When we heard The Soup Nazi was going to be in The Circle City, at a soup festival nonetheless, Mojo Munchies had to investigate. So we ventured to the south side last weekend to partake in the Indy Soup Fest at Primo Banquet Hall and we’re here to say: the event did not disappoint.
For just $8, attendees were given a generous five tasting tickets with the option to purchase additional tickets if, at the end of five small cups of soup, they still had room for more. A portion of the proceeds were donated to Gleaners Food Bank – a local non-profit organization we’re sure all of our zombies readers are quite familiar with.
Fifteen local Indianapolis restaurants were on site to serve their finest and most creative soups to those seeking adventurous varieties of everyone’s favorite winter comfort food. Naptown residents showed up in hordes to try the best of the best and cast their vote for their favorites.
We tried traditional soups such as fire roasted tomato bisque and loaded potato, but we also pushed the boundaries trying less common soups such as Mulligatawny, a delicious curry-based soup with sweet hints of apple (it’s the infamous soup that Kramer sought in the iconic Seinfeld episode featuring The Soup Nazi) and even Popcorn Lobster Bisque – a unique combination of caramel corn and butter-drenched lobster.
However, none of them stood out more than Circle City Soup’s Brown Butter, Mushroom and Gorgonzola with Caramelized Onion and Bacon soup. The texture was smooth (that’s because their mushrooms are pulverized, not diced) and the flavor bounced all over our palate leaving us wanting more!
(full disclosure: we went back for seconds)
So when we heard Circle City Soups were awarded the grand prize – Best Soup in the City – we couldn’t have been more thrilled. Here’s how the final votes fell:
- Best Cream Based Soup: Your Local Deli – Portabello Mushroom Soup
- Best Broth Based Soup: Circle City Spuds – Wild Mushroom Soup
- Most Creative Soup: Artisan Foodworks – Popcorn and Lobster Bisque
- Best Vegetarian Soup: Bluebeard/Amelia’s – Salsify Puree
- Best Gluten Free Soup: Artisan Foodworks – Popcorn Lobster Bisque
- BEST SOUP IN THE CITY: CIRCLE CITY SOUP – Brown Butter, Mushroom and Gorgonzola with Caramelized Onion and Bacon
Be sure to follow Indy Soup Fest on Facebook so you can catch all the details for their 2016 event, or else… NO SOUP FOR YOU!
(sorry – we had to)
Review compiled by Danielle Look & Gwen Wilson.
Photos by Marron Photography.
Indy Mojo had a chance to get an exclusive sneak preview of Giordano’s before their Grand Opening on February 3rd. For those of you that don’t know – Giordano’s is what some might claim as Chicago’s best pizza, alongside Gino’s and Lou Manati’s.
The recipe comes from a family tradition that goes back 200 years when Mama Giordano use to bake her sons an “Italian Easter Pie”. When the boys grew up they made their way to Chicago and opened their own pizza business using their mother’s double-crusted, cheese stuffed Easter Pie recipe. Since 1974, this Easter Pie has become known as staple of Chicago-style pizza. And for the first time in over 40 years, they have opened new locations out of Chicago and in to Indianapolis’s own backyard.
This small restaurant is located right next to Harry and Izzy’s at 4110 E. 82nd St. While waiting to be seated they have a viewing window of the kitchen where the pizzas are being tossed, sauced, and cooked to perfection. Hidden away to the left is the bar area with six 42 inch TV’s, 10 beers on draft and a full bar. It’s what I like to call “The Adult Area.” To the right is normal seating, and in the back of the restaurant there will be patio seating with a full view of the lake to enjoy once Spring arrives.
Fair warning: this pizza does have a wait time of 45 minutes, but don’t be discouraged as there are plenty of appetizers to hold you over.
I tried “The Best” Ripe Tomato Bruschetta, which came out quicker than expected and I dove right in: crisp, toasted bread with a fresh slice of mozzarella and a heaping pile of tomatoes with a hint of basil. It was more than enough to appease my appetite until the pizza was delivered.
Upon arrival, my mouth started to water with anticipation. The gooey, cheesy goodness – known as the “Chicago Classic” – was stuffed with pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers. The crust was sweet and the slice almost melted in my mouth. With eyes bigger than my stomach, I tried to muster down a second piece because my taste buds wanted more, but I had to box up the reminder of my slices.
For those who are in for small portions stop by Giordanos for $10 weekday lunch special where they offer a choice a personal pizza, side salad, and a drink. They also offer Carry out and deliver within a four mile radius of their location. There has been talk of another restaurant opening up in downtown Indianapolis if all goes well for the 82nd street location. Bring your appetite and head on in to Giordano’s you won’t be disappointed.
