Named after the late legendary Belgian jazz guitarist Jean "Django" Reinhardt, Café Django bills itself as Bloomington's premier jazz cafe. The restaurant frequently hosts jazz sessions by local and nationally renowned musicians in an intimate atmosphere.
Café Django offers an eclectic mix of cuisines, including Tibetan, Thai, Indian, Peruvian, and Italian. Vegetarian and vegan dishes are also available. All meals are freshly prepared and cooked to order by chef-owner Kunyang Norbu.
The Shelbi Street Cafe boasts a wonderful rooftop garden on top of the old Fountain Square Theatre Building. The highlight of this place is the nice view of the Indianapolis skyline and all the charm and history of the area. Unfortunately I'd recommend stopping here for a few rounds of drinks and skipping dinner as the food is horrible! Perhaps some of the worst I've had in Indy!
Favorite Dish: I tried:
Pesto Fettuccine-- $14.00
tossed with chicken, Kalamata olives, sun-dried tomato, asiago cheese & pine nuts
My company tried:
Filet of Beef -- $20.00
filet of beef with sauteed ***ake mushrooms and bernaise sauce served with garlic mashed potatoes & vegetable du jour
Swanky and sophisticated this upscale seafood chain is nothing less than amazing. Fresh cuts of fish are flown in daily and the menus are printed only 30 minutes before they open to reflect the catch of the day. The Oceanaire is known just as much for its stainless steel oyster bar, where people come to sample over 12 different kinds of oysters. Whether you are looking for a traditional fish like Alaskan Halibut, or want to try something seasonal like fresh Copper River Salmon, or something unique like true Dover Sole, the Oceanaire has got you covered! Reservations are highly recommended if you want to guarantee that you get to eat here.
Favorite Dish: Costa Rican Dayboat Mahi-Mahi Specialty.
A somewhat mild fish with an excellent falling off your fork preparation. Outstanding!
The restaurant has a great modern ambience with all new decor (this used to be the Scholar's Inn, but was revamped and reopened as the lovely SI lounge). They offer a lot of healthy selections, but the food tastes spectacular. There are lots of options from the duck breast that my date tried to the infamous meatloaf, all of their dishes are incredibly innovative. The SI lounge is well known for its bread. It is located in the Arts District on Massachussets Avenue, so it is the perfect stop after visiting the local shops or a coffee house. Also, do not miss out on their fabulous wine bar which has a great selection.
Favorite Dish: Pine-Nut Crusted Salmon $24
Lemon basil aioli, balsamic glaze, broccolini,
smashed Yukons & sun-dried tomato coulis
Janko's Little Zagreb Restaurant was established in 1979 by John "Janko" Pouch. Although the restaurant offers Yugoslavian and Eastern European dishes, as well as Saint Louis-style barbeque ribs, it has become known for the quality, tenderness, and tastiness of its steaks. The restaurant claims to have the best steaks in the Midwest. The steaks and barbeque ribs are grilled to order on an open grill.
The restaurant also has an extensive collection of fine wines and beers.
Janko's Little Zagreb Restaurant is a popular place for Indiana University basketball and football fans to congregate after games. As a result, the decor features the red and white school colors, including red-and-white gingham tablecloths, as well as Indiana University sports memorabilia and posters.
Zing offers small plate portions of American innovative dishes that are meant to be shared in a chic and modern environment. When one of its dishes graced the cover of Indianapolis Monthly magazine I knew I had to get there! As far as ambience Zing has lots of halo and glass blown pendant lighting, a small, but trendy bar area, and in warmer weather sidewalk dining. Maybe we didn't order enough, but unlike the rival small plate restaurant, we left kind of hungry, but I'll be coming back for those fish tacos!
Favorite Dish: ZING's dishes are mostly HIT with only an occasional miss!
My favorite by far is:
Grilled mahi mahi tacos with avocado cream, jicama slaw, cilantro pesto---$9
YUMM! The mahi mahi has absolutely no fish taste, but rather tastes like the yummy marinade it has been cooked in, accented by the crunchy shell and creamy cilantro pesto...WOW! This is a destination dish for sure
Asian meatballs with cellphane noodles cilantro lime sauce---$7
Great flavor again! I'm getting impressed at this point!
French fried fingerling potatoaes with italian sausage feta vinagrette---$8
The first miss of the night....the chunky sausage with the feta isn't a great combination
Pizza-ette 7 inch sausage, mozzarella, tomato sauce---$7
My poor date was starving and devoured this dish in its entirety, it is on an ultra thin crust...think wafer pizza...I didn't get to try it...it was his favorite of the night though!
