No Coast specializes in a delicate style of cuisine: the raw bar. Behind the counter, chefs shuck and serve chilled oysters and clams with five unique sauces, such as mignonette or salsa verde and lime. No Coast also offers a wide range of small plates such as gin-cured salmon and shrimp and smoked beef skewers are designed for sharing. In addition, a la carte cheese and charcuterie platters are also available, which feature items such as a buttery idiazabal sheep's milk cheese and tangy aged gouda, as well as wild boar prosciutto and peppered duck pastrami. Knowing that such delicate fare deserves the right pairings, the bar serves from a library of canned and barrel-aged craft beers, sake, and International wines.
McSwain's Smokehouse gathers a medley of classic recipes from the country's most respected barbecuing regions?Texas, Memphis, the Carolinas, and Kansas City. Hickory smokers cook bacon-wrapped ribs, polish sausages, and slow-smoked beef brisket. In addition to these, chefs build more than a dozen sandwiches, including the McSwain burger topped with shaved brisket, barbecue sauce, and cole slaw. Though the restaurant's food spans different parts of the country, its drink list tends to celebrate Indiana, with a variety of locally brewed beers available in the outdoor beer garden.
Simple Brew Cafe stocks its shelves with homemade bakeries, sandwiches, and Broad Ripple’s Hubbard & Cravens Coffee, and caters events with from-scratch dishes. Tap Simple Brew for a baby shower, baby birthday party, or post-game celebration for a baseball team of babies, and the Simple Brew team of culinary crafters will dole out plates for up to 500 people. Catered breakfast gatherings (starting at $5 per person) jumpstart days with biscuits dressed in signature homemade sausage gravy, breakfast casseroles, and french toast and fluffy hotcakes painted with warm maple syrup. Catered lunches ($6 per person) come bearing all-natural chicken salad and gluten-free mayo, and meals in bulk are made up of half pans of mac 'n’ cheese (starting at $15) and BBQ pulled pork, which arrives slow-cooked, marinated, and sauced in its own savory-sweet juices ($8.99 per pound).
More than 19 big-screen TVs hang above tables lined with burgers, nachos, and build-your-own pizzas at Sidelines Sports Pubs. Sirloin and rib-eye steaks sizzle on the grill, as do portions of chicken and salmon. Liquid nourishment including beer on tap matches with karaoke, free poker, pool, and games such as bags and bowling to foster a more entertaining meal than eating a steak in the rafters of an opera house.
Legends Pub and Grill is a legend in its own right. Avon's friendly neighborhood bar is the place to go to watch Colts games, but that doesn't preclude guests from playing some games of their own on the pool tables and Golden Tee machines. Of course, the classic pub food is worth a visit all on its own, with weekly specials ranging from grilled or breaded tenderloin to broiled fish. Weekly offerings include a DJ on Saturdays, karaoke on Thursdays, and free pool on Wednesdays.
On the second-story balcony of a century-old brick building, diners at Tavern On South find their meals illuminated by a blend of moonlight and the glowing Indianapolis skyline. The tavern might also be within walking distance of Lucas Oil Stadium?100 feet, to be exact?but its upscale ambiance and seasonal menu subverts what you'd expect from your typical sports bar.
A Dining Room with a View
As noted by Indianapolis Monthly in 2011, the interior's wooden accents and iconic photos of the city "lend the tavern a timeless patina." It's a somewhat modern, toned-down take on a typical pub look, with granite bartops and exposed brick. When the weather's balmy, a meal on the patio offers unmatched views of the skyline.
Seasonal ingredients and creative flavors give Tavern on South's traditional offerings unexpected twists. Buffalo wings are made from Maple Leaf Farms duck rather than chicken, and hefty burgers are crafted from house-smoked bison. Even the meatloaf is made from prime rib.
Craft Beer and Cocktails At the bar, the craft beers on draft change with what's available from local breweries, but patrons can also find favorites from Flat 12 and Sun King Osiris by the bottle. The tavern's habit of bucking tradition also carries over to signature cocktails, such as the Cucumber Collins and a mai tai made with spiced rum.