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The Ripple Inn Gets a New Chef

The Ripple Inn (929 E. Westfield Blvd., 252-2600) will be shaking things up this month. The restaurant has hired native Hoosier Joseph Davey as its new executive chef. Davey previously worked at Chicago’s Alinea, which received a three-star ranking from Michelin last November. He is currently a ful

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Ryan Nelson's Comeback

Seafood master and former head chef of the Oceanaire, Ryan Nelson is stepping up the dining ladder to open his own neighborly signature restaurant (with a working title of Northstar) at 8605 River Crossing Boulevard. Several staff members have been hired, and Nelson’s team is making the final logistical touches before the big Oct. 1 reveal.

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FARMbloomington Gets Some Sun

Chef Daniel Orr of FARMbloomington (108 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington) and Indiana University Press have released a new cookbook, Paradise Kitchen, featuring Caribbean-inspired recipes. You might be surprised at this Indiana native writing a tropical cookbook that includes the likes of conch chowder, pomelo salad, and saltfish beignets. But after years of working in kitchens in France, Belgium, and New York, Orr actually spent two years on the Island of Angu

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Naked Tchopstix Rolls Downtown

By October, Naked Tchopstix hopes to be set up in its new downtown location, a 7,000-square-foot space in the basement of the King Cole Building (1 N. Meridian St.). Owner Maggie Lee expects to attract business folk for the lunch crowd and out-of-towners in the evenings. “So it will have a lot of smaller side rooms you can have smaller parties in,” Lee says. “But the basic idea will be the same. Good food, nice drink, in a comfortable atmosphere.”

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The Scoop On The Strawberry Festival

Photography by Jennifer Pace

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Hummer Dog: An Indy Original

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Swoon List: Five Things We Adore Right Now

1. The seared-ahi appetizer at Detour – An American Grille (110 W. Main St., Carmel, 571-0091), seared tuna rolled in toasted black sesame seeds, squiggled with kabayaki and chili/garlic mayo, and served with a bright Asian slaw. 2. A dozen mini oatmeal chocolate-chip cookies for $3.80 at Potbelly Sandwich Shop (55 Monument Circle, 423-9043). 3. Northside Kitchenette’s (6515 N College Ave., 253-1022) Munchie Supre

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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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