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Yesterday marked the 3 year anniversary of my husband and I getting married.  In 3 years time we have done so much (bought a house, had a baby) that we decided to take it slow for the celebration.  We handed the little guy over to a trusted sitter and drove to Peterson’s Restaurant in Fishers…

Now, we are not used to the kind of comfortable luxury that is Peterson’s.  In the past 15 months since C was born, we have been more of the pick up a quick meal kind of people.  As soon as we walked in, we were treated like royalty.  The hostess took our name and said “Happy Anniversary!  Would you like a picture to mark the occasion?”  Johnny and I have a lot of strengths as a married couple, but picture taking is not one of them, so we passed on the photo.

The ambiance of Peterson's - photo from PetersonsRestaurant.com

The ambiance of Peterson's - photo from PetersonsRestaurant.com

The hostess then led us back to a dimly lit corner booth.  The first thing we noticed was that the restaurant was pretty full, but still quiet enough to where we could hear each other and actually have a conversation.  Our server, Bill, was quick to greet us and we never felt a lag between courses.  We started with jumbo lump crab cakes for me – yum – and a lettuce wedge with blue cheese crumbles, dressing, tomato and bacon for him.

We both ordered the filet, and they came out cooked to order.  I added scallops to my filet and he topped his with a creamy garlic butter.  The sides were large enough for 2 (or more) to share – so we also sampled a variety of perfectly cooked side items (more on those in a moment).  The entire time we ate, we talked about dessert.  To our surprise, they were kind enough to bring us a complimentary chocolate-y fudge type of dessert (that was covered in a raspberry sauce) to share in the joy of our anniversary.  Did I mention the 2 glasses of tasty Riesling (I can’t remember which Riesling I selected from the long wine list, but I am sure that Bill can remember) or the sweet truffles that are given to each guest as they depart?

Thank you truffle - photo from PetersonsRestaurant.com

Thank you truffle - photo from PetersonsRestaurant.com

After we left I asked Johnny what he would say if he were to blog about the experience.  Here is what he said:

I ordered the double filet and ate every bite of the perfectly cooked dish…  I regrettably had to share the side items with my wife because the creamed spinach, asparagus and au gratin potatoes were amazing.  At one point I left the table for no more than 2 minutes, and when I came back she had eaten almost every bite of the chocolate dessert.  I had to fight her off for the last few bites.

If you are here for a romantic Indiana getaway or are looking for an unforgettable (local) Indiana dining experience, visit Peterson’s Restaurant.  You will not leave hungry OR disappointed.

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In June we posted about 8 Dishes WE Crave, which was inspired by an Indianapolis Monthly article.  Well, we all love food so much and we have so many unique Indiana dining options here that we couldn’t stop at 8 items – in fact, I think we’ll struggle to stop after this round.  Either way, below are 8 MORE Dishes that WE Crave.  Enjoy!

Pie in a Jar from Lisa's Pie Shop

Pie in a Jar from Lisa's Pie Shop

1.  Between the food, the tea and the experience, Ashley can’t select just 1 goodie from the Ruby Pear in Noblesville; “Something that I always enjoy is a trip to the Ruby Pear. From the delicious soups to the dainty sandwiches, their delicate lunches are always a treat. The real treat are the scones and fat rascal cookies, I personally LOVE the vanilla cookies. I usually save the chocolate covered strawberry for a later indulgence!” 1095 Conner Street, Noblesville, 317-770-8322

2.  Our intern, Emma, craves a fried delight from Sahm’s, “Although they are not technically a dish, Sahm’s carrot curls surpass any other crunchy, fried snack I have ever encountered.  They are light, crispy, and are dusted with just the right amount of salt.  Plus carrots are vegetables, so they are still good for you… Right?” 11590 Allisonville Road, Fishers, 317-842-1577

3. As a Christmas treat a few years ago, we gave away Pie in a Jar from Lisa’s Pie Shop. The Pie in a Jar was initially created as a way to salvage pies that weren’t perfect, and then they took off!  Both the sweet filling and crust are served in the jar and makes for an unforgettable surprise.  She has a variety of flavors; Apple, Apricot, Peach, Blueberry, Cherry, Strawberry Rhubarb and Black Raspberry – my favorite is the good old fashioned Apple.  YUM. 5995 S US Highway 31, Atlanta, 317-758-6944

Continue reading for delicious details on Serendipity, Fionn MacCool’s, Bub’s Cafe, Sullivan’s Steakhouse & Keltie’s….

