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By: greeneggz
The signs say "Charlie Biggs", but there is an "Eduardo's" sign in plain text letters on the front door.This is on the north side of Raymond, between Keystone and Churchman. Look for the Burger King, and it's in between Burger King and Keystone Ave.It pretty much looks like an inner-city fried chicken joint, but it is very clean, including the unisex bathroom. The staples or main offerings are fried chicken and fried fish, but... the big "secret" is their Filipino cuisine. You won't know it's Filipino until you go in and read the menu.One time I had a fried-chicken (American style) combo dinner, with deep fried potato wedges and a cole-slaw side, and it was excellent for a fried-chicken place; crisp on the outside, and tender and juicy, cooked-just-right, on the inside.Another time I had a sample platter of the "menudo" (which is not at all like Mexican or Hispanic menudo, and some "adobo", served over white rice. EXCELLENT! Both of those are pork dishes, I was told. I then had some "Lumpia" small Filipino egg rolls, stuffed with pork. That, and the barbecued pork-on-a-stick are about all the Filipino food they serve during the week.The lady said they have more Filipino cuisine on the weekends.Eduardo's is the main caterer for the Filipino Association (Barangay club) booth at the International Festival. So if you like their food there, you ought to like it at Eduardo's on the weekends.One time I was there they were serving more Filipino cuisine than the adobo/menudo, but it was a special order for a group of Filipinos celebrating someone's birthday. So apparently if you have a group of 7 or more, and arrange with them in advance, they can cater it for dine-in or take out. Otherwise, wait for the weekend. Our group sat next to the birthday group, and we were constantly stealing glances, envying their food.The dining area gets chilly when the exhaust fans are running in the kitchen, and it pulls in the cold air. So dress warmly if you eat in during cold weather.The dining area consists of four tables-for-4, and a counter which seats 3 people. Both times there was a steady stream of take-out customers for the chicken. Though there was one caucasian gentleman who also asked for the Filipino cuisine for take-out.I think this family is doing it right: Their bread-and-butter business is what the working-class neighborhood wants, fried chicken and fish, which pays the bills. But what they love, and enjoy sharing is the Filipino cuisine. (The party of seven celebrating someone's birthday were professional folks who obviously had connections to the owners.) But there is probably not enough demand for a 100% Filipino restaurant to stay in business.Last I checked, they closed at 7pm on weekdays in the winter, so call to check if you want to go later.As far as I know, this is the only Filipino restaurant in the greater Indianapolis metro area.
By: greeneggz
Magoo's California Pizza
This is another unique mom-and-pop ethno-pizza combination along the lines of Brownsburg's Adriatic Pizza, but close by on West 38th street, just west of Georgetown Rd. His business model is similar to Eduardo's "Charlie Biggs Chicken with Filipino-on-the-side," i.e., cater to American tastes to pay the bills, but also share your own speciality on the side.In short: Indian/Pakistani Halal-Zabihah* Pizza !The owner, from either Pakistan or India, wants the restaurant to be known as _American_ cuisine, specifically California style pizza. Their signature pizza crust is crispy on the bottom, and soft and delicate on the top. I loved the crust on the pizza I had, it was not heavy and chewy "industrial dough" like most of the big chains.The menu includes standard American pizza shop fare, cheese sticks, wings, potato wedges, curley fries, onion rings, garlic bread, green salad, Philly steak sub, New York steak sandwich, cheeseburgers, California style cheese pizzas with your selection of the standard toppings (but no pork products), oven baked chicken, and fried chicken pieces.However, the attraction for us ethnic food lovers are the Pakistani items, and the Indian style pizza with ginger.They offer chicken burgers, chappli burgers and chappli kabab, based on Pakistani recipes. Chappli is minced beef with spices.They also have a "Chicken Tikka Pizza," and an Indian style vegetarian pizza with _ginger_. I tried it, and YUM!Their other speciality pizza is a Chicken of Beef combo, with Halal-Zabihah* meat of course. (All meat served in the restaurant is Halal-Zabihah.) The Chicken or Beef combo Pizza comes with either a Red Pizza Sauce, or a Creamy Garlic Sauce.I also had the Indian style vegetarian pizza with ginger. They ask you what level of ginger spice you want. I requested "medium", but that was still enough for the ginger to have a noticeable after-bite, and lingering after-taste. But that's what I like about ginger. The toppings (mushrooms, olives, green peppers, onions, tomatoes) were cut in small pieces, but were generously applied.I'm going back to try the chicken burger and the chappli kabab.But even as a "pizza only" place, it's worth going there just for the pizza.They don't deliver at present, but do have carry out. The dining area is very large, with a large screen TV. They invite you to hold your party there, with free room rental when you order the food from them. Hours are 11am to 10pm.The dining area was clean and orderly, but without decorations. The men's room was cleaner than I expected.-----------------* "Halal" means "permitted/allowed" [meat] (sort of "kosher") to a Muslim, and "zabihah" means it was slaughtered according to Islamic regulations.
