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Emmy’s Pancake House & Grill 7508 Beechwood Centre Rd. Avon In.

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If gluttony were a punishable offense Pat and I would both be locked up. Either one of our meals would have been enough for us to split. However the belly wants what the belly wants.

Emmy’s is that place that exists all over the nation. A large menu featuring breakfast as well as lunch or dinner and they will serve whatever you want when you want it. Oh yeah and the prices are reasonable and the portions are huge.

For whatever reason breakfast food always sounds so enticing anytime of day so Pat and I both decided on omelets. Emmy's 029

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I think that all of their egg dishes offer a choice of pancakes or toast. Pat,as usual,gets dry toast and I opt for pancakes. That way he can taste my cakes and still tell his wife he ordered dry toast. Shrewd.

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These are the pancakes that came with my meat lovers omelette. Very light and tasty. Everything you would want in a pancake. They add a bit of vanilla to their syrup;which I think is interesting. Too much of the syrup may be overwhelming. However in “normal” amounts it provides a nice change.

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This omelette is filled with ham,sausage and bacon. As an up-charge I added sausage gravy to cover. It was great. The eggs were nicely prepared but a purist might suggest that they were over done. However they probably haven’t tried to rock out a 5 egg omelette. I thought that it was an excellent dish. The gravy was nice,very civilized with small pieces of sausage in it. I would have to try it over biscuits to judge it properly. I will definitely second Pat’s comment on the hash browns. Wonderfully crisp and brown and delicious.

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Both of our omelets were $8 and my gravy add-on was $.79. An amazing price for a great amount of good food. As I said joints like this exist all around our country, not as many as in the past but they are out there and this is one of the best. Worth the drive.

Emmy's Pancake House & Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Eagle Food & Beer Hall 310 E. Mass Ave.

Well another new joint; at a familiar location. The Front Page Sports Bar & Grille occupied this site for a few years until late last year. After an amazing make over they opened the last of December for dinner and opened for lunch just this past week.

This is a sister to a place by the same name in Cincinnati so they aren’t rookies. They are noted for their bone in fried chicken. I know people usually associate fried chicken with the deep South but there is a long German tradition of fried chicken as well,and Cincinnati has a solid German heritage. Here is a link to their website

http://www.eaglerestaurant.com/.

Their menu is unique in that they don’t offer appetizers they offer “snacks”. Snacks that are a bit different from what you usually get. To start out I ordered a snack of their house made corn nuts for $3. I thought they were outstanding,Pat wasn’t as taken with them as I.

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One cautionary note on the nuts. If you can’t eat them all and you take them home they do get hard over time. So eat ’em while they’re hot.

I was drawn to their pork sandwich.

PORK pork shoulder, broccoli rabe, sharp Asiago, house made hot peppers ……… $9.00

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This was a superb sandwich. It hit all the notes. A large portion of moist pork layered with the pleasant “bitterness” of the rabe,the creamy sharpness of the cheese and finished off with just the right amount of heat from the chiles. Really an excellent job.

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We decided on sharing some of their pickled veggies with our sandwiches. Those weren’t as impressive to me. It was a nice assortment but I thought the strength of the pickle was too light and the $4 a bit much. Oh $4 is the price for all of their sides,but they seem big enough for two to share.

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Pat ordered a fried chicken breast sandwich for $9.

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In keeping with the current “trend” in modern dining they offer half salads and beer pours less than a pint. In this case 10 ounce. Some time back it would have been called a short beer. I really like this development in dining and I really like this particular beer and food hall. I can see a few more visits in my future. Especially when it warms and their patio opens. Also I don’t think I can say enough good things about the staff. They were all very helpful and seem genuinely happy to help.

 

 

 
The Eagle Food And Beer Hall Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Mc Gilvery’s Pub & Eatery 3009 High School Road.

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Today was a day of adventure. Well, maybe not adventure exactly. The joint we were going to have lunch at changed their hours without updating their web site. That is not nice. So we headed out west on 16th Street and then turned North on High School Road. After a few blocks we came across this place. There is another Mc Gilvery’s on the South side. It has nothing to do with this place at all. It is amazing no one has been sued. This place has been around with this name for more than 20 years,it changed hands about 2 years ago. We were able to have a nice conversation with the new owner. A lovely young lady with a definite sense of the direction she is heading in.

They have a very comprehensive menu,featuring lots of house made items; including mushrooms;which is what we had as an appetizer. I want to forewarn everyone that the pictures are not too good. They have a rather dark bar. The windows have blinds that were all closed. Great for ambiance;not for picture-taking. Instead of sitting at the bar we should have set at a booth,that way I could have tweaked a blind to get more light. Oh well.

