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Giving Ram a try July 9, 2017

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After my dad picked me up from Popcon, we decided to go out to dinner. We had just done Yard House, also in the area, the night before, so my dad wanted something new. We tried Harry & Izzy’s and then Mikado, in that order, but both places were so pricey that the cheapest entree was barely under $20. We were walking back from Mikado when we passed by Ram. We decided to go in there and check out the menu. Lighting was a little on the dark side, but it was still light enough to see. The hostess, a young blonde girl who was very lively and sweet, happily gave us a menu.

Granted, there were a few entrees from $20-30, but it was nice to see most of the entrees were from $11-20, and there were plenty at the cheaper end for me to make a selection. We sat down, and it was a good eight minutes before we got any service. Our waitress, Clarisa, finally arrived, and got our drink orders. I was pleased to see that they had root beer there. A lot of restaurants carry Pepsi products, but root beer never seems to be among the choices. And to give credit where credit was due, once Clarisa found us, we never had to worry about anything.

She filled our orders correctly, gave us refills promptly, and cleared all empty plates quickly. She was great! I forget the exact name for what I had, but it was a burger with lettuce, barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese, and bacon on it. The only modification I made was to remove a tomato. While it wasn’t the best burger I ever had, it was very juicy and not too burnt. My food was also surprisingly filling. I have to admit, I was disappointed at first when I saw the size of my entree, but then I ended up getting just the right amount of full: not too starving and not too stuffed. There were several other entrees worth trying, like sirloin, salmon, fried chicken, and steak sandwiches, so I think a return trip is in order. With good service, fair pricing, decent portion sizes, and tasty food, Ram is a place I would recommend. I give it 7.5/10.


Golden Corral on Shadeland closed September 27, 2016

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Tonight, I found out that the Golden Corral off 75th & Shadeland closed last weekend. I’ve been going there since at least 2007 and it became my go-to place to have dinner with my grandma, especially since the Castleton Perkins closed. Why is the north side incapable of keeping a country-style buffet in business? We lost Old Country Buffet, Ryan’s, and Ponderosa before every other side of town. And further, how the hell is the one on West 38th street still in business? Golden Corral had been in that location17 years and no reason for the closing was given. They still have locations on West 38th street and East Washington Street, both of which are in worse areas of town and I wonder why those are still open, as well as locations in Greenwood or Plainfield. I took some photos to show the details. I feel bad for not going there much lately. I hadn’t been there since January 29. My dad’s the only person who went there with me most of the time, and every time the past few months I wanted to go, he always said he just went there with my grandma the previous week on a night where I was busy. And frankly, I’ve been to both the west and east side Golden Corrals, though it’s been years. Neither were as clean, and the east side one didn’t have root beer! I’d like to get to the bottom of this and find out why they closed.

Pho Tasty for real July 22, 2016

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Tonight, at Vanessa’s recommendation, Ebony and I went to Pho Tasty, a Vietnamese Noodle House, by Castleton Square. It was quite enjoyable! I had Vietnamese Pork Barbecue Egg Rolls for $4, and they looked like they were wrapped in plastic. I checked, and not only was it not plastic, but it was also edible. They also provided a sauce that I thought tasted like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Delicious. Entrees, of which they had a wide selection, ranged from $9-13. Mine was about $11. I narrowed my selection down from four choices, and I honestly could not pronounce the Vietnamese name. I just know it was #43 on the menu, and #18, #42, and #45 were the three runner-ups. The entree I had contained vermicelli noodles, which taste like rice, as well as shrimp, lettuce, marinated beef, bean sprouts, carrots, and cucumbers. It was pretty good and I enjoyed it, although next time, I think I’ll pass on the cucumbers, and I may skip the carrots if the chef can’t separate the carrots from the vinegar-tasting sauce they were drenched in. Every other piece, especially the beef, was very flavorful. Portions were large, which I love, and I can say the prices were reasonable. One note, though: they do NOT give refills on sodas because they serve them in cans. If you want more than one drink, then it’s best to just get water. I’d recommend the place for sure, and I’d like to go back there again. After all, there are three more entrees I need to try!

