Since 1945, employees at Handel's Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt have been serving daily-made batches of frozen treats using top-secret ingredients, equipment, and recipes. Their freezers are designed to produce an irresistibly smooth, creamy consistency, which they then enhance with generous handfuls of fresh fruit, dark chocolate, and nuts.
The ice cream's signature texture and rotating menu of more than 140 flavors—which include creative combinations such as coconut almond fudge ripple, cherry cordial, and chocoholic peanut-butter ripple—have earned accolades from customers, industry professionals, and sentient ice-cream scoopers alike. The Indiana locations have earned the title of Best Dessert on North magazine's 2012 Best of the Northside list and have been voted the Best Ice Cream Shop on the Indy A-List for six years running. According to an article by Eric Branch on SFGate, the Boardman, Ohio shop is a must-visit for 49ers players staying nearby.
Firmly rooted in downtown Fishers since 1966, Archer's Meats breaks down orders of pork, beef, and chicken for homes, catered events, restaurants, and retail establishments. The staff secures USDA-certified cuts from naturally fed Black Angus livestock, only trusting a handful of local producers to provide its meats. Before any beef sees a customer's grill or oven, it's aged for 7–14 days, which leaves it tender and toothsome. These marbled steaks then appear in the display cases alongside flavored sausages—including Wisconsin bratwurst, hot italian, and andouille—and halal servings of lamb and goat.
Guests step into another world when they sit down at Riviera Maya Bar & Grill. The dining room shrouds guests in reincarnated ancient decor, as the food acts as a time-travel device that can be swallowed, like a photo of the '88 family reunion. In this winsome space, the staff serves tender strips of steak sizzling on a heaping fajita plate, loaded with grilled onions, tomatoes, and peppers. A variety of seafood adds a maritime flavor, such as camarones a la diabla, or shrimp possessed by the demon of spiciness. The kitchen team's dedication to authentic recipes is evident in modern creations such as Armando’s pizza, a mexican pizza that swaps in flour tortillas as the crust and supports toppings of beans, steak, and tomatoes.
Hearthstone Coffee House & Pub aims to enrich its community with its café drinks, food, and craft beers and by giving 10 cents of each beverage sold to a different local charity every month. The day begins with baristas pulling precise shots of espresso and steaming pitchers of milk, which accentuate breakfast sandwiches and fresh-baked morsels of coffeecake or scones. Later on, lunch-goers tear into caprese-salad sandwiches and after-work visitors pair draft beers with flatbread pizzas, soups and salads, or artisan sandwiches. Live music serenades the café Thursday–Saturday, with tunes from celtic musicians, singer-songwriters, and open-mic artists.
Hearthstone makes good on its name with a working stone fireplace topped by a dark wooden mantel that draws attention from diners throughout the interior. Low leather armchairs form a cozy circle around its comforting presence, and its firelight is augmented by a chandelier hanging overhead. Framed art punctuates the tranquil tan walls, which surround scattered clusters of tables and standalone chairs that feel at home in their solitude. At the bar, painted flames crown the menu boards and a rustic chandelier resembling twisted antlers stretches over patrons' heads.
Like the rooster that graces Sunrise Cafe’s logo, owners Scott and Jenny Horsfield rise with the sun. They spend the early hours of each morning overseeing the café’s kitchen, where cooks crack eggs, sizzle bacon, and whip up housemade jam starting at 6 a.m. Come lunchtime, the staff shifts gears, sandwiching corned beef between slices of bread and tossing spinach with strawberries and housemade dressing. Though Sunrise Cafe has been around for 24 years, it continues to modernize with the times, blanketing its booths and tables with free WiFi and forbidding the use of phonographs.
Mazatlan is a family restaurant that specializes in traditional recipes presented within a warmly welcoming environment free of rogue cannon fire or aluminum space bats. Spicy and mild-minded palates alike can mull over a full menu of savory standards such as custom-cooked steak or chicken fajitas ($11.75), as well as off-the-beaten-path treats such as seafood enchiladas with fish, crabmeat, and shrimp atop a bed of rice, guacamole, and pico de gallo ($8.99). Mazatlan's more straight-up specialties include the pineapple chicken grill topped with tomatoes, red onions, pineapple slices, and avocado ($10.75). And for anyone who has ever been tempted to order a taco that contained only more tacos, the fajita burrito ($8.99) might be the closest thing to living out the dream of foods wrapped within foods wrapped within foods. Once you've built up a solid mouth-fire, put it out with a signature 27-ounce Mazatlan Margarita (Tequila Cazadores, triple sec, sweet and sour mix, Red Bull, and Grand Marnier, $9.15) and some fried ice cream ($4.25).