Devour Downtown 2015 kicks off

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Devour Downtown kicks off Monday, and you’d better get your reservations. Prime time slots are already filling up and there are some new places that are sure to peak a foodie’s interest.

This is the 10th year for Devour Downtown. For some cities that may not seem like a long time, but for Indy it is. This is another indicator of how “Naptown” is truly transforming into something alive, vibrant and delicious.

Devour is a great opportunity for foodies or the more curious to try new places at affordable prices. Each restaurant has a set menu at a set price – many offer selections you can choose from. All restaurants offer a three course menu fixed at a value price.

For example, at St. Elmo’s you can get a shrimp cocktail, filet and dessert for $40 dollars. That’s a menu that would usually run a customer around $60.

Regina Mehallick opened R Bistro downtown on Mass Ave. about 14 years ago.  Back then a local chef-run, farm-to-table bistro was foreign to Indianapolis. It worked. Now, Mehallick says, what’s happening to downtown Indy’s cuisine scene is pretty amazing.

“Well, I just think that there is a change that’s going on and it’s been going on for the last maybe half dozen years where people are more interested in the quality and where their products are coming from rather than just a quantity plate that they get at some major restaurants,” she said.

Among Devour’s 74 participating restaurants are favorites like R Bistro, Bluebeard, Black Market, Napolese and Mesh. Some newer arrivals to Devour are Union 50, Pizzology off of Mass and Tow Yard Brewing by Lucas Oil Stadium. Brand new to Devour is Spoke and Steele. It’s in the old Canterbury Hotel, now le Meridian. It opened in December and is ready to impress.

For more on how to make reservations, the list of restaurants and their menus, click here.

Devour Downtown runs Jan. 19 to Feb. 1.

 

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