Upland Carmel Tap House
Bloomington’s Upland Brewery gives its casual dining experience some Carmel upgrades with this Monon Trail–area tasting room. A patio strewn with lights and a window wall that slides open to the outdoors bestow the dining room with a rugged, laidback feel—even though the restaurant sits at the end of a nice, new strip mall. Start with a plate of hummus and the $8.95 beer sampler—a lazy Susan of seven half-pint pours. Hulking, juicy burgers are made of Fischer Farms beef or locally sourced buffalo and are as expertly cooked as the nightly Farm to Table steak. The menu gives plenty of love to vegetarians, with options such as tofu soft tacos and a meatless breaded tenderloin as tasty as the State Fair original.