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The shrums were pretty good. Nice and crisp and reasonably priced at $6.95. Pat decided to watch his carbs and get the “Trainer Platter”. That is a plate with cottage cheese, celery, carrots and choice of burger, chicken breast or grilled tenderloin for about 8 bucks.

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I must say this picture is atrocious. That dark thing is the burger.

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For my lunch I opted for the special. Shrimp linguine for $7.95. It was pretty straightforward. Linguine in garlic butter with a bunch of little shrimp. It was okay. I understand the use of 70 count shrimp.It allows you to put in a bunch and every piece has a pop when you bite into it. I was just used to working with bigger shrimp. What I actually found boring was the noodle. I would have liked some cheese and more garlic,and maybe a bit of white wine. It wasn’t bad,by any means,I just think it could have been so much more.

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I plan on going back because they have a very nice menu and there are several items I would like to try. I was told that they have a website about ready to hit the net. When it does I will include a link in the Zomato page. Oh did I mention they have beer.

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I did discover a new beer. A grapefruit Shandy. That is a mix of grapefruit juice and IPA. A lot tastier than it sounds. It would be grand in the summertime. Of course I think one would be my limit.

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McGilvery's Pub & Eatery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Beech Grove Bowl 95 N. 2nd Ave. Beech Grove Indiana

Going to a bowling alley just to have lunch probably isn’t commonplace. However, as usual, there is a story behind it. Last week a blogger friend and I were chatting,online,about the virtues of old-time drug store cheese burgers. She asked if they were similar to those found in a bowling alley. Well I don’t recall ever eating in a bowling alley so I had no point of reference. I did tell her, half-joking my mission would be to find an alley that sold cheeseburgers. Later in the week a friend called me and suggested that we give Beech Grove Bowl a try. Of course he had never been there,but he had friends who said that they offered a pretty good pizza and calzone. Well I usually trust his opinion on most things culinary so I thought it was worth a try.

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We had a nice talk with Scott,the owner. He has worked there over 20 years before buying the joint 5 years ago. He spent a great deal of time and effort sampling different crusts, and sauces before he settled on just the right combo. And in our opinion the effort was worth it.

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As for my calzone it was definitely the highlight of the lunch. They make them from a 10 inch dough round that they proof and then bake in an impinging oven with a conveyor. It is offered for $7.99 with up to 3 toppings. The result is delicious. They brush the whole thing with garlic butter and the result is at least as good as Three Wise Men; and cheaper.

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As for the rest of the menu it is pretty much what you expect at most pub and grubs. I am including a link to their site.

http://www.bgbowl.com/

I also got a cheeseburger. After all that was the reason for my search.

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There isn’t a whole lot to say about it. A one-third pound patty cooked to well done,topped with a single slice of American and placed on a rather generic bun. Not bad but overpriced at $5.50. I think a better deal would be a BBQ or a Sloppy Joe sandwich,they are both under $4.

So I think this place might be a place to go for a pizza or definitely a calzone. Even if you don’t bowl they have pin ball and Golden Tee Golf. They also deliver,and as Pat already said,they have beer. It is about a 13 mile trip for me and I really think it would be a place to go back to.

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Beech Grove Bowl Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Art’s Skillets 8225 Pendleton Pike.

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This picture looks other-worldly doesn’t it. I took it with my Android phone in their parking lot at 11:45 to-day. The sky was clear and the sun was out, and the temperature was about 30. I have no idea why it turned out that way. I like it though.

Art’s is a joint that is open from 6 AM to 4 PM M-S. Their main service is breakfast, with their speciality being skillets. These are one pan dishes loaded with potatoes,veggies and meat of your choosing and then topped with eggs and cheese. They also have lunch dishes as well. Some friends recommended Art’s to us after they had weekend brunch there. We could not figure out whether we wanted breakfast or lunch. While we debated we ordered a giant cinnamon bun to share for $3.75.

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This “bun” was a good 6 inches wide and 4 inches tall and delicious. It was served warm and soft and so delicate I couldn’t believe it was at a joint on Pendleton Pike. This is a must order for any trip here.

Pat and I eventually decided on luncheon fare. Pat a grilled cheese with American and Swiss cheese,bacon, tomato and avocado on whole wheat bread for $6.99.

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That day they were offering fried Perch,with potatoes,slaw and tartar sauce for $9.99. I am hot and cold as far as fried food goes;especially fried fish. Today I figured that if Art went to the trouble of buying some Perch and making some breading I felt as though I should do my part and buy some.Art's 017

I was served 2 large and meaty pieces with a crisp breading. The fish was nicely done and very tasty. I would order it again,if I were in a fried fish-eating mood. I think with the right bun this would make a great sandwich. Fish,lettuce and tomato and some slaw on top instead of the tarter. The tarter was quite respectable but the slaw was very creamy. Creamier than what I make or what I am used to,but that was why it stuck out to me. Pat thought it too creamy. I thought it nice change. The fries were just fries,in quantity. Pat gave me some of his peasant potatoes to try. They were nice crisp potato squares with almost too much salt. Frankly I thought they were too clean. No oil,no grease. I like my breakfast potatoes to have some residue of butter or bacon fat, not a swim just a joyful little dip. But for most folks the drier the better,I get it.

