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Claddagh Irish Pub (Downtown) [Jul. 31st, 2007|05:44 pm]
Dining in the Indianapolis Area

Name of Restaurant: Claddagh Irish Pub
Location (intersections if you do not know the street address): 234 S. Meridian St. Across from ice Lounge
Type of Food: Irish Pub Fare
Average Cost Per Meal: ~$10+
Methods of Payment Accepted: Credit Cards & Cash
Website (if applicable): Claddagh Irish Pubs
Comments, What you ate, what you thought, etc.:

The bar area is a nice place to sit, have a drink, and munch of appetizers. They do have a bar appetizer menu that is significantly cheaper than the appetizers on the regular menu. (~$3)

I'm a fan of their fish and chips even as a sandwich. I usually stick to this, but the Five Points Turkey Club with added sauteed onions is definitely a treat. Both sandwiches cost around $9.

Menu with prices (excluding alcoholic beverages) is located here in PDF format.

Be sure to ask for seasoned sour cream for your chips if you're feeling a little adventurous.

Overall, it was a great experience. Friendly bartenders and servers. Very short wait for our food on a Sunday afternoon.
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...Asaka Japanese Restaurant... [Dec. 21st, 2005|09:40 pm]
Dining in the Indianapolis Area

[mood |happyhappy]
[music |Gackt - orenji no taiyou]

Name of Restaurant: asaka japanese restaurant
Location: 6414 e 82nd st
Type of Food: japanese
Average Cost Per Meal: depends how much you eat and when you go (HHST)
Methods of Payment Accepted: cash and all major credit cards (including diners!)
Website (if applicable): www.asaka-restaurant.com

Comments, What you ate, what you thought, etc.:

i took my girlfriend to asaka this evening for our early non-traditional christmas dinner. we arrived around 1830 and sat at the sushi bar, which was quite nice. when we arrived, there was still 30 minutes of happy hour sushi time left (it runs from five through seven on all days except monday), so we started checking off our nigiri selections: 4x maguro (tuna), 4x sake (salmon), 2x ebi (shrimp), 10x unagi (eel). during HHST, all nigiri is $1/piece, except for hamachi (yellowtail) and unagi (eel) at $1.50/pc and hand rolls at $2.50 each. my dame drank ocha while i had a couple cups of iced oolong tea.

while we waited for the nigiri (there were plenty of people in the restaurant, so there was a wait for the sushi), our waiter (mike) brought us our noodles. my girl had the tempura udon (deep fried shrimp & vegetable), while i ordered a kitsune udon (deep fried soybean tofu) for myself. we happily ate our noodles (i slurped, as usual) and mike brought us the sashimi appetizer a i ordered to tide us over (lol) while the nigiris were being made. this was 5 pieces of sashimi, including maguro, ebi, and tako (octopus). very very tasty. we finished our noodles and the sashimi and, a couple of minutes later, our nigiris were out.

oh what a feast it was. 20 pieces of beatifully crafted nigiri in one of their typical giant round tray plates. the first bites we had literally melted in our mouths (well, every bite did), as nearly orgasmic sighs of pleasure escaped us. it was stupendous, and i can definately say this is the best sushi i've had in town (even though i've only been to three other places - ocean world, sakura, and wasabi on 82nd). we finished our nigiris, feeling well satisfied, but i craved more. i just couldn't help it, so i ordered two pairs of maguro nigiri. there was a tiny bit of a wait, due to a large party in one of the rooms, but when i got my maguro, the masterful sushi chef gave me an extra bonus piece, for being so patient. he nodded to me and apologized "sorry for the wait," all while i bowed my head, saying "it's okay. thank you, thank you!" i was so grateful for the extra piece and the wonderful sushi he made for us.

i had some ocha while enjoying these last pieces of maguro and asked for the check. i was in for a big surprise when mike brought the check back. to my amazement, our extravagant feast came out to $60.40, a whole $20 less than i had anticipated. here we were, absolutely satisfied (read: stuffed) from sashimi, udon, and lots of nigiri, and for a lot less than we thought. just amazing. i tipped mike generously, we came back home, and here i am writing this review of our night.

it's very helpful if you make reservations as it can get rather crowded during happy hour sushi time. when we arrived, nearly all the tables were occupied. i highly recommend this restaurant, even though we didn't have any of the non-sushi or non-noodle plates. asaka gets an eleven out of ten from this japanophile.
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Asaka Restaurant [Dec. 16th, 2005|08:25 pm]
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About two weeks ago, my boyfriend and I decided to go to Asaka Japanese Restaurant.

Name of Restaurant: Asaka Japanese Restaurant
Location (intersections if you do not know the street address): 6414 E. 82nd St. (behind Hooters)
Type of Food: Japanese
Average Cost Per Meal: For two people, about 30$ for Nigiri and rolls
Methods of Payment Accepted: AmEx, Diner's Club, Visa, Master Card, Discover
Website (if applicable): http://www.asaka-restaurant.com
Comments, What you ate, what you thought, etc.:

$1 Nigiri sushi between 5-7 pm Tuesday through Sunday.

I'm not fond of nigiri, so we got about 4 or 5 different rolls. The total for 4 or so rolls and 8 or 9 Nigiri + non-alc. drinks was around 30$. I was a bit leary of going to a place that serves $1 sushi, but it was good! There's definitely a lot more room than Sakura (the only other sushi place I've been to in Indy) which is a plus.

Be sure to get there at around 5, though. As we were leaving at around 7, the restaurant was very crowded.

