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 cantina and watering hole across from Clough’s legendary haunt, Radio Radio.
Chunky wooden tables with sturdy chairs fill the spacious, airy club. A nice selection of local and craft brews, including Sun King, Flat12, and Two Brothers from Warrenville, Illinois, are available on tap, as well as a killer margarita with a chili-dusted rim. The small menu offers thick, tasty guacamole, a fruity but slightly smoky salsa, tasty sausage rolls in puff pastry, and golden patatas bravas in baskets. Tacos, all with custom salsas and toppings, include tasty steak and pork versions, as well as a well-seasoned shrimp taco and a well-stuffed veggie version with plenty of beans and squash. A great place to stop in early in the week for some casual snacks and drinks–but look for this place to fill up on weekends with art openings and concerts around the neighborhood.

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.