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Best dishes of Zoobilation 2017

June 9, 2017

The Indianapolis Zoo's annual Zoobilation food fest attracted more than 70 generous restaurants Friday evening feeding the mob of equally generous patrons.. 

I sampled at least 50 of them (I'm only human) in search of favorites. 

In no order, they were:

--The Baja Burger from Bru. Dining on complete sandwiches, even if they are slider size, is a sure way to keep from going the distance at Zoobilation. But this burger, topped with black bean edamame salsa, pea shoots, queso fresco, and a bit of guacamole was well worth devouring. 

--Ahi Tuna Tartare Bites from Ocean Prime. A crispy wanton was the carrier for ahi tuna accented with just enough wasabi avacado, sour cream to make it a winning one-biter.

--Mint to Be from I Love Juice Bar. At the halfway point in a Zoobilation dining adventure, I always find myself craving a refreshing drink. And the most refreshing this year was this delightful concoction comprised of mint, mango, pineapple, coconut milk and apple juice. 

--Ceviche from Table. Not only was the double hit of both Peruvian (shrimp and tilapia) and Acapulco (shrimp and scallop) Civiche delicious, but it was also a part of the best booth of the event, featuring tropically themed decor, a cheerful staff, and frozen horchata pops. I could have spent most of the evening in the Table zone and left satisfied.

--Ricotta Donuts from Vida. Okay, so I said I wasn't going to put these in any order. But whenever folks stopped me and asked what the not-to-be-missed booth was, I pointed them in the direction of the Cunningham Group zone, specifically to these balls of maple glazed dough with candied bacon and distinct maple cream. If I had a dozen of these to take to the office when my snack turn rolls around, I'd lock employee of the year.   

Were you at Zoobilation this year? Did I miss any of your favorites?

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