My Downtown Indy 2017 Wishlist

Downtown Indianapolis is growing at a rapid pace. When we moved down here four years ago, so much has popped up and it just keeps expanding. Today, everywhere you go it seems like there’s a new restaurant, store or apartment complex going up. As a resident, I love all of these new things. However, since moving here…there’s been a few other things I’ve wished we could get.

Maybe 2017? Here’s to wishful thinking…..

Beauty store

It’s always perplexed me that Circle Centre Mall doesn’t have a Sephora. I’m an Ulta person just because the points work out better for me there, so I would absolutely hands down be happier with that, but I feel like even Sephora would do so well here! There’s a market I think could really be covered here, first with the general traffic in the mall (which has been growing too lately and I’m impressed) and then people that live around the downtown area that don’t want to drive all the way to the north, south or west side to pick up their beauty products.

Kroger

I know. There is a Kroger down here on 16th Street. It’s so small though! The variety isn’t that great. I’ve been there a few times to pick up Kroger-necessities (the cat demands their basic unscented cat litter…I mean at least she’s budget-friendly with her diva-esque ways). But usually, I just run in Marsh. I love that Marsh. But Marsh can really do some damage on your wallet and no body has time for that. I know they’ve decided not to renovate that Kroger. I wish they would though. Or build another one. Even Fountain Square is even a great place. I don’t need (or frankly want), a marketplace Kroger. But just a normal sized one? With a good selection? Till then, I’ll continue driving to the southside. I don’t mind it. But I also wouldn’t mind having a Kroger here, either.

Target

There is some open space left in Circle Centre, or they keep talking about postponing the Whole Foods in the new Market Tower…PUT IN A TARGET. I feel like this one is a no-brainer. (Although, this is just me sitting at my computer in my apartment. I’m sure someone at some point in time has looked into this and not found it a good idea). But as a resident, it would be nice to be able to walk to Target and pick up food, eye make-up remover, decorations…etc. I know we have a bunch of wonderful local stores here and I don’t want to draw away traffic from them. But I would love me some Target if there was one close by. I think it might draw in the outer areas too. Bonus for free parking.

Apple Store

I honestly wouldn’t shop there much because I don’t have that kind of money, but I feel like an Apple store would be a knock out of the park in downtown Indy as well. Think about it… People will drive to the northside and stand in line forever in that crowded, anxiety-driving store for however long it takes. It’s our only option. So for all of you on the southside especially, that is a LONG drive. The experience is great with the Apple team, but standing in the store itself is so crowded. I think it’s time to expand Indy’s Apple offering and open up a store downtown. Circle Centre would be a great place for it. OMG CIRCLE CENTRE! Just having the Apple store there alone would drive traffic. I’m sure people would choose to come to a downtown Apple store over driving to the crowded northside one any day if it was laid out correctly. That’s the key… we need some breathing room. K?

Condos/Homes for Sale

When we moved downtown, we chose to rent to see if we liked living downtown before we committed to something. And here we are… four years later… in the same building. Despite all of the downs, downs, some ups and then downs, our location is great. It is really what keeps us here. We’re close to our favorite restaurants and we are connected to everything. Long term though this won’t probably work and I want to buy something. There’s an okay selection out there. However, apartments are booming and real estate…is staying the same from what I’ve seen. I could be wrong. But there aren’t really any houses up for sale or new condominiums going up. We’ve looked around and while we aren’t ready yet, I hope that when we are, there is more available.

Mexican Restaurant

I’ve wondered if my husband and I are bad luck for El Rodeo. When we lived in Greenfield, probably four months before we moved it burned down. Ironically, this wasn’t the first time for that franchise to lose a building in a fire. Strange… well there used to be one downtown on Meridian Street. It was great. Awesome. Fabulous. We were regulars and the staff knew us. It was the first place down here that we became “regulars” of. Service was great and it was cheap. Then probably a year ago (or longer), it shut down. Who knows why… I’ve heard rumors about that franchise. Regardless, we got great service and it was always busy. And now it’s gone and there isn’t anything like it. There are Mexican restaurants downtown, but they are pricey. If I want to just get a couple tacos, rice and cheap margs, we have to go to Fountain Square. Sure, there is Aculpoco Joe’s or Adobo Grill but Aculpolco Joe’s is something you have to be in the mood for and Adobo is pricey. Fountain Square is fine in the summer when we feel like a 15-20 minute bike ride. Any other time it isn’t happening because it’s no fun to go get margs and drive because, well, you can’t drive. So it just doesn’t happen. Long story short, bring back El Rodeo! The space is empty, it was wonderful and I miss it so much.

Here’s so some advancement on some of my wish list items for the new year!

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Yard House: Amazing Food & Beer Selection

Yard House Basic Info

Address: 15 W. Maryland Street | Indianapolis, IN 46204

Price: $$

Yard House opened in early 2015 and has since been one of my go-to favorite restaurants in the city. They have an incredibly diverse food menu and an even larger drink menu. The food menu is a front and back–simple enough. Then the drink menu is pages long thanks to their great beer selection that includes over 100 beers on tap.

Navigating the Menu

094B0CD6-DC00-4AC0-925D-B4E0BD590945In addition the drink selection, I love Yard House’s  menu. Why? It’s great if you just want a snack or a giant meal.

For an appetizer or entree, they have a “snack” menu, as well as appetizer section. Snacks are like tapas, and one serving is good to share or keep for yourself.

Hands down my favorite “snack” (and arguably menu item in general) are the deviled eggs. Yes, you heard me right–deviled eggs. They have an amazing mix of a spicy tomato sauce and sweet chili and are topped with chives and candied bacon. The snack comes with four, and my husband and I frequently end up getting two orders.

And while I cannot eat potatoes (thanks, allergies), my husband is a huge fan of their truffle fries. Delicious fries topped with shredded parmesan and herbs.

For your entrees, you can choose from their selection of salads, house favorites, pizza, sandwiches, grilled burgers, steak and ribs, seafood, street tacos and then their vegetarian selection as well. (If you are a vegetarian, this section is amazing!)

9F776331-CFC7-4A79-9643-8D976784EE97.JPGMy Favorites

I’ve tried quite a bit of the entrees, from the orange peel chicken and chicken rice bowl, to the pepperoni pizza and mac n’ cheese–but their tacos make quite a statement.

I’ve had a variety of their tacos but the one that stands out the most that I highly encourage you to try if you go are the Vampire Tacos.

These tacos have a cheese crusted tortilla and in them include carnitas, bacon, chorizo, salsa, roasted garlic, cumin crema, guacamole and cilantro.

OH.MY.GOD.

There are so many flavors to these tacos, I don’t even know where to begin. You can order one, two or three and as well as rice and beans. You might order the full order but it is pretty likely you’ll be taking that home.

Wrap Up

All in all, this is a fun restaurant. It is a great place if you want to watch a game, hang out at the bar and drink or have a nice meal. They have low lighting and it is just a really cool atmosphere.

They also have really great music that they play if they aren’t using the sound from a game. I can’t stay still, especially after a drink or two.

It can get pricey depending on what you order, so if you are looking for a cheap spot, this place is not really it. Unless you plan your trip–you can make it less expensive if you try!

We’ve also always had great service here too. This one definitely has my stamp of approval, for sure.