Fire by the Monon: A Warm Dining Atmosphere
The Fire by the Monon restaurant, located in Broad Ripple, is entering its first holiday season after opening last May. They serve excellent local beer and strong, sturdy wine selections, and local fare, all in a family-friendly environment—one of its unique features is that children can play just outside the dining area using sidewalk chalk while adults can look on from the outdoor patio.
The meals are all made from scratch in house and are fashioned after a proper home-cooked meal using mostly local ingredients from area favorites like Moody Meats, Your Neighbors Garden, and Local Folks Food. They use time-honored cooking methods by slow smoking the meats, vegetables and cheeses prior to cooking and do their own canning and jarring. The woods used in the smoker are Indiana Hickory or Indiana Pear, or Pecan obtained locally.
Even the building was renovated and repurposed using local gym flooring obtained from the 1984 Pan American Games, and historical artifacts can be found sprinkled throughout the restaurant hanging on the walls and through the decorations.