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Buying a wok in Indianapolis?

Maybe Saraga? 38th and Lafayette Rd.

Apr 17, 2009
HMK in General Midwest Archive

Bayfront San Diego Recommendations?

Coming to the Hilton next week for a conference. Will need dinner two nights and lunch for two days. Prefer walking distance, but don't know if that's even realistic. Love all foods and will appreciate all expense levels. Recommendations?

Apr 17, 2009
HMK in San Diego

ISO Denver Recommendations

Will be in Denver for conference 10/21-10-25 and will need good food to help recover from each day's meetings. I enjoy all types of cuisine and will welcome recommendations for all price points. FYI, the meeting is based out of the Sheraton downtown. I don't mind taking a cab, but might enjoy a little walking too.

Oct 15, 2008
HMK in Southwest

fondue appetizer

Thanks. I wasn't set on a cheese fondue, but this looks pretty good. Do you think this would be too heavy as an appetizer?

If anybody has a non-cheese recipe, feel free to chime in - I'm open to all suggestions.

Dec 07, 2007
HMK in Home Cooking

fondue appetizer

My fondue pot has been sitting on the shelf unused, so I can't tell you how good it is. I think it should be OK since it is pretty heavy and has a sterno-type heat source rather than a simple candle.....I'll cross my fingers.

Dec 07, 2007
HMK in Home Cooking

fondue appetizer

I have a Holiday dinner party planned for tomorrow. 3 foodie couples - each brings a dish or two. Here's the menu thus far:

Appetizer (need help...keep reading)
Main: Beef Tenderloin
Side: Roasted asparagus with proscutto & roasted potatoes
Dessert: Pumpkin mousse, apple pie.

I thought I'd seen a great looking recipe for a onion-broth fondue as an appetizer, but now can't seem to locate it anywhere. I liked the idea of a fondue appetizer as we sit around with cocktails. Any suggestions?

Dec 07, 2007
HMK in Home Cooking

Good Spots in Indianapolis (Downtown, plus...)

Like those above, I'll absolutely recommend Elements and R Bistro for your downtown experience. Both have websites. Also consider Rathskeller for good german food with great beer options

For you meal away from downtown, I'll recommend Oakley's (my overall favorite Indy restaurant) and - with a measure of hesitation - L'Explorateur where your meal will either be absolutely fantastic or fall short; there is little middle ground there.

Aug 26, 2007
HMK in General Midwest Archive

Need Recipe for Stuffed Piquillos

I'm hosting a tapas party next weekend and have a pretty busy week leading up to it. I purchased some marinated, seeded and stemmed piquillo peppers this weekend. I'd like incorporate a stuffed piquillo dish into the menu. Any do-ahead, not terribly time-consuming recipes out there?

Jul 22, 2007
HMK in Home Cooking

Help me plan a Tapas party

My husband and I will be hosting our first ever tapas party next weekend for a total of 6 people, two of whom are pretty big eaters. Ideally, we don't want to be in the kitchen much during the actual party. What must we serve? Recipes or other resources would be helpful.

Jul 20, 2007
HMK in Home Cooking

Help! Need nice breakfast place in Indy for special mtg w/godmother

I disagree with the recommendation for Three Sisters and Le Peep. Patachou is OK.

I strongly vote for Taste Cafe and Marketplace on College. They have both indoor and outdoor seating which should serve you well.

Jul 13, 2007
HMK in General Midwest Archive

Rehearsal Dinner for 20 in Indianapolis

Just as others have posted, downtown Indy to Greenwood is not a bad drive and easily under 20 mintues. In fact, I was married Indy and had the reception in Greenwood (unnamed location not worth mentioning) and it logistically worked out well.

The Rathskeller would be a great informal location for a rehersal dinner. Excellent food and spectacular beer. They do have banquet rooms, but also a biergarten which would be lots of fun.

For BBQ, I'd consider take-out, as none of the local places would be appropriate for a rehearsal dinner, even an informal one. My vote for the best BBQ is GT south's (www.gtsouts.com) - they have a southside location.

You might also check and see if Bugg's Temple is open yet. It is an anticipated casual restaurant and pub set to open on the White River Canal. The setting would be great and still witin 20 minutes of Gwood.

Jun 22, 2007
HMK in General Midwest Archive

Milano Inn Indianapolis

I, like all the other posters, think that you could do much better. Keep looking.

Jun 22, 2007
HMK in Great Lakes

Harry & Izzy's in Indy

Since I haven't seen anything posted about this new St Elmo's spin-off, I thought I'd relate my expereinces at Harry & Izzy's this past week. I actually made two visits. I had scheduled a lunch meeting there and my husband got jealous when he heard. So, we ended up there for dinner a couple of days before my scheduled luncheon.

