One of The Food Network’s Best Places to Eat in Indianapolis has Special Evansville Connection
Every week we feature an on-air segment with Taylor Merriss, she is the Special Projects Coordinator with the Evansville Police Department. Over the summer, we took a little road trip to meet a celebrity Chef, but little did I know that Taylor has a Chef in her family!
Our trip was to FLAVORTOWN and yes, that is Guy Fieri feeding Taylor a donut!
Meet Chef Abbi Merriss
So, Abbi Merriss graduated from Reitz high school in 2001. She is the co-owner and culinary mastermind behind the dishes and cocktails at Bluebeard in Indianapolis, IN. Oh, and did I mention that she is Taylor's sister? How cool is that? I had so many questions for Taylor about her sister the Chef. Luckily, we had plenty of time for chit-chat because Pigeon Forge is a long drive from Evansville.
- Bluebeard is one of The Food Network's Best Places to Eat
- The name of her restaurant pays homage to Indiana Author, Kurt Vonnegut.
- Former Colt's Quarterback Andrew Luck used to sign the 12th page in the receipt book - Then people started stealing the page for his autograph.
- Nominated 5 times for the James Beard award
After scrolling through some of her food pics, now I think we need a road trip to Indy!
653 Virginia Ave Indianapolis, IN 46203
A Jeopardy Clue
This is a fun little fact. In 2018, Bluebeard was used as a clue on the television game show Jeopardy. The funny part is, they didn't have a clue that their Breakfast of Champions cocktail was going to be on the show.
$400 Clue - ‘The Breakfast of Champions cocktail in Kurt Vonnegut’s Indianapolis had this cereal crumbled on the rim.'
Answer - What is Wheaties?
What is in the 'Breakfast of Champions' Cocktail?
After finding out about this cool restaurant, and knowing that owner Abbi Merriss is from right here in Evansville, we have to try this fancy drink for ourselves.
- Lemon Wedge
- Cocktail Glass
- Wheaties Cereal
- Laird's Apple Jack
- Amaro Montenegro
- Amaro Angostura
- Apple Jacks Half and Half
- Ice Cubes