It racked up a handful of second-place finishes in the 2011 Indy Best Of, and 30-plus-year-old José's is always a strong contender as the Tex-Mex heart of the local Concept Restaurants dynasty. Great happy hours and margaritas and hearty fare from mahi mahi to buffalo plates.
Best Of 2010: Patio Dining
So this is supposed to be a paean to the much-loved patio at José's downtown, the fire-pit-and-bar-accented enclave that some of you can't resist even when the snow flies. But we'd be remiss not to take this opportunity to tell you that, yes, there will be a distinctive patio at José's new location, 5710 S. Carefree Circle. When it opens (hopefully in November), says general manager Cindy Biondo, a few dozen people can sit in "sort of an indoor-outdoor" area — a space adjacent to huge garage doors that will open on nice days. Down the road, you can look for a truly outdoor patio over there as well. Winter forecast: "I have to say that I'm the worst at predicting that stuff. I'm going to say it's going to be a mild winter, so it'll probably be the opposite."— Kirk Woundy