You don’t have to look far to notice that Indianapolis’ culinary scene is sizzling with several new dining options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and after hours fun. On top of the recent openings, we’ve heard of a few promising adventures that have barely broken ground. Catch up with our quick guide to help you plan your weekend and those to come.
Photo courtesy Visit Indy blogger Natalie Clayton
Milktooth, 534 Virginia Ave
Do you believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Jonathan and Ashley Brooks do, which is why they are bringing unconventionally creative morning fare to Fletcher Place with Milktooth. The modest menu shows off classic dishes with a a twist – like the Sweet Tea Fried Chicken Biscuit with Sausage Gravy and Fried Egg. Eyes of adventurous eaters will widen upon seeing pickled kombu, a type of Japanese kelp, in their miso soup or the mildly sweet Kusshi oysters available for purchase individually.
Milktooth’s atmosphere reminds us of how every day brings a bright, new start. Large garage doors let in plenty of light that bounces off of the tall white walls, leaving your eye to spot the bright colors in the 50′s and 60′s kitchen equipment turned decor. It’s a retro time warp – one that reminds you of simplicity, where you could sit down at the table and enjoy a full breakfast before work with love found in every bite.
Georgia Reese’s, 3454 W. 84th Street
“Honest. Goodness. Soul.” That’s the tagline seen on the back of t-shirts worn by servers at Georgia Reese’s, a new soul food restaurant from former Colts linebacker Gary Brackett. Located in Indy’s northwest side, Georgia Reese’s is open for lunch and supper with a menu that offers southern cuisine with a side of live jazz and blues in an urban atmosphere. Each entree reminds you of traditional southern food you may have grown up on - like the BBQ Pork and Beans made with pork brisket, pigs feet and pork belly, or the Smothered Rabbit with Vidalia onions, wild mushrooms and a sherry-demi glaze.
A full lunch buffet is offered every Saturday and Sunday morning featuring Southern Fried Chicken, Catfish, Carved Prime Rib, omelets made to order and more, all accompanied by local jazz musicians. Diners expecting more than just great food will appreciate the attention to detail in the large wooden doors separating the rooms, elegant lighting and low ceilings that make you feel at home, or at least at the home you wish you had.
Cashew Concoction – Photo Courtesy The Garden Table Facebook Page
The Garden Table, scheduled to open 908 E Westfield Blvd
It is always sad to see a loved retail shop close its doors, but the tears are comforted by a new business taking on the same space and continuing the vibe of the village. Moving into Broad Ripple Village in what was previously Chelsea’s gift store is a healthy alternative to the pub food found on the strip. The Garden Table offers a smoothie and juice bar (because we all know making those things at home is a lot of work) along with soups, sandwiches and salads that can be eaten in or picked up and taken to-go.
Scheduled to open shortly, The Garden Table will likely be the stopping point for pick-me-ups after runs and bike rides on the Monon Trail, a thirst quench while shopping at Good Earth or a hangover cure after a night of brews at Broad Ripple Brew Pub. It’s a step in the right direction for health-conscious locals or those who just want to enjoy a delicious non-alcoholic beverage in Broad Ripple.
BurgerHaus, 335 W. 9th Street
Walking the canal is a beautiful way to explore Indianapolis, but wouldn’t it be great if you were walking to a juicy burger shop? That will change next summer with the scheduled opening of BurgerHaus, a Valparaiso restaurant that is expanding their grill to Indy. Attention is given to the details of each of the 10 burgers listed on their menu, all with suggested beer, wine or cider pairings and at least five different toppings piled high on whole wheat, brioche or pretzel buns. Sandwiches, soups, salads and other entrees are available, though the burgers and Haus fries that can be ordered with multiple cheesy, bacony toppings, are the focal point of the restaurant.
How many restaurants have you visited that give a meal for each one you purchase? For every burger you enjoy at Burgerhaus, they will provide a balanced meal to a hungry child in a third world country through their partnership with Kids Aid International.
The Owner’s Wife, scheduled to open at 608 N. Park
What happens when you love beer and food? You find a way to make both of them your full time passion. The Owner’s Wife is new venture from Ted Miller, owner of Outliers Brewing Company and Brugge Brasserie and chef and restauranteur Greg Hardesty, and is expected to open late spring or early summer 2015 near Mass Ave. There is no doubt that Hardesty, a James Beard Award finalist, will use his technique and skill in ways that will continue to surprise restaurant goers throughout each season, giving Mass Ave one more delicious destination.
With the brewery and restaurant being one in the same, those who drop by for either a growler fill or a bite to eat will feel connected to both, likely making The Owner’s Wife a one-stop shop for downtown dwellers who are otherwise finding those two things separately.
Which restaurants have you visited and which of the soon to be opened restaurants will you be dining at first? Share your thoughts in a comment below!