By: greeneggz
Himalaya Kabob Korner
This is on the North side of 82nd Street, in front of the Castleton Square mall. It's on the back (North) side of a little out-lot, so you can't see it from 82nd street. You can see "Casual Male" from the street, and Kabob Korner is directly behind it, on the other side of that building.Look for the National City Bank, and turn North there, as if you're going into the mall. Then go right (East), and it's just past Long John Silver's.They close from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, so remember that when you visit.You walk up to the counter to place your order and pay. They bring your food out to your table on a tray and plastic plates. You have to get your own plastic utensils, napkins, and water from the counter.Menu is limited, and posted on a board behind the counter. Kabobs come in sirloin beef, lamb, ground beef, and chicken, and then there are three other entrees. Entrees come with side of long grain rice (basmati I think) and small dinner salad. I really liked the dressing on the salad.Drinks include ice water (self serve), and bottled water/soda/tea, and hot coffee.Prices are good and food quality is worth going out of your way for. It's kind of set up on a fast-food arrangement, so the overall "dining experience" isn't impressive, but the food does impress.The owner works as the cashier, cook, and waiter, and is very personable.Dining area and men's room were very clean.
By: divinity.courtney
Chef Mike's Charcoal Grill
Perfect date night dinner stop. Quite for a family diner. The Chef really seems to know what he was doing. We went for our Anniversary dinner, I had the lamb that was listed as part of their Valentine Couples special and my husband had the 10 oz Rib-eye both seasoned with a fresh mix of herbs that we both found hard to discern the exact mix, which is rare for my husband at any restaurant, but the flavor was perfection and the presentation was more than pleasingly appetizing. The meal came with two small bowls of Lobster Bisque that was wonderful with just a hint of pepper, followed by a colorful garden salad with strips of zucchini shavings and widely mixed leaf greens. The main course had perfectly grilled asparagus and what looked and tasted like Golden Yukon potatoes and finished with a decadent mix of dark chocolate and cherries in a heart shaped slice of Torte. All served with a tart dry Merlot. I would say this is a wonderful stop for any night out. We may even call on them to cater for our next big bash.
By: greeneggz
Cugino's Pizza
This is a delivery and take-out place. They are not set up for eating there.This is absolutely the best pizza in Marion county. I'd rate it better than Bazbeaux's, though it's just not as trendy. I'd say the pizza is a cross between Bazbeaux, Chicago-style, and Papa John's in terms of quality.It's not as exotic or "specialty" as Bazbeux's, in terms of the variety of ingredients available, but the quality is there.The pizza crust is home-made perfect. It doesn't have that industrial tasteless-ness of most chains.The sauce is exactly the way I like it. It's flavorful, but doesn't burn or bite going down.The toppings are cut thick and generous.Perfect crust + perfect sauce + thick/generous toppings = Perfect pizza.I used to order regularly from them when I lived in Lawrence, and NEVER had a bad pizza or any complaint.They're across the street from Marsh on Franklin Rd, and south a couple of blocks.
By: stephb.
Bourbon Street Distillery
Undeniably my most favorite Indy area restaurant! . That statement is enormously significant when you consider my husband and I dine out fairly often. We are always looking for different places to try. This is a locally owned, independent restaurant that has a "WOW" factor with it's food! We first learned of it through a restaurant gift certificate website and have now dined there 4 times in the past several months. We always vary our entrees and have yet to find a disappointing dish! Service is timely and friendly but not intrusive. We especially enjoyed dining outside while the weather was nice but now that outdoor seating is no longer possible, we were seated upstairs on our last outing and although smoking is allowed and can be seen, we did NOT smell it which means we can continue to dine there in the winter. Yippee!!!! This is a MUST try folks!
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By: Karen P.
Grambolis Pizza
Four of us went today for the lunch buffet. This was our first visit. I will only speak for myself. The pizza looked really good, but I was disappointed. First of all, the buffet is pizza, bread sticks, bread sticks with a little cinnamon and maybe a trace of sugar, and some noodles with alfredo that no one turned on so they were stone cold. No salad of any kind and it was eight dollars something. There were 6 pizzas to choose from, all deep dish types. Tons of cheese. The sauce was bland and the crust was tasteless in my opinion. There was no marinara or chesse for the greasy breadsticks--they were not garlic either. The price was too high for what they offered. No senior discount, no one to pick up plates, unfriendly cashier, stone cold pasta. I don't care to return.
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By: Nancy B.
The Iron Skillet
We just left the Iron Skillet after celebrating another anniversary. The anniversary party has grown from 4 to 17 members and the very youngest gets excited when we say it is time to go again. The in laws we have gathered along the way look forward to it as much as the children. The food is exceptional and the service is grand. Ron is like a member of the family always speaking with each individual at the table. If you want a great family meal, served in very nice surroundings, with a touch of elegance, by outstanding staff this would be a great choice. We have been there with friend and many groups over the years and never been disappointed. God bless and thank you Mr. Torr and staff for great memories.
By: cheramis
My last visit was with my two boys and we waited almost ten minutes for a hostess to greet us and walk us to a table. The place seemed fully staffed. Then we waited another 15 minutes before we were addressed by one of the waitresses asking us if our assigned waitress every came by. Because she never did, the waitress present was nice enough to take our order and to serve us. Our waitress was nice and was speedy getting us the food. My older son's order was incorrect but he was too hungry to address it to our waitress. In the future, if I have to wait that long to be seated and then wait another additional time to be tended to, I'm going to take my business elsewhere.
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By: Mercedes S.
Topper's Pizza
I've been here about three times now, and consistently gotten good food and great service. The prices are great too, especially for downtown Indy and the nearby colleges, making a large pizza cost a little over 10 dollars as opposed to the normal 20 I'm used to seeing. Employees are always nice, friendly, even during college kid rush days and always get your pizza out fast. Last time I even had a problem with my card and while I worked on getting it fixed, the employees continued to treat me like any other customer and helped me through the process. If you're looking for a place to pick up a fast, cheap pizza with great people, Toppers is your place.

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