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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

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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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Fade to Black Market

Was it the backwards bicycle rickshaw parked by the front door that intrigued us the most? Or was it the dollop of slightly chunky peanut butter on the house pickle plate at Black Market (922 Massachusetts Ave., 822-6757), delicious but served without so much as a cracker for dipping or spreading, that made us go “hmm”? “People eat it all kinds of ways,” co-owner Ed Rudisell said from behind the bar, smiling. “We don’t dictate how customers

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We Scream for Lick Ice Cream

Ice cream always hits the spot in the throes of summer. At the Broad Ripple Farmer’s Market, relief comes in the form of Lick Ice Cream, a gourmet stand started by Meredith Kong and Kelly Beerbower, two sisters with no culinary background but a knack for off-the-wall flavor combinations like Gorgonzola-Praline, Rosemary-Olive Oil, and Milk Chocolate with Honey Goat Cheese. (Traditionalists can order more mainstream f

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Hot Dog!

King David Dogs (15 N. Pennsylvania St., 241-6224) will nearly triple its capacity when the hot dog hut moves half a mile away to a new M&I Plaza location in September. “This is going to get us a lot closer to a larger core group of people that won’t have to go as far for lunch,” says owner Brent Joseph, who plans to k

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You Say You Want a Revolucion

Fountain Square’s growing bar and dining scene just got a little edgier with the opening, on June 14, of Revolucion (1132 Prospect St., 423-9490), the latest funky enterprise of Fountain Square fixture David “Tufty” Clough. Altars to Our Lady of Guadalupe (though sadly with battery-operated candles), vibrant paintings of gun-slinging skeletons in sombreros (compliments of artist Shelby Kelley), and a tiki bar in the back all contribute to the rich atmosphere of this new cantin

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Just Around the Corner

The old Gardener’s Market at the corner of Westfield Boulevard and 75th Street has packed up its Adirondacks and old-fashioned porch chairs for a move to Broad Ripple. But the transition of this local shop has provided local mother-daughter duo Laura and Olivia Huntley the opportunity they have been awaiting quite some time. “Our dream was to have a storefront, but we’re not city girls,” says Laura. When she and her 15-year-old daughter saw a “store clos

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Swoon List: Five Things We Adore Right Now

1.    The Classic Poutine (fresh-cut French fries layered with gravy and local cheese curds) at Bloomington’s meatless gastro pub, The Owlery (212 S. Rogers St., 812-333-7344).

2.    The Whole Foods parking lot.

3.    Sweet potato chips on the late night menu at

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