Devour Downtown Winter 2015

I’m not going to lie, usually we’re pretty boring on the weekends. We sleep in, we relax, we snuggle the dog. It’s really not worth writing about on the blog. This weekend is a little more action-packed than most for us!

Devour DowntownOur friends Leif and Katrin (who, as you might remember, had the awesome Oktoberfest party I blogged about several months ago) had the brilliant idea of getting a group of friends together for dinner during Devour Downtown. Devour Downtown is an event in Indianapolis where a ton of the restaurants downtown put together a three-course menu for a set price that is significantly less than the normal price. The idea is that it gets people downtown during a time of year when there aren’t a lot of conventions or other events keeping the restaurants packed to capacity. It happens twice a year – once in the winter and once in the summer. I’m assuming it’s good for the restaurants because so many of them participate year after year. From a consumer’s perspective, it’s fantastic. It’s a great time to try out the pricier restaurants that you don’t usually eat at on a regular basis. St. Elmo’s Steakhouse, McCormick & Schmicks, and The Oceanaire would all fall into that category. For the record, I highly recommend St. Elmo’s (or it’s sister restaurant next door….Harry & Izzy’s) and McCormick & Schmicks. I have never tried The Oceanaire, but I’ve heard excellent reviews. So if you’re not from Indy and you’re ever visiting us, add those restaurants to your list to try! It’s also a great time to frequent your favorite downtown restaurants (Weber Grill being my absolute favorite!) or to try a new place. This year Katrin got reservations for fourteen (yes, 14!) of us at Adobo Grill. 

Adobo GrillDave had been to Adobo Grill before but it was my first time eating there. As you might have figured from the name, it features Mexican cuisine. I like most Mexican food, as long as I can skip anything with refried beans or anything really spicy. Usually that isn’t too hard. However, I don’t speak a work of Spanish. Ok, that’s a bit of a lie….I’ve figured out a couple basic terms. However, half the Adobo menu was beyond my grasp. I had to take to a Google search to figure out a few of the ingredients! It worked, because I made some delicious choices!

Adobo’s devour menu started you off with their “famous” guacamole (which was probably the best guacamole I’ve ever tried), then let you choose one of four appetizer options, one of seven entree options, and one of three dessert options. It also came with a margarita. All of that was $30 per person….and I’m pretty sure we all left stuffed! Not all the restaurants include a cocktail or drink with their menu during Devour, but some restaurants, like Adobo, include that option and it’s a nice little perk (in my opinion!). These were our picks for each course last night:

Appetizer:
Ashlen – Empanada Potosina: a corn masa pastry turnover stuffed with three cheeses, corn, poblano rajas; chile de arbol-tomatillo salsa, sour cream, queso fresca
Dave – Taquitos Dorados: two crispy taquitos stuffed with chicken, mashed boniato, mushroom, asadero cheese, serrano-tomatoe salsa
Entree:
Ashlen – Tacos de Camaron: crispy shrimp tacos, chipotle mayo, jicama cucumbers, serrano relish, black beans and rice
Dave – Enchiladas de Pollo: chicken enchiladas basted in ranchera and tomatillo salsas; sour cream, cheese, and red onion; refried black beans and rice
Dessert:
Ashlen & Dave – Chocolate Tamal with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce

 

The margaritas were to die for!

Now we’re off to watch the Super Bowl with friends. It’s a lose-lose situation as far as the game is concerned (in my opinion…) but at least we can make the best of it by having a good time! I hope you all enjoy the game and (this will be the first and last time I ever say this)…Go Seahawks.

Until later, Ashlen