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So this little joint;I think it is located in an old Captain D’s Fish House;is definite a place you want to hit for breakfast or lunch. It is well staffed and clean and they have super nice outdoor seating. It is right on Pendleton Pike and all of its traffic but it is far enough back in a shopping center lot that traffic won’t be an issue;even in the summer. Oh they have French Toast made from their Cinnamon Buns. What more can I say.

Art's Skillet Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Santorini Greek Kitchen 1417 Prospect Street

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Well this week we had a taste for Greek food. Pat thought that Santorini would be the right spot. Now what says Greek more than an appetizer of flaming cheese. Saganaki for $8.

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I thought their particular version was particularly tasty with several pieces of pita bread to go with it. On most of their dishes you have an option to substitute soup for salad for an extra buck. Something we both did. Pat for a garlic mushroom and me with Avgolememo (egg lemon soup).

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Pat’s chicken finger sandwich was $9. I think all of their sandwiches are $9 with a side choice. Salad, rice, potatoes or green beans.

I ordered their special. Kreatopita or meat pie. It is a seasoned mixture of ground beef and lamb wrapped in a casing of phyllo dough. I didn’t realize that it was a platter,which means it is served with all the sides. In other words a bunch of food for $12.50. The soup I subbed for salad was excellent.

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The broth was as good a chicken stock as any I have had, and the rich egg and lemon hanging out with the pasta made it much more than an ordinary chicken soup.

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Each part of my meal was top-notch. I especially liked the main star; the Kreatopita. It was a savory treat wrapped in a crisp phyllo crust. The great thing about phyllo is that; when done properly; the crispness is multi layered. This was done properly.

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Although I had to take half of my lunch home I still had to have some Baklava.

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Their Baklava was delicious as everything else. They have a full bar and offered a few local brews on draft for $6.50. Downtown prices. I thought they used to offer carafes and half carafes of wine. Evidently I was mistaken. I know there are several Greek Restaurants in Indianapolis. I think that you may want to give this one a try the next time you want to get your Greek on.

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Santorini Greek Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Downtown Ollys 822 N. Illinois

Well here we are at Christmas Week already. Since Pat and I both have other stuff to do we realized that Monday would be the only day we could get together to break bread before the Holiday. We further decided that breakfast would fit our schedules much better than lunch. And no joint says breakfast to us like Ollys. During the week they offer a special of 2 eggs, your choice, with bacon or sausage and toast for $2.99. Pat and I have both taken advantage of the special on many occasions. Pat with his wife,Fran, while bike riding. Me after “working” out at the gym. In addition we stop in after lunch for adult beverages when we dine in the area. It was one of those times;last week;we discovered they had changed their menu. So it was due for a re-visit anyway.

Pat won’t have his usual epic note this week since he forgot his pad. Being the Holidays I made an Administrative decision and gave him a pass. Anyone reading this blog regularly knows Pat’s eating habits. He likes his food simple. For his breakfast he ordered a special and a half order of biscuits and gravy. His standard breakfast special is scrambled eggs, crisp bacon and dry wheat toast.

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Another thing about Pat and his food when he is hungry he doesn’t mess around. He started eating while I was still picking up my phone.

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For me I ordered a full biscuits and gravy with 2 over easy eggs perched on top.

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I believe they serve the largest biscuits and gravy in town. For the half order they use 3 biscuit halves and on the full order 5. The amount of gravy they pour over is almost excessive. It is definitely some if not the best in town.

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I also got a side of bacon. I went ahead and got mine crisp like Pat;normally I don’t care. One comment on the bacon. I nearly always order bacon because they always do a fantastic job with it. It is consistently well done;as in properly cooked not over cooked. I think the prices are just as nice as their food. A half order of biscuits and gravy is $4.50 and a full is $5.95. A side of 4 slices of bacon is $2.50,I think. I know ala carte eggs are $1.50 each. So I feel that for the quality and amount served this joint is a great place to try for breakfast or lunch. Keep in mind they are open 24/7 serving food. So Pat and I liked this place last year and we like it even more now.