Still got the munchies? Check out our quest to find Indy’s best tenderloin here.
New York has their thin-crust pizza. Texas has their BBQ. Chicago prides itself on a different, but equally tasty, pizza pie.
Different parts of the country have different foods they are known for. In Indiana, the pork tenderloin reigns supreme. Just about anywhere serving food in the Hoosier state has an option – from the small, local joints to the more established upscale, and you can’t forget the state fair either.
As with any dish, there are many variations on the theme. In this, a special two-part inaugural edition of Mojo Munchies, we are going to be exploring just a few of the best choices across the city. Ignore the Food Network and any other “expert” that has only tried the thin, dry excuses for tenderloin you’ll find at the “classic” spots; these tenderloins are the real deal.
Fellow foodie and new Indy Mojo contributing writer Erin Gobble and I visited four different establishments from different areas of the city. (Throughout the article Erin’s words will be featured in red, like so.) In this first part we are going to the Tie Dye Grill on the east side and Big Daddy’s on the near south side.
Big Daddy’s Bar & Grill – 2536 South Meridian St.
If you are looking for a thin, fear-inducing tenderloin this is it. This is what I consider the mama bear of tenderloins. It is thin but not too thin. The size is impressive, but you don’t loose out on the taste of the pork or the juiciness that makes for a good tenderloin.
We ordered the tenderloin for two. It comes with a separate plate and bun so you can garnish your meal how you choose. Prepare yourself because this sandwich is meant for two – the tenderloin comes out the size of a flat basketball, but still maintains some thickness. Even now my mouth is watering thinking about the cornflake crust seasoned to perfection with a slight pitch of heat. The sandwich crunches as you bite down, and as always my eyes were bigger than my stomach, but my taste buds left me wanting more. Perfection.
If you go on your own the Tenderloin comes in at 8.99 and includes kettle chips. The tenderloin for two that we ordered adds two dollars; however, between the chips and the sandwich itself, two people will most likely still be taking food home with them. The atmosphere is your basic sports bar; prepare yourself to be packed in if you go during any Colts or Notre Dame game. Outside of those high-traffic scenarios, you can normally get a table pretty easy and the food comes quick.
Tie Dye Grill – 1311 N. Shadeland Ave.
The next restaurant holds a special place in my heart. I trace my love of cooking and exploring food back to the year I spent employed here with a good portion of that time as a line cook. Have you ever known someone that works at a restaurant but would never eat there? This is not the case at Tie Dye Grill; they have become an east side institution and the reason for that is their attention to the quality of their food.
Driving up to this restaurant, I didn’t know what to expect, but I soon realized I was in for a real treat. The restaurant is decked out with a 60’s theme, the staff are dressed in tie-dye and the food is served in red baskets that gives the feel of an old soda shop. First up: the fries, covered in bacon, scallions, cheese, and Shayne Salt. Next up: the main attraction: the tenderloin. As it arrives at the table, you can tell it is grilled to perfection. The tenderloin is normally only a Tuesday special, but we were able to pull some strings to get one on a Saturday, which is why it was grilled instead of my preferred breaded version. After the first bite, I didn’t mind it being grilled; the bold flavor of the well-seasoned tenderloin was satisfying. Shayne Salt is the right kind of flavor and I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on that secret. Shayne Salt is the special seasoning that the Tie Dye uses on many of their dishes, the seasoning is a secret of Tie Dye owner Shayne Dye.
As mentioned above the tenderloin is normally just a Tuesday special at TDG, as can be imagined Tuesdays end up being an extremely busy day. The Tie Dye Tenderloin is everything I think a tenderloin should be. They don’t abuse their meat and beat it thin. However you want it prepared it comes out juicy, flavorful and with just enough hanging over the bun to scare small children. If you are hankering for this masterpiece, make sure you plan ahead; they have been known to sell out. At $7.95 for just the sandwich the price is comparable to Big Daddy’s, but it’s worth a couple extra bucks to throw in for the fries as well.
With that, we conclude the first part of our Tenderloin Excursion, but be sure to check out part two coming up soon. If you have a favorite tenderloin spot, leave us a note in the comments!
Also be on the look out for more foodie goodies as the Mojo Munchies are just getting started! Stay hungry, Indy.
It was in the basement venue, The Casba that I first saw FIGURE. It was dark, no cover, and the place was packed. The sound that came out of the speakers that night cannot be described and neither can the energy of the crowd. I realized then I was witnessing a mad scientist of beats at work.
