Veteran chefs prepare Stir Crazy’s Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese dishes on sizzling woks right in the dining room. So while diners-to-be ponder the menu of more than 50 traditional and innovative Asian creations, they'll witness knives quartering veggies and flames lapping at the edges of the wok as the sights, smells and sounds of the kitchen come alive around them. Should your taste buds riot at the sight of all this mouth-watering action, satisfy them with an appetizer like the Ahi tuna and avocado poke ($8), a spicy stack of fresh fish and cool veggies. For main courses, choose from an array of entrees like the sweet and sour chicken, a dish featuring tender pieces of crispy chicken tossed with broccoli, red and green peppers, onions, carrots, and pineapple in a sweet and tangy sauce ($12.50). Or manage your intake with the Crazy Feature menu, which offers smaller-in-portion but towering-in-flavor classics like Mongolian beef or sesame chicken, served with a crispy veggie spring roll (all $8.88).
When thinking of the country's best waterfront restaurants, many people probably think of destinations in Hawaii, California, and Florida. In fact, one of them is right outside Indianapolis. Rick's Cafe Boatyard has been named 1 of the 100 Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants by both OpenTable and Restaurant News. Its wraparound deck boasts dozens of tables, at any of which guests enjoy panoramic views of Eagle Creek Reservoir and the sailboats anchored in the restaurant's 100 boat slips.
This setting is just part of what has earned Rick's a spot among the Indy A-List's five most romantic restaurants every year since 2007. Inside, there are two banquet rooms?the Diamond Room with exposed, vaulted ceilings reminiscent of a ship's hull and the Pearl Room. In the main dining room, there are potted palms with coastal vibes, where diners can listen to live jazz shows on weekends and a variety of music on other nights.
Of course, Rick's wouldn't be so popular if it was serving mediocre food. Guests would do well to start their meal with the award-winning Maryland crab cakes and to try the Atlantic salmon roulades, which are rolled in spinach and boursin cheese before they're cooked in a wood-burning oven. Though rooted in fresh seafood, the menu is surprisingly extensive and also includes steaks, chops, sandwiches, and wood-fired pizzas.
The rich browns of dark wood and supple leather immediately comfort guests who step into Taverna's sleek 5,000-square-foot space. The kitchen, helmed by Executive Chef Aaron A. Blake, lives up to the promise of the decor with a menu of comforting pub fare that doesn't skimp on innovation. Here's what some local press has to say about the offerings:?
From the Press
"Chef Aaron Blake takes on some ambitious recipes, like a luscious appetizer of bacon-wrapped seared scallops over a leek cream, and a well-executed Kona-crusted New York Strip . . . served with a well-balanced chocolate?red-wine reduction that will change your attitude about sauces on fine steaks." ?Indianapolis Monthly
"The food . . . is really quite extraordinary . . . Nothing sang louder than the delicate, buttery, flaky orange roughy with a light pepper and dill crust, nested on a bed of oven-dried tomatoes and a flawless lemon beurre blanc." ?Unite Magazine
"Asian-inspired tuna tartare, rich gnocchi, and a Kona coffee-crusted New York Strip demonstrate the kitchen?s considerable skill." ? Eater
Cuisine Type: Barbecue and seafood fusion
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Brisket, ribs and bassa
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: We encourage call-in orders, have a drive thru, and are open late
Tell us about your specialty, Fainted Ribs?
When time and temperature come together perfectly.The fiber of the meat can no longer hold. Then the meat collapse and faints.
Are there any dishes on the menu you consider to be a hidden gem?not necessarily the most popular, but surprisingly delicious?
The specially ordered jerk-flavor meals. Also checkout the burnt 'n' fries.
What's one fun fact about your business?
We love to cater to families.
Sophisticated and casual seafood lovers alike frequent The Oceanaire in downtown Indianapolis for lunch and dinnertime business meetings, company functions and special celebrations. Located less than two blocks south of Monument Circle, the restaurant has limited street-side parking directly in front, but offers valet parking during standard dinner hours. Inside, dark wood paneling and ocean-themed décor is plentiful. Some of the facility’s most cherished seating options line its mostly glass-covered front wall, which faces Meridian Street. There, tall, soft-back privacy booths provide for both comfortable dining experiences and people-watching opportunities thanks to an abundance of external sidewalk foot traffic. Menu options vary daily based on market availability but no matter what guests select for the main course, clam chowder is often the side dish or appetizer of choice.
Fogo De Chao is a Brazilian-influenced steak house and meat lovers’ paradise with a national pedigree. Located in a triangular-shaped building in downtown Indianapolis, the facility is easily spotted thanks to a large, street-side stained glass window at its front corner. Inside, the meat-based aroma is undeniable, thanks to the availability of various renditions of sirloin, rib eye, ribs, lamb, chicken and pork. However, guests at Fogo De Chao can also fill themselves at the restaurant’s gourmet salad and sides bar where more than 30 items can be found, including various vegetables, imported cheeses, artisan breads and cured meats. But it’s the delivered-to-your-table meat offerings, served on skewers, which are by far the most popular dining option. A two-sided flip card, alternatively red and green, is used by visitors to signal whether or not they’re ready for more meat.