It was another sad week on Indy’s post-COVID food scene. Duos, one of the city’s best sources for delicious, health-conscious food, is officially ready. Years ago the restaurant was converted into a permanent space in an office building across from the Children’s Museum, but the rise of the shift from home destroyed the business. The restaurant was one of the upper floors of Indy’s plant-based eating culture, made famous for its trademark Balance Bowls, which included vegetables, grains, beans, and all sorts of other filling brain foods. We’ll miss the pickled beets terribly and keep our fingers crossed that Rebecca Hostetter’s idea will be reborn in the future.
Today only from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., the former Black market A team of Esteban Rosas, Gabriel Sañudo and Grace Seibert offer some of the best Al Pastor tacos in town. They also serve mushroom guisado, ceviche, pollo pibil tamales, and birria noodles – and if they ask, yes, you want your tacos vampiro style served with a cheese topping between the taco and the filling.
Heartbreaker ((118 S Audubon Rd.) is officially open all day for a whole week. The new restaurant in Irvington kicked off this summer with a few milkshake and burger pop-ups that have since expanded to include daily dinner service. They have now been extended to include breakfast and coffee from 8:00 a.m. Lunch and dinner start at 11:00 a.m. and last until 9:00 a.m. For those already big fans of the sister restaurant Provider’s breakfast and coffee, these are included along with some other car-hop favorites like extra crispy hand-held hashbrowns, sandwiches, and the lattes you love. If you haven’t tried them yet, all milkshake lovers owe it to themselves to get a homemade frozen pudding shake. They taste like a religious experience.
Indy businesses and nonprofits get creative with their fundraising drives, and the Indianapolis Zoo is joining that party with help from Scarlet Lane Brewing Co.. The zoo relies on private donors and fundraisers for most of its funding, and the ticket proceeds from the adult-only Brewfari go straight to its coffers. More than 20 breweries and ciders from central Indiana and beyond will be featured, and guests can wander between distant tasting stations (all stocked with hand sanitizer). Zoo restaurants are open late to serve snacks, DJ Lockstar music, free readings, and more. Dress up if you like, but another reminder: this is an adults-only event.
It’s National Coffee Day and many local roasters celebrate with freebies and prizes. To name a few, Westfields Viewpoint roaster gives away a bag of coffee and a mug on her Instagram; Indianapolis coffee guide is giving away a free month of Indy coffee box;; and Indie coffee roaster offers 15% discount on beans both in-store and online with the coupon code COFFEEDAY at the checkout. Find out about specials at your favorite local roaster and cafe, and support local roasters today and every day.
Autumn beverages also hit the coffee shop menus to a large extent. Bovaconti ((1042 Virginia Ave., 317-222-1855) have just released their ginger-spice latte, a not-so-subtle shot of the crown-wearing pumpkin-spice latte. Circadian ((2045 E 46th St., 317-719-8869) have just released their limited edition Witches Brew, which is only available until the end of October. Finally, we would like to wish the people behind a happy 10th anniversary on October 1st Rosie’s place ((1111 W Main St., Carmel, 317-688-7350)and advise everyone to make the trip for the perfect combination: a cup of coffee and a fat, sticky shortbread biscuit, Rosie’s take on the original St. Louis cake.