“Celebrity Chef Edward Lee is a cookbook writer (Smoke & Pickles), television personality (PBS’s Mind of a Chef and Bravo’s top chef), James Beard nominee (at his Louisville restaurant, 610 Magnolia), and now an Indianapolis food fan. In his new book Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey To Discover American Melting Pot Kitchen, Lee opens a chapter on Indianapolis by stating that Shapiros Delicatessen (808 S. Meridian St., 317-631-4041) is the best Jewish delicatessen in of the region are America. That’s quite a will from Lee, who grew up in New York City. Each chapter in Lee’s book focuses on a different city or region where immigrants have a lasting impact on the city and culture. Buttermilk graffiti are now available in bookshops.
» American Eatery next door (4573 N. College Ave., 317-643-3480), Kimbal Musk’s newest restaurant, is now open in the former Double 8 Foods area. The casual diner-style place officially opened today, May 1st, less than a month after Musk opened his first Indianapolis restaurant, Hedge Row American Bistro (350 Massachusetts Ave., 317-643-2750) .
“As we deal with celebrity chefs, it’s important to note that, according to the IBJ, celebrity chef Michael Symon’s Northside Burger Joint B spot (2727 E. 86th St., 317-802-7678) is closed. The restaurant, which opened less than two years ago, was an anchor in the first phase of the ironworks development.
“The Cunningham Restaurant Group has just opened its fifth Bru Burger Bar in Indiana, this time in Noblesville (350 Westfield Rd., 317-764-2510). The Indianapolis-based restaurant group also has two Bru Burger locations in Ohio (Cincinnati and Westerville) and one in Kentucky (Lexington).
» Take out the blue eye (1006 Virgina Ave.) opens today. The Vietnamese-inspired eatery of the thought leaders of the General American Donut Company serves ramen, Bahn Mi sandwiches and rice bowls.
»Tickets for Indy Food Tours, provided by Eat Indy here, start today. According to the creators, “Indy Food Tours offer location-based dining experiences that offer generous tastes from 3 unique restaurants in famous neighborhoods.”
» Festive Owner George Muñoz is celebrating Cinco de Mayo this weekend with a tent party, a DJ, and fan-favorite re-appearing from La Chinita Poblana, the Asian-influenced Muñoz taco shop that operated in Broad Ripple until it took over Festiva in late 2017.
» Pearl Street Pizzeria is now open in spirit (10462 Olio Rd., 317-336-8703). This is the second location for owners Dave and Courtney Andrus, who opened the original Pearl Street Pizza downtown in 2010.
» Farmers market season The starting gun will be fired this Wednesday at the Original Farmers Market at Indianapolis City Market (222 E. Market St., 317-634-9266). Then on Saturday, the return of the markets in Garfield Park, Broad Ripple, Carmel and Fishers is in full swing. Binford Farmers Market is back at 65th & Binford as a market in The Hague on Saturday after a three year run in the Lawrence North High parking lot.
» Rusted Silo Southern BBQ & Brewhouse (411 N. State St., Lizton, 317-994-6145) is now open. Chef / owner Robert Ecker worked in restaurants in Georgia and Florida (including several years as head chef for the Walt Disney Company in Orlando and Paris) before taking a break from the grocery store for a corporate appearance. Rusted Silo is his re-entry into restaurant life where he focuses on smoked and grilled meat with southern sides.