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Bluestone Lane Brings Brekkie, Lefty’s Closes Two Locations

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Bluestone Lane, 115 W. 19th, opens March 30. Inspired by the cafe coffee culture of Australia, the specialty coffee roaster and lifestyle brand has chosen the Heights neighborhood for its first-ever Texas location. It will feature 4,400 square feet of space with a welcoming, contemporary atmosphere and a menu of fresh, healthy food geared toward its “Bluestone Lane locals” who average between 25 and 32 years of age.

The New York City-based brand’s mission is to modernize American coffee culture by focusing on delivering quality, premium coffee. Guests can choose from hot brews like Flat White or Long Black plus a healthy Up-Beet Latte. Cold brew options include Draft Nitro Cold Brew and Iced Mocha with cocoa. There are also cocktail choices such as Mimosa, Aperol Spritz and Bloody Mary plus wine and beer.

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Premium coffee is poured at Bluestone Lane.

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The all-day cafe offers its brekkie menu with items like its avocado smash on multigrain bread and the warm banana oatmeal with raspberry pecan crumble. The lunch menu has healthy options such as the Warm Chicken and Ancient Grain Bowl, Impossible Bayside Burger and the Rainbow Bowl or Wrap with farro and veggies.
click to enlarge Owner Sam Berry and former Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson launched the Kirby location in late 2020. - PHOTO BY CHARLES ROSTAMLOO

Owner Sam Berry and former Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson launched the Kirby location in late 2020.

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Lefty’s Famous Cheesesteaks, Hoagies & Grill, 8057 Kirby, is currently closed. A listener sent in the tip about the closure, along with a photo from Twitter, to radio sportscaster, and contributor to the Houston Press, Sean Pendergast. Landry Locker, Pendergast’s colleague and fellow host at SportsRadio 610, posted a video on Instagram showing the sign on the door indicating that the locks had been changed for failure to pay rent.

The closure follows the departure of Deshaun Watson as quarterback for the Houston Texans. Watson opened the fast-casual cheesesteak restaurant in December 2020 as a co-owner along with Lefty’s founder Sam Berry. It was the first Texas location for the brand. The grand opening included a number of Texans players and rap artists on hand to lend support to Watson. Oh, how things have changed.

There are still three locations to get Lefty's famous cheesesteaks.  - PHOTO BY CHARLES ROSTAMLOO

There are still three locations to get Lefty’s famous cheesesteaks.

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With Watson departing Houston for Cleveland and a $230 million, five-year contract with the Browns, he may be shaking the dust of Lefty’s Houston off his cleats. The 22 civil lawsuits against him for sexual misconduct won’t be so easy. Pendergast made his opinions on the subject known in an article for the Press this week.

The location at 1010 Federal, also affiliated with Watson, is closed as well via its Facebook page and the disconnected phone number. The North Freeway and League City locations are open and the store at 2015 N. Mason recently opened February 3 in Katy.

We have reached out to the Lefty’s Cheesesteak folks and to Kimco Realty, owner of the Kirby and Federal properties, for more information.

click to enlarge Hop on down to The Chocolate Bar for Easter treats.  - PHOTO BY BECCA WRIGHT

Hop on down to The Chocolate Bar for Easter treats.

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Winfield’s Chocolate Bar, 2411 W. Alabama, will open this summer in The Center at River Oaks. The new sweets and chocolate shop is a corporate rebrand of The Chocolate Bar and president Molly Voorhees is excited to debut the new look to customers. Voorhees is also president of Becks Prime and co-owner at Agnes Cafe & Provisions. She named the upcoming sweets destination after her father, Win Campbell, CEO and co-founder at Becks Prime. The Chocolate Bar at 2521 University Boulevard will continue to operate under its current name.
click to enlarge Molly Voorhees will bring chocolates and sweets to River Oaks.  - PHOTO BY THE CHOCOLATE BAR STAFF

Molly Voorhees will bring chocolates and sweets to River Oaks.

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The River Oaks store will have 1,778 square feet of interior and patio space. It was designed by Sean Garrison and Levi Lemaster of Garrison Design Office. Loyal fans of The Chocolate Bar will still find the same chocolate-filled molds, cakes, cookies, ice creams and gifts that the company is known for at Winfield’s. However, the Easter Bunny will have to use the Rice Village store this year.
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Squid Ink Pasta is a hint at what Marmo has to offer.