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As the end of my time at the Hamilton County CVB approaches, I can’t help but look back at how much I’ve learned, in terms of both job skills and knowledge about this place I’ve called home for the past 13 years. While the former doesn’t have a place here, I can’t help but share just a few things about the latter.

1. That there are music halls in Northern Hamilton County, the Atlanta Music Hall in Atlanta, and the Hedgehog in Arcadia. Quaint towns and local music make for a different kind of evening out!

2. That Hamilton County – Westfield in particular – was a hot bed of Underground Railroad activity (although I may have learned this in fourth grade social studies and since forgotten). In Westfield there are even haunted Underground Railroad walks, a perfect Halloween activity for a history buff like me.

3. How to navigate all of Carmel’s roundabouts. In fact, I’ve come to like them, they actually do make driving easier, go figure!

4. That Hamilton County was named the #1 place to raise a family in 2008 by Forbes magazine. Good choice, mom and dad.

5. That the Atlanta Mercantile, in Northern Hamilton County, sells local and regional artisan goods, from candies and homemade foods to antiques and a wide variety of arts and crafts.

6. Just how many excursions the Indiana Transportation Museum offers. Growing up I always knew about, and even frequented the FairTrain, Polar Bear Express, and Pumpkin Train, but after a summer here, I’m excited to take a go on the Dinner in the Diner or the Dinner or a Movie too!

7. What a wide variety of quaint and unique local restaurants we have here. From an old Carnegie Library and fine Italian to coffee shops and tea rooms.

8. How wonderful a place Hamilton County is, not only for an Indiana getaway, but also somewhere to live, work and play. There’s so much to do here, leaving me ashamed that I ever spent a weekend lamenting boredom.

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Today I was reading through the 75 Dishes to Crave article in the June Indianapolis Monthly and found my mouth watering…  So many thingsNoble Coffee & Tea on the list sound absolutely amazing (#38…  #66…  #69…).  After reading #5 on the list I had to muster all of my self-control to NOT drive straight to Matteo’s on the Noblesville Square to devour a plate of “cream-drenched cheese-stuffed tortellini.”  YUM!

The article also made me think – what are some of the dishes in Hamilton County that I crave?  What about my co-workers?  We ARE the self proclaimed experts on all things food in Hamilton County’s 8 Great Towns and we have some unique, great local Indiana dining options here – so below is a list of 8 Dishes that WE Crave (thank you to Indianapolis Monthly for the great story – and the extra 5 pounds I will gain as a result):

1. For me, anything from “Happy Hour” at Kona Grill is what I crave.  At various times throughout the week you can eat sushi, pizzas, tacos and other appetizers at unbelievable prices ($3-$5, and drinks are also discounted).  The California Roll is my personal favorite, followed closely by the Margherita Pizza.  14395 Clay Terrace Blvd., Carmel, 566-1400

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The staff at the Hamilton County, Indiana CVB classifies ourselves as “foodies.”  When we are not eating, we are talking about eating.  Heck, we sometimes talk about eating when we ARE eating.  We take our meals very seriously, so when a few of us decided to take our new intern, Danielle, to lunch we couldn’t decide where to go – and not because of a lack of options.  Do we walk to Bub’s Burgers in Carmel for the famous Big Ugly Burger?  Or to we drive to Noblesville for an All-American meal at the Hamilton Restaurant?  But what about filling up on chicken fingers dipped in honey mustard at Nickel Plate in Fishers?  We finally settled on going to Keltie’s in Westfield to try the Beggar’s Purse that our very own Karen Radcliff can not stop raving about.  

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