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Seven new (2014) Indy restaurants to try

New Restaurant Roundup 2014: January to July


Looking for a new restaurant to try? Quite a few new places have popped up since the start of 2014 that you may have missed. From pizza to soup to Mexican cuisine, let us help you do lunch AND dinner.

The North End Barbecue & Moonshine

If you’re looking for a down-home Southern barbecue, check out The North End Barbecue & Moonshine. Newly opened at the end of May in the Nora Target parking lot, this restaurant is one of the newest Indy has to offer. The North End serves up Memphis baby back ribs, Texas brisket, St. Louis spare ribs, Carolina pulled pork, and many other meaty entrees. With four different types of sauces, there’s sure to be one—or a combination of two—that will satisfy any BBQ fan. The Southern vibe carries into their sides, too, with collard greens, mac and cheese, hoppin’ john and skillet cornbread. NUVO contributer and food blogger Jolene Ketzenberger recommends the hand-cut fries with jalapenos and bone marrow butter.


Neal Brown has opened his second Pizzology location, this one on Mass Ave. Featuring a high-temperature, wood-burning oven just like its sister location, this Pizzology is much the same. They serve up artisan pizzas with the characteristic crusts that feature just the right amount of charring. Take note of the specials of the day and the salads, too, but remember: These pizzas are not quite single serve — perfect for sharing after a hearty appetizer or salad.

Plow & Anchor

As Jolene put it in her review, “Plow & Anchor definitely fills a void for sophisticated, sit-down dining in its part of downtown.” Owners Craig Baker and Derek Means have experience in the restaurant game that make for a successful execution, and Chef John Adams has the culinary expertise to satisfy your palate. With large windows that provide plentiful natural lighting and a menu full of fresh, seasonal dishes, Plow & Anchor is a delightful lunch or dinner choice for a meal downtown in the summer. We recommend the beignets.


La Mulita
If you’re craving Mexican food and your wallet is feeling a little tight, give La Mulita a try. It offers a cantina-like atmosphere, and runs a little cheaper than the average restaurant these days. Cocktails will run you $6 or $7 as opposed to the $12 and $13 norm, and entrees run between $5 and $10. Speaking of entrees, Joelene recommends the chilaquiles. For a good meal and good value, this SoBro stop is definitely worth a visit.

Working Downtown? Looking for something beyond a slice or a chain sandwich? Try Soupremacy. This place is tiny but you’ll be able to find seating outside in the warmer months. With more than 8 soups to choose from on any given day, you can mix and match with a trio sampler, maybe even mix in a salad and dessert. We’re fans because many of their ingredients are sourced locally and their bread is made by Amelia’s Bread in Fletcher Place — the bakery owned by the Bluebeard crew. 

NUVO contributor Neil Charles is a huge fan of Thunderbird. In his review he says, “It's hard to put a finger on precisely why it works so well, but it does.” Located in Fountain Square in an older, rundown space, owners Joshua Gonzales, Jon Altman and Ed Rudisell put a lot of work and care into the renovation and made it into an impressively restored, yet understated and unassuming space. With a creative and strong drink menu, you’ll be satisfied with just about anything you order. You may find yourself looking over the food menu after a drink or two, and we'll lay odds you’ll enjoy your food just as much.

Rail Epicurean Market

If you find yourself up in Westfield around breakfast or lunchtime, plan to stop at Rail Epicurean Market. With items like warm chocolate croissants and bacon kale quiche for breakfast, and ham and brie sandwiches and strawberry spinach salads for lunch, any palate's well served. Rail appreciates the modern day artisan, and offers fresh local ingredients both in their prepared items and on their shelves. You can select from a wide variety of produce, sweets and treats on their shelves. One such item available is Zionsville’s B. Happy Peanut Butter. See their Facebook page for their daily specials.


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