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Marmo, 888 Westheimer, will open at the Montrose Collective in early April. The new Italian restaurant from Atlas Restaurant Group, is inspired by another of its concepts, Tagliata, in Baltimore. Atlas Restaurant Group also operates Loch Bar and Ouzo Bay here in Houston. Marmo means “marble” in Italian and the new 5,500 square-foot restaurant will feature hand-made pastas, house-made charcuterie and hand-cut prime steaks.

Next week, we will have more photos and a definite opening date to share. Currently, the restaurant is training staff, according to its Twitter account.

Houston is about to get a lot cooler with 40 new locations of Jeremiah's Italian Ice.  - PHOTO BY JEREMIAH'S ITALIAN ICE

Houston is about to get a lot cooler with 40 new locations of Jeremiah’s Italian Ice.

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Jeremiah’s Italian Ice has plans to open 40 new shops in Houston. The upcoming locations will be managed under the leadership of Sam Cleavenger, a 24-year-old (you read that right) who already has seven years of experience with the Jeremiah’s brand. Cleavenger started at the company at 16, working various positions including server, prep, food truck driver and shift leader before working his way to the role of local store marketing manager. Cleavenger owns Alexander Development Group LLC which is Jeremiah’s newest area representative. Cleavenger is also looking to open his own locations within the territory and his first store is slated to open in Pearland this summer.

Currently, the frozen dessert company has five locations in the Houston area.

Night Shift, 3501 Harrisburg, is temporarily closed, according to Yelp. On Night Shift’s Facebook page, there was a March 14 post that read ” We are closed for the night. See y’all soon.”

Recently, it was reported that Justin Ware and Patrick Abalos had been bought out of the business so that they could pursue other projects.

Cabo Bob's Briargrove will be joined by three new locations around town.  - PHOTO BY LORRETTA RUGGIERO

Cabo Bob’s Briargrove will be joined by three new locations around town.

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Cabo Bob’s Burritos is planning three new locations for Houston, according to CulturemapHouston. Its first Bayou City restaurant opened at 1810 Fountain View in December 2019. The new stores will open in former James Coney Island buildings beginning in June. The addresses are 7103 Cutten in the Willowbrook area, 740 Mason in Katy, and 11940 Southwest Freeway.

The first location opened in Austin in 2008.

click to enlarge Van Leeuwen Montrose is having a grand ice cream social.  - PHOTO BY ALEX MONTOYA

Van Leeuwen Montrose is having a grand ice cream social.

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Van Leeuwen, 888 Westheimer, is celebrating its grand opening March 26 at the Montrose Collective. The ice cream shop opened February 23, as we reported here in the Press. The event will take place from noon to 11 pm, so Houstonians have a generous window of time to make it to the shop for an opportunity to enjoy a $1 scoop of ice cream. However, early birds get the chance to participate in the “I Scream for Ice Cream” contest from noon to 1 pm Screamers will be measured by a decibel counter and will win a prize. There will also be additional giveaways and surprises between noon and 4 pm The first 100 guests will get Donkeeboy swag bags and there will be a $200 gift card giveaway. The shop will also be scooping its limited edition Bananas for Cheese flavor, done in collaboration with James Beard Award Finalist for Best Chef: Texas, Christine Ha.

Pizza Artista, 2501 Research Forest, opened February 7 in The Woodlands. The Louisiana-based pizza concept has traditional pies but also offers Cajun ingredients for toppings including tasso, andouille, boudin, Gulf shrimp, Louisiana crawfish, crab and more.

Guests can start with a choice of dough from traditional, whole wheat, cauliflower and gluten-free. Sauce options include alfredo, marinara, bbq, olive oil, pesto, red, spicy red and Thai peanut. Even the cheese offerings are plentiful with American, asiago parmesan, brie, cheddar, feta, gouda, mozzarella, provolone and a ghost pepper blend on the list. Vegans can opt for the vegan cheese for a little extra cash.

After all the meat and vegetable decisions are made, Pizza Artista offers finishing touches like basil, cilantro, peanuts, balsamic glaze drizzle and even Steen’s Syrup. There are salads and wings on the menu as well but carb lovers might experience some heart palpitations when they see the Pasta Bread Bowl choices.

