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Top 10 American Steakhouses

Forget those hoary stereotypes about women’s eating preferences. The ladies love a good steak! Here are America’s ten best steakhouses courtesy of the online women’s lifestyle magazine PureWow. It’s a solid and not entirely predictable list that hits a pair of Old New York classics, Peter Luger and Keen’s, a celebrity chef spot in L.A., Cut, from Wolfgang Puck, and a trio of Midwest old-time favorites in Archie’s Waeside of Iowa, St. Elmo of Indy, and Oklahoma City’s Cattlemen’s. Have a look and argue to your heart’s content.

Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis IN, August 7th through 23rd 2015

It’s the Year of the Farmer at the 2015 Indiana State Fair, as a different farmer will be spotlighted during each day of the fair. Add in a Wild West Show, acrobats from China, pogo stick stunts, and the great cheese sculpture and you’re certain to have an entertaining and wide-ranging fair day in Indianapolis. The first Indiana State Fair was held in 1852, making it the sixth oldest state fair in the country. Among its many claims to fame: the Beatles actually performed at the fair in 1964! Continue reading

The Workingman’s Friend, Indianapolis IN

REVIEW

Smack in the middle of the industrial/residential area west of the White River is a working man’s bar that serves an unforgettable double cheeseburger. The glass-brick-fronted Workingman’s Friend draws crowds at mealtimes, but our visit on a Monday night found the bar empty save for a small group of men quietly sipping beers and ignoring a TV tuned to a ballgame. We ordered Buds and double cheeseburgers from the no-nonsense bartender, who then went into the kitchen to prepare our meals, as we brought our beers to a table. Continue reading

The Rathskeller, Indianapolis IN

REVIEW

Visit just about any Midwestern city and you’ll find at least one 19th-century German restaurant still operating and thriving. German cuisine may have been the most out-of-fashion food in the country for ages (although, lately, it’s showing signs of life), but we find it hard to resist a visit to these great old dining halls. The Rathskeller is Indy’s oldest restaurant (open since 1894), and can be found in a building originally known as Das Deutsche Haus, a German social club. Continue reading

St. Elmo Steak House FB Post Against Indiana Freedom to Discriminate Bill

Posted on St. Elmo Steak House’s Facebook page Wednesday:

Despite the actions and intolerance of the majority of our elected officials, Indiana is a friendly and welcoming state. People make this state great — not politicians. At St. Elmo Steak House and Harry & Izzy’s, we employ, welcome, and serve ALL. Most other businesses do as well, because it’s the right thing. The word Freedom should only be used when it’s inclusive and fair for all.

The post from the Indianapolis restaurant is in response to the governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, signing a bill that gives people the ability to claim a religious exemption to anti-discrimination laws.

LAF in the A.M. March 3rd, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

HAPPY NATIONAL COLD CUTS DAY!

Every State’s Best Burger

The Best Cookies in NYC

8 Classic Eateries in Indianapolis

Changes Coming to Sally Bell’s in Richmond VA

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LAF in the A.M. February 25th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

HAPPY NATIONAL CLAM CHOWDER DAY!

Gates Bar-B-Q of Independence MO Burns Down

Shake Shack Coming to Japan Next Year

Graeter’s Coming to Tennessee and Cleveland?

Giordano’s, Stunned by Indy Success, Plans Further Indiana Expansion

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LAF in the A.M. February 24th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

 HAPPY NATIONAL TORTILLA CHIP DAY!

A Comparative View, Through Donut Holes, of Seattle and Portland

Best Pizza in CT (and, Therefore, the U.S.)

Fried Chicken: America’s Top 21

Third Saint Cupcake Opening in Portland OR

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LAF in the A.M. February 15th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

HAPPY NATIONAL GUMDROP DAY!

Local Review of Indy Giordano’s

40th Malnati’s Opening in Oswego IL

How Shake Shack Teamed with Wine and Beer Makers

Fried Pickles, Fried Chicken in Tunica MS

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LAF in the A.M. February 14th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

HAPPY CREME-FILLED CHOCOLATES DAY!

Pie and Ice Cream Benefit at TX Brewery

Top 10 Food Cities in the World

Shake Shack Comes to Baltimore Monday

Local Praise for Giordano’s of Indy

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LAF in the A.M. February 8th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

HAPPY NATIONAL MOLASSES BAR DAY!

New Haven’s Pepe’s Opening in Boston Mall

A Look Inside the New Shapiro’s Fashion Mall Deli

Sweet New Hampshire

Mike Hardin, Hodad’s Owner, Has Died

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LAF in the A.M. January 29th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

HAPPY NATIONAL CORN CHIP DAY!

Kelly’s Roast Beef of MA Stayed Open During Blizzard

Giordano’s Planning More Indiana Pizzerias

Learn All about Texas Kolaches from a Texas Senator

America’s Top 21 Diners

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LAF in the A.M. January 27th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

 HAPPY NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CAKE DAY!

New Big Texan Record!

Cassell’s Burgers in LA

Indy’s Great Steakhouses

Lynn’s Favorite Recipes from Paradise

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LAF in the A.M. January 21st, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

 HAPPY NATIONAL NEW ENGLAND CLAM CHOWDER DAY!

Is Jewish Deli a Victim of Assimilation?

Lynn’s Paradise Cafe Neighbors Angry

Indy Giordano’s Opening 2/3

NYT Visits Brennan’s of New Orleans

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LAF in the A.M. January 7th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

HAPPY NATIONAL TEMPURA DAY!

“The Steak House of St. Elmo” – Parks and Recreation

A Taste of the Real Green Bay

Every State’s Most Iconic Restaurant

Feeding Memphis

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LAF in the A.M. January 3rd, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

Gino’s East River North Brewery Now Open

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Purcellville VA

Top 10 Dallas Restaurant Stories of 2014

20 New Restaurants in Indianapolis for 2015

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LAF in the A.M. December 17th, 2014

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

I Want Sauce in My Stocking

Skaneateles by the Sea

The Lou

Former Owner of Barksdale in Memphis Dies in House Fire

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LAF in the A.M. December 9th, 2014

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

From Northern Michigan to You

Don’t Evict Grandma!

Indy Charcuterie and Cheese

Birthday Party for Seattle’s Cupcake Royale

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LAF in the A.M. December 8th, 2014

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

Ezell’s Chicken Coming to Spokane

Joey Chestnut Wins St. Elmo Shrimp Contest

That’s 80 Years for Zuppardi’s

The Story of BBQ in Orangeburg County, SC

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John’s Famous Stew, Indianapolis IN

REVIEW

A little-discussed feature of Indy cuisine is the frequency with which stew is encountered on local menus. This homely dish is found in taverns and sandwich shops often enough for one to assume the local folks have a particular fondness for the stuff. One great place to sample it is at John’s Famous Stew, in the working-class section of Indy west of the river. Continue reading

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