August’s First Bite

The Cake Bake Shop in Carmel

Tony Valainis

Revisit — A New Layer
If you’ve ever nudged your way inside Broad Ripple’s wildly popular dollhouse bakery, The Cake Bake Shop, for a slice of Millionaire Cake, you knew it was just a matter of time before baker Gwendolyn Rogers expanded her pastry enterprise. With its stunning crystal chandeliers, inlaid marble-and-brass logo, and cream tile that blushes to pink in low light, Rogers’s second location (800 S. Rangeline Rd., Carmel, 317-257-2253)in the heart of Carmel City Center is a feat of design and planning. There’s a spacious patio with water-heated floors, a bar with velvet settees, and private dining rooms, plus new offerings like a chocolate fountain. For savory options, Rogers pegged chef-to-the-stars Kelley Milligan to execute a menu of old-school standards: trout amandine, steaks frites, and Rogers’ version of “gumbo ya ya” (no okra but plenty of Crystal hot sauce). Hot, freshly made beignets are also on the menu—one of Rogers’ longtime dreams that, now realized, will surely draw a whole new crowd.

Pinch Of Wisdom
“It takes a little more time, but if you roast your chicken pieces before frying them, you know the inside will be done. So then you can concentrate on getting that skin nice and crunchy.”— Lauren McDuffie, Indy-based blogger and author of Smoke, Roots, Mountain, Harvest: Recipes and Stories Inspired by My
Appalachian Home

Barringer’s Tavern

Cheers — Back On Track
It was once a single-room saloon that refused to serve women. Built near the end of the trolley line out of downtown, it got a reputation for being the “Last Chance” for a drink or a bite to eat, a sign for which hung in the window for decades. Since late April, this Old Southside landmark has gained new life as a local haunt thanks to a group of investors from nearby Garfield Park. From a refreshing of the antique wooden bar to an old bronze sign from the legendary Claypool Hotel to investor Kevin Dolen’s own collection of vintage neon signs, Barringer’s Tavern (2535 S. Meridian St., 317-384-1027), which dates to 1879, now has a spacious second room with ample seating and plenty of throwback charm to go around. Though small, the menu features chili fries and gooey hot cheese balls, as well as smashed-flat tavern burgers and a light, crispy tenderloin that once made the place famous. Watch for the ghost of Al Capone, who purportedly took his tipple here now and then.