If ever you wanted to eat your way across the globe, Nadia's Bistro would be a good place to start. Here, diners can check off Indonesia, Thailand, and parts of the Mediterranean all in one sitting, and all without having to learn language translations for "mmm." Chef Tom prepares dishes from many cultures using both traditional and contemporary techniques. There's the Indonesian specialty gado-gado, for instance, which contains a jumble of fresh veggies, tofu, boiled eggs, and potatoes. Pastas, meanwhile, reign supreme over the Mediterranean portion of the menu, and stir-fries represent Thailand with such specialties as pad pong ka ree–a seafood-based dish loaded with calamari, scallops, and shrimp.
Alongside a café and wine bar, a bed and breakfast, and a wholesale producer, a bakery might be eclipsed. But it isn't the case for Scholars Inn Bakehouse, one of the myriad parcels of Scholars Inn. The bakery produces daily fresh-baked breads made entirely from scratch and formed by hand, earning praise from several publications, including a guest spot on the cover of Modern Baking magazine. Fragrant breads hewn from all-natural ingredients emerge from European stone-hearth ovens, ready to complement the café menu, sit alongside granolas and bagels, or fill in as backup footballs.
Inside Brunchies, servers carry plates of traditional American diner food, though many were prepared with health in mind. In keeping with the restaurant's name, chefs prepare breakfast and lunch dishes throughout the day. Their signature creations range from a skillet stuffed with cheddar, hash browns, and sausage topped with egg to french toast coated in corn flakes and topped with fruit. They also craft plates of buttermilk pancakes and egg-white omelets, and they stack sandwiches with steak, breaded pork tenderloin, or health-focused ingredients such as grilled chicken and avocado.
The chefs at TJ's Kitchen cook more than 70 entrees for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but diners only need to glimpse a few of them to pick up on the comfort-food vibe. For dinner, guests feast on hand-breaded country-fried steak or stuffed burgers made with 100% Angus beef, then finish with a dessert of apple crisp topped with homemade caramel sauce. If guests come back for breakfast, they can try a spinach-and-feta omelet or bananas-foster pancakes.
Because good food, like news of your Second Life character’s recent promotion, is worth sharing with a lot of people, TJ's Kitchen has a 50-person banquet hall where guests can celebrate birthdays and other events while making use of the room’s 42-inch flatscreen TV and WiFi.
In 1939, a lady named Maxine met and married a gentleman named Ollie and moved to Indianapolis. In 2007, their children and grandchildren started Maxine’s Waffle and Chicken to pay homage to her southern cooking. The downtown eatery, with its soft yellow walls, blue ceiling and wood floors and tables, stays busy for breakfast and lunch, Tuesday through Sunday. For starters, customers dig in to Max Fries with cheese sauce, fried chicken chunks, tomatoes, onions and green peppers topped off with more cheese and sour cream; Salmon Bites, several spicy, handmade salmon balls deep-fried and served with aioli sauce; or fried green tomatoes, served with a southern style sauce. Fish and grits, salmon croquettes and the famous namesake dish are served with cinnamon raisin toast and the popular peach butter, while Neice’s Pancakes are served with peach butter and maple syrup.
La Paix Café slings a snackable selection of crepes, fruit-infused beverages, bubble teas, and 14 flavors of frozen yogurt. A self-serve station invites guests to swirl low- and nonfat yogurts packed with calcium and four types of live, active cultures into white paper cups. More than 40 toppings are on hand to dress flavors such as snickerdoodle and lemon pie. The sweet theme continues with fresh slices of banana whirled into smoothies or bubble teas packed with tapioca pearls. Crepes, one of the café's specialties, envelop sweet fillings of fruit and Nutella, as well as savory morsels of cheese, vegetables, and meats. These thin pancakes sport whimsical names, such as Spam Bot, Farm Ville, and Angry Bird, named for the popular video game Grand Theft Auto: Larry Bird.