Northside Nights: A Tour of Indy’s North Side Restaurants at $30/Plate

Organized by the Indiana Restaurant Association, Northside Nights offers local residents a chance to sample some of the finest north side restaurants in the Indianapolis area for just $30 a person, or $30 for two persons. Diners will enjoy offerings from a special, “prix fixe” dinner menu designed to showcase each restaurant’s culinary flare.

This year’s lineup will consist of 38 participating north side restaurants, some of which even offer gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan menu options.

Here are just a few of the restaurants we found interesting:

Seasons 52, located at Keystone at the Crossing, offers seasonally-inspired dining choices designed by Corporate Executive Chef, Clifford Pleau. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America as a young man, Pleau went to Boston, where he walked two blocks down the street to the Ritz-Carlton and was immediately hired. He went on to work at various luxury hotels, and even Euro Disney, before being hired as Corporate Executive Chef for Seasons 52. “This brings together everything that’s been in my blood for the last 20 years,” he says. “I have so much in my mind now that I want to share it with others, and I learn more every day.” And for all you wine aficionados you will be happy to know that Season 52 employs its own Master Sommelier, George Miliotes. In fact, he is one of only 142 Master Sommeliers worldwide.

Traders Point Creamery, located in Zionsville, Indiana, is a family-owned, certified organic dairy farm that began in 2003 as a small dairy operation. It is unique in that it also operate its own farm-to-table restaurant, serving up freshly grown produce, artisan cheeses, organic dairy products, grassfed beef, and pastured pork. Traders Point Creamery’s chef seasonal rotates dishes, keeping things both relevant and diverse.

Ocean Prime, a north side Indianapolis steakhouse that also serves seafood. Originally founded in 2006 in Columbus, Ohio, it went by the name “Mitchell’s Ocean Club”.  As the company expanded its supper club concept outside Ohio, it was renamed as simply Ocean Prime, with “Prime” signifying the owners’ commitment to serving on prime grade steak, seafood and cocktails.

Late Harvest Kitchen is another north side restaurant, named the 2012 Indianapolis Monthly Restaurant of the year. It serves seasonal American cuisine in a fine dining atmosphere. Designers used re-claimed wood and brick throughout the interior to evoke a feeling of warmth and comfort.

Bella Vita, now located in the Geist area of Indianapolis, offers an Italian-inspired menu that includes a variety of pasta dishes, seafood recipes and steaks.  It was founded by owners Henri and Shelley Najem in 1998.

J. Razzo′s is a unique Carmel area restaurant that serves Italian food with an emphasis on “old world flavors”. The restaurant features paintings by local artists.

Event Info:

  • Various northside locations
  • March 11-24, 2013
  • Tel. 317.673.4211
  • Website