One of my earliest blog posts on Indy-Biz ( my first blog) bemoans the loss of local companies:Another One Bites the Dust – May 2006.  And not all that much has changed, except maybe the rate at which we are losing local companies is accelerating as the economy cycles down.

In his post yesterday, Seth Godin gave us a what I consider a pretty strong wake up call.   He challenges us to openly support the companies we like and criticize the ones we don’t.  As consumers, we have power, we should use it responsibly.  He says:

If you don’t like what an organization stands for, work actively to spread the word and force them to change


If you will miss a product, a service, a book, a site or a professional when they close up shop, stand up, speak up and bring them masses of new business.

With that in mind, I am going to share some of my favorite local restaurants and hope you will consider voting with your dollars this holiday season, paying them a visit, and helping to build a strong local economy.

Here are some I would miss if they were gone. No links to websites sorry, but more importantly i have listed address so you can check them out yourself.

Ocean World on 86th Street and Ditch. Some of the best and most reasonably priced sushi in town.  The food is so good it is easy to overlook the mediocre service.  It is usually busy, but not overcrowded at lunch time, 1/2 prices specials on Sunday, and always a long wait on Friday night.

LaPeidad 6524 Cornell Ave – Great, authentic TexMex.  Fast friendly service, good food, reasonable price. Nice outdoor dining when the weather permits. When I need a TexMex Fix this is my favorite.

Kona Jack – Meridian and 96th Street – Not to be confused with the Kona Grill chain in Clay Terrace.  This Indy tradition has a wonderful, diverse fish menu, and even sells fresh fish for you to take home and prepare yourself.   Sharing a kitchen with Daddy Jacks, you can often convince your waitress to serve something off the menu from the other side.

Santorini Greek Kitchen – 1417 Prospect Street, in Fountain Square – Well worth the trip to Fountain Square for the huge portions, homestyle greek food, and great service.  It is also the only place in the city that makes Eggplant parmesian the way I like it – i think you will too.

So those are just a few of my favorites.  What are yours? List them here, and more importantly, pay them a visit this month!

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