Spring cleaning

Spring is here, and we’re working on cleaning out the stuff that tends to accumulate for no good reason. Fishers folks have the opportunity to take care of a few “someday” items next weekend, related to Earth Day activities. Since we often miss learning about these events until after they happen, we’re spreading the word a little further.

  1. Fishers Town Hall will be accepting unused medications for disposal on Saturday, April 24 from 9:00 AM until noon.
  2. Shred old documents for a $5 per box donation at the Carmel Police Department the same day from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM. They will also be accepting unused medications, as well.
  3. While we’re getting rid of accumulated stuff, we’re going to dispose of some paint and other things that don’t belong in the regular garbage. The Hamilton County Household Hazardous Waste Center accepts these items on an ongoing basis on Saturdays from 8:00 AM until 1:30 PM, and they have weekday hours as well. Indianapolis residents can take advantage of their own Tox Drop program at various locations and times.
  4. Only peripherally related, since it’s one of those recurring things that tends to get brushed aside: check those smoke detectors! Buy yourself some precious extra moments in an emergency. We’ve seen too many house fires.

Thai Smile 2

Admittedly, we had a bit of a bias going into our dining experience at Thai Smile 2. The original location in Muncie was a favorite dining spot for some friends of ours, and they have never had anything but wild praise for Thai Smile. Read the rest of this entry

Five Guys

Oh. My. Gosh. There’s a reason why this place has been rated the best burgers in Washington DC for the past 753 years (OK, well, the past 8 years). This is everything you could ask for in a fast-food burger joint, and the fries (fried in peanut oil…yay trans fats!) are perfect—-not the least bit soggy, but delightfully crispy but not overdone (although Christopher thinks using peanut oil makes them taste burned anyway). That didn’t stop him from eating his fair share of our order. And what does he know anyway? He’s not an East Coast guy. Read the rest of this entry

Stefano’s

In the same shopping center as Five Guy’s and Mi Tierra, we have a third cuisine represented by Stefano’s. We’d been saying we needed to eat there since it opened (it was formerly Cio’s, which was short-lived enough that we never made it inside), and last saturday we finally gave it a try. Read the rest of this entry

The Station

In the same building where Papa’s used to be (for those of you who know where that is), there is now another opportunity for family dining.

We sat outdoors on the patio after a long day trip, and it was just right. Though they have a full bar, their beer selection was a little on the skimpy side (but we both found something nevertheless). Read the rest of this entry

Moe’s Southwest Grill

If you’re looking for another “fresh Mex” joint to add to the growing list, go right ahead and put Moe’s under “just OK”. Nothing new and exciting (except the fun names of their menu offerings), but the food is decent. The tortilla chips are actually more tasty than most places offer, warm and limey and salty. Read the rest of this entry

Fionn McCool’s

We didn’t feel like cooking and we wanted something casual (that seems to be the trend these days) so we decided to try one of the newer places that’s gone in along 116th St in Fishers over the past year. Christopher had a hankering for a beer, and I figured I could find something that wasn’t breaded or wrapped in a pork product, so we gave it a shot.

I was really pleased… Our waitress was very friendly and seemed willing to accommodate us, especially since David was in tow (of course).

Though we normally skip appetizers, the bacon-wrapped bananas sounded intriguing, and after the first bite, I added yet one more way I can tolerate bananas… wrapped in a pork product, it seems. The bites were served with an interesting fruit salsa and mango chutney. It’s certainly not your typical Irish pub fare, but it was worth it.

I opted for a salad for dinner (after the appetizers, it was a good thing) and ordered the spinach salad, sans red onion. The spinach was fresh and since I got dressing on the side, it wasn’t too overwhelming. Everything else (the egg, mushrooms, and bacon, called mashers) were just what I had been in the mood for, apparently.

I also had a cup of the vegetable beef soup, and while it was very good, what was even better ended up being the whole wheat Irish soda bread. I’ve made soda bread before, but this was nutty and delicious, and I loved it. Go figure.

Christopher went for the red pepper penne with chicken. He was assuming it was going to be spicy and was a little disappointed to find that it was more sweet than anything, but it was good enough. I’m sure he’ll order something diferent next time (Shepard’s pie, anyone), and I’m sure there will be a next time.