Five strikes at Red Robin May 25, 2016

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IMG_9554 The Red Robin at 8190 North Shadeland Avenue has been open for eight months now, opening in early September. Since then, I have been there five times. Each experience, quite frankly, has been a poor one, especially when compared to the other Red Robins in central Indiana. The one on Shadeland is the first one in Indianapolis proper, and the closest to my house, so I was quite excited. However, I was disappointed to find that it was half the size of a standard Red Robin. Every time I eat there, the food takes three times as long to arrive as it would at the other Red Robins. I also notice the burgers are blander and the patties shrink more, and this has become a more prominent problem recently. I even began to question why I considered Red Robin my favorite burger place after my last few trips there, but then I realized all my recent trips were to the Shadeland location. The Michigan Road and Hamilton Town Center locations were amazing when last I went there! Worst of all, last night, I nearly got food poisoning. My stomach felt uneasy before I went to bad and there was this bad taste trying to come up. Uneasiness turned to aches throughout the night and I kept waking up with a terrible taste in my mouth. I almost felt like I was going to puke, but then I finally fell back asleep. I doubt I will actively pursue that particular Red Robin again. I end up trading taste and health for convenience.

Firing up the Weber Grill November 20, 2014

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Weber Grill (7) - Copy Weber Grill, located at the heart of Indy at 10 North Illinois Street, is right across from Circle Centre Mall. They advertise an open-flame, classic barbecue. I have had their barbecued half chicken with baked potato and it is wonderfully delicious, every bite bursting with sweet, charcoal flavor. This place is very much on the expensive side. The barbecued half chicken, for example, is $17. Therefore, I would only go to this place once a year or to celebrate a special occasion. The interior is very fancy, carpeted, wooden, brown, and dark, and the restaurant boasts a formal atmosphere. The restrooms even have high-definition television sets. One benefit of Weber Grill’s location across from the mall is that it has easy access from the Artsgarden; no one need venture outside in the winter months if they’re parked in Circle Centre’s garage. The staff here is polite and attentive, but as this restaurant is the only one in town and a common dining hotspot for hotel visitors, be prepared to make reservations and place your order as soon as possible. I find this restaurant to be near capacity more often than not. However, if you aren’t deterred by downtown traffic, a populated dining room, and a higher price tag, then I would suggest investigating Weber Grill. It is the best barbecue I have found currently available in Indianapolis. 

Now hiring, North Side Indy February 14, 2013

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If anyone is looking for a job on the North Side of Indy, then I may have some helpful info. I’ll share some of my experiences from my own job hunt:

Dollar Tree at 71st & Keystone is hiring (not for that location, but you walk in to pick up apps there).

Abercrombie & Fitch (at Circle Centre and the Fashion Mall) is hiring. Walk-in apps via store kiosk.

Payless ShoeSource is hiring. http://www.careersatpayless.com

Express (at Circle Centre and Castleton Square) is hiring. Walk-in apps.

Eddie Bauer (at Circle Centre and Castleton Square) is hiring. Walk-in apps.

Buckle (at Castleton Square) is hiring. http://www.buckle.jobs

Bed, Bath, and Beyond at Keystone at the Crossing is hiring. Walk-in apps with immediate interviews.

Vitamin Shoppe on 86th Street and East Washington Street are hiring. Go to website.

Blondie’s Cookies (at the Fashion Mall) is hiring. Walk-in apps.

Speedway (the gas station) is hiring. Via website. INterviews will be at their corporate office at 5000 W. 86th St.

Chipotle at 86th & Michigan Road is hiring. Via website.

Citi Trends at 52nd & Keystone is hiring. Via website.

Joe’s Crab Shack at 82nd & Dean is hiring hosts. Via website.

Latitude 39 (off 82nd & Dean) is hiring all positions. Walk-in apps.

Teavana (at Circle Centre, Castleton Square, the Fashion Mall, and Greenwood Park Mall) is hiring baristas and sales associates. Via website.

