New to the Devour Downtown scene this year is St. Joseph’s Brewery & Public House. The one-of-a-kind restaurant opened in 2015 inside of a building holding a lot of history that explains the restaurant’s motto, “Eat. Drink. Believe.”
Constructed in 1879, the building was originally a church designed by German immigrant architect Diedrich Bohlen, who also designed the Indianapolis City Market. The building took 11 months to construct and officially opened on July 4, 1880.
In 1949, Archbishop Paul Schulte made the decision to close and deconsecrate the church because the neighborhood homes were being replaced with factories and mills. The Achdiocese of Indianapolis kept the building as a Catholic Community Center and was used by several organizations for counseling, social services and even a basketball court. The court lines can still be seen on the floors today. In order to deconsecrate the church, the steeple was taken down in addition to the church bells and stained glass removed.
St. Joseph’s Brewery & Public House General Manager, Karl Mann started in the restaurant business in the 1980s in Key West and Miami before venturing into the wine business for more than 15 years. He was then given the opportunity to join the St. Joseph’s team.
Executive Chef Scott Reifenberger has been cooking delicious meals since the 1990s all over the country from Ohio to California and Florida before coming to Indianapolis. Reifenberger worked at the Skyline Club for 12 years before joining St. Joseph’s. He says one of their most popular dishes is the Buffalo Chicken Poutine, which just so happens to be featured on the Devour menu. Also up for grabs on the menu is the Yellow Tomato Gazpacho, Braised Beef Short Ribs, Grilled Flatiron Steak and a 16 oz. house beer.
After only being open for a little over a year, Alan Simons, St. Joseph’s Head Brewer, has created some award winning beers.
“We took four or five beers to the Indiana Brewer’s Cup 2015 and we got a gold medal for our Benevolent Belgian Blond and we got the bronze for the IPA,” said Mann. “And of course everyone wants to win the IPA. The first prize went to a brewery in San Diego, second prize to Rhinegeist in Cincinnati, so we got bronze and that makes us the best IPA in Indiana.”
Visit St. Joseph’s Brewery & Public House for a great family-friendly atmosphere, a delicious three-course dinner while sipping on an award winning beer for only $30 during Devour Downtown.
IN Light IN is a dazzling, free, two-day interactive light festival on the evenings of August 26 and 27 from 8:52 p.m. -1:02 a.m. featuring artists and performers from Indianapolis and beyond who have created site specific light installation along the downtown canal and Indianapolis Cultural Trail along Walnut Street. In advance of the light festival be sure to check out the light installation by Brooklyn-based artist, Amanda Browder, commissioned for the Indianapolis Power and Light Building on Monument Circle. This digital installation will be on view on the IPL facade August 8-10 and August 21-27. IN Light IN is co-produced by Central Indiana Community Foundation and Northern Lights.mn.
Celebrating 11 years, Devour Downtown is back for its winter season and will be chasing away those cold, wintry blues by spicing up Indianapolis’ culinary scene. Hoosiers and visitors alike have the opportunity to dine at more than 96 of the city’s most talked about restaurants and savor special menus featuring delicious three-course meals for discounted prices.
Participating restaurants span downtown Indianapolis from the Wholesale District to Mass Ave to Fountain Square, offering guests incredible dining values while showcasing specialty dishes and highlighting popular items from their menus.
All the fun isn’t kept to food and libations. Several attractions and hotels have special offers available for the duration of Devour Downtown. The NCAA Hall of Champions offers buy one, get one free admission, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art has $2 off admission, the Indiana Repertory Theatre offers $10 off a ticket to see The Mystery of Irma Vep or To Kill a Mockingbird, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra allows you to buy two main floor or second mezzanine tickets for $30 to enjoyMusic from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Rhythm! Discovery Center has $2 off admission, and the Conrad Indianapolis has a special $149/night rate.
Devour Downtown is a treat for anyone in central Indiana who likes a good meal. It’s a great opportunity to get to a place you’ve been itching to visit or try something new outside of your comfort zone.
My wife, Chelsi, and I had a chance to hit a few locations participating in the event on Groundhog Day. Unfortunately, unlike the movie, it doesn’t keep repeating itself, but lasts for two weeks.
First up were some delicious sandwiches at Hoagies and Hops. Adding their shop to the already cool space in Flat 12 Bierwerks was a tasty touch. The bread is shipped in from South Jersey and the meats are excellent – either Dietz and Watson or Seltzers. After a fresh brew and big sandwich with their homemade mustard, grab a couple of their dog treats or pepper shooter for the road, your pup and mouth will thank you later. They also serve Pat’s Philly Pretzels, who make a strong pretzel and incredible beer cheese dip.
