If you want a great new breakfast spot, check out RIZE in the new Fishers District. It has a fun atmosphere, with some updated industrial touches and design. The Benny Burger is a standout, and the menu has some very unique takes on traditional dishes. The menu ranges from simple breakfast items (like muffins, coffee, and croissants) up to full-sized brunch items. Floor to ceiling windows give it a nice open feel. For the warmer months, there is a patio with ample seating and views of the District.
Foxgardin Kitchen & Ale is a cozy restaurant nestled on quaint Main Street in Fortville. They have a varied menu with typical foods you’d find in a gastropub, but typical doesn’t mean average. Quite the contrary, the food there is well above-average. The calamari is perfectly fried and comes with a creamy dipping sauce, and the breaded tenderloin (an Indiana-favorite) is fantastic. Come thirsty, as their beer and specialty drink list is massive. The staff also is very friendly, and are quick to get you anything you need.
Taxman Brewing Company in Fortville is right down the street from Foxgardin. It’s a hip pub with a cozy atmosphere. While there, I got a drink called The Auditor, made with rye whiskey, candi beet sugar, orange & angostura bitters, and a luxardo cherry. I typically like to have my whiskey or bourbon neat, but this hand-made concoction made me think twice. It was incredibly smooth, with a nice orange whiskey finish and no real burn from the rye whiskey. Definitely worth a try if you’re into whiskey drinks.