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There’s Always the Peppy Grill

Peppy Grill in Fountain Square

#Indianapolis — Long before places like Bluebeard, Pure Eatery and Santorini’s Greek Kitchen made Fountain Square the dining destination it is today, there was the Peppy Grill. I had my first taste of the Peppy in 2006. We were pulling an all-nighter at our Fountain Square office, working to get a big project finished. Somewhere […]

Soulful Southern Cooking Alive & Well in Indy

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#Indianapolis — A new restaurant on the city’s northwest side is getting a lot of buzz lately. Georgia Reese’s Southern Table & Bar was recently opened by former Indianapolis Colt Gary Brackett. But Indianapolis has been home to southern cooking long before Brackett served up his first bowl of alligator gumbo.  Take Kountry Kitchen on […]

6 Fancy Indianapolis Restaurants for Your Next Special Occasion

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#Indianapolis – My husband and I recently celebrated our anniversary. Normally, we go for a more low key date night. I’m usually content with a walk for ice cream or late night nacho platter. But, this was a special occasion, and it deserved a special date night. We decided to use a Ted’s Montana Grill […]

Szechwan Garden Serves Up Authentic Chinese Cuisine

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We’ve heard the “best product, lowest price” advertising line before. So much so that we ignore it like an obnoxious car alarm. Ironically, a restaurant in town that could actually deliver on that claim, doesn’t. Instead, it runs on reviews and reputation. I visited that restaurant, Szechwan Garden, located at 3649 Lafayette Road, because I […]

TGI Fridays Daily Specials

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TGI Fridays has midweek specials on Tuesday through Thursday, including half-price appetizers and $3-5 drinks. My sister and I often see movies on Wednesdays while my kids are in school. It’s her day off, and it makes for a fun mid-week outing. When we discovered the deals at TGI Fridays in Castleton Square Mall, it […]

Who’s Napping Now?

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Indianapolis used to be called “Nap Town” for it’s sleepy demeanor. As recently as 25 years ago, downtown Indianapolis was shuttered up and locked down after the business crowd left at 5:00pm and weekends could be described as “ghost town.” Oh, how times have changed! No one can accuse Indianapolis of napping any more. Just […]

Take Your Taste Buds to Santorini Greek Kitchen

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On my first day of work almost nine years ago, my new co-workers took me to lunch at Santorini Greek Kitchen in Fountain Square. It was love at first bite. Today, we took a new co-worker for her inaugural lunch at Santorini and I’m happy to say my heart still beats for the home-cooked food […]

Ruth’s Cafe: A Tasty and Funky Dining Experience

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Last week I joined two friends for a leisurely lunch at Ruth’s Cafe. Located across from the Fashion Mall, Ruth’s Cafe is a great place to enjoy lunch and conversation. The atmosphere is eclectic and homey. Tables are decoupaged with a variety of papers and collage techniques, and each piece of furniture is unique. The […]

Chilly Water Brewing Company Is New Hot Spot in Fountain Square

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There is a new player in the Indianapolis craft brewing scene. Chilly Water Brewing Company recently opened in the Hinge Building in Fountain Square, 719 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis. Owned by Skip Duvall, former head brewer at the Fountain Square Brewery, Chilly Water brews its fare on-site. The start-up’s current selection includes 5-String E.S.B (Extra Special […]

Cubs Fans: At Least There is Fat Dan’s Deli

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Chicago Cubs fans know that pang of disappointment that comes from dashed hopes of glorious victory.  These loyal swarms are all too familiar with the agony of defeat (the Cubs are currently sub-500 for the seaon). But Indy-area Cubs fans, take heart and point yourself toward Fat Dan’s Chicago-style Deli in South Broad Ripple. On […]

Lincoln Square Pancake House Is a Tasty Downtown Spot

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I’m a big proponent for downtown living, but I know that happy and successful urban living requires the presence and support of local business. So when Lincoln Square Pancake House decided to set up shop in a former car dealership at 2330 N. Meridian Street, I was happy. After months of driving by the breakfast […]

Jockamo Is Pizza Worth the Drive

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Like many families, we eat a lot of pizza in our house. It’s fast, fairly cheap and easily adapted to everyone’s tastes. Usually, we order from pizza places near home. But there is one pizza joint that I think is worth driving to: Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza in Indy’s east-side Irvington neighborhood. As a family, […]

Tasting Havana

The Taste of Havana, in Broad Ripple, brings a Cuban flavor to Indy.

If you have never tried the fruity perfection that is the guava, run to the Taste of Havana and order a guava and cream cheese sandwich, because there is no better way to introduce yourself. And if you’ve never had a Cuban sandwich, you should be immediately running to this small, fantastic Cuban restaurant. Taste of […]

A Diller, a Dollar, a Visit to The Thirsty Scholar

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When The Thirsty Scholar first opened at the corner of 16th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, I assumed it was a bar. I was only partly correct. It’s actually a coffee, beer and wine bar. Tuesday through Friday, The Thirsty Scholar opens at 8:00 a.m. It’s a little too late for the typical rush hour crowd, […]

Long’s Bakery Donut Buying Rules

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Long’s Bakery and its oh-so-right-but-oh-so-wrong-for-you array of donuts is one of those things that is ingrained as a sense memory for me. I can, on command, recall the sweet smell, the soft and sugary texture, even the taste of a Long’s donut. The fact that I came to know Long’s through Sunday morning donuts at church […]

Downtown Indy Stay-cation with Tweens & Teens

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If there is one thing kids love (at least my kids), it’s Spring Break. If there is one thing kids hate, it’s staying home for Spring Break. While Central Indiana doesn’t have much to offer in the way of sand and surf, there are several things for the tween and teen set that make a […]

Indianapolis Ranked #1 for Downtown Living

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Livability.com recently ranked Indianapolis as the #1 city to live in when in comes to downtown dwelling. The criteria used by the website included: Good entertainment options Well-planned design Unique architecture Green spaces Walkability Moving from suburbia to downtown has been a dream of mine (and my husband’s) for several years, especially since our daughter […]

3 Great Places to Watch March Madness

Although Indiana's favorite teams aren't in the tourney this year, you can still count on March Madness to run high among the state's basketball fans.

“Everywhere else, it’s just basketball…but this is Indiana!” I’m not sure who was the first to say that, but if you’ve been in Indiana during the month of March, you understand. In the great Hoosier state, basketball is practically a religion and the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, affectionately know as “March Madness,” is the greatest […]

Two en-Thai-cing Dishes: Swasadée & An At-Home Thai Meal

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Sawasadée Thai Cuisine & Restaurant is my top pick when it comes to Thai food on the Northside of Indy. The service is fast and the atmosphere is perfect for a lunch date with friends or dinner with the family. The menu is full of choices and the portions are ample (especially at dinner). I […]

Sister, Sister: Two Girls, Two Suburbs, One Night on the Town

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My family is from southern Indiana. I grew up in the toe of Indiana’s boot, but my sister and I both ended up Central Indiana. We live less than 20 miles apart, in north side suburbs, and mostly touch base whenever we’re in our homewtown. Recently, we’ve both been making an effort to get together […]