The Feed: Jailbird, Just Pop In, And Unicorn Donuts

Here’s what’s cooking in Indy this week.

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» Josh Gonzales, owner of Fountain Square’s Thunderbird (1127 Shelby St., 317-974-9580), is opening another bar, this time on Indy’s south side at 4022 S. Shelby Street. According to the Indianapolis Star, Gonzales’ next venture, which he’s calling Jailbird, will be a casual, 60-seat spot serving uncomplicated drinks and simple food. Gonzales offered no specifics for a timeline, simply saying it will open “when it’s ready.”

» Smoking Goose Meatery and Flat12 Bierwerks are hosting a Dorman Street Block Party on August 11 at 414 Dorman Street. The free, family-friendly event will have food and drinks from more than 35 Indiana Grown members as well as live music, a BBQ competition, and the biggest meat sale in the history of Smoking Goose.

» Baby Got Brunch 2 is August 18 at the Pavilion at Pan Am (201 S. Capitol Ave.). Tickets start at $50 ($75 for VIP early entry) and include bottomless mimosas, a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, and samples from vendors including Milktooth, Gallery Pastry Shop, Eggshell Bistro, Jack’s Donuts, Bluebeard, and more. Proceeds benefit The Patachou Foundation.

» The Ram Restaurant and Brewhouse in Fishers closed last week.

» Just Pop In’s new headquarters, popcorn bar, and restaurant may not open until later this month, but they’ve already started hosting parties in the chic private event space upstairs. Owners Carly Swift and Mandy Selke gave a sneak peak at the cozy quarters on Instagram this weekend.

» Rook (501 Virginia Ave., 317-737-2293) schooled everybody in the history of corn smut (infected corn) last week on Instagram, and now we can’t wait to try the huitlacoche on the new menu.

Chef Carlos prepping huitlacoche for the new menu. Huitlacoche aka Corn Smut is a fungus that infects all parts of the host plant by invading the ovaries of its host. The infection causes the corn kernels to swell up into tumor-like galls, whose tissues, texture and developmental patterns are mushroom-like. Smut is highly esteemed in Mexico as a delicacy, where it is known as huitlacoche, being preserved and sold for a significantly higher price than uninfected corn. The consumption of corn smut originated directly from Aztec cuisine. For culinary use, the galls are harvested while still immature — fully mature galls are dry and almost entirely spore-filled. The immature galls, gathered two to three weeks after an ear of corn is infected, still retain moisture and, when cooked, have a flavor described as mushroom-like, sweet, savory, woody, and earthy . . . . #sheeeeeeeeeit #ThisIsHowWeDo #indyfood #indianapolis #indy #bestfoodindianapolis #jbfa @beardfoundation #jamesbeard #eathereindy #fletcherplace #foodporn #huitlacoche #cornsmut @azriel09

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» Donut Refinery (12525 Old Meridian St., 317-669-2996) has a secret menu and it’s got unicorn donuts on it. Dreams do come true.

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