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Savoring Success

Aspen Creek Grill is becoming a fixture of the Noblesville dining scene Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Photographer  /  Jamie Sangar One might not readily associate an expansive, 7,000-square-foot restaurant with a made-from-scratch, quality-driven culinary concept. However, that’s exactly the approach that the owners and management staff at Aspen Creek Grill have taken since opening near Hamilton Town Center in Noblesville in November of 2015. “A lot of restaurants say they’re made-from-scratch, but we prove ourselves over and over,” says Mike Bennett, managing partner at Aspen Creek Grill. “Everything here is done in-house. We do all the sauces and salad dressings, ...

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Tasty Tapas

Sangrita Saloon delivers big flavor, delicious cocktails Writer & Photographer  /  Angie Trusty Named for the tomato-based shot meant as a pallet cleanser between tequila shots, Sangrita Saloon is a modern Mexican restaurant off the beaten path in Broad Ripple. It is reminiscent of an old-time saloon in the west with soft lighting, cozy interior, metal ceiling, various colors of wood plank paneling covering the walls and rustic wooden communal tables. Stationed behind the alabaster-colored bar showcasing Sangrita’s stash of premium tequila, the bartender mixes up a few craft cocktails. Sangrita’s version of their namesake shot is a combination of ...

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Big Hoffa’s Bold Flavors

Big Hoffa’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que is a Westfield favorite Writer / Matt Keating Photographer / Jamie Sangar Adam Hoffman, owner of Big Hoffa’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, Westfield, receives great satisfaction serving food people enjoy and keep coming back for. “If complete strangers keep telling me they have been craving something they ate here before and can’t wait to eat it again, that’s a great feeling,” Hoffman says. “After that, they aren’t strangers anymore. They become our friends, and we can’t wait to see them again.” Guests at Big Hoffa’s know Hoffman is meticulous about all his specialties, meals, sides, sandwiches and other ...

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Matt the Miller’s Tavern

Carmel’s Upscale Tavern Creates Inviting Atmosphere Writer  /  Matt Keating Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Matt the Miller’s Tavern in Carmel certainly lives up to its description as “craic.” The Irish word “craic” means “a sense of high energy, community and togetherness.” It’s what makes the upscale American tavern the perfect place to have an excellent meal, a fun time and celebrate life’s special moments. Marissa Hoppe, assistant general manager, says Matt the Miller, 11 W. City Center, has been so consistently popular because, “we provide excellent service with quality food and fair prices. Our atmosphere is also very inviting. The key is ...

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From Wagon Factory to Friendly Tavern

‘Everybody Knows Everybody’ At The Friendly Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer / Brian Brosmer With a tear in his eye, a customer reaches out his arm to shake hands with Scott Barnes, owner of The Friendly Tavern, a staple in downtown Zionsville for nearly 60 years. “Dad passed away recently, but I wanted to let you know how much he loved this place,” the man says, smiling and grateful. “Thanks for being there for my dad all these years.” Barnes is humbled. “There’s no better compliment,” he says. The Friendly Tavern’s building has been around since the 1870s — originally ...

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Stompin Barley: ’Wine Down’ With Good Company

Writer / Matt Keating Photographer / Brian Brosmer The owners of Stompin Barley, 14560 River Road, Carmel, want all of their guests to know their restaurant and wine bar is the perfect place to “wine down” with good company. When you enter the elegant but relaxed atmosphere of Stompin Barley, you immediately get the same, warm feeling you would have coming home to family and friends. Co-Owner Alesia DeBoer says she loves it when satisfied guests tell her they enjoy the ambiance, as well as the great food and drinks. “About 75 percent of our business is from repeat customers ...

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Cobblestone Cooks Up Fresh Changes

The popular Zionsville restaurant boasts new menu, renovations. Writer / Matt Keating Photographer / Brian Brosmer Cobblestone, formerly Cobblestone Grill in Zionsville, has made several changes to its menu and interior, which has resulted in several happy guests at the popular dining destination. Cobblestone co-owner Kent Esra said several interior walls were removed in the restaurant to open up the space. “The bar area almost doubled in size,” Esra said. “We were able to expose the original brick of the main wall by sanding off several layers of paint. A window was cut into the brick wall to incorporate our bourbon ...

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FoxGardin Family Emphasizes Fresh Food, Family-friendly Atmosphere

Writer / Matt Keating Photographer / Brian Brosmer FoxGardin Kitchen & Ale’s newest location, FoxGardin Family Kitchen, at 10410 Olio Road is a family-friendly restaurant with a wide variety of excellent lunch and dinner items for both adults and kids. Toby Shelton, managing partner of FoxGardin, said the Fishers location opened on Feb. 14, with a strong turnout of guests. “We saw a real opportunity and need for another restaurant in this area, and we made it happen,” Shelton said. “We have had an overwhelmingly positive response from the Fishers and Geist area. They love the neighborhood and community feel ...

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Murphys Craft House Opens In Geist

Newest Murphys restaurant is the biggest yet Writer / Matt Keating Photographer / Brian Brosmer With Murphys Craft House, Geist, Fishers, Lawrence and Indianapolis residents have another excellent, new place to meet friends and enjoy a delicious meal. Murphys Craft House has a wide variety of great menu items including steaks, burgers and seafood. The new restaurant, located at 11705 Fox Road, in the Marsh shopping center, has already garnered loyal guests. Owners Ryan and Craig Stonebraker are experts at running restaurants that keep people coming back for superb food and drinks at good prices, with high-quality service. With the ...

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Fort Myers Best Kept Fine Dining Secret

Discerning Locals Flock to an Incredible, Upscale Taste of Italy in Fort Myers Writer  /  Tim Houghten As the eyes adjust from the Florida sunshine to the refined lighting that diners will be accustomed to in the most upscale restaurants, CIBO (pronounced ch-ee-b-o) comes to life. Bubbling with relaxed chatter, the pouring of handcrafted chocolate martinis, and adept wait staff effortlessly serving the final touches to artistically presented meals, you’ll find yourself transported to a stylishly modern food haven, anchored by tradition. Treat Your Taste Buds to Culinary Heaven A full menu is available from dinning in large oversized booths, ...

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