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I lived in New York City for three years, and when I moved back to Indiana I can’t believe I was actually worried about the quality of restaurants Indianapolis had to offer. I am a foodie at heart, and Chef Joseph’s at the Connoisseur Room is the perfect example of why I should never have been worried.

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My wife Jenni and I recently met there for dinner with Amanda Doyle, editor of Where Magazine, and now I know why  Chef Joseph’s was voted one of the Top New Restaurants for 2012 in Indianapolis Monthly, one of theMost Romantic Restaurants on Indy’s A-List, received anA+ Rating from Avanti, was a Diners Choice Award Winner 2012 & 2013 from OpenTable and was named Best New Restaurant by Nuvo NewsWeekly! Simply put, it is spectacular.

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Amanda started off with some wine, while I enjoyed a delicious local beer from Upland Brewery.

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For an appetizer, we ordered the Bleu Cheese Deviled Eggs with Fried Prosciutto Cracklings. I think the pictures tell you everything you need to know.

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We also ordered the Asparagus Tempura. It was covered in Manchego Cheese, Seasoned Oil and Garlic Mayonnaise.

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We ALSO ordered Piquillo Peppers Stuffed with Sriracha Mac and Cheese. That’s right… MAC AND CHEESE!

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Had to cut one open so you could see inside. SOOOOO GOOOOOD!

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For dinner, Amanda ordered the Mediterranean Greens Salad. It came with Capers, Grape Tomatoes, and Hard Boiled Egg with Nicoise Vinaigrette.

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Jenni ordered the Bison Burger with Mushrooms, Onions, White Cheddar Cheese, Worcestershire Mayonnaise and Coleslaw.

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For myself, I ordered the Lamb Sausage Manicotti with Fresh Mozzarella and Asiago Cheese, Tomato Coulis and Green Beans.

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Yes, after all of that food we even ordered dessert! This is the Mascarpone Mousse, Lady Fingers, Macerated Berries and Orange Foam.

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Need I say more, blogstalkers? Eat there immediately.

-Adam

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