The chefs at My Thai Cafe know that you eat with your eyes first, crafting classic dishes and handed-down recipes with an artist's precision and whimsy. They prepare generous bowls of tom-yum soup brimming with shrimp, lemongrass, kaffir-lime leaves, and galanga root, and stir-fry dishes including the pad ped with choice of meat and chili paste—a spicy concoction originating from the kitchen of the owner's aunt. Chefs garnish dishes with edible handiwork: carrots cut into butterflies, rice formed into heart shapes, and bunches of cilantro woven into fans for cooling fiery tongues.
Main St.'s menu items are carefully composed from organic, locally sourced, and natural ingredients and count among their assembly vegan and vegetarian options. Start with fried goat cheese ($7) or celery-root chips ($7), then range like the mighty buffalo onto central fare such as the bison stromboli sandwich with pickles, marinara, and provolone ($6.95). Satisfy an airborne palate with a fancy flight of pan-roasted duck breast with cherry-balsamic reduction ($17), set taste buds a-sail on a skiff of blackened salmon with pineapple pico de gallo ($15), or embrace your stomach's animal-friendly side with a leafy grilled-romaine salad with mustard-parmesan crust ($10). Irrigate a parched gullet with an organic soda (orange, grape, cola, and root beer, $2.25), or fill each of your scientifically abominable four stomachs with French-press organic-coffee service for four ($8), ground fresh upon ordering.
The brightly colored decor at Yogo Passion hints at the heaps of fresh fruit that wait to top the yogurt that pours from self-serve machines. Spoons clatter as patrons lounge in half-bowl chairs inside or in patio seating. The rotating list of yogurt flavors, much like the list of least popular baby names, includes pistachio, peanut butter, and cake batter.
Henry's Coffee Bistro invites coffee connoisseurs to crawl into its cocoon of caffeine for flavorful drinks and friendly fellowship. Warm up your liquid love life with a cappuccino ($2.75–$3.50) or white mocha ($3.25–$3.75), or stall summer sweltering with an iced latte ($3.50). Guests can smear a cream cheese smile on a freshly baked bagel ($2.25) or mix business and breakfast pleasure with a sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich ($6.75). The Penn Street location's menu differs slightly from the East Street menu—at both coffee shops, however, guests can enjoy comestibles such as a pesto chicken panini ($8), a spinach salad ($7), or a California turkey sandwich ($7.50).
Recently spotlighted by Metromix Indianapolis as one of the city's best options for vegetarians, 3 Sisters Cafe sates vores both carni- and herbi- with a menu of inventive dishes forged from fresh, local ingredients. Featured on the "Signature Sandwiches" episode of Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, the D'nai sandwich soundtracks lunchtime masticators with Shakespearean soliloquies as they vanquish its midsection of slow-roasted ham and braised kale ($11). For breakfast, toast the wholesome marriage of lemon corncakes and fresh seasonal berries before ending it with a delectable digestive annulment ($8.50). Otherwise, demonstrate fungi fidelity with the vegan portobello burger for dinner ($8.50), or defy meal orthodoxy with a late-evening dollop of decadent vanilla-cream french toast ($5.25, breakfast served all day).
A steaming pot on the stove. Fresh ingredients chopped by hand and cooked in a simmering broth. This image is what the delectable soups at Soupremacy bring to mind. At this local, non-chain restaurant, the particular soups on hand change daily due to seasonal ingredients and customer demand, and include soups suggested by customers, but each tasty morsel is always made fresh. Come in and see if you can catch a whiff of broccoli cheddar, afghan spiced carrot, tomato bisque with smoke gouda, or Cajun crawfish chowder. For those hot summer days, the chilled soups combine the same fresh ingredients, such as asparagus, lemon, and sweet corn, into a reviving blend. Soup flights of any three different 6-ounce soups make choosing even easier. Pair a traditional gazpacho with a crunchy summer salad with spinach, strawberries, and goat cheese, or finish off your meal with a slice of tangy key lime pie. Mayo-free pasta and potato salads and freshly baked bread from Amelia's Bakery are also offered as sides, and bagels and muffins are great for those who are on a strict no-liquid-or-anything-green diet before lunchtime.