Figure went on to play IndyMojo’s Identity After Party and was signed to AM Only (largest EDM talent agency) that same week. His career instantly exploded into a welcomed chaos of shows around the world and tons of releases. Since then, he has only played in Indy twice, at The Amber room which he headlined and at Wheelhouse Music Festival.
This coming Altered Thurzday, we can finally announce his return to playing his home state. At none other than the infamous Mousetrap and for only $8 at that. He is bringing his Terrorvision, which is a collaboration of the most terrifying visuals alongside his Monster tracks. This show is years in the making, let’s kick off the year with a bang, bang!
Josh Gard has had a long history in music. Just a few short years ago he donned the name Figure and began making electro house, but has since become a regular name in all realms of electronic and dance. Scoring positions among the charts may have gotten him recognition, but a hefty amount of praise has been raining down on him lately as some of the leading artists in electronic music have valued his live performance skills as some of the best in the business.
In 2011, his Monsters of Drumstep series married his love of horror with his immense production skills to become the soundtrack for the Halloween season. Figure created his own imprint, DOOM Music to house the Monsters series which has now become an annual release. In 2013 FIGURE’s monsters series became the official soundtrack to Universal Studio’s Hollywood Horror Nights theme park.
Figure recently signed with OWSLA to release “Horns of the Apocalypse”. Horns of the Apocalypse showcases FIGURE’S evolving sound and take on 4/4 dance music with his lead single Eagle. War Call & Beast Mode will remind fans of FIGURE’S signature sound. The EP features DEL The Funky Homosapien (Deltron 3030, Gorillaz, Hieroglyphics) Mr Lif (Definitive Jux) & Nick Thayer (Owsla).
“The direction and influence for the production came from being on tour all of last year and a good chunk of of 2013 so far. The entire EP was written on the road but mastered at my home studio in Indiana using my Neve Racks and Abelton. I’m really looking forward to seeing my fans on tour this fall and hope they all love this release as much as I do.” – FIGURE
October 2013 saw the return of FIGURE’s highly acclaimed Monster’s series, with the release of Monsters Volume 4. Monster’s vol. 4 quickly shot up the iTunes/Beatport worldwide charts with key tracks like Are You Afraid Of The Dark ft. Lexi Norton, Living Dead & The Center of Hell ft/ Helicopter Showdown. All in all the album takes listeners on a 13 song trip through the dark world of FIGURE’s monsters, and showcases another side of Josh Gard’s sound design that ties the LP together with dark interludes like Symphony of the Damned & Death’s Gospel.
When he’s not recording in his hometown studios in rural Indiana, Gard is touring worldwide, with packed tents at festivals like EDC, SnowGlobe, Starscape, The Bounce, Creamfields Australia, Tomorrow World, Global Dance, and Belgium’s Dour. He just ended his 14 city Terrorvision Tour in November and Indy will be the 15th city on January 8th!
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Mousetrap Bar and Grille
Last Friday, a relatively new 9-piece band hailing from Chicago made their way down to Indianapolis to send the weekend warriors of Naptown out into the fray at The Vogue. My god, did they do it right. Overall, it was a night specializing in all things groovy with local acts Breakdown Kings and Audiodacity coming out in support of the out-of-town headliners to give fans a hell of a show and something to remember for weeks to come.
The night began with Audiodacity’s signature blend of brass and beat, giving the crowd a sense for the funk that was soon to come with the rest of the set. Starting with a small gathering in front of the stage, the crowd grew as their show progressed. The six-piece Indy-bred band powered through their set with drive and determination, leaving everyone in the crowd smiling as they morphed their bodies to the pulse of the beat.
Following their set was Breakdown Kings, another one of Indy’s own rockin’-soulfunk-hip hop revivalists with something to prove. Having never seen them before, this writer was left surprised as songs like “Monster”, “Pow”, and what can be only guessed as “Balls Deep (In Your Love)” were dropped. The latter of the 3 songs, a love song of sorts written for a girl at the farmer’s market, got the entire crowd laughing and dancing at the same time- always a welcome combination.
And then, with the crowd hyped and reaching for more, it was on to the headliners of the night: Chicago Loud 9.
For those who don’t know, Chicago Loud 9 is an amalgamation of 9 members from 5 former acts/bands: ‘grunge-funk rockers Eleven Dollar Life, roots-reggae outfit Drop Steady, cover bands Dr. Rock / On The Radio, and rapper-MC Pro Blak The Don’, according to their website. Funk, grunge, reggae, hip-hop; it’s all one with these guys. No boundaries; nothing off limits. They play what the moment calls for, and they do it damn well.
