Christine Bradley’s coffee and snack stand opened in early 2021 where The Pop used to be. It’s a cute little drive-thru shack located a stone’s throw from Dublin and Academy boulevards. When we stop in, it’s somewhat busy, with a few cars ahead of us, but the fact that it’s a drive-thru cues…

Mood Tapas Bar has a new menu, and more importantly a new executive chef: Noah Siebenaller, formerly of Beasts and Brews and Phantom Canyon. Siebenaller is now also the corporate executive chef for all of Choice Restaurant Concepts, which includes Mood, Districtelleven, Bird Tree Cafe and T-…

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When Ciao Down Food Truck owner Francine Vonfeldt spoke with theIndy in February, she said that while her initial menu would be deli-style and focused on hot sandwiches, she intended to add Neapolitan-inspired entrées down the road. We would love to try her more traditional Italian offerings…

It’s been a few years since we’d daytripped to Westcliffe, and we immediately notice a new-to-us spot on Main Street: the spacious and stylish Sugarlump coffee, sandwich, ice cream and mini retail shop.

The hometown of Red Gravy owner/chef Eric Brenner, St. Louis, Missouri, has a long history with jazz music. As a major destination for Black Americans leaving the Jim Crow-era South during the first wave of the Great Migration, St. Louis and other cities allowed for creative expression not p…

Even small cities like Westcliffe prove that often some of the gems are tucked away on side streets, so it’s worth exploring off Main Street. Launched in 2015, Elevation operates as a wild game and livestock processor (with a mobile slaughter unit) but also town butcher shop and deli special…

The propagation of hipster joints in south Downtown continues apace with this new beer garden. Cleverly named The Garden, the spot offers a variety of local tap brews and mixed drinks, with stylish, breezy indoor seating and ample outdoor seating, making it a sure thing for hot summers growi…

Chef Edward Salazar’s food truck now serves as a permanent fixture at The Garden. When we stop in for a drink, we first aim ourselves at the pork belly green chile fries, and we’re sad to say that the tallow-fried ’taters themselves rate flaccid and wimpy, which sucks.

The premise tantalizes: donuts garnished with booze-infused glazings and buttercreams. (See our May 5, 2021, Side Dish for the back story.) The execution is a mixed bag. Happy Hour Donuts’ yeast donuts alone are great, plenty puffy with a little chew and interior density, not overly sweet.

The good “ship” — rather, repurposed parcel truck — S.S. Bertha has come to peddle its South Pacific goods: kava. For those unfamiliar, kava is the name of both a plant (Piper methysticum) and a drink made with the root of that plant.

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Toss a stone in Colorado Springs and you’re bound to hit a food truck. They were proliferating long before the pandemic, and the past year has only added new faces to the mobile scene. But nearly a decade ago we could count all those we knew of on a couple hands. One of the early ones to mar…

Owner Hieu Hoang and her husband and restaurant manager Kevin Tram took over the former Pho Saigon Grill in May 2020, redecorating, rebranding and rebooting the menu for pandemic times — which is to say shortening it to make it more manageable for a skeleton crew that’s still running it toda…

No place is perfect, and we find that to be true on our second visit to Ecclesia Market. Romo’s Street Tacos, the Castle Rock church-turned-food-hall’s Mexican concept, fills us up but doesn’t leave us wanting more.

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When Suwanna Meyer opened Elephant Thai, her second Thai restaurant, just 10 minutes’ south of Chaang Thai on North Academy Boulevard, she told the Indy she would be offering street food dishes in addition to what Americans expect to see on a Thai menu. Being that I’ve never been to Thailand…

Sometimes, all there is to hold onto is a quick, tasty hot dog: no BS, no craft aspirations, nothing fancy whatsoever. That is what Stump Dog does, and for only a few bucks, the modicum of sanity that a fine-ground, cured, smoked, all-beef sausage offers can make its soothing presence felt.

You’ve never heard someone talk about pizza as enthusiastically as Slice 420 co-owner Christian Patriarca. But he and his wife Stefany are equally passionate about the mission behind their business, inspired by their daughter Sofia’s special needs, which brought them all to town as “medical …

Dine & Dash takeover: This week, in tandem with our summer guide, we venture to Denver’s graffiti mural-rich River North Art District (RiNo). We sample a classic, a newbie and a one-of-its-kind in Colorado. This is just a snapshot from a very happening area with options aplenty.

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Altitude Hospitality Group has more dining concepts and brands than we care to shake a stick at, but given the high bar they tend to set, we’re not complaining. Garden of the Gods Market & Café, for instance, has expanded into the former Coquette’s Bistro at 616 S. Tejon St.

Longtime area restaurateur Phil Duhon has revived Oscar’s Oyster Bar (facebook.com/OscarsPatioBar) at 112 N. Nevada Ave., in the former Brewer’s Republic spot. Oscar’s former home at 333 S. Tejon St. became The Block Bar & Grill in early 2020, just before the pandemic hit and not long af…

It’s a bustling morning at El Super Taco with an almost full dining room and a steady line of patrons to the door for breakfast burritos. From six options, we try the two beef variants: steak and Machaca, both rolled with egg and cheese in a toasted flour tortilla: $6.60 and $5.90 respectively.

White Pie launched a new brunch menu a couple weekends ago, and we got a sampling on week two with co-owner/chef Kris Wallenta and team. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays starting at 10 a.m.