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An Option: Blue Sushi Sake Grill

By Faith Toole

Photo by Faith Toole

With my first foray with sushi being a tasty success, I wanted to try Blue Sushi Sake Grill located at Ironworks. I met with Blue’s General Manager, Stacey Ramsey letting her know I was a newbie. She suggested several items – raw, baked and vegan – to try.

First up, Maki Rolls: Lion King, Cowgirl, Hot Popper. Cowgirl is vegan and tastes like a McDonald’s hamburger. Ramsey suggests the Cowgirl to parents with children. This kid loved the Cowgirl along with the Lion King: crab mix, cucumber, avocado, spicy salmon, eel sauce, spicy mayo. The Hot Popper: smoked salmon, cream cheese, jalapeño tempura, soy paper, sriracha was good but spicy. Next, the was the crispy tuna cakes side by side comparison with raw tuna and vegan tuna. I could not taste the difference of texture and flavor. We ended with the Itchy Salmon, baked Atlantic salmon on top of spicy crab mix, topped with serrano, cilantro and ponzu sauce. Each item with layers of flavor was delicious.

As you know, it’s about the desserts for me. Ramsey brought out their Chocolate Spring Rolls – crispy wonton wrappers stuffed with toasted cashews, cinnamon, raspberry purée and chocolate syrup, served with vanilla bean ice cream. First bite, I was in my happy place.

My next visit will be on a Sunday. The Blue menu is half price all day plus a full Bloody Mary bar.

Blue Sushi Sake Grill

2721 E. 86th Street

Indianapolis, IN


Robbin Puckett, Mooresville

Where do you like to dine?

Thunderbird in Fountain Square

What do you like there?

Vegetarian Pimento Cheese Dip with Crostini, Onion Marmalade & Spiced Pecans; Private Selection Small Batch Elijah Craig purchase as a drink and even purchase the bottle!  Has a southern style menu offering tons of vegan and vegetarian options, and for meat/fish lovers … oh my!

Daily Specials vary each day. The place is hip with a friendly big square bar offering specialty cocktails with funky fun names, such as Polyester Pant Suit & Night Fever.

What do you like about this place?

It’s in an old Fountain Square building on a busy corner where you can sit inside, outside, and even the front “Garage Doors” open right on the street to people-watch!

Thunderbird is cozy, super friendly, a delight to the eye with their antique wood decor and player piano stuck on the wall.


1127 Shelby Street

Indianapolis, IN


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– Maker’s Mark

– Luxardo Maraschino Cherry

– Madagascar Vanillia

St Elmo’s Steak House

127 Illinois Street

Indianapolis, IN

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