Tuscan burger and fries
Next, we grabbed a burger and fries at Burgerhaus. Founded in Valparaiso, but thankfully recently opened on the canal, they pride themselves on fresh and tasty burgers. We had the Tuscan burger, dressed with tomato, mozzarella, basil, spinach, balsamic and red onions. The onions were a little powerful, but the Italian-inspired toppings meshed well with the burger and the fries were served in a small fryer basket to round out a good looking plate.
The final taste was a crustless cheesecake from St. Elmo. Thankfully this red sauce wasn’t their famous cocktail sauce but a strawberry puree. Each of these restaurants is offering a special menu through February 7. Of course you can still eat at any of these spots throughout the year. If one of these places isn’t in your wheelhouse, there are 92 (!) participating restaurants.
Downtown dwellers aren’t the only ones who can get great deals on good grub. Northside Nights – featuring the best of Carmel, Noblesville, Fishers and other parts of north Indy – is scheduled for March. You can also check out the hotspots in the SoBro, Broad Ripple and Meridian-Kessler neighborhoods in mid-July during Chowdown Midtown.
Entering its 11th year, Devour Downtown’s discounted-dining fest is a great way to broaden your restaurant repertoire. This year, a record 91 downtown businesses are partaking in the event that runs today through February 7, most of them whipping up special multi-course meals in the $30–$35 range. Here are some of the highlights.
New Kids on the Block
Cropichon et Bidibule (735 Massachusetts Ave., 317-737-2772), which serves French staples like boeuf bourguignon and mousse au chocolat, is offering three courses for $30 during Devour Downtown’s run. For a true taste of Philly, hit up Hoagies & Hops (414 Dorman St., 317-296-8430) inside Flat 12 for a Hog Island Hoagie loaded with salami, ham, and prosciutto. For more East Coast flavor, head to Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen (309 S. Delaware St., 317-964-0700) for a signature sandwich and fresh-baked cookie. Looking to spice up your sandwich experience? Mimi Blue Meatballs (870 Massachusetts Ave., 317-737-2625) serves a loaded meatball sub that consists of one massive meatball on a tiny piece of baguette. Louie’s Wine Dive (345 Massachusetts Ave., 317-929-1644) serves a pecan-crusted trout that will knock your socks off. Top it off with a glass of vino.
Boasting arguably the best view in the city, Eagle’s Nest(1 S. Capitol Ave., 317-616-6170) might be one of the toughest places to get into during Devour Downtown’s two-week run. If you can book a reservation to dine at the Hyatt’s revolving rooftop restaurant while its specially priced menu is available, do it. You can decide between the herb-crusted prime rib and the pumpkin-and-sage ravioli later.
The Steak Tour
If there’s one thing Indy knows how to do well, it’s a steak. Whether you’re craving the ultra-tender filet from Ruth’s Chris Steak House (45 S. Illinois St., 317-633-1313) or need St. Elmo Steak House‘s (127 S. Illinois St., 317-635-0636) signature shrimp cocktail to balance out your meal, you can’t go wrong with any of Indy’s steakhouses. Not to be missed is the 14-ounce New York strip with shallot butter from The Capital Grille (40 W. Washington St., 317-423-8790) or the espresso-rubbed strip filet at McCormick & Schmick’s (110 N. Illinois St., 317-631-9500).
Serving up classics like the patty melt alongside unique creations like its Bourbon Burger (bacon, peppercorn-bourbon glaze, and horseradish Havarti), Bru Burger Bar(410 Massachusetts Ave., 317-635-4278) is the place to eat if you’re on the hunt for a juicy hamburger. Another knockout is the legendary burgers made from a blend of brisket and chuck at Burgerhaus (335 W. 9th St., 317-434-4287). Order the Tuscan burger, and you won’t be disappointed. Punch Burger (137 E. Ohio St., 317-426-5280) is another standout restaurant that prides itself on sourcing only local grass-fed Angus beef. Calories aside, this is one burger you can feel good about eating. Repeal Restaurant (3630 Virginia Ave., 317-672-7514) is also serving up some delicious entrees sure to please any carnivore, including a Szechwan Pork Burger draped in a sheet of egg.
