Chef Regina Mehallick takes special care in arranging the weekly menu in order to best incorporate seasonal, locally made produce, offering one of the most creative menus in Indianapolis. The result is an imaginative culinary treat. Reasonable portions and pricing leave clientele satisfied, while upscale décor makes for a sophisticated ambiance. Given the intimate dining space, it is highly recommended to make reservations at R Bistro, especially on weekends. Consult the Web site to see what seasonal offerings are available.
If you know it, you love it. Ralph’s is a local steakhouse that simply screams “local steakhouse,” which means great meat on the menu with all the sides and karaoke in the back. You can choose between “Hot Pot Aug” (potato soup au gratin) or “Hot Pot Pig” (potato soup with bacon and hot pepper cheese), or any of the other soups on the menu—Ralph’s is also famous for their chili. One note of interest to both parents and patrons: Ralph’s asks that customers leave the kids at home, so whether you’re kid-avoidant or a parent who needs a friggin’ break, this is one place where you can warm up with hot soup and chill out with a cold beer and toddler-free atmosphere.
The food here is bold, the portions are generous, and the prices almost unbelievably reasonable. Owned by the folks who brought us the excellent Chatham Tap(s), there's no doubt that a lot of thought went into the menu and its pricing. Judging from the speed and efficiency with which the food hits the table, I would take a guess that they are going to make up in volume what they might lack in margin. As for the menu itself, it's pretty short, with a handful of appetizers, mostly priced in the $12 range and intended for sharing, and a roughly equal number of main courses, priced somewhat lower (around $8) and better suited for one. I'm never quite sure what to make of photos of food included in a menu, as they all too often remind me of a Chinese take-away, but here they serve to intrigue, rather than discourage.
The food here is bold, the portions are generous and the prices almost unbelievably reasonable. Owned by the folks who brought us the excellent Chatham Tap(s), there’s no doubt that a lot of thought went into the menu and its pricing. Judging from the speed and efficiency with which the food hits the table, I would take a guess that they are going to make up in volume what they might lack in margin. As for the menu itself, it’s pretty short, with a handful of appetizers, mostly priced in the $12 range and intended for sharing, and a roughly equal number of main courses, priced somewhat lower (around $8) and better suited for one. I’m never quite sure what to make of photos of food included in a menu, as they all too often remind me of a Chinese take-away, but here they serve to intrigue, rather than discourage.
The Ram’s got it covered as far as a hugely varied menu, from seafood and tacos (or seafood tacos) to steak, burgers and desserts. Good thing, too, because you’ll want to hang around to try all of the Ram’s regularly changing seasonal menu. The Downtown location is a little more regularly hoppin’ than its Fishers cousin further north, but both occasionally bring in live acts to perform in the bar area. If you’re going gluten-free, the Ram has a menu of dishes to suit you, but sadly, there aren’t any gluten-free beers on the menu (yet). Beer nerds take note: the beer menu also features recommendations, and you can read up on the beers’ Untappd profiles on the restaurant’s website.
Indianapolis' first authentic Japanese ramen restaurant.
Indy’s premier biergarten pairs one of the best beers to meet draft form, the Spaten Optimator, with expertly done German food. A must-try: Brat n’ Kraut balls, a blend of juicy brats, sausage and beef, lightened by just the right amount of sour delivered via modest amounts of kraut, served with a brilliant beer-infused cream sauce. Set in the historic, 19th-century Athenaeum Building downtown, The Rathskeller is reminiscent of both a quaint inn tucked in the Bavarian hills and a lively beer hall in Munich. The Rathskeller also features the Kellerbar, stocked with 12 imported draft beers, over 50 imported bottled beers, and hosts Indy's best bands.
The novelty here is pouring your own beer from taps, which is a nice novelty if you're interested in getting to do tastes of multiple beers (it definitely can get awkward asking a bartender to continually pour you samples). Once you've chosen your beer for the evening, you have to get some food. The menu seems like standard bar fare, and it is, but the people at Rebar have outdone themselves with their dishes like fried green tomatoes and addicting Wisconsin Cheese Curds.
Oh, and their burger is officially in the running for one of the best in the city.
Recess proves that our local chefs are committed to making Indianapolis a real dining destination. With Greg Hardesty, Gabe Jordan and Eli Anderson on top billing, this Midtown eatery is a who’s who of Indianapolis culinary superstars. For about $40-$60 per person (sans alcohol), executive chef and owner Hardesty takes you on a food tour through his mental playground with a singular prix fixe menu that changes nightly. Supplemental courses are sometimes offered, along with choice of entrée. Along with the outstanding food, an impressive and carefully chosen assortment of beer and wine rounds out the experience.
For the past five years, Rene Trevino and his talented staff have been making some of the most beautiful and delicious pastries and desserts this side of Paris. Truffles, eclairs, tortes and cookies are the sweet stuff; but they also have a wonderful selection of breads, muffins, scones and croissants. Can’t make it to the bakery to do your shopping? Don’t worry. Many of the items are available around town at the Monon Coffee Company, Best Chocolates in Town, Capital Grill and Broad Ripple Brew Pub. But we recommend a trip to the bakery itself for the full experience.
Repeal Restaurant is located in historic Fletcher Place. Our chef, Blake Ellis has developed a menu featuring a savory American cuisine with world and southern influences. We proudly feature crafted cocktails that spotlight spirits manufactured by 12.05 Distillery (located next to the restaurant).
This culturally focused restaurant is rustic in a thrilling way. Impressive hand-hewn tortilla chips, beginning as a soft corn tortilla are liberally salted and served with a spring-green salsa designed to clean one's clock. The moles offered here — chocolaty, nutty, sublime sauces that take meat to new heights — are commendable. If it's an authentic Southern Mexican atmosphere accompanied by a just as authentic cuisine that you seek, slide over to Oaxaca.
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