Dinner.
We went on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend - about 7pm on RaceDay. The place seemed pretty empty. The atmosphere is great. Unlike St Elmo's (of which I am not a huge fan), it feels open and airy. Great for people watching - if there are people there to watch.

We both started with the St Elmo's shrimp cocktail and Martinis. It's great that they offer this cornerstone of the St Elmo's menu here. Thanksfully, it is the exact same product - incredibly hot and spicy with all the fresh horseradish in the cocktail sauce. The Kettle one martini's were perfect - and served in an icy glass.

For main course, I had the Harry and Izzy's strip with a really great sauce. Indianapolis Monthly had described the sauce as "exactly what A1 wants to be." It was the perfect description. The steak was cooker perfectly, but I could only eat about 1/3 of it (I think it weighed in at 16oz!). My husband had the filet, which was 10oz and excellent. He had potatoe panckake and I had veggies as a side. The veggies, were fresh and perfectly sauteed ; his pancake was also good.

We then split the brownie dessert Iexcellent brownie, ice cream, whipped cream, candied pecans) and couldn't finish it all despite our best efforts. The only downfall was the coffee - rather bland.

For lunch.
I had the prime rib sandwich. Perhaps I should have known better, but after reassurances from our server I ordered it anyway. It was way too fatty. It seemed like I was eating all fat, no meat. In fact, after a couple of bites, I just couldn't stomach it. So, I ate the veggies (same side as I'd had with the steak) and called it quits. My fellow diners had the pizze (looked wonderful, had rave reviews, and was big enough for 2 to split), the fish sandwich (too bland and with too much breading by report), and a salad (good review).

All in all, the dinner experience was much better.

As for service - both times it was very attentive (almost too much so, but neither visit was crowded) but not at all pretentious They are knowledable and gracious.

Given some time and menu adjustments, I imagine that this will be a hit. It's traditional type fair isn't creative or inventive, but ideal for the unadventurous steak lovers.

Jun 01, 2007
HMK in General Midwest Archive

Lai Wah Heen vs Lai Toh Heen

When I checked the Lai Wah Heen website, they also discuseed their sister restaurant Lai Toh Heen. I am staying in Missassga and it looks as though Lai Toh Heen might be closer....however, I want to make sure the food will be as good. Can anyone comment on the two?

May 09, 2007
HMK in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO Tapas in Toronto tonight

I am looking for a nice place for Tapas tonight. Staying at the Hilton downtown. Would prefer to walk, but don't mind the subway.

As always, much appreciated.

May 04, 2007
HMK in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Help - I'm hungry NOW in downtown Toronto

Thanks

May 03, 2007
HMK in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Help - I'm hungry NOW in downtown Toronto

Just flew into town and arrived at the downtown HIlton. Looking for something quick and not fancy, but tasty. Advice?

May 03, 2007
HMK in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Israeli coucous in Indy

Does anyone know where I can purchase Israeli couscous in Indy? Trader Joes has discontinued it and Marsh/O'malias never had it.

May 02, 2007
HMK in General Midwest Archive

Dual Request for Toronto Chow

With those comments, now I'm all but forced to try the Roxton. Does it have a website? A quick google didn't produce one.

Apr 30, 2007
HMK in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Thanks! "Do-not miss" post trip

As I am headed to Toronto later this week, I'd appreciate a detailed review of those places you ate. I followed your previous post closely and also am thankful for all the wonderful recommendations....can't wait experience Toronto for myself.

Apr 30, 2007
HMK in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

HOT DOGS IN INDY....

Has anybody tried King David's Dogs downtown? I tried to stop by on a Saturday but they appear to be open Mon-Fri only. I'd like to hear some review.

Apr 25, 2007
HMK in General Midwest Archive

Dinner/Drinks for Girls night out in Indianapolis

second the recommendation to avoid Agio.

Apr 24, 2007
HMK in General Midwest Archive

Foie Gras in Indianapolis

Thanks for the tip. What other treats do they have hidden?

I recently discovered their gyro meet in the frozen section. It's outstanding....great to thaw in the fridge while at work then throw it on a rack under the broiler for a super-fast dinner.

Apr 24, 2007
HMK in General Midwest Archive

Special occasion restaurant in or near Indianapolis

That's the perfect summary of L'ex vs the other great Indy places. It has tons of ptential, but consistency of excecution is going to be a key

Apr 19, 2007
HMK in Great Lakes

HOT DOGS IN INDY....

Kincaide's meat market on Illinois and 56th street. In the Butler-Tarkington area, just before the canal if you are headed north.