Taking the stage and starting the set off in an energetic frenzy, one felt the fuel that was about to burn throughout the performance. After a brazen start, they eventually fell into the chill and groovy intro to, “Brainfield” with a solid drum groove that led into some serious flow from Pro Blak aka Don D. Immediately after the first verse the song unleashed itself, blending funky brass, solid guitar work, and singing/rapping exchanges between the two vocalists.
Soon, an unexpected cover broke out: “Spottieottiedopalicious” by Outkast (if you don’t know this song, look it up now. It’s the 21st century; don’t deprive yourself of this classic). Once the solo-laden instrumental took off and wound itself back down to baseline it was time again for some original tunes, breaking into “Ratso”. A funk-rocker that melds its way into some reggae inspired rap verses, “Ratso” laid it down heavy before closing up shop to set up for the next track.
The show continued, eventually building up to the party rocker, “After Party”. During the climax of the song, J-Bone (percussion/keys) ran out from behind his post to revive the tiring dance party. Clearing out a section of the crowd before launching a backflip off of the stage, he ended the move off with some breakdance skills that could start a b-boy battle.
After this uncommon bit of showmanship, Chicago Loud 9 departed the stage just ahead of the loud mass of cheers that chased backstage after them. Not gone for long, they returned to drop the single from the cLoud9 EP on us, “Chill (Wait)”. As the hip-hop/ska groove culminated into one final climax they left us yet again. And then the chanting began…
“ONE MORE SONG! ONE MORE SONG! ONE MORE SONG!” the crowd cried, jeering the band away from their comfortable reprieve and back onto the stage. Starting back up with a high-energy drumbeat that quickly progressed into an all-out jam the MC announced, “We don’t even know what we’re about to play, y’all are beautiful Indianapolis!”
That, my friends, is a beautiful feeling and the mark of a true band, true artists, and true entertainers. In that moment, the music held us together- sweet, punctual sounds moving in harmony to create something bigger than us all. They could have easily left the crowd there, wanting more, ending the night at that moment-but they wanted to keep playing; one could feel it. After completing the unknown 2nd encore, they retired for the night, leaving the crowd sweating with their hands in the air and eyes to the sky. The feeling that we were left with was pure elation- something that no action or thing can replace except for real, heartfelt, music; it was the feeling of [biological] ecstasy at its finest.
In retrospect, this writer is still smiling about the show, it’s energy, and the bands that gave us that feeling. There was no better place to be in Indianapolis that night, one can be sure of it. Fresh, original, music played by three different sets of skilled songsters- what more is there to want out of life?
Tear it Up
Almost Let it Get to Me
Can’t Hardly Wait
25 or 6
Neva Comin’ Back
[Unknown Second Encore]
Get the cLoud9 EP here
Find more photos from the show here
The perfect way to bring in the looming colder seasons is with good music, good people and good beer. Fountain Square Brewery is an Indiana brewery that began in 2010 and is dedicated to supporting local arts. This weekend they are hosting the second-annual Hop Your Face Festival in Fountain Square in Indianapolis. Hop Your Face is an all day music festival to kick off fall, tap their imperial IPA for the season and celebrate local arts.
This year, the headlining act is a jam band from Carmel, Ind. called Funky Junk. Funky Junk is a four-piece collaboration of Jake Dugan and Andrew Trefny on the electric guitars, Troy Wingert on the bass guitar and Chandler Pickard on the drums. Funky Junk are dedicated to giving the crowd a fun and rowdy show anywhere they go– just be prepared to drink their whiskey with them!
What is Hop Your Face?
Chandler Pickard: It’s a celebration of Fountain Square Brewery tapping their fall beer, the imperial IPA Hop Your Face. It’s the second year they are doing the Hop Your Face festival and it’s christening of the season of fall. It’s called Hops Your Face as a play on words from the Grateful Dead. There are some other bands playing before like El Guapo. We’re headlining the event and it’s all day. It’s outside Fountain Square Brewery and we go on at 9pm. Last year Strange Arrangement played. They were the headliner and they killed it. There was a great turn out. This year they expect to have more. It is a really local thing. It is all about keeping your beer drinking local.
The beer is great there; it is delicious craft beer. They are bringing Fountain Square back. It has really gotten nice in the last few years. The area of Fountain Square had been a little run down but within the past five years they have made a huge effort restoring what Fountain Square once was. Now it has become a really cool hip little place to come down and have a fun time. They have a lot of good local restaurants, a lot of good local beer at Fountain Square Brewery. It is a really homegrown feel, nothing corporate in that area; it is just all local stuff. I love that about it.