For artisanal pizza at its finest, Napolese (30 S. Meridian St., 317-635-0765) serves up some of the best slices in Indy. Its special menu features a four-course meal for $40 per couple and includes two of its best pies, one of which is a delectable vegetarian option topped with roasted winter squash, arugula, onions, and gorgonzola. Napolese also caters to the gluten-free crowd with special crusts upon request. Pizzology’s (608 Massachusetts Ave., 317-685-2550) drive to serve pizzas with principle makes its pies easy to love. As a bonus, you and your date get to split the pizzeria’s Italian rum cake for two. Bazbeaux(333 Massachusetts Ave., 317-636-7662), Rockstone Pizzeria & Pub (433 N. Capitol Ave., 317-951-7170) and the tucked-away Pearl Street Pizzeria(65 E. Pearl St., 317-638-3110)are also spreading the pie love.
Shake off those winter blues with a plate full of Southern comfort food courtesy of Georgia Reese’s (14 E. Washington St., 317-986-7883). Georgia Reese’s has both lunch and dinner specials, but luckily for us they’re serving up their signature fried chicken all day. If you’ve never tried French comfort food before, now’s the time to remedy that with R Bistro’s (888 Massachusetts Ave., 317-423-0312) special French cassoulet. The slow-cooked meat-and-bean casserole is the main event in its three-course $35 meal.
Sharing Is Caring
Among the six tapas you’ll be served from Barcelona Tapas’s (201 N. Delware St., 317-638-8272) special tasting menu, there’ll be plenty of food to go around. It’s impossible to leave B’s Po Boys (1261 S. Shelby St., 317-916-5555) still hungry, and you’ll likely end up taking home leftovers from their massive meal for two on offer. For $30, you and a friend will get B’s amazing fried green tomatoes, a po’ boy of your choice, red beans and rice or gumbo, and an order of bread pudding.
Eat Your Feelings
Smokehouse on Shelby (1103 Shelby St., 317-685-1959) isn’t kidding around when it creates its signature barbecue dishes. This three-course meal is enough food for almost three meals, so come hungry.
A special shout-out to 1933 Lounge (127 S. Illinois St., 317-0635-0636) for crafting what sounds like the most approachable Devour Downtown menu. In its spot above St. Elmo Steak House, 1933 Lounge offers a special menu that simply consists one of its famous Elmo Colas, two sliders, a crock of Gouda Mac & Cheese, and a serving of melt-in-your-mouth creme brulee.
With so many celebrated restaurants taking part in Devour Downtown, it’s tough to narrow down your choices, but some lineups look especially promising. That includes Penn & Palate’s (28 E. 16th St., 317-602-6975) buttermilk roasted chicken with portabella-Parmesan bread pudding; The Libertine Liquor Bar’s (608 Massachusetts Ave., 317-631-3333) $35 five-course meal that includes mouthwatering options like lamb pate and shaved foie gras; and Black Market’s (922 Massachusetts Ave., 317-822-6757) cornmeal-crusted skate and rice pudding with caramel bananas. Plow & Anchor (43 E. 9th St., 317-964-0538) has both a new chef and an updated menu that encompasses more fresh seafood, which makes Devour Downtown a perfect time to sample oysters on the half shell with peppercorn mignonette, PEI mussels in ‘nduja-seasoned broth, and seared cod. Having recently revamped its lunch menu to reach beyond the bento-box offerings, Cerulean (339 S. Delaware St., 317-870-1320) is featuring an open-faced grilled eggplant sandwich with warm cheese curds, spinach, a fried egg, and winter herb pesto on top.
The Rathskeller (401 E. Michigan St., 317-636-0396) is including eight of its signature desserts in its Devour Downtown menu, including its decadent, double-chocolate Sacher torte.
Incredible food aside, a restaurant isn’t fantastic if it doesn’t have a drinks menu to match its entrees. Plat 99(333 S., Delaware St., 317-624-8200) certainly knew that, which is why one of three signature cocktails is included with your Devour Downtown meal. If sipping on a cocktail isn’t your thing, try out Chilly Water Brewing Company (719 Virginia Ave., 317-964-0518) instead. Go with a friend, and you each get a pint of beer of your choice.
INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 25, 2016) – Devour Downtown is back for its 11th year of offering specially priced meals at some of downtown’s best restaurants.
The two-week event runs from Monday, Jan. 25 to Sunday, Feb. 7. A record 90 downtown restaurants will participate, according to organizers. The list includes eight new restaurants.
In addition to enjoying the three-course, valued prices menu, diners can share their Devour Downtown experiences on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #DevourIndy for the chance to win a $30 gift card to a participating location.