Author: Andrea Davis
An Indiana native who worked as a newspaper journalist for more than two decades, Andrea is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Fishers with her husband and three cats. She is a member of the Hamilton County Leadership Academy board of directors (and 2014 graduate) and in her spare time enjoys playing poker and exploring restaurants north of 96th Street. Follow her traffic rants and random musings on Twitter at @JustAndreaDavis and personal posts at the much-neglected andreadaviswrites.blogspot.com.

Hamilton County, Indiana is abuzz this fall with excitement of the much-anticipated openings of IKEA and Portillo’s in Fishers, but don’t let your craving for Swedish meatballs or Chicago dogs keep you from sampling other recent arrivals.

The culinary scene continues to grow across the county. Here are a few of the new and planned eateries you should check out this fall.

The next time you’re in the mood for a change of scenery, do yourself a favor: Hop in the car and head to northern Hamilton County, where suburban development gives way to pastoral landscapes and farm markets are more prevalent than roundabouts. It took me more than a decade to discover the “other” Hamilton County north of State Road 32, and now others are catching on, too.

A Tale of Two Tenderloins

Monday, July 3, 2017 by Andrea Davis

As a native Hoosier, I’ve eaten hundreds of breaded tenderloin sandwiches. I don’t really need a reason to indulge in crispy pork goodness, but I’m a creature of habit, so I welcome Tenderloin Tuesdays every summer as a reminder to try something new.

This year, I followed the Tenderloin Trail to Carmel, where husband-and-wife team Kevin “Woody” and Chef Richelle Rider own two distinctively different eateries, each with its own take on the unofficial state sandwich.

It sounds like summer in Hamilton County, that toe-tapping time of year when free outdoor concerts are as easy to find as fireflies and sweet corn.

This seasonal celebration of all things musical is hitting a high note this year thanks to two milestones: the debut of Federal Hill Commons in Noblesville and the 15th anniversary of summer concerts in Fishers.

Everyone knows not to shop for food on an empty stomach, but I refuse to eat before making my weekly trip to the farmers market. It’s not willpower as much as mouth-watering anticipation of what’s ahead.

Soup's on at Dooley O'Tooles

Thursday, January 19, 2017 by Andrea Davis

When temperatures drop and cold winds blow through Hamilton County, Doug Kemp knows he is going to be spending more time than usual in the kitchen.

Kemp owns Dooley O’Tooles in Carmel, which has been warming up patrons with a wide variety of homemade soups since 1985. Weekday mornings begin at the steam kettle, where he transforms four of his 100-plus handwritten recipes into some of the restaurant’s most popular menu options. The restaurant is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.