Restaurants

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 »

Caplingers return to fish biz with new market

Jan 8th, 2014 | News, Restaurants, Shop

It didn’t take long for customers to discover Caplinger’s Fresh Catch after it opened Dec. 26 at 7460 N. Shadeland Ave. “On New Year’s Eve there was literally a line out the door,” said Andrew Caplinger, who runs the new fish market with his wife, Courtney and father, Nick. Those customers who are stopping in for the … more »

New chef, dinner menu at Rook

Sep 11th, 2013 | News, Restaurants

Although they faced a hectic day behind the scenes, Rook’s Carlos Salazar and Ed Rudisell were happy with the new, expanded dinner menu — and with good reason. The new menu, which launched today, features a great assortment of Asian-inspired dishes, including a pig face hash ($10) that’s just delicious. And the Thai sour sausage … more »

Spice Box open in City Market

Sep 8th, 2013 | News, Restaurants

It’s great to see a local food truck evolve into a City Market food stand. Spice Box co-owner Nitin Naidu , who opened in the market a couple weeks ago, says reaction from City Market customers has been positive. So far, he says, tandoori tacos have been the top selling menu item, and the spicy … more »

New chef at Hal’s in Greenwood

Jun 21st, 2013 | News, Restaurants

I stopped in recently at Hal’s Fabulous Vegas Bar & Grille, 1133 Ind. 135 N. in Greenwood, to check out the menu from new executive chef Shawn Ferguson. Former chef Keith Angell is now at Cobblestone Grill in Zionsville, and regulars at Hal’s are going to miss him for sure. I’ve particularly liked Angell’s seafood … more »

Banh mi — and more — in Indy

Jun 21st, 2013 | News, Restaurants

Just wanted to update this — with new chef/co-owner Carlos Salazar on board, Rook will launch a new dinner menu Sept. 10. Dumplings, ramen, Vietnamese pancakes, pig face hash — I’m looking forward to this! From June: Ed Rudisell’s “banh mi joint,” Rook, opened a couple weeks ago at 719 Virginia Ave., with a menu … more »
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