Rize Restaurant Review

Located in the Ironworks Hotel complex on the north side of Indy, Rize has become our go to breakfast spot on Saturday mornings. Rize is part of the Cunningham family of restaurants, and we’ve always had a great experience at any of their restaurants.

Decorated in a largely industrial theme, we really like the decor. There’s ample inside seating, and a very nice outside patio for outside dining. Because of the current COVID-19 situation, we are confining ourselves to outside dining for the time being.

Rize is a breakfast and lunch only restaurant, and takes pride on using locally/regionally sourced products. I can honestly say we’ve never had a bad experience here, either in food or service.

The menu is what I would call upscale, Here are a few of our favorites from the menu.

Breakfast Sandwich with Crispy Potato

Farm Eggs Breakfast
Salmon Toast
Burgers
Chocolate Latte

With the exception of the farm eggs breakfast, pictured above, most of the dishes have a bit of a twist to them It’s always an adventure eating here and trying something new! If you’ve not visited Rize, I high recommend a visit.

Rize is located at 2721 E 86th in Indianapolis, and they also have a Fishers location. You can find them online at https://www.rize-restaurant.com/

Restaurant Review: Kona Grill, Carmel, IN

Kona Grill is a smaller chain of restaurants with location scattered around a dozen or so states, including one in Carmel, Indiana.

From their website: Kona Grill has a passion for fresh.  Fresh ingredients.  Fresh ideas.  Fresh experiences.  Every innovative dish is crafted using carefully sourced and hand-selected fish, meats and produce.  Our hand-crafted cocktails, more than 40 sauces, and our tempting desserts are all made in-house from scratch every day.  It’s an approach we call Kona Crafted.  Every detail matters. Since opening our doors in 1998 in Scottsdale, Arizona, we have strived to make every experience exceptional.

I had never dined in person here, although we had got carry out at the height of the Covid 19 pandemic. We are still doing outside dining only, for the most part, and Holly had dined on the patio last week with her sister, had a great experience, so we decided to go back on a Weekday evening.

They have a happy hour food menu, and the food is served kind of Tapas style, meant for sharing. The patio is spacious and the tables were well spaced out. Service was exceptional.

For round one, we shared a plate of Spicy Yellowtail Sashimi. This is nice and spicy (I like my food REALLY spicy) and the flavor was outstanding. Although I’ve had quite a bit of sushi, I believe this is my first time ordering Sashimi, and I would not hesitate to order it again. It was the perfect size for sharing.

For my 2nd round, I chose the Kona sliders. I liked this a lot, also. Perfectly done, served on mini King’s Hawaiian rolls, with fried onion crisps and other dressings, these were a unique and satisfying combination of flavors.

All in all, this was a great meal. Add in a pleasant patio, great service, I will not hesitate to visit again.


Kona Grill is located at 14395 Clay Terrace Blvd, Carmel, IN 46032. You can find them online at http://www.konagrill.com

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