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.
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.
August Mascari fulfilled a longtime dream when he opened Augustino’s on the south side of Indianapolis in 2003. Today, the family-owned business, with its strip mall location inside McFarland Market Place at the southwest corner of Stop 11 and Emerson Ave., is known for its warm, welcoming environment and authentic Italian cuisine. The restaurant’s lunchtime menu features sausages and roast beef sandwiches, along with pasta dishes like the chicken asiago, a sautéed chicken served in a cream sauce with tomatoes, green onions and bacon blanketing a plate of farfalle pasta. Diners can choose to build their own pasta dish, topping their fettuccini with homemade alfredo sauce or a variety of pestos and other sauces, or they can opt for a specialty dish like seafood ravioli. And anyone looking to grab a drink instead can head for the wide wooden bar, serving a variety of wines and other adult beverages.
A small, yellow sign hangs above the entrance to Mama Irma restaurant in the historic Fountain Square district of Indianapolis, where Peruvian cuisine is served Tuesday through Sunday in a charming setting. Inside, guests enjoy a cozy dining experience while sitting at one of the dozen or so tables – reservations are recommended, especially for evening dining – and dark, wooden floors offset Mama Irma’s festive, mustard-yellow stucco walls. But the main attraction is the authentic Peruvian food, heavy with various meats and potatoes, and stewed up to perfection. Customers seem to favor the Chupe De Camarones soup, a shrimp bisque delicacy loaded with shrimp, rice, peas, potatoes, corn and poached egg; the Seco De Res beef stew; the linguini and spaghetti dishes and the Picante De Mariscos, a variety of seafood cooked in a creamy wine sauce and seasoned with Peruvian spices.