While there has been a lot of sadness about restaurant closings, you have several options this week to enjoy the joy of new beginnings. Che Chori (3124 W. 16th St., 317-737-2012) is the newest restaurant on the Westside, serving traditional Argentine food as well as American classics with a gaucho touch like the choripan – a butterfly-like combination of Argentine chorizo and chimichurri. Tomatoes and lettuce on a baguette – plus burgers, hot dogs and Argentinian pizza. With a soft opening under the belt last week, they’re ready to serve you a fun and unique cross-section of familiar and new flavors.
outsider, a pop-up concept by chefs Adam Ditter and Jordan Wiley, has already made a few stops in town and is showing up alongside a drag show. Their signature dish is a classic burger (sometimes topped with smoked pork) or grilled cheese with traditional Chinese spring onion pancakes as a bun. You can try next at the Sunday Funday Drag Brunch on December 20th at Almost Famous (721 Massachusetts Ave.). Tickets are sold at the table. The menus are available via QR codes on the tables as the organizers are doing their best to keep this new venue open while users are safe.
Many local restaurants offer their vacation specials flavored with mint and chocolate, starting with the mint twist Nicey Treat(916 E. Westfield Blvd., 317-602-6423) frozen hot chocolate flavor. It’s available both as a popsicle and a cake, possibly as part of a gift that includes the adorable Nicey gift card, which comes on a stick just like the typical goodies.
Babies (2147 N. Talbott St., 317-931-1343) also introduced its latest milkshake flavor, bringing white chocolate mint to the people of the near north. As always, Baby’s gives you the option of reaching a party stage with a shot of your choice.
If you want an alcohol gift to be more fun than a simple old bottle of wine, pick up a bottle of wine Alchemy Spirit House‘s (640 S. Main St., Zionsville, 317-600-1858) pretty pink elderflower vodka, which gets its color and taste from a combination of hibiscus and elderflower. The flowery, botanical spirit looks right at home in the Barbie mansion.
Apocalypse burger (115 E. 49th St., 317-426-5001) expands the cute gift card insert with cards that resemble the classic American Express design, which may pay off a lot of weird misdirection if the packaging is torn. Not to mention that it’s a great take away place when you’re all cooked and in the kitchen.
In-house company (120 S. Audubon Rd.) Offers vegan and dairy Christmas cookie boxes for $ 22 and $ 20, respectively. Each box contains 16 biscuits with peanut butter flowers, chocolate chips, Mexican wedding biscuits with lemon thyme, sweet corn and chocolate sesame biscuits in the vegan box. In the milk box you get chai-flavored snickerdoodles, molasses-ginger, chocolate chips with brown butter and pistachio-cardamom biscuits. You have two pick-up days to choose from, December 18th and December 23rd.