The 'burbs: culinary wasteland or undiscovered territory?

May 6, 2013
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As a wannabe foodie, I read Indianapolis Star writer Jolene Ketzenberger's recent "A Taste of Indy" feature with great interest.

Her in-no-particular-order list of 50 local restaurants worth trying is a great representation of the city's culinary past, present and future.

It didn't shock me at all to learn that Jolene had trouble limiting herself to 50 entries, but I was surprised that so few of them are located north of 96th Street. By my count, just four of the eateries on the list are in the northern 'burbs—and three of those (Bazbeaux, Shapiro's and Yats) are part of local chains. Chef Neal Brown's Pizzology in Carmel is the lone exception.

So what do you think, North of 96thers? What local restaurants would make your destination-dining list?

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  • Yum
    The Friendly Tavern - Zionsville; Uptown Cafe and Syd's - Noblesville; The Roost - Fishers; Peterson's (just barely north of 96th).
  • My to-dine list
    I have several on my to-dine list that I've heard good things about (Divvy and Matt the Miller's in Carmel, Noah Grant's in Zionsville, Matteo's in Noblesville)but I'm sure there's more ...
  • Suburb Dining
    The Loft at Traders Point. Technically it has a Zionsville address so it counts. Stonecreek- Zionsville, Noblesville
    • Rocks!
      The Thai Kitchen just south of 116th on allisonville rd. Rocks!
    • Loft Schmoft
      I never understand the positive comments about the Loft at Trader's Point Creamery. I have been there a handful of times, mostly at the insistence of others, and have repeatedly been disappointed. The service is terrible, just terrible. I am fine with restaurants hiring young staff, but I am not fine with restaurants hiring young staff and not giving them adequate and consistent training. If you care about your customers then you should have well-trained staff. Besides the poor service, the food was forgettable. As someone who eats primarily organic, I understand the appeal but an organic establishment shouldn't have free reign to ignore quality standards in terms of taste. I would compare the Loft to Rick's Boatyard. Both places must realize that customers will continue to flock there for reasons other than service and food quality, so they choose to ignore both.
    • Suggestions
      Peterson's, Bella Vita @ Geist, Eddy's & Cooper Hawk

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