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Sidebars: Detour from courthouse for impressive pizza and soda combo

November 5, 2014
Rare is the restaurant that impresses with every dish. I mean every aspect of every dish, including, believe it or not, the fountain soda drinks. At least on one glorious September evening with my family, Coalition Pizza was that restaurant.
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Sidebars: Noblesville eatery’s Buffalo chicken sandwich is tasty surprise

September 10, 2014
We give Copper Still Kitchen & Bar 3 gavels!
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Sidebars: Bloomington eatery’s Cajun food leaves diners satisfied

July 16, 2014
We give Uptown Café 4 gavels!
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Sidebars: Café's limited menu features fresh, high-quality food

May 21, 2014
Fred Vaiana gives Blue Moon Café 3.25 gavels!
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Sidebars: Delicious comfort food is made with care at Indy eatery

March 26, 2014
We give DeeGusto’s Southern Cooking 3 1/2 gavels!
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Sidebars: Fried chicken stands out at Vincennes eatery

December 18, 2013
Our trio sauntered over to the Dogwood Barbeque after late-morning court for lunch based upon the recommendation of Knox County Deputy Prosecutor Joe Burton. Joe must like to eat because this buffet-style restaurant serves up massive quantities of food for a reasonable price.
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Sidebars: Westville eatery delights with oven-baked items

November 6, 2013
We give Olga’s Place Pizzeria & Restaurant 4 gavels!
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Sidebars: Bakery & café makes Shelbyville court date a bit sweeter

September 25, 2013
Sidebars reviews and rates eateries lawyers may enjoy visiting when working at courthouses throughout Indiana. Fred offers this weeks review of Linnes Bakery & Cafe.
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Sidebars: Local burger joint leaves litigator underwhelmed

August 14, 2013
Sidebars reviews and rates eateries lawyers may enjoy visiting when working at courthouses throughout Indiana. Fred offers this week’s review of Punch Burger.
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Sidebars: Fort Wayne eatery provides tasty respite from depositions

July 3, 2013
We give Don Hall’s Old Gas House 3 gavels!
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