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Northside Nights: Spring Edition (Special Event)

2 Mar

It is that time again – another restaurant week is approaching. Northside Nights, a version of Devour Downtown but on the North side, will be up and running March 8-18 for the Spring eating edition.

There are quite a variety of restaurants available; almost all are local or local chains. I’ve been to most, but for a few, it has been quite a while. I think I may have to try to the restaurants I’ve never been to, including some chains, like Ruth’s Chris. Yup, never been. Here are the others I may need to try:

  • Bella Vita
  • Hellas Cafe
  • Ruth’s Chris
  • LA Cafe
  • Michael’s Southshore

I’m most curious about Michael’s Southshore as I haven’t heard of them prior to this. From a quick look at their menu, I really wouldn’t be surprised if I ended up there. Though, I did discover this 2 for $57 deal which also included wine. This does leave the debate of ‘wine vs. dessert’, but another option to consider.

Another great thing about Northside Nights? Daily giveaways. Be sure to register to win gift certificates – and you can do so everyday!

Save the date for these other events this year too:

  • Devour Downtown: July 30-August 12
  • Chow Down Midtown: June 11 – 24
  • Northside Nights & Savor the Southside: September 11-23

Where are you looking to try, or where will you return to? Would love to hear everyone’s thoughts!, as well as how your experience was.

Devour Downtown (Special Event)

6 Jan

It’s back. Devour Downtown. The opportunity for the people of Indianapolis to sample downtown restaurants for $30. Sometimes, you can get lunch for 2 at $30 or even at the $20 mark. Offered twice a year, restaurants return while others jump on for the first time. This winter eating fest is January 9-22 and it looks like the longest list yet.

I have a confession. I made two reservations last year, but cancelled last minute. I don’t remember why, but I didn’t participate for the first time since moving here in 2004.

And this year? I’m hesitating. I have compared the regular menus with the Devour menus and honestly, some of them just don’t seem worth it to me. If I try a new restaurant, I may end up ordering off the menu because of an item I want to try. Or sometimes, I’m really only saving $6 to order off a limited menu. Is it really a deal?

Don’t get me wrong. I love Devour. I think it is a great program for the locals and restaurants alike. Restaurant week is popular all over the country. This is our version to sample and dine at restaurants you may not normally due to pricing, location, attire or anything else. For instance, many people may not have tried the Columbia Club due to membership. This is the perfect opportunity to see the beautiful building and eat in their dining room. Maybe Eagle’s Nest has been to pricey; $30 gets you a full meal.

My favorite deal? The Fogo deal. This is because it is the exact same menu, due to a buffet of food, for a cheaper price. You can’t really go wrong with a true deal. I’m also a fan that you can get the Kona steak at Capital Grille for lunch. Sure, a steak for lunch isn’t something I normally do, but it is great that they offer a fan favorite. Just like St. Elmo’s and the shrimp cocktail. If you have an item you are known for, I definitely think an offering or taste is in order for something like this. Patrons will return if they love it, even if there isn’t a deal on hand.

So, what am I doing. I’m pondering Fogo just because of the deal. Yes, I’ve eaten there before. I know exactly what to expect and I don’t foresee it being any different. I’m also looking at Chef Joseph’s. There isn’t much of a selection, but I’ve really been wanting to dine there since it opened so a downtown lunch may be in order. I’m pondering a few more but it looks like a lot of repeat visits and I’m craving a new experience. I haven’t really dined at many of the Italian restaurants, but I also haven’t really heard a reason to why I should. Anyone know something different?

How about you? What is everyone else thinking about Devour? Are you planning on participating, and if so, where will you dine?

Devour Downtown (Special Event)

8 Aug

Like many of the other Indy based food bloggers, I am excited for another round of Devour Downtown.  This event happens twice a year; once in the winter and once in the summer.  Devour is when a collection of restaurants feature a menu for $30 per person.  A few do offer a menu for two at the $30 price, while others offer a lunch menu.  This is a long standing event and others (like Midtown) have sprung up to match the concept.  It is a great event to participate in, especially if you are looking for something new without wanting to pay full dollar.

For some of these restaurants, it is quite a deal.  In the winter, hubs and I dined at Fogo de Chao.  I encourage people to try the restaurant, especially if you are a meat lover (though the salad bar is quite nicely).  It can be slightly pricey for dinner so you are saving at  least $10 a person with Devour’s pricing. But when Devour is happening, check it out for lunch.  Same thing that dinner offers, just at a better price.

Other restaurants I don’t really see a money saving opportunity or real value.

Plus, I was beginning to be frustrated that it is the same restaurants every year.  This time around, there are a few more added to the list.  However, I’m not taking advantage of them.  I know, I complain about it, but don’t take them up on the offer?  Well, some of the menus just don’t look that great to me.  I’m sure they are lovely, but I want to really be drawn by the food options or the restaurant.

This year, I’ve made two reservations.  The first is at Ambrosia Centro.  I’ve never been and the fact that I’ve been jonesing for Italian helped make that choice pretty easily.  The second is at Eagle’s Nest.  I’ve heard great things about the atmosphere and I thought this might be the perfect time to go without dropping too much money.

If you are participating, where are you dining, and why?  If you aren’t, what prevents you from joining in the dining?