We (Funky Junk) are Indianapolis natives. We want to support Indianapolis in any way possible. It is our hometown and we will always love it. I would much rather play for Fountain Square at a local festival that is all about keeping everything local. I love having the locals that drink there come out for some fun. It’s all of our friends, rather than some corporate shit.
Do you guys have anything special planned?
Pickard: The coordinator asked every band to play a Grateful Dead tune because Grateful Dead’s Steal Your Face is where they got Hops Your Face. So we are going to learn a few new Dead tunes for the festival and it will make it really special and obviously bring our own jest of band that is Funky Junk too!
How did Funky Junk first begin?
Pickard: I have known Trefny since I was five years old. One day we just realized we should stop playing Sega and start putting songs together and we realized were missing that part of our lives. So we wrote some songs and Dugan ended up calling me up about playing a Phish cover band party in Bloomington. He wanted me to play drums for him. So a few weeks later we met up in Bloomington and played this gig and Trefny was with me. We asked him, “Hey would you want to check out some of our songs?” and he jumped on board. Then a week later we got Troy boy on board, as Dugan insisted that he was a good bass player. And that is how we all got together. We started playing from there and then started booking gigs and ever since then we have been doing what we are doing. That was early spring of last year, so it has only been a little over a year and a half now.
Reflecting back on this past year and a half, how have you guys grown?
Pickard: It has been nothing but happiness and love. This has really shown me that if you really put your love into something, give love to everyone around you and be a positive person, that positivity will come back to you. It has even brought me and my immediate family closer together, it has brought me and my friends closer together and obviously my band the closest together. I have watched so many people be so happy and it is a great thing to see that–we want to bring people happiness.
I really love watching people be happy when they get a drink or dance around and have some fun for the night when they’re off work and they want to go out and do something. We want them to be able to come out, enjoy a few drinks, see their friends, dance around and have fun. That is what we are here for.
When was your realization of, “Wow- this is actually going somewhere”?
Pickard: This summer is when I realized it. It has always been my dream to play music for a living. But I really felt like this past summer, instead of me calling places, places started calling me about gigs and I started getting gigs by other people calling me. I started realizing there is a demand for what we’re doing.
What is your favorite place to play?
Pickard: The coolest place I have ever gotten play was The Vogue in Broad Ripple because it is a beautiful room to play and it’s big. The sound is like a mile wide and playing on that stage is really nice. But I have to give love to the Mousetrap for giving us our platform and also Plumps. I have mad love for all of them.I also really loved the festivals we played at this summer. But everywhere in Indianapolis are places that really hone in on the music that we’re doing and show us nothing but love and support. They are all super caring and treat us well.
How did you become a drummer?
Pickard: I became a drummer when I was a really young boy and I heard John Fishman of Phish and Jon Bonham of Led Zeppelin play and started thinking, man I really want to do that! I remember when I was a kid and the first time I listened to Zeppelin ‘s Black Dog on my headphones laying in bed, and I was like, “Wow this is crazy. I want to be able to do that.” It seemed fun to me and ever since then my family has never been anything but supportive. I thank them so much because having a nine-year-old kid wanting to play the drums is going to have a time that’s a little obnoxious. So I appreciate them toughing it out.
What future plans do you guys have for your music?
Pickard: We are going to have our EP coming out this month–Mashed Up Vol. 1. We actually recorded it at Ball State. We are really excited about that. Then we are going to keep on doing what we are doing- keep booking gigs and hopefully more festivals for next summer.
Why are you naming the EP Mashed Up Vol. 1?
Pickard: Well you know, that is just for our friends. Our family of friends is all equally mashed up. They have been so supportive of us and have helped us get where we are at and been so far. It’s to them and how much we care about them.
For more information visit: http://fountainsquarebrewery.com/
Broad Ripple’s only place to get a Growler on the strip!
The Triton Brewing Company has opened Triton Tap Room in the former La Jolla building at 915 Broad Ripple Avenue. Triton Brewing employee Michael Chevigny, or “Chev” as he prefers to be called, has been working on this project since January of 2013. We sat down with Chev to discuss the expansion of Triton Brewing and the development of this exciting new Tap Room.
Triton Tap Room hopes to provide anywhere from 10 to 20 different lines of craft beer. Not only will beer from Triton be represented, but you can also expect guest taps from other local breweries. Liquor will not be served at this location.