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Business lunch spots to savor

September 25, 2015
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The hand cut and breaded tenderloin—big enough for nearly two meals—is a lunchtime favorite at the Sawmill Saloon at 1313 N. Sherman Drive. It’s $5.95. (IBJ photo/Lesley Weidenbener)

 

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Cerulean
339 S. Delaware St. | 870-1320
www.ceruleanrestaurant.com/indianapolis/

Lunch options:

Panko chicken bento, honey, cranberry-ginger: $13

Chipotle prawns bento, rice, cauliflower: $15

Chocolate mousse bomb, espresso custard, caramel: $5

“The food from Executive Chef Alan Sternberg and Pastry Chef Peter Schmutte is delicious and sophisticated, with plenty of client-pleasing variety. The space is modern and urban. A biz lunch at Cerulean says innovative, forward-thinking, creative and aware.”
Jolene Ketzenberger, editor, EatDrinkIndy.com

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Duos
2960 N. Meridian St. | 927-6810
www.duosindy.com/

Lunch options:

House roast beef sandwich with blue cheese, chimichurri sauce, arugula and roasted eggplant on ciabatta: $7.50

Becky’s quinoa bowl, tofu, garbanzo, tahini dressing, sunflower, carrot, red bell and Harvestland spicy greens: $7

Julia Child’s skinny burger, local beef (80/20) from Fischer Farms: $6

“It’s casual, but that’s what I like about it. The food is always great and even though the cafeteria-style set-up isn’t your usual business atmosphere, it lends itself well to getting work done.”
Kate Oberreich, artist, cultural concierge at Arts Council of Indianapolis

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Fire by the Monon
6523 Ferguson St. | 252-5920
www.firebythemonontrail.com

Lunch options:

Carnivore flatbread, pulled pork, applewood smoked bacon, pepperoni, fresh mozzarella and red sauce: $9.95

Garden veggie portabella cap marinated in balsamic and olive oil, grilled and topped with roasted peppers, caramelized onions, fresh mozzarella and basil pesto: $9.95

Pan-fried lake trout with lettuce, tomato, red onion and chipotle mayonnaise: $9.95

“Fire by the Monon is one of my favorite stops for a business lunch. Menu selection is large enough to please everyone. My favorite: the grouper Reuben. Quiet atmosphere is perfect for talking business.”
Mickey McBride, referral consultant, RE/MAX at the Crossing

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Meridian Restaurant & Bar
5694 N. Meridian St. | 466-1111
www.meridianonmeridian.com/

Lunch options:

Smoked corn puree, red pepper, potato, bacon: $8 bowl, $4 cup

Jambalaya, shrimp, pulled chicken, andouille sausage, trinity vegetables: $14

Pastrami Reuben, fermenti artisan garden kraut, Swiss, Thousand Island, marbled rye: $12

“This gem on historic North Meridian Street is becoming the go-to spot when you’ve got people coming from downtown as well as the north side. It’s a place to do a serious deal—white tablecloths, attentive service, good wine, plenty of gravitas—but it’s not another downtown steakhouse. The vibe? Confident, serious and substantial.”
Jolene Ketzenberger, editor, EatDrinkIndy.com

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Santorini Greek Kitchen
1417 E. Prospect St. | 917-1117
www.santorini-greek-kitchen.com

Lunch options:

Dolmades, grape leaves stuffed with ground beef, rice and spices: $8

Athenian Greek salad, crisp mixed spring greens and iceberg lettuce with tomatoes, kalamata olives, cucumbers, onions and crumbled feta topped with oil, vinegar and oregano house dressing: $10, with gyro or chicken: $15

Santorini special combination, moussaka, pastitsio, gyro meat, tiropita and spanokopita: $19

“Santorini Greek Kitchen is an ideal spot. Jeanette and Taki turn out great food and make you feel like family. They have been the heart of Fountain Square for a long time and they give back to support neighborhood development.”
Michael Marker, senior partner, Vox Global

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Sawmill Saloon
1313 N. Sherman Drive | 602-4156

Lunch options:

Breaded tenderloin, hand cut and breaded with special batter, chips: $5.95

Triple-decker club, three pieces of Texas toast piled high with ham, turkey, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise, chips: $6.95

Chili dog, open-face with diced onion and cheese, chips: $4.75

“It has good food, offers total anonymity, and is lit by a blue neon catfish.”
Bill Oesterle, former CEO, Angie’s List

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Shoefly Public House
122 E. 22nd St. | 283-5007
www.shoeflypublichouse.com/

Lunch options:

Cuban pork pretzel flatbread, capocollo, pickle, mozzarella, grain mustard: $11

Arugula salad, apple, blue cheese, hazelnut, cider and molasses vinaigrette: small, $5; large, $8

Walleye tacos, jerk rub, honey cider slaw, tomato: $12

“It’s downtown, it’s local and it’s a nice neighborhood spot. It’s great for a quick business lunch and it’s actually great after work as well.”
Steve Campbell, vice president of communications, The Mind Trust


Skyline Club
1 American Square | 263-5000
www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Skyline-Club-Indianapolis


Open only to members

Lunch options:

Crispy calamari, smoked chipotle aioli: $10.75

Applewood bacon burger, fire-grilled Angus burger with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion served on a toasted bun: $13.25

Vegetarian frittata, basil pesto, parmesan, fingerling potatoes, cherry tomatoes, baby greens, feta and balsamic vinaigrette: $11

“It’s nice to take guests there because the staff makes a point of knowing all the members. You walk in and they greet you and I think that’s impressive to guests.”
Kevin Brinegar, president, Indiana Chamber of Commerce

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The Workingman’s Friend
234 N. Belmont Ave. | 636-2067
www.facebook.com/pages/The-Workingmans-Friend/284537191374

Lunch options:

Giant double cheeseburger: $5.75

Mexican-style chili: $4.25

Beer-battered onion rings: $3

“No ties allowed. That’s the unwritten rule at Working Man’s Friend. It’s a casual business lunch atmosphere with great cheeseburgers. State and local political leaders are frequently there, too.”
Mike Roeder, vice president of government affairs and president, Vectren Energy Delivery North

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Weber Grill
10 N. Illinois St. | 636-7600
www.webergrillrestaurant.com

Lunch options:

Blackened tilapia sandwich, lettuce, tomato, onion, lemon aioli, cornmeal-dusted bun, kettle chips: $10.50

Grilled-chicken chopped salad, mixed greens, bacon, avocado, cucumber, tomato, blue cheese, fire-roasted corn vinaigrette: $13.50

Filet mignon, 7-ounce, hand-cut, aged 28 days, roasted garlic mashed potatoes: $32

“When the weather is bad, Weber Grill is a nice spot for meeting because you can get there [from the chamber offices] without going outdoors. It’s good for legislators because it’s close to the Statehouse and legislators can get there without going outside.”
Kevin Brinegar, president, Indiana Chamber of Commerce •

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