There are plans for two additional area locations in Spring and Conroe.

Claws Boil and Bar, 16000 Stuebner Airline, had a grand opening and ribbon cutting March 18. The seafood restaurant serves boils of crawfish ($11), shrimp ($15), black mussels ($10) and a variety of crab (market price) including Snow, Blue, Dungeness and King by the pound. Diners can choose from three different flavors: Cajun Classic, Garlic Butter and Claws Special. Three sauces are available as weak, medium fire and hot fire. Add-ons like potato, sausage, corn and egg are extra.

Besides boils, there are fish dishes, seafood gumbo, egg rolls, Firecracker Shrimp, wings and Crawfish Cajun Fried Rice.

Double Trouble Caffeine & Cocktails, 3622 Main, announced on Instagram this week that it is temporarily closed. The message read ” Excuse us while we shape up a bit. See you soon.” We have tried reaching out for more information and will keep readers updated with any reopening plans.

Last week, the bar announced on Instagram that it was having maintenance issues prior to the temporary closing post. A tip from a reader hinted that owners Robin Berwick and Robin Whalan may have rebranding plans for the bar.

click to enlarge Celebrate maize with Picos' new dinner series.  - PHOTO BY ALEX MONTOYA

Celebrate maize with Picos’ new dinner series.

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Arnaldo Richards’ Picos, 3601 Kirby, is launching his Curated X Picos dinner series March 31. The monthly event will showcase Mexican culture and cuisine by highlighting one seasonal ingredient rooted in the heritage and flavors of Mexico. The dinners will be held the last Thursday of every month with two seatings available at 6 pm and 8 pm

The first of the series, Maize, will feature a six-course interpretation of one of Mexican cuisine’s main staples, corn. It begins with a tostada with scallop sashimi, followed by memala, an Oaxacan toasted masa cake. Other courses include langoustine with recado negro black beans, braised Kurobata pork belly, 72-hour braised Wagyu short rib with mole negro and a sweet ending of piloncillo gordita with chamomile honey.

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Guiding the way to thrive

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Jan Juc naturopath Rebecca Winkler has always found joy in the practice of cooking nourishing meals for others.

That pastime spilled over into developing recipes and it was during lockdown that her culinary passion led her to become a qualified plant-based chef and a raw dessert chef.

Now the mum-of-two has expertly thrown all of her skills into the mix to achieve a long-held goal of producing a book.

Released as an eBook, with a print version to hopefully follow, 14 Day Whole Food Feast is a comprehensive two-week meal plan designed to nourish the body and delight the tastebuds.

Within its pages are recipes for whole food snacks, lunch and dinner meals, lunchbox ideas, and time-saving tips.

14 Day Whole Food Feast by Rebecca Winkler is available now as an eBook.

“My motivation was both personal and professional,” Rebecca says.

“On a professional note, I found so many patients were having difficulty finding family-friendly, whole food recipes to help them navigate various dietary needs.

“The recipes are easy to follow, a shopping list is provided and time frames are taken into account so slower cooked meals or more time-consuming recipes are saved for weekends.”

Rebecca says the eBook can function purely as a recipe resource or be followed meticulously for a 14-day reset.

“Food prep guidance is given at the start of each week in order to get ahead and be organized as possible.

The eBook includes lunch, dinner and snack ideas, as well as shopping lists and naturopathic advice.

“Dinners are often incorporated into leftovers for lunch the next day and naturopathic guidance is provided around ways to maximize your time by incorporating regular exercise and practicing self-care.”

The idea for the book began to brew in 2019 during a solo trip Rebecca took with colleagues which gave her the space to establish a clear vision for the content she wanted to share.

“I began developing and refining recipe, enlisting a beautiful photographer and graphics team to allow my dream to be realised.

“The long-term plan is to release a number of other eBooks and, eventually, print a hard copy, real-life book to be loved and to splash your chocolate and bolognaise sauce on. The kind of recipe book that you find yourself grabbing time and time again.”

The eBook is filled with nutritious recipes and much more.

So, what are some of Rebecca’s personal favorites featured in her carefully curated eBook?

“Ooh, that’s like trying to choose a favorite child,” she laughs.

