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Petite Chou Bistro and Champagne Bar Restaurant Review

Petite Chou is a bistro-style restaurant in Clay Terrace, a spinoff of the popular Cafe Patachou. But while Patachou is a little more casual, Petite Chou has a classy, French-inspired style. Maybe it’s the “champagne bar” part that makes it feel so fancy. It actually felt like a little much for the girls’ night I […]

Mini-Mart US in Carmel Like a Tasty Visit to Russia

#CarmelIN — Maybe it’s the candy Babushkas. Maybe it’s the full-size herring in the deli-case. Or maybe it was the seed packets for homeopathic herbs found only in a part of the world I had to Google. But the “Mini-Mart US” at 1323 S Rangeline Rd in Carmel is anything but your typical small-scale American convenience store. […]

Tina’s Traditional Tea Room comes to The Carmel Arts District

Tina’s Traditional Old English Tearoom is quite unique among the many eateries in Carmel, Indiana. A British style tearoom, serving lunch and authentic English Afternoon Tea, Tina’s Traditional Old English Tearoom is not only a memorable culinary experience but a delightful treat in service, decor and ambiance, resembling the British tearooms of the homeland of […]

Big News for Big Families: Kids Eat Free at Earth Fare

#CarmelIN – Thursday night is Earth Fare Kids Eat Free night, and this is huge news for our larger family! There are many restaurants in the Indianapolis area that offer free kids nights. Typically you get one, sometimes two, free kids meals for every adult meal purchased. At Earth Fare Kids Eat Free Night, you […]

Ted’s Montana Grill in Clay Terrace (Photos)

#CarmelIN – On our anniversary, my husband and I decided to use a gift card we had received to enjoy a nice dinner at Ted’s Montana Grill. It’s ordinarily a little out of our price range, but it’s always worth it and makes for a fabulous special occasion meal. The service is always awesome, though […]

Abuelo’s: Classy Mexican Food

Abuelo’s sits below the Keystone interchange in Carmel, Indiana. When you come into the Lowe’s plaza, there’s a sign that reads “Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy.” On Friday night, my husband somehow misread it as Classy Mexican Food. And then we decided that was just as accurate. Abuelo’s Mexican restaurant is exactly the sort of upscale […]

Royal Lunch for Mom’s at Carmel Dairy Queen

I’m always amused by quirky choices for special events. My high school yearbook lists McDonald’s as the #1 choice for pre-prom dinner. White Castle’s annual Valentine’s Day dinner cracks me up. Plus, now you can make special reservations to treat Mom like royalty at the Carmel Dairy Queen. They are currently taking reservations for Mother’s […]

Girls’ Night at J. Razzo’s

Last night, several friends and I celebrated a birthday at J. Razzo’s in Carmel, Indiana. This was my second visit to the restaurant, and the food was every bit as good as I remembered. J. Razzo’s features upscale Italian with a large wine selection, and a fun cocktail list with localized names for martinis and […]

12 Reasons I Love Carmel’s Art & Design District

1. “Man-on-the-Street” Sculptures By J. Seward Johnson Jr., American realist Some people might find seeing a life-size statue along Main Street to be a bit bizarre, but I see it as endearing. There is something classic and iconic about the sculptures that makes me feel at home. “Unconditional Surrender” A soldier embraces a nurse with […]

Detour Restaurant – An American Grille

Detour is a family-friendly restaurant in Carmel, a lovely North Indianapolis suburb in Central Indiana. Only a few steps from the Monon Trail in Carmel, Detour landed smack in the middle of Carmel’s renowned Arts & Design District in the newly-renovated downtown Carmel neighborhood. Detour proudly advertises itself as “An American Grille” offering scrumptious dishes […]

Carmel City Center Announces Restaurant and Retail Lineup

Carmel, Indiana is in the midst of big developments. The Carmel City Center is an exciting new development in downtown Carmel. This new Carmel attraction presents a “pedestrian oriented city within a city” with the best in Carmel shopping and Carmel restaurants. With inventive architecture, gorgeous plazas, lush green areas and relaxing water features, the […]

Mudbugs Cajun Cafe and Restaurant Brings Cajun to Carmel, Indiana

There’s only one Mudbugs Cajun Cafe in all of Indiana and across the entire United States. Upbeat, upscale Carmel, Indiana is the lucky host for this unique restaurant. The owners of Mudbugs are of the opinion that theirs is a Carmel restaurant offering more authenticity, personality and downright Southern culinary love than any chain, ethnic […]

McAlister’s Deli and Restaurant: Fresh Feasting in Carmel, Indiana

McAlister’s Deli and Restaurant is a nice clean family dining room with ample space and an excellent deli menu. With locations in over twenty states, this niche chain has definitely made their culinary mark across the Midwest, East and South of the United States. Including the restaurant in Carmel, there are nine branches in Indiana […]

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Restaurant: Weird and Proud of It

The Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers Restaurant encourages its customers to “Come in with an open mind and an empty stomach.” The reason, in their own words? “We’re weird and proud of it.” The founders of Mellow Mushroom Pizza combined a relentless, even reckless dedication to quality with their own eccentric philosophies and came up with […]