Like a tongue on a flagpole in February, fusion cuisine results from curiosity and a shortage of popsicles. Rein in restless taste buds with today's Groupon to Hue Dine or Loft 36, both located downtown. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $35 worth of fusion dinner fare at Hue Dine.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of lunch fare at Loft 36.
Hue Dine sates dinnertime cravings with its Asian- and Creole- influenced dishes, all set against sleek, minimalistic décor. A delectable blend of local, seasonal ingredients and seasoned chefs well-versed in the tomes of worldwide cuisine creates the eclectic menu of starters, salads, and sides. Begin an eating excursion with nibbles of crawfish cake, stylishly adorned with mango relish and chipotle crema ($11), or tackle more substantial edible inquiries with the smoked-gouda chicken, a hickory-smoked helping of chicken issuing savory edicts and parking tickets atop a vodka-creamed throne of aged gouda and basil linguine ($16). Parched pouts can cap off bites of cajun rib eye ($26) with Hue Dine's hand-selected list of boutique wines, and famished eyes can fill up on luxe white walls and long tables bathed in cool lighting.
Those with more lunch-appropriate hungerings can duck upstairs into Loft 36, with a menu of sandwiches and light plates, along with a nod to 1980s NYC East Village and live music, that keeps the senses edibly and aesthetically entertained. Corral grumbling stomachs with the half-pound lasso of the bison burger, sporting a luxurious coat of sun chokes, sweet caramelized onions, and dijon aioli ($10), or set sail sans antiquated blue-jean collar with the pan-seared halibut, sprawling across spicy vanilla applesauce ($13).
Indianapolis Monthly included Hue Dine in its "Five Things We Adore Right Now." The Indianapolis Business Journal's Property Lines blog and Indystar featured Hue and Loft 36. Though there aren't many online reviews for Loft 36, four Yelpers give the Hue three stars, and 69% of Urbanspooners recommend it.