Harry & Izzy's shares the same owners as Indy's infamous St. Elmo's, offers the same St. Elmo's Fire for all of the fiery shrimp cocktail lovers, and has an ultra-cool round bar that completely steals the show! I've been here again and again, because in addition to steak and seafood they also have a variety of appetizers and a bar menu that are great when you just want a small bite to eat!
Favorite Dish: I've tried a lot of their menu, so here it goes:
This is a dish worth driving for...It is way better than any toasted ravioli I've ever had in St. Louis...A MUST ORDER!
Red Pepper Meatballs---$8
Nothing I'd order again, spicy,, but no WOW factor, just plain meatballs in a spicy sauce
St. Elmo's Fire, for the unfamiliar....colossal shrimp in a bed of nose burning horseradish laden cocktail sauce....AN INDY ORIGINAL!
Bland, boring, and don't bother ordering!
To be continued....
This place is consistently listed amongst the Best of Indy restaurants in Indianapolis Monthly. The low key Greek decor, complete with murals straight from the iconic images of the real Greek Isle will transport you right across the pond. Belly dancers entertain in the evenings and add to the atmosphere. The real attraction here is the food. The pita bread will literally melt in your mouth, the saganaki is truly outstanding, and the gyro meat and side items are to die for!
Remember I am not a Greek food lover, but this restaurant was AWESOME!
Favorite Dish: My date and I had:
Melt in your mouth pita bread and the infamous flaming cheese
Greece's version of kebab grilled with vegetables, we didn't like the spices on this dish at all, sort of had a bitter taste
YUMMM! I could eat this daily, ultra tender chicken cut in thin strips, onions, tomatoes, tziziki sauce, in one of those melt in your mouth pitas!
Each entree comes with potatoes, green beans (soaked in tomato sauce, delicious!), rice, side salad, and bread....
Lots of food and the tab for two (including 2 beers and glass of wine) was around $60.
Amish Acres is a great place to visit with families. In the summer there are a lot of things to do, buggy rides & historic tours, as well as a huge Arts & Crafts fair. I recently had the opportunity to eat at the restaurant, named "Restaurant Barn". The lunch is great because there are 2 options: $12-14 per person with a huge buffet that is brought to your table or $8.95 with a choice of one of 5 options. We went for the latter, it included our choice of the beef stew, 2 biscuits, sweet pickles, sweet & sour cabbage salad, & a drink. All of the items are homemade, so that pretty much means they are delicious!!
Another cute side note: the waitresses dress up in long dresses simular to the style pioneer days.
Favorite Dish: The best thing in the whole place is the apple butter!
How sad to report that just this month, Phil Smidt's closed down for good. We were able to eat their three days before they closed their doors forever.
From the time I met my husband Allan, all I heard was how much I would love going to Phil Smidt's in Hammond, Indiana. Fish is not my favorite food so I was quite reluctant. When I finally was able to go there and order the famous lake perch and baby frog legs, the taste of these fabulous foods converted me forever. It's hard to describe why their fish and froglegs are the very best
They say that the basics of this restaurant have not changed since it's opening in 1910, but it has grown in size. This is a restaurant that has been written up a number of times. I remember seeing the Chicago Magazine write-up. I wished I had kept it, but it basically said that the froglegs and perch were so good that people from Chicago have been driving their ever since Taft was president!
I've really never tried anything but the froglegs and the lake perch, but other people have told me that the homemade soups are delicious as is fried chicken. They do have a full menu with other fish, steaks, and chicken. When we took my parents to Phil Smidt's they tried the "World Famous Gooseberry Pie" because my mother had never seen it on a restaurant menu, and she makes a delicious Gooseberry Pie. She said that it was fantastic; thus, it must be.
We always order Lake Perch boned in butter. They are very small and oh so tender. The Froglegs are also quite tiny and tender. I don't usually like froglegs that are big.
Favorite Dish: The waitresses are excellent and have been there for years so they are quite "in the know" about the menu and the food. Service is excellent.
We like to eat in the Rose Room in a large leather booth. It's called Rose Room because of the Rose plates that sit on the ledge around the room.
You can order a salad or have the platter for everyone at the table that includes cottage cheese, coleslaw, beets, and kidney beans. You also are served rolls with butter and your choice of potatoes (red skin garlic mashed potatoes, baby red boiled potatoes or french fries).
Each year the price goes up because lake perch have become scarce. The last time we were there, the all-you-can-eat perch was $17.00.
