Don't confuse the concise dinner menu at Carnegie's Restaurant with uninventiveness. It's actually the result of a dedication to locally sourced herbs and veggies, which the culinary team relies on to craft seasonally changing dishes. Many of these burst with northern Italian flavors, from pork tenderloin roasted in a marsala wine sauce to tiger shrimp and linguini tossed with a tomato cream sauce.
Plenty of wines by the glass and bottle, as well as craft beers, complement feasts unfolding inside the historic Carnegie Library, where varnished hardwoods and chandeliers lend a stately feel to dinners. When weather permits, diners can even head outside to a romantic garden patio whose Venus fly traps are trained not to touch your steak.
Papa Murphy’s serves up a tasty menu of handmade "take ‘n’ bake" pizzas created using dough, cheeses, meats, and veggies that are freshly prepared every day (prices listed below are average; actual prices vary by location). After customers choose their pie, Papa Murphy's personable pizza fashioners will build the pizza in-store and then package it for customers to bake at home in the oven. Customers can select one of Papa Murphy's signature pizzas or customize their pie to a more specific taste, culling from the four sauces, three crusts, and more than 20 toppings available. Watch as Papa Murphy’s pizza professionals corral the ingredients of a signature pizza such as the cowboy ($14.99 for the 16” family size), complete with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, and black olives. Or request a Chicago-style stuffed pizza ($16.99 for the family size), packed with onions, mozzarella, four kinds of meat, and one of the most efficient public-transit systems in America. Thin-crust fans can opt for an herb chicken Mediterranean deLITE ($11.99 for a large), smothered with feta cheese, olive oil, and spinach. And veggievores can avail themselves of Papa Murphy’s gourmet vegetarian option ($15.99 for the family size), which comes saturated with a creamy garlic sauce. Side your pizza with an order of cheesy bread ($3.99) or a two-liter soda ($2.09).
Husk prefers its corn sweet and its farms close by. Grown just minutes from Husk HQ, the sweet ears hail from four sustainably-minded Indiana farms: Weaver's Produce, Stout's Melody Acres, Eli Creek Farms, and Wilson Farms. Each supplier has a story to tell?about their humble origins; about the generations of kin who operate them; about the values that make them tick; and about the tiny looms on which they weave their husks.
Though these stories might be different, these farms are all integral to Husk's overall mission of growing and selling corn locally.They represent a return to a community-oriented business style, much like the one that powered Indiana's food supply prior to 20th-century industry. A unique part of their business involves harvesting Indiana sweet corn while it's still in season, then preserving it through a labor-intensive process, so that it's summer flavor can be enjoyed year-round.
The menu at Mama Nita's Pizza runs deep and wide, beginning and ending with the creatively titled specialty pizzas. Try The Hitman, a cheesy pie topped with meatballs, pepperoni, and Italian sausage plus special seasonings, or the Pasketti pie, a robust pan-crust pizza with spaghetti, meatballs, mushrooms, and mozzarella. And while the rest of the menu features American classics such as wings, nachos, and subs, they come in a wide varieties of styles?three types of nachos, more than 15 subs, and wings that come with a choice from 13 sauces. Dessert is no less appetizing?cap the meal off with a homemade cinnamon roll or a dessert pizza cut into slices or post-meal pillows.
Great American Grill shows it patriotism not only through the flag waving proudly on its menu cover, but also with classic American cuisine. The kitchen’s country-fried steak and breaded shrimp evoke down-home charm, as does the hearty housemade chili. Sandwiches range from juicy bacon cheeseburgers to chicken salad, and a rotating daily special infuses the menu with surprise more safely than garnishing every other meal with a lit firework.
When Anass Sentissi, chef and owner of downtown Indy's Saffron Caf?, opened the doors to his new quick-eats spot in Broad Ripple, guests lined up to taste the bocadillos (sandwiches), salads, and other made-to-order Moroccan fare. Indianapolis Monthly described the eatery's decor of ruby-red walls and punched-tin lanterns as "oh-so-welcoming," urging guests to "stick with the chef's recommendations" to take full advantage of the build-it-yourself sandwich menu.
Sentissi, whose years of restaurant experience and secret family recipes earned his food a spot on Indy Style in 2010, helps guests navigate options such as shawarma and Moroccan tuna salad with radishes as they create sandwiches, salads, and platters. Harissa, a spicy red chili sauce, and charmoula, a zesty cilantro pesto, are some of the traditional sauces and dressings that give Poccadio's dishes their signature flavors, making for lunch options that are healthy, fast, and build vocabulary.