Top Five Restaurant Spin-offs
Le Nectar, 1228 W. 86th St., 317-848-4244, lenectar.co
Tulip Noir’s adjacent offspring, a juice-and-coffee bar, specializes in fresh-squeezed juices and healthy on-the-go snacks like Black Forest raw bars and Tulip Noir’s raw-fruit jams. The cafe also whips up its own juice-cleanse program.
Chef Dan’s Southern Comfort Restaurant, 5539 E. Washington St., 317-737-1527, chefdansindy.com
Food-truck operator Daniel Carter brings his Cajun comfort classics to a brick-and-mortar location in the heart of Irvington: the 1,600-square-foot space formerly occupied by Roll With It Bakery. That’s good news for fans of Carter’s catfish po’ boy and banana pudding.
Duos at Eskenazi Health, 720 Eskenazi Ave., 317-880-5676, duosindy.com
Longtime Indy chef–turned–food-trucker Becky Hostetter works her luscious, slow-food magic at a hospital-based cafe serving feel-good dishes like veggie chili, a chicken Parm sandwich, a Reuben, and chili-cheese squares with apple cabbage.
R2Go, 1101 N. College Ave., 317- 737-2543, r2goindy.com
Customers at this specialty market can stock up on local and gourmet provisions (including
goodies from a loaded deli case). But the hottest items are R Bistro chef-owner Regina Mehallick’s fully cooked, freshly made to-go meals. The seasonal choices range from potato torta layered with leeks, tomato sauce, capicola, and smoked mozzarella to (sigh) R Bistro’s famous sticky toffee pudding in portable form.
Bent Rail, 5301 N. Winthrop Ave., 317-737-2698, bentrailbrewery.com
The casual 12,000 square feet of polished concrete floors, cinderblock walls, and industrial-paned windows bring to mind owners Derek Means and Craig Baker’s family-friendly The Local Eatery & Pub, while the menu’s culinary winks (including a lamb-terrine sandwich) align with their chef-driven jewel, Plow & Anchor.