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Gubment Breakfast (inspired by the Reagan years)

I don't recall "government eggs". There was a truck that came in the 'hood once a month and whatever was on the truck is what you had to work with.

Mar 12, 2008
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Pizza in Indianapolis

Gusto! on Virginia Ave. The place is very unassuming but the pizza is "the bizness"! (That's a good thing.) It's right in Fountain Square, south of downtown Indianapolis, straight up Virginia Avenue in the old G.C. Murphy building (you can still see the letters on the building). Try the cannoli...its GREAT!

Mar 06, 2008
tmdenmark in General Midwest Archive

Indianapolis - "Gusto!" in Fountain Square

Having never been a fan of pizza places here in Indy, "lo and behold" in Fountain Square is a place called "Gusto!" (1043 Virginia Avenue). Wow! I could recall going to that same location to eat at former establishments but when I walked in 2 weeks ago, the entire place was completely transformed! The decor of the former establishments was always very diner or shabby sheek but this place was not what I expected. It was a little more sophisticated than I had expected, not that beautiful $1200-$3000.00 artwork makes a place suddenly sophisticated, but it doesn't hurt because if the ambiance doesn't intrigue you, the artwork definitely will.

The pizzas are made to order and there are very few food items that are "canned" or "jarred". The owner, Tim Lutes is the mind behind the recipes. The menu is quaint and actual not that different fare from the normal restaurant but the flavors and fresh ingrediants were fabulous!

I highly recommend you drop by on "First Fridays", the first Friday of each month when the art studios are open as well.

Mar 06, 2008
tmdenmark in General Midwest Archive

Gubment Breakfast (inspired by the Reagan years)

Mar 06, 2008
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Indianapolis - "The Journey" (...to where?)

Right now, I'm in love with The Village Restaurant (my face is now recognizable for bringing in colleages...and I'm about to be on first name basis with the staff). The worse thing about it so far, is its location. Fortunately for me, it's right around the corner from my house and across the street from my church. It's behind Lafayette Square Mall on Century Plaza Dr. (4737 Century Plaza Drive). No...not retro but very cool and the food is always an experience for me. This is probably the ONLY buffet I enjoy right now. I go so I can taste the wide variety of foods...and I still haven't tasted them all!

Mar 06, 2008
tmdenmark in General Midwest Archive

Indianapolis - "The Journey" (...to where?)

All pretty good places to eat (I work in the "near" downtown area), however, you still need a car to get to those restaurants. I find that my Chicago and NYC friends/colleagues are the first to complain about nothing being centrally located in the "middle" of downtown Indianapolis. One friend from NYC said, "People are really friendly here...but you all don't have diners?" Of course this was before the Red Eye "eat-only-in-desparation" Cafe was even a thought. LOL

Mar 06, 2008
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Indianapolis - "The Journey" (...to where?)

Okay, I had to post about this place. I kept hearing about this place called, "The Journey"...all you can eat chinese buffet. Whup-dee-doo! That's ALL we need in Indianapolis, is another chinese buffet. I haven't been to one in years, however, because I heard 3 colleagues talk about it after one weekend (and they didn't go together), I decided to give it a whirl...what the heck! Well...it was a "journey" to overcooked frog legs and dried out sushi. Same stuff...more square footage?? The only thing "The Journey" had going for it was the retro furniture. I was highly disappointed that my journey ended in mediocrity.

Jan 24, 2008
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Chicory, Tangerine, and Pomegranate Salad

Although I love pomegranates (I have one on my counter as I type) pomegranate seeds are challenging to navigate in ANY meal. Not something I would serve at a dinner party. It's akin to having a dinner party with a whole, unfileted fish...people are constantly, albeit politely, removing something from their mouths.

Dec 21, 2007
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