The Lemon Bar–Zionsville’s New Local Hotspot

It’s been a bit since I’ve posted about any restaurants in the greater Indy area—so here’s a quick peak at a new little hot spot that’s recently opened in Zionsville.

img_2484The Lemon Bar
Earlier this week, my friends over at Edible Indy tagged me on social media and said, “I would love this place.” So today, while driving through town during the lunch hour, I thought what the heck, let’s check it out. I drove by—yes, the outside is darling!—but couldn’t find any parking (which is to be expected during the lunch rush) so ended up parallel parking (yes, I did a GREAT job!) around the block. I have family in from Cali and wanted to introduce her to the cobblestone quaintness of Zionsville. For kicks, I called The Lemon Bar and asked about call-ahead seating.

“We’re full … but yes, we do take reservations …”

“How about in 20 minutes?” I asked.

“I can’t guarantee anything will open up by then but the wait is anywhere between 5 to 20 minutes so if you want to come and wait …”

“OK. I’ll just come over in a bit then.”

Five minutes later, my cell rings … unknown number from Zionsville … I answer, “Hello.” And wouldn’t you know it, he reserved a table for me, just like that. “Be there in 10,” I said. And I was … there in 10.

He called!! He called! Never have I been so excited! Well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I was happy, nonetheless.

The menu: Loaded with ingredients from local purveyors and fresh, seasonal finds, the menu is stunning. Vegetarian options, gluten free options, pescatarian options, and yes, even carnivore options!

What we had: Triple mushroom hash topped with a fried egg and Boursin; the pimento-cheese stuffed bacon burger with house-made chips (like real chips made while you wait); and I had the pickled strawberry salad with feta; cappuccino with local Tinker Coffee espresso; and a birthday-cake cupcake to go (why a cupcake, because the owner is one in the same as the famed Flying Cupcake owner, Kate Bova Drury ).

What I’ll go back for: BYOGG … Build Your Own Grilled Cheese (sounds like heaven, no?); signature mushroom brie soup; the smoked salmon over sauteed kale; Thai chili Brussels sprouts; Sunday brunch; and the lavender-infused lemonade cocktail.

TIP: Go to lunch after 1:00 p.m. to beat the crowds

Listen (no pun intended), this is a new hotspot, so it’s busy, it’s crowded, and by default, it’s loud. In all honesty, I don’t mind a loud restaurant, but I know some people loathe the very thought of it. So … try stopping in for lunch after 1:00 p.m. We went at 12:30 p.m. and it was packed, but an hour later the place had cleared out and not only were there plenty of tables available, but the noise level had significantly died down.

Bottom line: The Lemon Bar is a fabulous little joint and their summer menu is served all day. Check it out. And if you do, drop me a line, would love to hear what you experience.

Coming up NEXT on the blog … a trip down Highway 101, smoked salmon pizza, and a recap on the wild-caught vs. farmed seafood debate.

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Hey there. I’m Shauna—a West Coast transplant in the landlocked state of Indiana … when I moved here I missed the beaches, the mountains, the desert, the rivers … and it took me a while to find places nearby that paralleled my old stomping grounds. BUT. Now that I’ve lived here for over 15 years, I’ve had time to explore the region and you know what? It’s amazing. There’s so much to do—from skiing in northern Michigan to relaxing lakeside in southern Kentucky to rocking the nightlife in one of the many metropolitan areas. And I love it here. I really do. BUT. I do miss the sea … and the sand and the rush of the waves … the smell of seawater … even the sting of too much sun after a day spent lollygagging at the beach. And I miss the constant supply of seafood and shellfish and riverfish? About that … since I’ve moved to the Midwest I’ve noticed that a lot of people here don’t consider fish that come from the river seafood … I’m not sure I agree, but hence the new word I’ve created, “riverfish” … time will tell if Webster picks it up ; ) So my blog, Seafood is The New Black, is my way of bringing a little bit of sea life (or is it sealife?) to the Midwest. And over on Seafood in the Circle City, you can read up on my favorite Indianapolis restaurants that serve seafood, and serve it well. As you read along, you’ll find all kinds of information … some that you might find more useful than others—and some, you might just find amusing … or not. Either way, and if nothing else, I hope you leave my little space here on the world wide web a little refreshed and maybe even a little inspired to bring a little bit of the ocean home with you. (Yes, I did use the word “little” four times in one sentence … it’s OK … mermaids like to repeat themselves.) Cheers! The Midwest Mermaid Oh, and if your curious, yes, I do actually write for a living … if you want to know about the organizations I work with and the publications where you can find my land legs, swim on over to the “Portfolio” tab … and thanks for visiting.

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