I’ve lived in the heart of downtown Indianapolis for almost three years. How have I been sleeping on Palomino? More often than not, I find myself going to my “go-to” spots. I am so thankful that I stepped out of my comfort zone to give Palomino a try.
Downtown Indianapolis is completely spoiled with fine dining and steakhouses. Why? It makes sense. We host an incredible amount of conventions and work events. For those of us who aren’t foodies, what is the safest choice? A steakhouse! While I wouldn’t consider the Palomino a steakhouse, it definitely falls under the fine dining category. being a foodie, I found myself very pleased with the offerings at Palomino.
We arrived on a busy Friday night. We were promptly greeted by a friendly host. Totally lucked out and got a booth with the most gorgeous marble table. Talk about major eye candy.. hello lover. The atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable.
There are an assortment of cocktail choices at Palomino. Whether you pick the lavender cosmopolitan, a bourbon cocktail, or even a house specialty margarita, you will not be disappointed. I decided on the Cask-aged Old Fashioned.
This old fashion consisted of Old Forrester bourbon, solerno blood orange liqueur, cherry bitters, barrel-aged in house for 30 days. I know what you’re thinking.. Old Forrester, REALLY? I know it used to be considered a garbage bourbon, but it’s not anymore. I recently went to an Old Forrester tasting through Yelp and loved it! See, liquor reps.. your tricks are totally working. It was definitely a solid old fashion.
My +1 chose the stone brewing ruination double IPA. Can someone teach me how to enjoy an IPA? I’ve tried many times and just.. can’t.
Later in the meal, I was craving a sweeter drink. I asked the server and she recommended the blueberry smash. The blueberry smash has Stoli Blueberry vodka, blueberries, and fresh sweet and sour mix. This was very refreshing and would be incredible on a hot summer’s day. Not to mention, it’s one of those pretty drinks, so Instagram your heart out!
We chose the crab and artichoke dip to start with. It was a fairly chilly night, so I naturally was drawn to a warm dish. The dip was filled to the brim with parmesan, onions, lump crab meat, and artichoke topped with herb breadcrumbs. The brick-oven flatbread crisps were thick enough to hold the rich dip without breaking. We did not have any problems devouring the dip in it’s entirety.
For my new readers, I’ll let you in on my little secret. I do not eat beef or pork. It started when I was a child and wanting to be a vegetarian. My mother refused to let me cut out all protein, so I was left with poultry and fish. It’s been seventeen years since I’ve eaten beef or pork, except by accident a few summers ago. Let’s just say I won’t be eating either, anytime soon, because of that oversight.
I chose the organic rotisserie chicken and my +1 chose the indulgent boneless rib eye. I was surprised that the restaurant already pairs the dishes with sides. You are offered a few choices with the custom steaks, but the meat, poultry and seafood options are pre-paired. To be honest, this is refreshing. I’m not thrilled when I order an entree at a restaurant and then have to spend another $8-$12 on a side. Both dishes were generous in portion size and very tasty.
As filling as the entrees were, we both managed to save a tiny bit of room for desserts. For the record, I will never, ever, turn down crème brûlée. The Palomino makes a fantastic crème brûlée! We also tried the orange-ricotta donut holes. They came with a side of raspberry sauce and nutella. The nutella complimented the orange citrus flavor of the donuts perfectly. It reminded me of the Terry’s milk chocolate orange. Anyone remember those? Mmmm..
We both left the restaurant full and happy. Our server was very attentive. I was impressed with how many times (four, maybe 5?) we caught the servers and the managers checking the glassware for what I assume were spots. No spots on our glassware! The attention to detail is appreciated. Next time you’re downtown and looking for a spot to try, I highly encourage stepping into the Palomino. They have fabulous specials going on right now including:
- Wine Down Wednesdays – 1/2 price bottles of wine on Wednesdays
- $3-for-$25 Menu – 3 course meal for $25 on Sundays
- 3-course Executive Lunch – $19 for 3 courses
What is your favorite dish at the Palomino?
This was a sponsored post by Palomino. All thoughts and opinions are my own.