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.
The people behind PEARings Frozen Yogurt and Beyond believe that simple can be delicious, and they work hard to ensure that their dishes use the purest ingredients available. Their certified real-dairy yogurt and greek yogurt contains at least four types of live and active cultures rather than the long-dead Phoenician culture, and their fruit toppings have never been frozen. They use Arabica coffee grown without pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers, and wraps are made with meats and vegetables from local farms. The company says it's trying to "[redefine] the self-serve frozen yogurt concept" with indulgent flavors—sea salt caramel pretzel and Tahitian vanilla are favorites—high-quality ingredients, and a slew of non-yogurt offerings for breakfast and lunch.
Hardwood floors, a bar stretching nearly the entire length of the venue and exposed brick walls keep this Scottish pub from being pretentious, even though it is located on Massachusetts Avenue in the upscale Theatre and Arts District of Indianapolis’ downtown. Garage door style windows help to keep the casual, cool attitude, rolling up in milder temperatures for people watching and to enjoy the light breeze. High ceilings and artwork enhance the historic building’s décor, while craft beer, a well-appointed wine list and an affordable Scotch menu round out the slew of offerings at the full bar. Haggis, Scottish eggs, sausage rolls, mince and tatties, cheesy beans on toast and turnips secure the authenticity of the Scottish fare.
Traditional Asian dishes are served in a relaxing atmosphere at Naisa Pan-Asian Café, where warm, interior colors and a rotating showcase of art created by Herron School of Art students await guests during lunch and dinnertime hours. Naisa Pan, located in the historic Fountain Square district of Indianapolis, offers gluten-free and vegetarian menu options as well as a variety of hot and spicy dishes, many of which can be adjusted to accommodate the particular tastes of each individual. Popular dine-in selections include tangerine chicken, pork dumplings and hot and sour soup, but many visitors take advantage of the restaurant’s carry-out option. Naisa Pan also offers a limited delivery service.