Monday, August 18

Restaurant Review: Top 10 Best Devour Downtown Summer 2014

Tavern on South
Devour Downtown Summerfest 2014 has returned and the number of Indy restaurants participating has increased to more than 60 for the foodie event running August 18-31. Some will create special menus just for the event, while others simply offer their usual food items at a reduced price.

The Daily Gift Card Giveaway is precisely what it says. Every day you can enter your email address and have a chance to receive a giftcard for one of the restaurants in this year's events.
Daily Gift Card Giveaway (click to fill out the form)

Continuing are the various price ranges, 2-for-1, and special menu options, such as gluten-free and vegetarian. When looking for who is truly giving a great discount, check out their DD menu and compare the items to their regular menu's prices. Just add the items up and you will see whether you are getting a so-so deal or one worth the drive.What's New?
Several restaurants are new this time, including the much anticipated Plow & Anchor, equally anticipated Union 50, and new to the event P.F. Chang's, a downtown staple.

I love how so many of the restaurants are creating a drink and meal combination menu, adding special-priced cocktails and/or noting wine and beer pairings to complement the menu options. The restaurants are having with this and that, in turn, creates a more exciting venture for the restaurant patrons. With GenCon finished, the summer continues to sizzle with the offerings of the downtown eateries.

Again this DDrather than putting out a separate post for the Top 10 Best menus I am linking to their menus and highlighting the "Top 10" restaurants in green.

The criteria includes those that seem to be the best combination of good value, innovative menu and going above the others (ex. offering beer or wine also). And, so I give you the ...

Top 10 Devour Downtown List 
Summer 2014

120 West Bar & Grill

1913 Restaurant

Acapulco Joe's

Adobo Grill

BARcelona Tapas

Bazbeaux

Black Market

Bluebeard

B's Po Boy

Bu Da Lounge

Buca di Beppo

The Capital Grille

Cerulean 

Champions

Champps Americana 
Menu not available

Chef Joseph's

Circle City Bar & Grille 

Claddagh Irish Pub

Colts Grille 

Columbia Club

Dick's Last Resort

Dunaway's

Eagle's Nest

Elbow Room 

Ember Urban Eatery

End of the Line Public House

Fogo de Chao Churrascaria

Forty Five

Giorgio's Pizza

Granite City Food & Brewery

Greek Islands

The Grub House

Harry & Izzy's

High Velocity

Iaria's

Iozzo's

Libertine

Maxine's Chicken and Waffles

McCormick & Schmick's

Mesh on Mass

Milano Inn
Menu not available

Morton's

Mo's

Napolese Pizzeria

Nine Irish Brothers Irish Pub

Oceanaire

O'Reilly's Irish Bar

Osteria Pronto

Palomino

P. F. Chang's

Pearl Street Pizzeria

Pizzology

Plat 99

Plow & Anchor

Pure Eatery

Rathskeller

R Bistro

Rock Bottom

Ruth's Chris Steak House
Menus
Website

Santorini'sMenu not available
Website

Scotty's Brewhouse

Severin Bar at Omni Hotel

Shoefly Pub House

Shula's

Skyline Club

Slippery Noodle Inn

Smokehouse on Shelby

St. Elmo

Tavern on South
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TGI Fridays
Union 50
Menu
Website

Weber GrillMenu
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Winner's CircleMenu
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For more details, visit DevourDowntown.org
Images: E.J.Musgrave
Elizabeth J. Musgrave writes two magazine food and wine columns: Destination Dining and White Linen & Corks,and is a travel, features, food and wine writer, travel and food photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as the Travel & Leisure Adviser on FOX59 Morning News Show. She also is a speaker, consultant and trainer for hospitality, travel and luxury businesses, P.R., and tourism groups, as well as a radio and television guest and host. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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