“I know it might seem boring, but the slow-cooked bolognaise with hand-made gluten-free fettucine is an absolute favourite.
“We make it weekly in my house and every time my kids exclaim ‘this is the best bolognaise ever’.”

The slow cooked beef pie, kafir lime chicken balls and whole food cranberry bliss balls are also hard to pass up, she says.

Rebecca avoids listing ideal ingredients for people to incorporate into their diet, instead saying the most beneficial ingredients are those that make you feel at your best.

“Not everyone tolerates grains, some don’t tolerate fruit, others have difficulty digesting meat and protein.

“My advice is to listen and take note of how your body feels when you eat.

“Are you bloated, do you have pain in your gut, loose stools, headaches or fatigue?

Rebecca is a qualified naturopath, as well as being a plant-based chef and raw dessert chef.

“I am more inclined to advise people to source good quality ingredients, grow what they can, and cook from scratch as much as time and money allows.

“Eat three meals a day and snack only if you are hungry, growing, pregnant or exercising.

“Try to consume 30-35ml of water per kg of body weight. Add plenty of vegetables, fresh herbs, variety and colour.

“Our gut flora thrives on variety, so mix up your veggies, fruits, grain, legumes and proteins. Eat the rainbow.”

To get the most out of the eBook, the author suggests reading it from cover-to-cover and choosing a 14-day period where you are at home and have minimal social engagements.

Rebecca is passionate about naturopathy which she describes as a holistic, comprehensive view of the body in its entirety and “a wonderful adjunct to Western Medicine for patients as it ensures medical due diligence is exercised, adequate diagnostic testing where appropriate and an individualized approach to restoring health”.

Rebecca’s advice is to “eat the rainbow” when it comes to healthy food choices.

She says many of her clients are seeking ways to regain optimal health following extended periods of lockdown during the pandemic.

“There is no doubt that most of us found ourselves allowing more in alcohol and comfort foods over lockdown, which is nothing to feel ashamed about.

“In such a difficult, confining and overwhelming time, we sought comfort where ever it may lie for us.

“This is not a failure, it was merely a way for so many to cope. I never judge anyone’s choices, I merely try to support, understand and listen.

“Often we already know what we need to do to rebuild or move forward, simply sharing and being heard without shame or judgment is therapeutic.

“I cannot describe to you the genuine joy that seeing people thrive provides.”

14 Day Whole Food Feast retails for $19.95 and on the Rebecca Winkler website. Discover more and contact Rebecca via her Facebook page, Instagram @rebeccawinklernaturopath or email [email protected]

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Get to know farro and other superfood whole grains

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By Casey Barber, CNN

Quinoa has reached a level of superfood status not seen since the great kale takeover of the aughts. Equally embraced and mocked in pop culture, it’s become the symbol of the grain bowl generation. It’s not the only whole grain that’s worth bringing to the table, however.

The world of whole grains is wide, and if quinoa and brown rice have been the only grains on your plate, it’s time to expand your palate. Here’s an introduction to whole grains, along with tips for cooking and enjoying them.

What’s a whole grain?

The term “whole grains” encompasses all grains and seeds that are, well, whole. They retain all their edible parts: the fiber-rich outer bran layer; the carbohydrate-rich endosperm center, which makes up the bulk of the grain itself; and the inner core, or germ, which is packed with vitamins, protein and healthy fats.

On the other hand, refined grains such as white rice and all-purpose flour have been milled to remove the bran and germ, stripping away much of the fiber, protein and vitamins, and leaving only the starchy endosperm.

“A lot of people don’t realize that whole grains contain several grams of protein in addition to vitamins and antioxidants,” said Nikita Kapur, a registered dietitian nutritionist in New York City. With every serving of whole grains, “you get a ton of minerals, B vitamins and fiber, which is especially important for good health.”

So-called “ancient grains” fall under the umbrella of whole grains, though the phrase is more of a marketing term than a marker of a more nutritious option. Ancient grains refer to whole grains like millet, amaranth, kamut and, yes, quinoa that have been the staple foods of cultures for several hundred years. They are not hybridized or selectively bred varieties of grains, like most modern wheat, rice and corn.

And though quinoa has gotten all the press as a whole grain superfood, there’s good reason to try others. Trying a variety of whole grains isn’t just a way to mix up your same-old side dish routine. It’s also a chance to get a wider portfolio of minerals and more into your diet.