While we walked right in and sat down (it was a Thursday evening), I’ve heard that it gets packed on weekends. A good lineup of live musicians (usually Celtic music) is scheduled for Saturdays, and there are several drink specials during happy hour. Get off work, meet some friends, and enjoy. My only complaint was that there was smoking permitted (just in the bar) that wafted over to our table. Sigh. If only everywhere could be smoke-free…

Mi Tierra

After seeing a write-up about this new bakery and restaurant in the Fishers local paper, we decided that refritos and something wrapped in a tortilla was in our future. Though there is an abundance of Mexican restaurants in Fishers, Mi Tierra takes it a step beyond and offers other central American (particularly Guatemalan) dishes.

Because they opened quite recently and the main dining room is still under contruction, we only got to order from an abbreviated menu. Both of us enjoyed our pupusas revueltas de chicarron, frijoles y queso (a masa-type pancake stuffed with pork, cheese, and beans). We also enjoyed broiled yucca root and fried pork meat, though the pork was very fatty and I ended up leaving half of it on my plate.

Chris also ordered a tamale guatemalteco (stuffed with pork and steamed in a plantain leaf), which ended up being the most flavorful of all our food. Guatemalan food by nature, apparently, is not nearly as spicy as the Tex-Mex we’re acustomed to, so it took some reminding that it’s not all going to taste like hot sauce.

Although it was a bit on the bland side (the rice and beans were pretty dull, too, and the leftovers will definitely get a sprinkling of chipotle), the food was good, quality homemade food. Plus, it was very inexpensive and you can order almost anything a la carte.

The owner assured us that the soon-to-be-expanded menu (along with the soon-to-be-expanded dining room) would boast many more features, including seafood. They also would begin serving breakfast, much to the luck of the thousands of people who pass by the bustling intersection of 116th and I-69.

In addition to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Mi Tierra also serves up freshly-baked breads and baked goods…one of the only shops in town to do so. Plus, everything in the bakery case is $.65! You simply cannot do better than that!

The warm and friendly service (I got to practice my Spanish) and the promise of a wider variety of foods is enough to convince us to give them another try in a few weeks. If you’re looking for something a bit beyond your typical Mexican fare, here’s your place.

I Love Sushi

Sushi is good for you Diet and Health!”
So proclaims the menu for I Love Sushi, the um-teenth ethnic restaurant to occupy the corner of 116th St in Fishers across from the Municipal Center. In addition to promising “higher quality of living for our customers”, this little place also rolls up a tasty ILS roll, with spicy crab, avocado, and tuna (all tempura battered). The asparagus roll and California roll (traditional standards when we order sushi) were very good as well.
The miso soup was standard, and sadly, the dressing on the salad did not measure up to the salad dressing at Sapporo, but it was still zesty.
One highlight was the warm towels; re-hydrated from small, dry paper pucks, our waitress (who was very friendly) poured hot water over the little pellets and we washed our hands.
For a sushi joint, we thought the food was fairly good. It seemed high quality and well-made. However, we also thought it was a bit on the expensive side (a California roll here was $5, and we’re used to getting equally good rolls elsewhere for $3.25).
At any rate, we wish the owners and employees luck. We may be back, since it was pretty quiet on a cold Tuesday evening, and that seems like an invitation to bring your infant when dining out…

El Camino Real

Your typical family (lots of kids!) dirty Mexican joint. When we say “dirty”, we really mean that, with a lot of these strip-mall-type places, the lower the sanitation rating, the better the food.

Not so much with El Camino Real. It was just standard…nothing special. The best part was that they serve tortilla chips hot, which is how we both prefer them.

We both had chilis relleno, which were fine (again, nothing to write home about). I had a beef enchilada and Chris had a tamale that was “fine”.

We originally picked Mexican because Chris was in the mood for pork, and unfortunately there was no pig on the menu except for one entree offering of pork chops.
The menu does have a wide variety of combination dinners, however, and some “fancier” dishes (all termed “new”), so it’s not all order-by-number. I was in the mood for refritos, however, so the combination was what I was looking for.

We also made it a “dry” dinner (me for obvious reasons, being two days away from my due date), but even Chris skipped out on a margarita, which may have made the meal a little bit more enjoyable. All in all, it was standard, typical Mexican food. If you’re looking for a quick lunch or dinner, here you go. At least they had beans.