It’s hard to believe I’ve been writing this column for two years (time flies when you’re having fun and constantly stuffing your face), and I thought maybe it was time to do a brief recap on some of my favorite spots to dine. Some of the items I mention may no longer be on the menu, but the places listed have excellent food.
Where to go: Oakley’s Bistro
Address: 1464 W. 186th St., Indianapolis
What I got: Lobster Waffle ($14.75). The Lobster Waffle is exactly what it sounds like – a basil-roasted garlic waffle topped with lobster bites, sautéed zucchini, crispy leeks, mustard cream and tomato jam. Visit Oakley’s for a quiet, cozy date spot.
Where to go: 3UP Rooftop Bar
Address: 201 W. Main St., Carmel
What I got: Shaved Brussels ($11), short rib slammers ($15), fried oyster po’boy ($24) and Impossible Sliders ($14). A great place for small plates, great drinks and an excellent view of downtown Carmel.
Where to go: Porter Books and Bread
Address: 5719 Lawton Loop E. Drive, Lawrence
What I got: The Vonnegut ($13). The Vonnegut is a sandwich with city ham, smoked turkey, a kosher pickle and slaw on house-made focaccia bread smeared with Dijon and garlic/black pepper mayo. Porter Books and Bread is one of my favorite spots to bring a good book or some work and settle in for a few hours.
Where to go: 1933 Lounge
Address: 9707 District North Dr., Fishers
What I got: Oysters Rockefeller ($18). For patrons 21 and older, the restaurant has bar seating, sit-down tables and large, wing-backed leather chairs in a quiet corner, ideal for craft cocktails and good conversation. It’s a St. Elmo Steakhouse sister restaurant, so you know the famous shrimp cocktail is on the menu.