Apr 18, 2007
HMK in General Midwest Archive

Best place for sushi in Indy?

I vote for H2O sushi in broad ripple. Love the unusual combinations for rolls yet the traditional nigiri flavors. Some of the best chefs in the city have been affiliated with H20 at one point or another (chefs from elements, L'ex and I'm forgetting one).

Great atmosphere.
Great for take-out.

Apr 18, 2007
HMK in Great Lakes

Special occasion restaurant in or near Indianapolis

Thanks for your post.

I'd never would have considered trying 14 West before reading your review. You are correct, they need to post the menu on-line.

I've been wanting to drive down to Tallent, but it looks like I might keep putting it off for awhile - plenty of good places in the city to try.

Next time you are in town, try Oakley's bistro. It ranks up there (and perhaps higher) than Elements, L'ex and others.

Apr 18, 2007
HMK in Great Lakes

authentic Italian in Indianapolis

Try Amici's. It's located on New York steet, in the Lockerbie area. I think it's between New Jersey and College. It's been here forever. It's not much for looks - it sits in an old home and has an ecclectic atmosphere. Howerer, the food is really very good. I'm not Italian, but it is the only place that a 2nd generation Italian friend will eat in Indianapolis. I belive that it is Sicilian style. Try the puttanesca.

Apr 13, 2007
HMK in General Midwest Archive

L'explorateur in Indianapolis

As promised, here's the review of our second visit to L'exploratuer.

The short version is that it was 100% different experience.

The long version is this:
Again early evening reservations. This time, we were seated in the bar area and it proved to be a great spot. I'll always ask for this location when returning. By sitting in the bar area, we are able to watch the chef as he prepared dishes using ingredients from the raw bar. He was in and out of the area all night. It was great to see patrons stop by to talk with him and compliment him on their meal. Additionally, we were able to observe the interaction with his staff. The environment isn't malignant; everyone there seemed happy to be so.

After ordering a glass of wine, we simply instructed our server that we would leave our meal to the discretion of the Chef. Great move on our part. We started with the Hamachi Carpaccio. By report, this is the only item that can't be removed from the menu...it's always in too great of demand. We agree. Perfect flavors of the hamachi, chili oil, crunchy roe, and freshly grated horseradish. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

Next came a dish not listed on the menu. Called "a study in salt," were numerous thin slices of tuna and salmon. Not thick nigiri style, but beautiful thin slices. Each was topped with something salty. One with bits of kalamata olives, one with capers, thin red onion and a lovely bit of sauce, another with caviar, another quite simply with a sea salt. They were all quite good and so different from each other.

A nice lettuce salad was next. It had fennel (not too much), pears (maybe not quite enough?) and fabulous candied nuts. The dressing was light yet flavorful. This salad paired very well the previous two dishes yet also helped transition to the next course.

We were then presented with a good-looking dark green soup with a contrasting portion of Opakapaka resting in the center on top of a hidden piece of toasted brioche. Excellent. I've never had this fish before, but it reminded me of great mahi-mahi in Hawaii. The soup, puree of Jerusalem artichoke, was so incredibly flavorful. It was like eating the artichoke without all the work.

Main courses were apparently chosen based on the wines we had previously ordered (Pinot Noir and a Cab). My husband had duck with a tasty pepper au jus. The duck was perfectly cooked - not at all overdone. It had a nice crusty skin. Luckily I managed to get a slice prior to my husband gobbled it all up. My main course was an enormous pork chop. I am not typically a fan or pork, but this was really very good. Moist and flavorful with an amazing crunchy outer texture. I can say that I've never had pork this good. The best part was the red wine risotto and sautéed shitakes. Again, the risotto was the best I've had with a perfect bite and flavors.

Finally, we ended with a lovely drinking chocolate and a nice rhubarb and strawberry cobbler served in an individual soufflé dish.

To chef's credit, we were completely satisfied, but not uncomfortably stuffed. Also to his credit, we spoke briefly about our previous experience and his goals for the restaurant. It comes down to this: we will go back. We will always let the chef guide us thru a meal only specifying the number of courses desired. I am impressed by his drive to make his restaurant succeed and I think that while there are still a few wrinkles to iron out, you must give him a ton of credit. It's an enormous challenge to change your menu every 2 weeks. When you do that, sometimes you'll miss the mark, but as a customer it's great to be challenged to try something new.

Apr 10, 2007
HMK in General Midwest Archive

Dual Request for Toronto Chow

Thanks everyone, these sound like exactly what I was hoping for! Keep the recommendations coming...

Apr 03, 2007
HMK in Ontario (inc. Toronto)