Also, there is a smoking section for those who do smoke.
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Chocolate Fest [Sep. 21st, 2005|10:16 am]
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I forgot to post about this, but I hope some of you can go.


Indianapolis Arts Garden @ Circle Centre Mall

10 am - 3 pm

This Year's Participants include:

Abbott's Also Candy Shop: Awesome Gismo - a large hand-made turtle

The Best Chocolate In Town, Inc.: Assorted Hand-made Truffles

Blondie's Cookies: Chocolate Chip Cookies & Double Fudge Brownies

Breadsmith: Chocolate Cherry Bread

Classic Kitchen: Valrhona Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

Endangered Species Chocolate Company: Zebra baby bars and Orangutan bars

Goods Candy Shop: Box of Assorted Fine Chocolates

Great Harvest Bread Company: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ghyslain Chocolatiers: 7 Piece Hand-painted Sampler of Dark Chocolate & Truffles

The Hamilton Restaurant: Chocolate Walnut Date Pie

Ivy Tech State College: Chcolate Decadence - flourless cake with ganache

La Trattoria Regioni: Tiramisu

Matteo's Ristorante Italiano: Salmi Di Chocolati - rolled sponge cake with chocolate mousse and chocolate ganache

McCormick & Schmick's: Jake's Chocolate Truffle Cake - flourless chocolate cake with raspberry coulis

Oh Yumm! Bistro: Tropical Bread Pudding with Rum Chantilly Cream - with pecans, coconut & pineapple with rum chantilly cream and chocolate chili cups

Omni Severin: Peanut Butter Raspberry Chocolate Gateau

Peterson's Restaurant: Cinnamon White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bar/ German Chocolate Candy Bar

Rene's Bakery Inc.: Chocolate Brownie Napoleon - peanut chocolate brownie, chocolate pastry cream, and chocolate puff pastry

Restaurant Talent: RedZinfandel & Chocolate Crema with late season rsaspberries

Ruth's Chris: Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake

St. Elmo Steak House: Rocky Peaked Cookies & Cream Brownies - brownies topped with chocolate buttercream and cream filled chocolate cookies

Scholar's Inn Gourmet Cafe: Double Chocolate Whoopie Pie - large double chocolate chip cookies with peanut butter cream filling

Second Helpings: Marble Chocolate Cheesecake

South Bend Chocolate: Assorted Chocolate Bars

Dessert Tickets $5 at the door. One ticket gets you one dessert!

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Indy Restaurant Week [Jul. 21st, 2005|11:02 am]
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July 25 - 31, 2005

Menus are provided in the link above.

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Thank you sarah0003
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(no subject) [Jul. 2nd, 2005|08:09 pm]
Dining in the Indianapolis Area


I just moved back to Indianapolis after a year in Madison, IN. Much to my dismay, my favorite Indian restaurant had closed while I was gone. Can anyone recommend some good ethnic restaurants that might replace Shahi Dawat as my favorite? I'd prefer they be on the southside, but I'll drive farther if the fare is great. I'm open to just about anything, but I'm fairly picky about seafood.

So far on my list to try are Acropolis (Greek, in Southport), Bahama Breeze (Carribean, northside), and The Bosphorus (Turkish, downtown, if it's still open).
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Note for new and old members! [Jun. 25th, 2005|03:14 am]
Dining in the Indianapolis Area
I'm making a "form" of sorts to use in the process of better sorting out restaurants. Please use this in the future. It'll not only help me to figure out which categories to categorize places in, but also for users to find the information that they need.

Also, I updated the user info. Please check this out for future reference. Opinions, questions, etc. are welcome, as always. :)


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Dining Out for Life - April 14, 2005 - Indianapolis [Apr. 14th, 2005|12:18 am]
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What is Dining Out for Life?

Dining Out For Life® is an annual fundraising event involving the generous participation of volunteers, corporate sponsors and restaurants. In exchange for their financial support, restaurants are listed in a city wide marketing campaign in an effort to increase customer traffic.

In 1991 Dining Out For Life® was created by an ActionAIDS volunteer in Philadelphia. In 1993, ActionAIDS made it an international event offering licenses to AIDS Service Organizations around the country. Since Dining Out for Life International's founding the event has grown throughout North America and is now produced in over 33 cities.

The Board of Dining Out For Life® is constantly working to expand the number of licenses around the country, as well as to gain sponsorships that benefit the entire country. On average two to three cities a year are being added.

More than 2,500 restaurants a year donate a portion of their proceeds from this one special night of dining to the licensed agency in their city. Over $2 million dollars a year is raised to support the missions of agencies throughout North America. With the exception of the annual licensing fee of $600, all money raised in these cities stays there.

There are several restaurants in the Indianapolis area are donating proceeds to this cause. A list of the restaurants can be found here.

There are many other cities taking part in this. So, feel free to spread the word to others that live in other major cities.


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LA Cafe (Whitestown) [Mar. 21st, 2005|09:11 am]
Dining in the Indianapolis Area


Our Reuben group just posted reviews of our experience at LA Cafe in Whitestown. In summary: out of the way, but worth the trip.
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Reuben Realm [Mar. 12th, 2005|05:11 pm]
Dining in the Indianapolis Area


My friend reubeneater maintains Reuben Realm, a website for review of Reuben sandwiches. Most of the places we have reviewed are in the Indianapolis area, and the reviews might be of interest even if you aren't into Reubens the way we are. We also get together every other Tuesday for a "Reuben Tuesday" lunch, and anyone is welcome to join us.
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