by Canadian in Indiana
I guess that I consider myself a foodie (the Wikipedia definition of foodie being someone who wants “to learn everything about food, both the best and the ordinary, and about the science, industry, and personalities surrounding food”).
I thought that I’d include a page about restaurants I’ve visited in Indiana. Every once in a while, B.B. and I try out some of the local restaurants as suggested by Urban Spoon. Unfortunately, we are often disappointed by the recommendations listed on that restaurant review site. So, I’m just going to make a personal list of Indiana restaurant recommendations and condemnations. I also have a pending section where I list restaurants that I am willing to give a second shot (restaurants in this category are places that I am willing to try again because either other people have rated it highly, even though I was not impressed, and/or the food was not great, and I complained and received a complimentary gift card for my next visit).
- Black Swan Brewpub – 2067 E. Hadley Rd, Plainfield, IN, (near Indiana State Road 267 and Interstate 70 (menu)
- Capital Grille – 40 West Washington Street, downtown Indianapolis (menu)
- iSushi Café – 820 E. 116th Street, Carmel, IN (menu)
- Locally Grown Gardens – 1050 E. 54th St. • Indianapolis, off of the Monon Trail in Broad Ripple.
- Major Restaurant – 1150 S Mickley Ave, Indianapolis, IN (near exit 12 off of I-465) 317-240-2700 (menu)
- Naked Tchopstix – two Indy locations: 3855 E. 96th St. & 6293 N. College in Broad Ripple (menu)
- Peterson’s – 7690 East 96th Street • Fishers, IN (check out the menu)
- Ruth’s Café – Keystone Crossing • 3443 E 86th St • Indianapolis
- Siam Square – Downtown in Historic Fountain Square • 936 Virginia Avenue • Indianapolis (check out the menu)
- The Egyptian Café and Hookah Bar – Broad Ripple, 6265 Carrollton Ave • Indianapolis (check out the menu)
- Three Sisters Café & Bakery – Broad Ripple • 6360 Guilford Ave • Indianapolis, IN
- Woody’s Library Restaurant – 40 East Main Street • Carmel, IN (check out the menu)
Gelato Da Vinci, the Bistro, Carmel, IN 146th & Meridian St, Clay Terrace (menu)CLOSED
Pubs that I like:
- The Brockway Pub – 12525 Old Meridian, Carmel, IN
Coffee Shops that I like:
- SoHo Café & Gallery, 620 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel, IN
Hit and Miss restaurants:
- Benihana, 8830 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN (menu)
- Charleston’s Restaurant – 14636 US Highway 31 • Carmel, IN (check out the menu)
- Kincaid’s, (2 reviews: positive, negative) – 14159 Clay Terrace Blvd., Carmel, IN 46032
- Shapiro’s Deli – 3 locations: Shapiro’s Downtown 808 S Meridian St • Shapiro’s Carmel 918 S Rangeline Rd • Shapiro’s at the Indianapolis International Airport (check out the menu).
- The Journey – 7155 E 96th St. • Indianapolis (check out the menu)
- (none at the moment, check back later)
My food palate
When I was little, my parents made me try a bit of everything, no matter how much I detested the look or smell of the food. I often couldn’t leave the table unless I ate the doled portion of food on my plate. I had the typical childhood food aversions: I didn’t like brussel sprouts, beets, tomato juice, peas. My mom cooked a variety of dishes which included cuisine that ranged from western dishes, Asian dishes, Italian, Russian. The end result, is that as an adult, I don’t shy away from eating unusual foods. Some of the more unusual things that I have tried include:
- durian fruit
- dragon fruit
- nato (Japanese dish with fermented soya beans and mixed with raw egg and put over rice–and acquired taste, but I’ve always liked it)
- rattle snake
- dog (in Korea, I unknowingly ate some in a stew)
- silkworm (also known as bondeggi, in Korea and is served boiled and in little Dixie cups with a toothpick)
- raw oysters
There are a lot of things that I haven’t tried yet (prairie oysters come to mind–and I’m not talking about the drink). The point is that I have tried a lot of things and I’m not afraid to try something new.
Some of my favoured ethnic cuisines include (in no particular order) Thai food, Japanese, Greek, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, Indian, Italian. I have visited some Asian countries where the food often tastes better in the country of as good as back home (Thai food in Thailand is way better than at the restaurants in Canada). I have frequented a number of restaurants in Vancouver where there is no shortage of good restaurants serving cosmopolitan dishes. For example, fusion food is also a trend that is common in Vancouver, and other countries where there is a large influx of immigrants (Pacific Rim areas like California, parts of New Zealand and Australia).
I also like to try new recipes that I find by surfing the web (my favourite websites include Epicurious, Food Network, and Allrecipes) and sometimes, I will try recipes that I see while flipping through magazines.