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Tania is currently the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of The Hudsucker, and Senior Editor at the Nashville, Tennessee based PopCulture.com. With past writing and editing credits with Womanista, Quietly, the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) and NBC Newsvine, she is currently a member of Indianapolis based, Society of Professional Journalists — one of the oldest organizations in the U.S. that promotes and represents journalists. She is an avid Indianapolis Colts, Elvis Presley and baseball fan as well as a lover of pancakes and fine cheeses, film, and music. Tania is a Hoosier at heart with a passionate wanderlust for always traveling and giving back to those in her community. She is currently studying at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Follow Tania on Twitter: @westlifebunny.

Adobo Grill: A Mexican Fiesta in the Heart of Indy

This past summer my travels found me visiting the ever congenial and lush city of Indianapolis. While on my trip, not only was I taking in the many sights and sounds by walking around the city or visiting museums, but I was indulging in fine dining in and around Circle City. One such restaurant that caught my eye—and stomach—was the Chicago import known as Adobo Grill located on Washington Street in downtown Indy.

The Enchiladas de Carne from the Adobo Grill in Indianapolis. Image Credit: Tania Hussain

The interior of the Adobo Grill in Indianapolis at about a quarter to 4pm. Image Credit: Tania Hussain

This stylish and upscale Mexican restaurant located smack in the middle of downtown Indy is snazzy and adds a great intimate touch to the fine dining experience. Bringing authentic Mexicana feel to the city, there’s a great warm feeling when you arrive at the Adobo Grill. Walking in you immediately notice the unique structure of the building from the winding staircase to the warm pumpkin colored walls accented by bright bold artwork. The overall ambiance is inviting and though the restaurant offers two-story seating, it’s still very cozy and amiable with a two-story bar that serves over 90 different tequilas of the best selection. When I got in around two o’clock for lunch, the hungry crowd was buzzing with enthusiasm and were clearly foodies highly appreciative of savory and succulent cuisine that fills the restaurant with the aromatic scent of their fiery, mouthwatering grill—a tip of just what’s in store for customers and their taste-buds!

The Enchiladas de Carne from the Adobo Grill in Indianapolis. Image Credit: Tania Hussain

Fresh guacamole prepared tableside. Image Credit: Tania Hussain

I don’t usually order appetizers because by the time I arrive at a restaurant and survey their menu, I’m starving and just need the chefs to prepare my main meal. This time was different though because Adobo Grill is known for their famous guacamole prepared fresh at table-side  It’s their claim to fame—well, that and the fresh lime margaritas which I’ve yet to try. However, the guacamole was a must on my journey and I’m so glad I ordered it because it was overwhelmingly delicious! Even though it’s made with just one avocado and ingredients you can clearly see, you can have it as creamy or chunky; and mild or spicy as you wish when they serve it to you with their fresh made nachos. How often do you get amazing guacamole? It’s refreshingly cool and the chef made sure it was made exactly how my lunch guests and I wanted it. I recommend ordering this appetizer.

Now appetizers and drinks could hold one down for a few hours and be considered a meal, but the entrees should definitely be considered. They are diverse, with an eclectic abundance of flavor and regional spices from Mexico which make the experience all the more enjoyable because you’re getting authenticity. There’s quite a bit to choose from but I opted for the lunch special that’s good for the hungry traveler and allows me a savor a taste of their specialties.

The Enchiladas de Carne from the Adobo Grill in Indianapolis. Image Credit: Tania Hussain

The Enchiladas de Carne from the Adobo Grill in Indianapolis. Image Credit: Tania Hussain

I ordered the Enchiladas de Carne and it was one of my favorite meals on that trip. It was colorful, flavorful, and had just enough spice to not overpower the actual entree. Everything about it was perfect and I often dream now of eating another enchilada from the Adobo Grill. The shredded beef was one of those worldly “melt-in-your-mouth” experiences; absolutely delectable and wrapped in a soft warm corn tortilla covered in cheese. Basted in a creamy ancho sauce made from fresh ancho chilies, the sauce was the highlight of the meal. There was a burst of flavor coming from each morsel filled with sour cream, queso fresco, and topped with red onions—all components to a pure gustatory delight. The lunch special offered a side of re-fried black beans to my enchiladas that bounced with flavor through every smooth mouthful, along with a side of rice, and an earthy and creamy Butternut Squash soup which was utterly rich and absolutely ambrosial as it was topped with nachos. With my meal came my choice of a beverage and I opted for the Tropical Iced Tea which was refreshing but a little bitter for my “iced tea” tastes. Nonetheless, it topped the meal off just right.

It would be a remiss not to mention the delightful Quesadilla con Pollo which was one of the best quesadillas I have ever tasted, as I got a chance to sample a few morsels off my guest’s plate. It was unique in flavor and bursting with spices. There are so many other mouthwatering dishes to savor on their menu, but I had neither the time nor place in my stomach to continue my food journey.

The staff was very friendly and welcoming, offering me a complimentary Horchata; a traditional milky Mexican beverage made of rice and flavored with lime and cinnamon, sweetened with sugar. It was like nothing I ever tasted before; served cold and frothy, it’s a delightful beverage and definitely soothes the taste-buds from an eclectic fusion of flavors and spices from any meal like that.

Left to right: Horchata, Flan Tradicional and Pastel de Tres Leches from Adobo Grill. Image Credit: Tania Hussain

When you’re on a trip, you have to have dessert so my guests and I decided to try the Flan Tradicional, which is a vanilla bean flavored flan topped with caramel sauce and strawberries. It was velvety and nectarous; definitely one of the best flan recipes I have eaten in quite some time. As my other guest was celebrating her birthday, the Adobo Grill celebrates along with their customers and offers them a complimentary birthday treat: the Pastel de Tres Leches, simply known as a “three milk” soaked pecan sponge cake placed into a Phyllo pastry cup and topped with coconut-caramel mousse, and canela infused strawberries. It is rich and smooth—definitely shouts, “eat me!”, and plays at a cool dessert that’s quite mellow and flaky.

Adobo Grill’s menu is very diverse and definitely doesn’t sit in the norm of the average taco joint with their haute cuisine and atmospheric flair. Using cooking styles from several regions in Mexico, the Adobo Grill serves the freshest ingredients and the most succulent meals to create flavorful dishes with a punch. In some ways, it feels like all the flavors are married together very well and fit perfectly into the roots of Adobo Grill; the term “adobo” simply meaning in Spanish, seasoning or marinade. When eating at the Adobo Grill, you can genuinely taste that fusion and harmony.

It’s an exceptionally fun place with superb selections, while being bouncy and vibrant, drawing forth a nice mix of young and old, singles and families. The Adobo Grill in Indy is a divine retreat for anyone craving authentic Mexican cuisine.

Like what you see? Adobo Grill Restaurant is located at 110E Washington Street in Indianapolis, IN; (317) 822-9990.

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