That sounds quite expensive, but it sure is worth it.
This cafeteria/banquet facility started out many years ago as a small turkey stand. Although the facilities have expanded greatly, the main attraction here is still the delicious turkey, which keeps the gray haired folks flocking to this northern Indiana locale for fabulous home cooking. The Inn like many Indiana cafeterias also has a bakery that sells cookies, homemade breads, and pies.
The main dining room is your typical cafeteria style dining place, but for a different experience opt to eat in the adult only Wild Blue Yonder Lounge where you'll be reminded of the simple pleasure of flying. Model airplanes are suspended from the ceiling, hot air balloons are painted on the walls, and even the light fixtures are made from old model airplane wings.
I'm not a fan of cafeterias, but the turkey really is worth a stop if you find yourself here around lunchtime.
Favorite Dish: Turkey is the whole reason this place is so well known locally!
Everything Greek in a neighborhood type restaurant, from the flaming saganaki to baklava...the atmosphere leaves something to be desired, but gives a cheesy take on Greece with white columns and watercolor paintings...the one major plus it has is outdoor dining, although you'll be staring at a parking lot. The restaurant specializes in authentic Greek cuisine, the restaurant features such dishes as octopus, tender lamb and a variety of innovative pastas. You'll also find an impressive lineup of appetizers, dinner salads, traditional casseroles, grilled chops and even vegetarian entrees at reasonable prices. Opa!
Favorite Dish: My date and I tried:
Flaming cheese served with warm pita bread
Too many things to mention from a Greek type lasagna with eggplant, to beef and rice wrapped in grape leaves, to gyro meat.
I'm not a big Greek food fanatic, but I would eat here again~!
Enjoy authentic Italian in the casual comforts of this busy Broad Ripple eatery. This family-owned-and-operated restaurant has been dishing out secret family recipes for more than 25 years. House specialties include ravioli stuffed with spinach and cheese and tender beef tenderloin drenched in creamy portobello-chianti sauce. Seating is plentiful and the well decorated private room is perfect for smaller intimate gatherings.
If you're celebrating a special occasion, Ambrosia prides itself in its wine selection, offering a variety of unusual and pricey Italian vintages.
Favorite Dish: Pollo Alla Chiantigiana--$15.95
Baked chicken breast, topped with sundried tomato pesto, fresh mozzarella & basil.
Fettuccine Alla Bolognese--$13.95
Fettuccine tossed with a traditional bolognese meat sauce.
ONE OF MY TOP 10 FAVORITE INDY ORIGINAL RESTAURANTS!
Café Patachou, now entering it's thirteenth year of operation in the Indianapolis area, has been honored in the 2002 Bon Appetit Magazine Neighborhood Restaurants issue. Named in the "Ten Favorite Places to Eat Breakfast" story, the magazine raves about the Café's breakfast specials -- omlettes, cinnamon toast, granola, and the Sunday special, Croissant French Toast -- and the fact that children get the same high quality offerings sized down for them.
The Cafés use only the highest quality ingredients to make their fresh offerings of soups, sandwiches, omlettes, salads, specialty coffees and espresso drinks, "real" smoothies, housemade pastries, meats and desserts. The Cafés also feature a Sunday brunch menu and will be introducing a gourmet tea menu. Café Patachou has recently been awarded the "Best Breakfast in Indianapolis" (for the eleventh consecutive year) and "Best Wait Staff" by Indianapolis Monthly. Past awards from local publications
include: "Best Place to have Sunday AM Bedhead," "Best Place to Meet Singles," "Best Salad" and "Best Soup."
Favorite Dish: Ummm what's not to love??? EVERYTHING is delicious!
I usually order breakfast try:
Omelette of the Day--$8.95
Three fresh jumbo free-range eggs from local farms loaded with 3 special ingredients that change daily, served with a cup of fresh fruit and your choice of mild sourdough, whole wheat or cinnamon toast
Housemade served with powdered sugar and toasted nuts, a side of fresh fruit
and maple syrup
Iced Green Tea--$2.50
Not from a powder or mix, our Iced Green tea is brewed fresh
daily from Revolution Green Tea
Part of a pub empire that also includes Union Jack's, the Aristocrat is both a spacious restaurant and a bar with live music. Jazz, acoustic and authentic Celtic performers are all regulars. Service is warm and personable. Tall stained-glass fixtures and beautiful finished wood are some of the pub's best features, and the intimate, private booths make you feel like there's only you, your sweetheart and the band.
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