Where to go: Almadina International Halal Foods
Address: 14029 Mundy Dr., Fishers
What to get: Lamb chops
Price: $7.99 a pound
Anna’s take: Some people may still be a bit nervous about venturing out to restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the good thing is, they can venture to Almadina International Halal Foods, a small grocery in northern Fishers, and purchase items to make an excellent meal at home. Almadina let me sample lamb chops, lamb shank, several fresh pastries and kufta, which is a ground mix of cilantro, onion, spices and lamb. My favorite was the lamb chops. Almadina sources its lamb from a farm in North Vernon, so it’s very fresh. It also has an excellent price point at $7.99 a pound, which is much more affordable than many other local spots. I browned the chops in a pan, then roasted them in the oven with rosemary, lemon, garlic and olive oil, and it was so rich and delicious. For someone who rarely cooks, using the high-quality meat from Almadina and an easy-to-follow recipe, I was able to cook something fit for an Easter dinner.
Suggested pairings: I grabbed a cabernet sauvignon from the grocery, but I think any dry red would pair well with lamb.