Kokomo Farmers’ Market

Fresh PeppersBuy local and eat fresh in Kokomo while supporting the Kokomo Farmers’ Market.  Held every Saturday in Downtown Kokomo from 8:00am until Noon, the market is full of fresh breads, locally grown fruits and vegetables, and homemade goods.  Arrive early for best selection!  

Regular market vendors include: 
Barefoot Baking Company – large selection of fresh baked breads (the homemade croissants are to die for!)

Das Bauck Haus
– fresh baked Amish goods, including strawberry pies, noodles, cakes & cookies.

Copper Creek Farms
– featuring brown eggs from free-range chickens, dairy, meat, poultry, and produce.

Childers Produce
 – offering local fruits & vegetables.

Das Bauck Haus

New market vendors this year include:
Rozzi’s Catering – convenient & delicious homemade packaged entrees, such as lasagna or chicken and noodles (just heat & eat!)

Vendors selling annuals & perennials, hand-crafted tables, crafts, and more.

Barefoot Baking

Make sure to visit the Kokomo Farmers’ Market, located in the City Parking Lot at the corner of Sycamore and Union Streets in Downtown Kokomo.  The market will be open every Saturday morning through October 10.  For more information, visit their website.     

Produce Vendor

King Tut VIP Package Offered in Kokomo

Stay overnight in Kokomo at the Courtyard by Marriott and experience the new King Tut Exhibit in Indianapolis as a VIP!  “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” will be on display at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis from June 27, 2009 through October 25, 2009.  More than 130 priceless objects from the tomb of King Tut and other famous pharaohs will be included in the exhibit, most never even seen in the United States.  Don’t miss this chance to personally see pieces from ancient Egyptian history.

Purchase a King Tut package from the Courtyard by Marriott in Kokomo and enjoy exclusive VIP tickets, which will allow you to jump-to-the-front of the line any day and any time of the exhibit, including sold out dates.  Packages include royal accommodations for one night, VIP tickets, access to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, and the wonderful Courtyard breakfast buffet. 

Don’t miss this great opportunity to discover the secrets of King Tut as a VIP!  For more information or to make your reservation, call the Kokomo Courtyard by Marriott at 765-453-0800.  Make sure you mention this special VIP package when making reservations.  Offer valid June 27-October 25, 2009. 
  
Courtyard by Marriott outside

Best Patio Spots in Kokomo

Welcome back to Culinary Corner!  This issue, just in time for the summer season, we will explore the best locally owned patio spots in town.  The categories are Best Patio for People Watching, Best Patio for Morning Sun, Best Late Night Patio, and Best Patio Atmosphere.

Sondy's Sycamore Grille

Sondy's Sycamore Grille

First on the list is the Best Patio for People WatchingSondy’s Sycamore Grille,  located downtown on the Square at 113 W. Sycamore, gets my vote.  The patio is located right on the sidewalk with a great view of all the downtown action.  You can see everyone coming in and out of the courthouse, and during early evenings, you can wave to all your west side friends driving home from work.  Sondy’s offers a lunch and dinner menu with a special every day and an extensive martini list.  Jason, the bartender, is the best martini mixologist in town and serves up various concoctions and ends the week with .99 cents margarita madness.

Best Patio for Morning Sun goes to Frittatas, 306 Espanol Drive.  The breakfast menu is delicious with very reasonable prices.  Make sure to check out the Country Skillets – they are to die for.  The patio faces east, so you get that bright, warm morning sun.  It’s off the road, so traffic noise is minimal.  The patio is graced with beautiful flower baskets, and the tables are large enough to enjoy your breakfast along with the morning paper.  The service is excellent.  They keep your coffee cup full and encourage their patrons to relax and take their time. 

 

Mulligan's Pub

Mulligan's Pub

 

Mulligan’s Pub, located on the point at Home Avenue and Apperson Way, 1134 S. Home Avenue, is the winner of the Best Late Night Patio Spot.  The patio has a comfortable feel, with great ceiling fans and good lighting.  It features plasma screen TV’s with the latest sporting events and news.  Mulligan’s offers daily drink specials and has some of the best bar food in town.  I especially enjoy their pizza, HOG wings, and fried tenderloins.  The crowd is always lively, and the service is exceptional.  This is one spot you’ll never meet a stranger and feel Hoosier hospitality at its finest.  Mulligan’s is open until 3 am on weekends.

The Quarry

The Quarry

Now, for Best Patio Atmosphere.  The new kid on the block, The Quarry, wins this category hands down!  Located on the near west side in Forest Park Shopping Center, this new restaurant’s patio is nestled in a park-like setting in between the buildings.  It has an upscale feel, but yet very comfortable.  From 4:00-5:30 pm, Monday through Thursday, they offer the entire bar menu half price with a daily drink special all day.  The Angus Burger is quite exceptional, and at $4.50 during the bar menu happy hour, it’s a deal.  Michael is serving up what might be Kokomo’s new favorite cocktail called the Kokomojito.  This one is sure to be a winner.  On the weekends, weather permitting, there is live music on the patio under the stars.  The Quarry features all fresh food.  The meats have never been frozen and the seafood is flown in fresh daily.  This restaurant offers a very high level of service and quality at very affordable pricing.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit this establishment, put it on your list of things to do!

Other locally owned patio spots to enjoy are Omeletty’s, Julianno’s, Cone Palace, Don Pancho Villa, and Hacienda. 

Next issue will be the battle of Kokomo’s best dessert!  Leave a comment and let me know where your favorite dessert is located!

– Kim Morgan, Kokomo Visitors Bureau