Anthony’s Chophouse in Carmel

Mondays I post short reads about local, sometimes regional, eateries that serve seafood. You can read my take on other favorites, by opening the Eat Indy link under the “LOCAL” tab above. And if you get a chance to visit one of these establishments, or have a place you think I should check out, drop me a line—I’d love to hear your thoughts! Thanks for swimming along (wink, wink).

I don’t eat at a  lot of restaurants. I do eat out, but I’m a creature mermaid of habit and when I find something I love, I have a tendency to go back time and time again. But as I’m working my way through Indianapolis-area restaurants that serve seafood, I do find myself at places I might not usually go, like Anthony’s Chophouse in Carmel.

Admittedly, when I first looked at the menu I was like OMG there’s hardly anything for a conscientious pescatarian to eat. There’s some good options for appetizers or small plates, but when I visited there were only two seafood entrees: Faroe Island salmon, which is out of the question, and Chesapeake Bay jumbo scallops. Fortunately, I love scallops …

What I had … from the appetizer menu we had oysters. What I love, is they feature both West Coast and East Coast varieties which is awesome for people who are new to oysters and want to experience the difference. Next, we ordered tuna tataki. Typically I’m not a fan of seared tuna, but this was delicate and the pickled jalapeno along with wasabi root and avocado cream gave it the perfect amount of heat and cool.

Dinner … the scallops were lovely, but what really impressed me about the dish was the creamy cotija polenta bed the scallops were nestled in—what can I say, I’m a sucker for grits and polenta takes a close second. Note, the dish calls for fermented chorizo but I had it left out. To accompany the scallop dish, I ordered forest mushrooms and spinach … and if I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t have shared them! I would’ve ordered a plate for myself. Yes, it is that good.

What I’ll go back for … when it comes to seafood, this isn’t going to be my first choice for a restaurant, but I will go back for the lobster bisque. I didn’t order it, but it looks so damn good I’m already planning my return trip.

Bottom line … this is a steakhouse. Repeat, STEAKHOUSE. There is damn near every kind of steak and cut on the menu so if you are a lover of red meat, Anthony’s Chophouse is definitely in your wheelhouse. And kudos to their service—it was outstanding as were the drinks and the wine list has some great West Coast finds that many restaurants don’t carry here in Indy. Oh, and one awesome thing about this place, other than the hip location and rooftop bar, is the kids menu. It’s limited, but it’s perfect … steak, chicken, fish or pasta. Done. And though I didn’t sample anything from the kid’s menu, I can tell you there were plenty of youngsters in the restaurant and they all looked (and sounded) happy.

Coming up NEXT on the blog … low-fat clam chowder. Want more from The Midwest Mermaid? Be sure to follow along here, and on Instagram for all the latest in seafood news and chews | @shaunanosler

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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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