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WEEKEND IN REVIEW: MacKenzie River Pizza Company

MacKenzie River Pizza Company (4939 E. 82nd St., 288-0609), had been open for only a couple of weeks when we visited. The Castleton-area casual-dining chain, founded in Montana by a family of former Hoosiers, still has a few kinks to work out: They ran out of thin crust, service was almost comically slow, and the blinds that keep the sun from baking customers on the deck were “broken.” But the go

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Europa, Europa

European markets, bakeries, and restaurants have come and gone in Indy over the years. We’re still mourning the passing of Russia House, with its mushroom soups and tangy cherry dumplings. And Slaviansky Bazaar in Carmel barely got up and running before it closed, taking its Russian beers, stuffed zucchini rolls, and delectable veal roll with it. Now Lou Mladenovic, who has long operated a beloved deli, bakery, and Old World market in Crown Point has opened a second loca

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(Take the) Cannoli Queen Cafe

Lisa Snow grew up in an Italian home that loved food, and she has been cooking handed-down recipes all her life. Last September, she decided to try catering, and “it kind of just took off,” she says. Tomorrow, she celebrates the grand opening of her 20-seat Cannoli Queen Cafe (1279 N. Emerson Ave, Greenwood, 882-1908), where she will serve up her best handmade family recipes, including sandwiches, pasta, and de

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WEEKEND IN REVIEW: Byrne’s Grilled Pizza

A mixup on times for food carts lead us down a tasty trail on Friday at Flat12 Bierwerks (414 N. Dorman St.) after we biked to the Holy Cross neighborhood for lunch. We had anticipated the grand opening of Scratch Street Food, promising a burger with bacon marmalade, arugula, and gorgonzola. But we didn’t read their Twitter post that they wouldn’t be at Fla

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Greiner's SubShop Takes on Broad Ripple

Greiner’s SubShop, an Indianapolis institution since 1970, opens a new location tomorrow in the heart of Broad Ripple. The former Dagwood’s Deli & Sub Shop at 6336 N. Guilford Avenue (317-259-8000) will now offer a new place to sample the “best buns in Indy” (as well as pizzas and wraps).

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Cupcake Happy Hour at Sweet Tooth Bakery

As if we needed another reason to count down the hours until 5 p.m., Sweet Tooth Bakery (610 Mass. Ave., 317-632-5451) is doing a Cupcake Happy Hour every Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. Cupcakes go for $1 each, instead of the normal $2.50. Sweet.

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DRINKING BUDDIES: McCormick & Schmick's and Flat 12

Chef Mark Tromble of McCormick and Schmick’s (110 N. Illinois St., 631-9500) rolls out a five-course, beer-paired dinner tonight, featuring the designer brews of Flat 12 Bierwerks co-owner Rob Caputo. The menu includes beer-poached pear salad, top-neck clams stuffed with andouille sausage and cornbread, blackened scallops with cheddar and green-onion grits, and beer-brined roasted pork loin. Rice pudding with beer-braised fruit and whipped cream completes the meal. Flat 12 signature beers are paired with each dish. 6:30 p.m. $45. Call for reservations.

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Stuck in the Middle

Meridian Restaurant & Bar (5694 N. Meridian St., 466-1111)

An ice-cream sandwich on a bar menu? Why not, when there’s a good hit of bourbon in the housemade vanilla ice cream sandwiched between chewy chocolate-chip cookies? The bar menu is only available weekdays from 4

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THE SWOON LIST: Five Things We Adore Right Now

Meatball-and-roasted­–pepper pizza with fresh mozzarella at Thr3e Wise Men Brewery (1021 Broad Ripple Ave., 255-5151). French toast—planks of baguette swimming in a mixed-berry syrup and topped with a berry coulis—on the brunch menu at Mesh on Mass (725 Massachusetts Ave., 955-9600).

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Atlas, Un-Shrugged

If you’ve spent the last decade pining for Atlas Supermarket’s famous Chicken Salad Veronica or Grandma’s potato salad with plenty of crunchy bits of celery and sweet pickles, then you might not know they’ve been lurking in one form or another in Carmel all the while. Now you can buy selected favorites, including hummus and tabouli, on Saturday mornings at the Broad Ripple Farmers Market, as well as at the Fishers and Binford Farmers Markets.

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Business Is Booming at the New Boogie Burger

It may have moved to its new digs because of growing pains at its original location, but customers are already lined up out the door and filling every seat at the new Boogie Burger (1904 Broad Ripple Ave., 255-2450). If that address sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the landmark home of the old Wild West-themed Tin Star, known by Indianapolis children for decades as the place whe

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OBJECT OF DESIRE: Persimmon Pleasures

You might be a Hoosier if you know the location of a secret backroad persimmon tree that supplies you with free, foraged fruit for baking. Charlotte and Kent Waltz of Persimmon Pleasures in Bedford are most definitely Hoosiers. They’re so Hoosier, in fact, Charlotte’s cousin is said to have discovered a variety of persimmon on his Southern Indiana farm some 50 years ago. He used it to win the 1957 Mitchell Persimmon Festival (which still exists) and subsequently named it the Morris-Burton persimmon. That’s what you’ll taste inside one of Charlotte’s persimmon-chocolate-chip cookies newly available at Conner Prairie (13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers, 776-6000). The persimmon pulp that gives the treat its chewiness carries the Indiana Artisan seal of approval.  

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Foraging Field Work

Before agriculture emerged, hunter-gatherers ruled the world. That foraging instinct is kicking in again with the modern-day push toward sustainability inviting us back to nature to love our yard enemies.“Weeds are just a term for plants that people don’t want where they are,” says Constance Ferry, a teacher and master gardener of organic herbs. “Foraging is seeing that all plants are useful.” Instead of cursing the curly dock in your sidewalk cracks, pull it u

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KEEP ON FOOD TRUCKIN: Edward's Drive-In

Another food truck is about to hit the streets of Indianapolis. Edward’s Drive-In (2126 S. Sherman Dr., 786-1638) is preparing to take its

tenderloins, onion rings, and root beer (which have been featured on Adam Richman’s Man v. Food), on the road at the be

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SUCCOTASH: Dining News

Lead server Chad Hosier is leaving R Bistro (888 Massachusetts Ave., 423-0312) for Chicago and a job at The Girl & the Goat … Zing at the Canal has closed …The old-school New Orleans cocktails such as the St. Charles, the Vieux Carre, and the Rossignac have disappeared from t

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