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Stuck in the Middle

Ice cream sandwich. Blu Moon  Cafe, Carmel, INMeridian 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 to 6—stop in for an after-work treat.

Blu Moon Cafe (200 S. Range Line Rd., Carmel, 844-8310)
The ice-cream sandwiches at this breakfast-and-lunch cafe in the Indiana Design Center feature summer bounty like market strawberries perfumed with lemon verbena and crisp chocolate cookies to hold it all in.

Tavern on South (423 W. South St., 602-3115)
There is something whimsical about mixed-berry ice cream wedged between sugar cookies, but the biggest surprise here is a frosty strawberry soda float that comes with the sammie, a bracing refresher on a hot summer day.

This article originally appeared in the June 2011 issue.

A graduate of IU’s Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing, Terry Kirts hails from a town in Illinois so small it didn’t have a restaurant until he was in the 8th grade. Since 2000, he’s more than made up for the dearth of eateries in his childhood, logging hundreds of meals as the dining critic for WHERE Indianapolis, Indianapolis Woman, and NUVO before joining Indianapolis Monthly as a contributing editor in 2007. A senior lecturer in creative writing at IUPUI, Terry has published his poetry and creative nonfiction in a number of literary journals and anthologies, including Gastronomica, Alimentum, and Home Again: Essays and Memoirs from Indiana, and he’s the author of the poetry collection To the Refrigerator Gods, published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2011.