eating indie in indy

SHALOM ( About Us )

 What is our purpose for this blog? Well our mission is simple-eat, drink and talk about it. I’m sure some of the joints we’ve visited are well-known and well visited but we will still provide our own unique and folksy insight; yeah right. But hopefully you might learn of a place totally new;so far out of your normal experience;where the food is so good it’ll make you want to slap yourself. Or a little watering hole so cool it makes Cheers seem like a dentist office.  I retired a few years back from the restaurant and hospitality industry. Most of my experience is in the back of the house;because I learned quite early I had only so much nice in me;and my particular skills fit back of the house management better than front of the house nice nice. I worked throughout the southwest including Las Vegas; that’s where I went to culinary school; UNLV. I owned some restaurants in New Mexico;which I sold and came back home. My buddy is Pat,he’s the brains in the group. He’s a chemist by trade and he retired long before I did. We both share a love for food so we get together for lunch once a week.  We went to high school and IU together and we’ve been friends ever since. So any comments feel free and any suggestions come ahead on;we welcome new ideas. this ain't no bistro Indianapolis restaurants

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11 responses

  1. RickySue

    Binsin, I think you’ve found your calling! Try Roscoe’s Taco’s the next time you are on Brookville Rd, The Chicken Taco Salad is amazing! Jimmy says go to Steer-In for the Stuffed Pizza or the Tenderloin sandwich platter on the 50+ menu, they both give him Happy Danish Face!

    August 18, 2011 at 11:35 pm

  2. Very nice blog … I love visiting new places and writing about them. BTW … I was curious about your domain name…. Kosher ham?

    June 21, 2012 at 10:40 am

    • Thanks for the visit.I do so love comments;it is so rare when i get them.As for the name I wanted something that would make people go “HUH”.Initially I used the domain;and all my first choices (none of which I remember) were taken.So I, with Pat’s approval,opted for this one.Since this was my first attempt at blogging,hell this is my first computer I waited to buy the domain until recently.And by jove it worked someone actually asked about it.Obviously the name is a contradiction within a contradiction:Kosher pig,meat with dairy etc.So thanks again for stopping by;and as my late Grandpa would say;don’t be a stranger;you are always welcome at “this ain’t no bistro”.

      June 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm

  3. Even the back of the house should give you endless fodder for restaurant stories, should you ever go in that direction. I bet you’ve seen some things I can’t imagine.

    March 21, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    • Well I do have quite a few stories. Some are even PG; as opposed to R or even X as I’m sure some might seem. If I do write about anything they will most assuredly be anonymous. Keep in mind that restaurant work is flat footed hard; rather it’s fine dinning or border town. So when you mix the natural catharsis of finishing a rough dinner service and a tough close with members of the opposite sex and alcohol – well you can imagine. Besides I don’t think anyone suggested that kitchen folks are stable to begin with. Thanks for the visit.

      March 21, 2013 at 1:29 pm

  4. jay

    Hi. Just found the blog. Love indy food blogs and have already added it to my favorites. I enjoyed going back and reading all the reviews an dlove the photos too. My wish is that you guys include prices of what you ate. Prices are a key factor when choosing a place and that info would be greatly appreciated and make the reviews so much more helpful and informative. Thanks guys.

    October 17, 2013 at 6:49 am

    • Thanks for the comment Jay. I agree that in the past we have been inconsistent with adding the cost of the food. So I bought a scanning wand and I scan the menus and list that at the bottom of the posts. So the last several posts should have a link to the menu or the joint’s actual website. I know that I would like advanced knowledge of what to expect before eating at a new joint. As far as the older posts is concerned I am not sure what to do. I hope this helps. Thanks again.

      October 17, 2013 at 8:57 am

  5. Hi Benson-

    I’m working with a start-up for food bloggers in Indiana called Tabelog ( They’re a subsidiary of the largest company in Japan (similar to Yelp here in the US).

    We’re bringing their annual restaurant awards to the US that are judged solely by a panel of local food bloggers (all online). The winning restaurants get a framed 2015 award and the food bloggers get an ‘official judge’ icons/etc. and related PR for their blog. We’re looking for bloggers from the Indiana area to invite as an official judge. Is this something that you would be interested in?

    Thanks in advance!

    December 9, 2015 at 4:43 pm

  6. This is a wonderful resource you’re making. Thanks, gents!

    January 28, 2017 at 6:06 pm

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