Chefs’ Night Off photo gallery

Feb 11th, 2014 | Events, News, Restaurants

Here are few, well, okay, a lot, of photos from the Feb. 10 Chefs’ Night Off dinner at Thunderbird. The short story is that the food was great, the chefs did a terrific job, it was a sold-out house and people seemed to enjoy themselves. If you need any proof of the popularity of the … more »

Chef Layton Roberts to return to Mesh

Feb 5th, 2014 | News, Restaurants

Indianapolis chef Layton Roberts, who left Mesh on Mass Avenue two years ago to take on executive chef duties at Meridian Restaurant & Bar, is returning to the popular Massachusetts Avenue restaurant. His last day at Meridian is Feb. 13. The 31-year-old chef, whose second child is due to arrive any day now, will take a … more »

More on Michael Symon scouting Indy

Feb 4th, 2014 | News, Restaurants

Still hearing some buzz about Cleveland’s Michael Symon scouting locations in Indy. Would the Iron Chef take 6,500 square feet in the AT&T building at Ohio and Meridian? And would a local chef take the other 6,500 available square feet? That’s a lot of space, and then there’s the question of parking…. What do you … more »

Thunderbird takes off

Feb 2nd, 2014 | News, Restaurants

Judging from the crowd response during the soft opening of Thunderbird, the new Fountain Square bar is going to be a popular addition to the neighborhood. It opens to the public Feb. 4. The new bar, located at 1127 Shelby St., filled up quickly during Saturday’s soft-open event, and it was definitely a cocktail crowd. … more »

Thunderbird ready to open in Fountain Square

Feb 1st, 2014 | News, Restaurants

Thunderbird, Fountain Square’s latest nightspot, is ready to open soon at 1127 Shelby St. with a whiskey-focused cocktail list and a southern-inspired menu. Here’s a look at the new place; the rustic interior, which includes an old player piano as part of the decor, taps into the location’s history as a 1950s rockabilly bar.   … more »

What’s the buzz? This week’s restaurant news

Jan 31st, 2014 | News, Restaurants

So here’s what people have been buzzing about this week… Is Iron Chef Michael Symon of Cleveland scouting downtown Indy restaurant locations…and is he looking at the former 14 West building? Now that would be cool. If you haven’t been to one of Symon’s restaurants (Lola Bistro, Lolita or one of his four B Spot … more »

Graeter’s to open soon; more new restaurants coming in spring

Jan 29th, 2014 | News, Restaurants

Look for Indy’s new Graeter’s ice cream shop to be open by Valentine’s Day — maybe sooner — at 56th and Illinois streets. But chef Ryan Nelson’s new barbecue place in Nora’s Target Plaza won’t be ready quite as soon as expected. “The timeline now, I’d say, is the first of May,” said Nelson, who … more »

Yes, it’s cold, but it’s great soup weather

Jan 24th, 2014 | News, Restaurants

After two lunches this week that both included terrific soup, I’m inspired to do some cooking this weekend. I’m usually more of a beef broth type of cook, but the cream of spinach soup at Ember Urban Eatery and the apple parsnip soup at R bistro — both of which were excellent — have me … more »

Ember Urban Eatery serves up solid options

Jan 23rd, 2014 | News, Restaurants

I stopped in at Ember Urban Eatery for lunch today, and was happy to see the cheery, 60-seat restaurant, located at 435 Virginia Ave., nearly full. Rob and Shelly Odendahl have, with the help of local restaurant scene veteran Tom Main, created a pleasant little spot that seems to fill a niche in the Holy … more »

No Indianapolis restaurants on AAA four- and five-diamond list

Jan 22nd, 2014 | News, Restaurants

The 2014 AAA Diamond Ratings are out, and it isn’t good news for Indianapolis. Neither the city nor the state has a five-diamond restaurant. Just for comparison, Illinois, for example, has seven, all in Chicago (Acadia, Alinea, Arun’s Everest, Grace Restaurant, Sixteen and Tru). Kentucky has one, the Oak Room in Louisville. In the four-diamond … more »
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