Think Local for Holiday Parties & Family Gatherings!

The holiday season is here and all those holiday gatherings will be in full swing.  Kokomo has several local establishments that will allow you to celebrate the season in “Kokomo Style”!  When planning that holiday office party or family Christmas gathering, think local.

 

The Quarry


The Quarry
, located at 2130 W. Sycamore Street, is accepting holiday group reservations.  Experience inspired cuisine along with fully stocked bar and seasoned mixologists to handcraft your favorite holiday cocktail.  The Quarry only serves prime meats and the freshest of seafood.  The Quarry also has a private dining area that can accommodate up to 40 people. Larger groups, no problem.  Just call (765) 250-5650 for special reservations.  Visit www.thequarrykokomo.com to see upcoming events and to view the holiday menu.

Pepperwhistle Bakery and Cafe is the perfect spot for the office holiday lunch.  Located at 106 N. Main in Downtown Kokomo, this downtown eatery specializes in gourmet sandwiches and homemade desserts.  Go to www.pepperwhistle.com or call (765) 398-1851 for daily specials and holiday hours.

Drakes Bar & Grill will be celebrating its first holiday season in Downtown Kokomo.  Reserve the private dining space for that special holiday occasion.  Drake’s has a full menu and a secret family recipe for slow smoked barbeque.  Call (765) 457-1611 or visit www.drakesbarandgrill.com for reservations, specials and hours of operation.

 

Cook McDoogal’s Irish Pub


Cook McDoogal’s Irish Pub
is the place to be for any holiday occasion.  Whether you are sharing that celebratory cocktail, an intimate dinner for two or the holiday office party, Cook McDoogal’s provides exceptional atmosphere with attention to every detail of quality service.  They’re located on the square in Downtown Kokomo at 100 N. Main Street. Call (765) 450-6134 or visit www.cookmcdoogals.com for reservations or to book your holiday gathering.

For more information on local restaurants and unique dining in Kokomo, visit our website at www.VisitKokomo.org.

Culinary Corner: It’s Holiday Time!

Once again, it’s time to eat, drink and be merry!  And there is no better place to do so than our local specialty restaurants.  This Culinary Corner will focus on local eateries to gather during the holiday season.  Whether you are gathering with family or friends, or you need a festive spot for the office staff Christmas party, Kokomo has you covered!

I have researched three local restaurants that will fit any occasion.  Casual, dressy or somewhere in between, the Quarry, Pastarrific or Half Moon can provide the perfect holiday atmosphere to compliment any party.

The Quarry, located at 2130 W. Sycamore, is simply spectacular!  Exquisite holiday decorations adorn each dining room, while the holiday music puts everyone the spirit of the season.  Along with the public dining space, the Quarry also offers two private rooms.  The Lions Den will seat 45 comfortably and the PDR will accommodate up to 30.  They are open Tuesday thru Saturday with lunch service 11am-2pm and dinner from 4pm-11pm.  The bar, which features hand crafted cocktails in addition to nightly specials, stays open later.

The Chef will have many different specials throughout the holiday season.  Pounded Pork Tenderloin, Oyster Rockefeller, and Peanut Crusted Salmon are just a few of the upcoming specials this season.  In the mood for live music?  Every Friday night from 8pm-11pm the Quarry will host live music to get your party started!  For more information or to make reservation, call 765-450-5650

Pastarrific, located at 3001 S. Webster, is Kokomo’s Italian jewel.  Now with banquet space to seat 25-200, Pastarrific can host your family dinner to the corporate Christmas party.  Chef Cynthia always has new and exciting menu selections to choose from along with their new Pub Room, which offers full bar selections.  Pastarrific is open for both lunch and dinner Monday thru Saturday and for lunch only on Sunday.  Call 765-455-1312 for more information or for reservations.

Half Moon Restaurant & Brewery is located on Kokomo’s southside at 4051 S. Lafountain.  Half Moon is Kokomo’s only brewery.  They hand-craft 10 different  beers in a state of the art 3.5 barrel all grain brewery, along with a wide selection of domestics,  imports and full bar.

Along with a large public dining space, the Back Pool Room will accommodate 30 of your closest friends, while the Family Room will seat up to 80.  Half Moon will have many holiday specials and will feature daily food and beer pairings.  The Half Moon opens at 11am, 7 days a week.  Call 765-455-2739 for daily specials or to reserve a private dining room

If you have a special event or party to plan and need suggestions, call the Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau at 765-457-6802 or 800-837-0971.

Happy Holidays!

Kim Morgan
Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau

The Culinary Corner presents Desserts!

Today, we’re talking desserts!

J. Edwards offers up a large assortment of tasty cakes!

J. Edwards offers up a large assortment of tasty cakes!

I’m going to start with Kokomo’s king of
dessert . . . J. Edwards.  This fine establishment is located at 2106 W. Sycamore Road.  There is a huge assortment of goodies to choose from, such as the carrot cake, cookies, and éclairs to name a few.  However, my focus will be on the Banana Split Cake – three layers of greatness!  It’s exactly what the name insinuates.  It stands almost a foot tall, with layers of banana, strawberry, and chocolate cakes.  The icing is sugar creamy goodness.  I’ve always been a chocolate cake lover at birthday time, but next December 26 (my birthday), I’ll be requesting a Banana Split Cake from J. Edwards.  Check out their homemade chocolates.  Wow, that’s the only word that will describe all those chocolate goodies.  I hope by the time you read this article, they will have those delicious deluxe caramel apples back.

It’s the beginning of Fall, but ice cream is always a favorite.  Scoops, located at 1231 W. Jefferson and 408 Arrow Street, has a variety of ice cream treats to please everyone.  From Super Man to Butter Pecan or even sugar-free choices, this ice cream parlor has become a family favorite of locals.  My favorite is Bear Claw.  Hmmmm . . . rich chocolate ice cream with caramel ribbons and nuts!  Yummy, yummy, yummy.  Ok, I know I’m getting a bit carried away, but it’s my all time favorite ice cream.

Next up is the signature dessert at Pastarrific, located on Kokomo’s Southside at 3001 S. Webster Street.  I had never had Crème Brulee, but this was an unexpected treat.  This custard-style dessert is awesome.  It has a caramelized sugar atop creamy custard with sweet sauce drizzle.  As we all know, Pastarrific is one of Kokomo’s restaurants of choice, but next time you go, save room for dessert.

The Quarry's Chocolate Layered Cake

The Quarry's Chocolate Layered Cake

Once again, the new kid on the block makes the list.  Voted as Kokomo’s favorite Patio Spot for best atmosphere in last month’s issue, The Quarry, located at 2130 W. Sycamore Street, has a Chocolate Layered Cake to die for.  Chocolate cake, chocolate ganache, hot fudge, whipped cream, and ice cream.  OMG!  Natalie, my server, informed me that everything is homemade, even the whipped cream and ice cream.  She tried to tempt me with a Snickers Frozen Pie and a Blueberry Cheesecake, by placing ALL three of these scrumptious desserts in front of me.  Ok, I can’t lie.  I did try all three, but I had back up with me.  My husband, who never eats desserts, downed the Chocolate Cake, and then had the nerve to ask for milk.  My friend, Anton, hovered over the Cheesecake like a kid over a cereal bowl!  Needless to say, all three desserts were super fantastic. 

Due to my waistline, I only visited a few local establishments seeking great desserts, but I’m sure there are great sweet treats all around town.

Next issue we will explore Kokomo’s favorite local pizza joints.  Leave a comment and let me know where you go for great pizza!

Kim Morgan,
Kokomo Visitors Bureau

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