Macy’s (at Glendale and Castleton Square) is hiring. Via website.

Firehouse subs is hiring. Via website.

Babies R Us (off 82nd & Dean) is hiring. Via website.

24th Birthday event ideas December 4, 2012

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Hey people!

OK, so this isn’t for almost 4 months, but I’ve started thinking up ideas for by 24th Birthday Event. I figure that while it may be early to plan the event, it’s not too early to think up ideas. Typically, there’s an activity followed by dinner at a restaurant. Two of my friends had good ideas- Sky Zone (a trampoline place) and Super China Buffet (my 2nd favorite restaurant), but those two aren’t close to each other. For my 21st Birthday, my friends and I went to Woodland Bowl and Tomo. For my 22nd Birthday, we went to X-Site and Perkins. For my 23rd Birthday, we went to Climb Time and Greek’s Pizzeria. So I ask: what are some good activities and restaurants in Indy to do for my 24th Birthday that I haven’t done yet? (No bars, please.)

Latitude 39 June 28, 2012

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I can’t wait for this place to open. Since AMC moved to Castleton Square in (what was it, 2008?), its former location off 82nd & Dean Road has remained vacant. A year ago, I hear about plans of a place called “Latitude 39” to take the space. This new place should have a restaurant, bowling alley, movies, dance floor, and a game room. It’s been a year and I still REALLY want to go there as soon as it opens! Ironically, it sounds very similar to the long-departed Block Party (closed April 26, 2002), which was located right across the street. Click the link below for more info. –Kenny



There are two Wal-Mart stores unlike the others. March 6, 2012

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Indianapolis has a LOT of Wal-Mart stores, 96th & Hague, 71st & Keystone, 86th & Michigan, 46th & Lafayette, East Washington Street, Southport & US-31, Emerson & Victory Drive, Emerson & County Line, and Pendleton Pike. Wal-Mart stores vary, but most of them are similar. I find the 71st & Keystone, 86th & Michigan, 96th & Hague, and Southport & US-31 locations to be huge. I have never been inside the East Washington Street or Pendleton Pike locations. But the last two, 46th & Lafayette and Emerson & Victory Drive, are the most unlike the others. They are very small compared to the others. It’s hard to navigate where you’re going, the items are not neatly stocked and placed on shelves, and their stock is more limited, so you don’t always find what you need. I try to only go to these two stores IF I’m in the area and IF I’m trying to find a common item; these two are still Wal-Marts and can be very useful, of course, but no way are they a destination stop.


Super Bowl Village March 2, 2012

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Indianapolis had the honor of hosting the Super Bowl this year, and they re-did Georgia Streetto host a ‘SuperBowlVillage’ for everyone to go to. I can’t believe they didn’t expect a lot of attendance. By the 2nd Thursday, the Village was already at capacity with the locals! Even I enjoyed it, and I’m not even a sports person! There were soooo many photo opportunities. I even got to see an ice sculpture with the Indianapolis Super Bowl logo freshly made. The Super Bowl stuff even extended to Monument Circle, which had a giant “XLVI” logo and several cars from the Indy 500! I went there a week and a half before the Super Bowl to get pics for the paper and I enjoyed it so much I went back again the Thursday before the Super Bowl. The second time was warmer, but a LOT more crowded! I enjoyed the scenic sights, but I didn’t do the zipline- I have a thing against heights. I checked out the Huddle inside Circle Centre, I got more photos, I saw the ice sculpture, I saw newscasters reporting live, I saw several concession stands, makeshift lounges, heat lamps, trivia booths, and cornhole games going on. Best of all? I saw KATIE STAM at Circle Centre…and she remembered me! I tried to see her sing the national anthem the night before, but I got off work late. We talked for a bit at the escalator on the 1st floor of Circle Centre. It was a tough time getting out- my dad dropped me off and intended to join me, but he never found parking! Ah, I love the social atmosphere and the unusually warm 50-degree weather that was going on that day. I kinda wish Super Bowl Village would stick around past Feb. 5, but that would be impractical. VERY impractical.