Italian with an Asian kick

Café Carlo
243 Lilac St.


  • Hours: Mon.-Sat. - 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-10 p.m.
  • Price range: $8-$35
  • Social lunch: Yes
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Licensed: Yes
  • Rating: 4 out of 5

Not far off the busy Corydon strip full of sushi restaurants with nice summer patios and so-so food is the gem that is Café Carlo.

A perfect neighbourhood bistro featuring fresh takes on traditional pasta and salad, Café Carlo also offers daily specials. The menu features mostly Italian-inspired dishes with a bit of an Asian kick.

Wanting something that I can't find on just any menu, I narrow in on the Fish Tacos ($15), a beautiful presentation of six mini tacos with lightly breaded, crispy tilapia, diced tomatoes and lettuce with a chipotle tartar sauce.

Included is a fresh salsa of roasted jalapeños, tomatillos, onions and lime. There was no heat to the salsa, but it was a nice complement to the fish.

Café Carlo is trendy enough to be in a cool neighbourhood and the food and service are solid enough to bring you and your friends back.

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