-seasoned burgers with unexpected toppers like grilled pastrami, peanut butter, and fried eggs. On the side, deeply golden fries were flecked with fresh garlic and parsley.

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Review: Seasons 52

By most measures, it was a typical spring Wednesday, cool with drizzle. But in the parking lot of Seasons 52, the latest high-profile franchise to populate the Fashion Mall, the buzz resembled a VIP gala. Orange pylons blocked the better portion of the parking spaces, and valets sprinted to fetch keys. Inside, nearly every seat in the place was taken. Clearly something special, some of-the-moment trend, had drawn out this many diners on such a dreary day.

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Swoon List: 5 Things We Adore Right Now

Sitting at the granite-topped bar on the shaded waterfront patio at Chef JJ’s Back Yard (1040 Broad Ripple Ave., 317-602-3828). The heady, sinus-punch of Tamari Almonds, batch-roasted by SunRidge Farms and available through Green Bean D

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COMING SOON: Indianapolis Colts Grille

In September, Indianapolis Colts Grille will open in the former Hoosier Park Racing and Casino’s off-track betting facility in Claypool Court. Rather than being the love child of some diehard Colts fan with a gourmand’s passion, the restaurant is owned by G.R.E.A.T Grille Group, a Florida-based company that runs other athlete-themed restaurants around the country, including Eddie George’s Sports Grille in Nashville, Tennessee; Jeff Conine’s Clubhouse

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Country Mouse City Mouse Is in the House

Kathy Jones, executive chef of Iozzo’s Garden of Italy (946 S. Meridian St., 317-252-3243) has purchased Country Mouse City Mouse, the line of locally made sauces, spreads, and dressings that are not only vegan-friendly but also gluten- and casein-free. Her plans are to expand the brand, which already includes products such as chimichurri pesto, pineapple-mango salsa, and

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Scratch That

If Mayor Ballard’s office hasn’t declared this the official “Summer of the Food Truck,” it ought to. Just about every time you turn a corner downtown, another blocky, retro trailer has its awning out, and a cheery short-order cook is handing an office worker or a foodie with a good GPS a sack of tasty lunchtime victuals.   The latest motorized munchies maker to  attract a dedicated fan base is

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Tortas Reform

As it celebrates its first anniversary in September, Fountain Square’s tiny Tortas Guicho Dominguez y El Cubanito (641 Virginia Ave., 317-658-0735), is setting its sights on getting a space as substantial as its name. The restaurant known for naming its massive sandwiches after celebrities (such as the Selma Hayek, with grilled chicken, ham, mozzarella, avacado, tomato, and jalapenos) is expanding to seat up to 60. Construction should be completed by the end of the year with the restaurant remaining open throughout.

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Swoon List: 5 Things We Adore Right Now

The light, crispy pomme frites with lemony house-made mayo for dipping at Black Market (922 Massachusetts Ave., 317-822-6757). The sausage appetizer at Taste Cafe & Marketplace (5164 N. College Ave., 317-925-2233): Dates, chorizo, tomato ragu, goat chees

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St. Elmo Moves Up

St. Elmo Steak House (127 S. Illinois St., 317-635-0636) is shooting for a Labor Day weekend opening of its $1.8 million renovation. The redo will convert the 3,000-square-foot second story of the 109-year-old restaurant into a bar/lounge area featuring a 10-person private dining room and Prohibiton-style lounge. The lounge area will have a fireplace and TVs, making it more of a

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FIRST COURSE: Mini Tarts

Nation’s Restaurant News predicts that exotic mini tarts are The Next Cupcake. Yum!

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NEW IN TOWN: 10-01 Food and Drink

Billing itself as a restaurant serving “Midwestern comfort food with a culinary twist,” 10-01 Food and Drink (1001 Broad Ripple Ave., 317- 253-1001) manages to nail both your mom’s tastiest meatloaf recipe and the sophisticated ambience worthy of date night. The open kitchen, lower-level  ba

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Let Them Eat Meat

When Chris Eley opened his sexy delicatessen, Goose the Market, four years ago, cocktail-party snacks in Indianapolis saw a dramatic improvement. This summer, Eley brings us Smoking Goose (a.k.a. Dorman Street Meatery), an artisan production facility that will supply grocery stores and restaurants around the Midwest with the Goose’s Old World–style victuals—starting with “about 42 different items,” Eley says.

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Roll Model: A Review of Sensu

Editor’s Note, June 22, 2012: Sensu announced early this month that it will no longer serve dinner. It will, however, remain an upscale nightclub and special-event venue, with Asian-inspired catering services available.  You get the sense, stepping off Meridian Street into the vaulted pleasure palace of Sensu, another in Jeremiah Hamman’s growing portfolio of luxe […]

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Rock & Roll BBQ Takes Over Victory Field

The latest issue of 

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WATCH LIST: J. Razzo's

In mid-August, former Salvatore’s chef John Perazzo plans to open a traditional Italian restaurant in Carmel. The menu at J. Razzo’s will include some dishes from Salvatore’s and highlights such as chicken veneto–chicken strips simmered in white wine, garlic, pistachios, artichoke hearts, and parsley.  

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