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Carlos Salazar

Man standing in a kitchen and smiling.
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March Foodie: Esteban Rosas

Esteban Rosas takes the reins at Black Market.

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The Feed: Cake Bake Shop, Essential Midwest Restaurants, and More

Let them eat cake—in Carmel, of course!

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Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Carlos Salazar applies his playful takes on traditional Asian recipes. Here, he gives a classic Fall starch a fun, street-food makeover.

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How To: Grill Squash

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The Hoosier Kitchen

Any time you want a strawberry, there are strawberries to be had. The same goes for peaches, apples, Brussels sprouts—all of those so-called fresh foods waiting for you just a shopping trip away. The problem with that kind of convenience is that it cheats us out of enjoying fruits and vegetables when their flavors are […]

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Swoon List: Rook, Amber, And More

The perfectly charred, tangy and juicy annatto-rubbed chicken Inasal on Rook (501 Virginia Ave., 317-737-2293) chef Carlos Salazar’s new seasonal menu featuring favorites from his Philippine homeland. The generous serving of meat is paired with papaya salad. Garlic naan from Amber Indian Restaurant (12510 N. Meridian St., Carmel, 317-580-0828). Sirloin trotter with garlic-roasted fingerlings, Swiss […]

Rook Chef Carlos Salazar
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Rook’s Most Innovative Dishes

A week’s worth of Carlos Salazar’s most innovative dishes from Rook.

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Is It a Burger?

Translated from Japanese as “anything you want to put into it.” Salazar tricks these out with a range from kimchi to this black sesame version.

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Summer Crush: Rook’s Halo Halo

The halo halo dessert delivers on the name: Unexpected savory elements such as purple yam ice cream and sweet red beans get paired with silky flan, coconut agar gel, black plantains, and the crunch of puffed wild rice and Fruity Pebbles atop iced lemongrass milk. Yum yum!

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Rook

No. 6 – Since Rook reopened in February, the fully open kitchen in the airy yet cozy new spot has been putting out some truly impressive bites.

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The Feed: Rook, Vida, and More

Rook’s relaunch, Vida’s grand-opening date, and Chris Baggott’s upcoming ventures.

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Best New Restaurants 2015: Thunderbird

If you’re coming for dinner, don’t even think about passing up the opportunity to partake in the pickle-brined fried chicken.

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Top Drawer: Indy Chefs’ Tried-and-True Kitchen Tools

What do the top chefs in town have that you don’t? These handy tools.

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Swoon List 1.6.15

Including the bulgogi rice bowl from Rook.

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Rocks Star: A Review of Thunderbird

As consulting chef, Carlos Salazar assembled a menu of modified Southern dishes that are surprisingly complex for the bar-centric format.

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