“Suffice to say, we need to have a more diverse plant-based diet” to get the full complement of recommended nutrients in our meals, Kapur said, “and we can’t get it from the same 10 or 20 foods.

“One grain might have more manganese, another more zinc or magnesium, and another more protein,” she added. “Try one as a pasta, one as a porridge — you do you, as long as there’s a variety.”

Familiar foods like oats, corn, brown and other colors of rice, as well as wild rice (which is an aquatic grass), are all considered whole grains, but there are many others you’ll want to add to your regular repertoire.

Some whole grains to get to know

amaranth is a tiny gluten-free grain that can be simmered until soft for a creamy polenta-like dish, but it also makes a deliciously crunchy addition to homemade energy bars or yogurt bowls when it’s been toasted. To toast amaranth seeds, cook over medium heat in a dry pan, shaking frequently until they begin to pop like minuscule popcorn kernels.

Buckwheat is gluten-free and botanically related to rhubarb, but these polygonal seeds (also called groats) don’t taste anything like fruit. You might already be familiar with buckwheat flour, used in pancakes and soba noodles, or Eastern European kasha, which is simply toasted buckwheat.

Faro is the overarching Italian name for three forms of ancient wheat: farro piccolo, or einkorn; farro medio, or emmer; and farro grande, or spelled. The farro you typically find at the store is the emmer variety, and it’s a rustic, pumped-up wheat berry that’s ideal as a grain bowl base. Or make an Italian-inspired creamy Parmesan farro risotto.

Freekeh is a wheat variety that’s harvested when unripe, then roasted for a surprisingly smoky, nutty flavor and chewy texture. Freekeh’s taste is distinctive enough that it steals the spotlight in your meals, so use it in ways that highlight its flavor. It’s fantastic in a vegetarian burrito bowl paired with spicy salsa, or in a warming chicken stew.

kamut is actually the trademarked brand name for an ancient type of wheat called Khorasan, which features large grains, a mild taste and tender texture. It’s a good, neutral substitute for brown rice in a pilaf or as a side dish. Or try this high-protein grain in a salad with bold flavors like arugula, blood orange and walnut.

millet is a gluten-free seed with a cooked texture similar to couscous. Teff is a small variety of millet that’s most frequently used as the flour base for Ethiopian injera flatbread. Try raw millet mixed into batters and doughs for a bit of crunch, like in this millet skillet cornbread recipe, or use either teff or millet cooked in a breakfast porridge.

How to cook any whole grain

While cooking times vary for each grain, there’s one way to cook any whole grain, whether it’s a tiny seed or a large, chewy kernel: Boil the grains like pasta.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a handful of kosher salt. Add the grains and cook, tasting as you go, until tender. Small grains like amaranth and quinoa can cook fully in five to 15 minutes, while larger grains like farro and wild rice can take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour — so keep an eye on your pot and check it frequently.

Drain well in a mesh strainer (to catch all those small grains) and either use immediately or allow to cool slightly, then refrigerate for later meals. Cooked whole grains can also be portioned, frozen and stored in airtight bags for up to six months.

If you want to cook your whole grains in an Instant Pot or other multicooker, this chart offers grain-to-water ratios for many of the grains mentioned here.

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Casey Barber is a food writer, illustrator and photographer; the author of “Pierogi Love: New Takes on an Old-World Comfort Food” and “Classic Snacks Made from Scratch: 70 Homemade Versions of Your Favorite Brand-Name Treats”; and editor of the website Good. foods Stories.

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Travel: A quaint county seat with Mayberry charm | Lifestyles – Travel

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I finally ventured out for my first road trip of 2022 earlier this month. It’s been way too long since I took a little trip and it was long overdue. My last little getaway was in Chicago the week of Christmas. The day I returned I wasn’t feeling very well and an at-home test confirmed that I had COVID — again.

The first time was in November 2020 and it was a severe case that landed me in the hospital with pneumonia and difficulty breathing and then many months of recovery. Luckily this time around it just lasted a couple of weeks. At the same time I was pushing through COVID we were in the process of moving. And my Dad, who had tested positive for COVID not long before me, passed away. So, it’s been a heck of a start to 2022. A getaway was much needed.

It was a brief 24 hours in the Indianapolis area, but as always I packed a bit in and had a lot of good food. On our way down we stopped off in Rensselaer for lunch at Fenwick Farms Brewing Co. and took a little walk to check out the murals that are part of the Ren Art Walk. That evening I attended a media opening of the newly reopened Dinosphere exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

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It’s a place I adore and still enjoy visiting even though my kids are teenagers and young adults now. I love being greeted by the huge Bumblebee character on the way in from what is probably my favorite action move, “The Transformers.” The largest children’s museum in the world has so much to see and I’ve loved having the chance to explore it both with and without my kids.

After the event it was a quick overnight at Staybridge Suites in Plainfield, and in the morning we headed to Danville. Danville is the county seat of Hendricks County. I adore county seats with downtown squares and this is one of my favorites. On an earlier visit there we were in town for the Mayberry in the Midwest festival, which had lots of activities related to the classic TV show “The Andy Griffith Show” that was set in the fictional town of Mayberry.

Danville definitely has that charming, inviting, friendly small town vibe that feels like it could be a sitcom setting. We ate at the Mayberry Cafe where old episodes play on television screens and the menu is full of down-home, made-with-love comfort foods, with a specialty being “Aunt Bee’s Famous Fried Chicken.” I tried it and it was very tasty. The whole place made me smile like Opie after a fishing outing with his dad.

This time our dining destination was The Bread Basket. I had tried their desserts at a few events, but it was my first time dining in. It’s located in a house that was built for the president of Central Normal College in 1914 and is cute and cozy. It’s a breakfast and lunch spot, so plan to go early and be prepared for a wait during peak times (but it’s well worth it).

My Dilly Turkey Sandwich on fresh wheat nut bread with an Orchard Salad was delicious. I loved that they had a combo option where you could pick a half sandwich and half salad or cup of soup. But the desserts are the real star here. I stared at that dessert case for several minutes — and I wasn’t the only one.

I was seated next to it, and watched intently each time they removed a pie or cake from the case to cut a slice. I tried the Hummingbird Cake, which was a perfect treat without being too rich, and then noticed another that was so unique I had to get a slice to take home — the Blackberry Wine Chocolate Cake. If you go there and are overwhelmed with choices, go with this. You won’t regret it.

After lunch, we made our way over to the Hendricks County Historical Museum & Old County Jail, which is just off the square. For someone like me who loves history, this was a wonderful stop to incorporate into our day. It was built in 1866 and used as a jail all the way up until 1974. You can go into the old jail cells (two on the female side and four on the male side) and tour the sheriff’s home.

An exhibit has information and artifacts from when Central Normal College existed (later Canterbury College). There’s also a temporary chronological exhibit about music and musicians, featuring many Hoosier hitmakers.

After the visit, I took a breezy little walk around the square, where I was reminded that there is a nostalgic old movie theater. The historic Danville Royal Theater dates back to the early 1900s and shows current movies for just $5 a ticket.

It was then getting close to dinner time, so we decided to eat before we headed back home. A place in the nearby town of North Salem had been recommend to me and I am so glad we took time to visit. I chatted for a few minutes with Damiano Perillo, owner of Perillo’s Pizzeria. He’s a native of Palermo, the capital of Sicily. The food is authentic and almost all of it is made fresh daily, including their garlic rolls, marinara and alfredo sauces. The New York-style pizzas are perfection.

They even have a nearby garden where they grow many of the fresh vegetables and herbs used in their dishes. They have gluten free pastas, too, and the lady at the next table had some and was raving about it. We also tried the homemade Sicilian cannoli and the limoncello flute, and trust me when I say to definitely not skip dessert.

There was one last food stop. Although we had just eaten, I realized we’d be driving right by Rusted Silo Southern BBQ & Brewhouse in Lizton and just couldn’t pass it up. I made my husband pull in and pick up some food to go. We got the brisket and their house made pimento cheese, chorizo ​​and kielbasa and took it home. I was introduced to it last fall and there is a reason they have been voted Best BBQ in the Indy area four years in a row. I loved hearing about how this eatery located next to a railroad literally stops trains in their tracks to get food from this award-winning BBQ joint.

All three of these places — The Bread Basket, Perillo’s Pizzeria and Rusted Silo are ones that you should absolutely include in your itinerary if you happen to be in the Indianapolis area.

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