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Downtown Olly's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Murphy’s at Flynn’s 5198 Allisonville Road

Well the name Murphy and Pat Flynn have been pretty well know on the North side for many years,with Murphy’s Steakhouse on Keystone and Pat Flynn’s Public House on Allisonville. A couple of years ago Murphy’s Steak house closed its Keystone location and moved to the Pat Flynn site. It has kept both names; I assume to take advantage of the name recognition of each. The menu has items suitable for both a steak house and a pub. Pat and I popped in for a beer one Tuesday afternoon and noticed that they have a set schedule of specials. On Tuesday it is a 6 ounce filet with potato choice and soup or salad for $9.99. So here we are. Tuesday at Murphy’s at Flynn’s.

Their soup offerings that day were white bean and French onion;both too filling for us. So we both decided on salad.

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It was a salad. What can be said about a salad? It was fresh and chilled with crunchy stuff on top.

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As for me I was very impressed with the steak. It was very tender. The seasoning was minimal if at all,which is fine with me. I prefer the naked taste of the steak. Needless to say Murphy’s has two new fans.

The time we stopped for beers we ordered some mushrooms. They were pretty good. Couple that with the steaks and I will say they know how to cook at this joint. Murphy’s offers a different lunch and dinner special every day of the week. They also have pie and cobbler.

They have 4 or 5 beers on tap,some local brews. They also build a pretty tasty Manhattan for 6 bucks.

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So;in summation you can get an old school steak lunch and cocktail for $16 plus tax. Toss in a respectable tip and you have only dropped a twenty,tax not included. Of course a cocktail isn’t mandatory. I just think it makes lunch much more jovial.

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http://www.murphyssteakhouse.c

Murphy's @ Flynn's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saigon Restaurant 4760 W. 38th Street

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Pat and I have eaten here in the pre-blog days. Then it was about one-third the size and was located on Lafayette Road. I am really glad that their business grew enough that they needed to expand. Like most Asian inspired restaurants they offer several lunch specials for $6.95 and $7.95. Each lunch comes with a choice of  soup and a soft spring roll or crisp egg roll. The soups they offered were a mushroom and a crab meat asparagus soup.

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Pat was a bit nonplussed with the sauce he was served with his egg roll. Instead of the thick orange-colored sweet and sour normally served, this sauce was thin and clear. It was basically a sweetened vinegar;which I actually thought better than the normal orange stuff.

The last time we ate here I remember the crab soup and spring roll very well. I thought them both delicious. So that is what I decided on to go with an order of shrimp and vegetables.

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I acknowledge that nothing stays the same. Such is the way of nature. However in the world of food and beverage some things should stay the same. I refer to the Crab and Asparagus soup. The last time  it was crisp and clear with pieces of crab meat and slices of asparagus with bits of herb on top. This was a gelatinous cup of chicken stock with a few pieces of asparagus. No discernible crab at all. That is not to say it was a horrid soup,it wasn’t horrid at all. It was an excellent chicken stock it just wasn’t a good crab? and asparagus soup. It would make a great chicken and noodle soup,or a chicken and rice soup or a chicken and anything soup. Just not a crab and asparagus soup.

As for the spring roll I was disappointed in that as well. The flavor and texture were not as I remember. Nor was this roll as fresh tasting as others I have had else where.

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As for my shrimp dish it was very good. Nicely prepared with the obligatory vegetables in the customary sauce and a big scoop of perfectly steamed white rice. Since I live closer to this joint than Pat I can see myself coming back. However I would give the mushroom soup and egg roll more consideration or else forego the lunch specials altogether and order from the menu. Speaking of which here is a link to their website.

http://www.saigonrestaurant-indy.com/

Saigon Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Iaria’s Italian Restaurant 317 S. College

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Iaria’s has been around since 1933. So don’t expect Fusion or Cuisine Minceur when you go. What you will get is Old School Italian dishes from very Old School recipes.

The establishment is composed of a dining room and a bar room that has several tables and booths.

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They use plenty of glass blocks in their decor. I think the blocks are great. They were out of favor for a while but they are making a comeback,from what I hear. Iaria’s had them before they were cool.

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As soon as Pat and I decided on Iaria’s we both started having a “taste” for Italian. Pat Alfredo me Piccata,with capers. I had it on good authority they offer an outstanding version with grouper. Pat stayed with his first thoughts,after much rumination. As for me as soon as I walked into the aroma of fresh bread,tomatoes and garlic I knew it had to be red sauce and red wine.

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Pat and I decided to split a half carafe of Malbec for $15, good for 3 glasses,but actually a bit more. It was really a pretty good wine choice. Pat decided on it because he abhors whites. I would have been happy with that or Cab. Once I decided to go red it was an easy decision for my lunch. Spaghetti with red sauce and a meatball. For a 75 cent up charge I got a link of their homemade Italian sausage. Both of our lunches came with a soup or salad choice. Pat;obviously chose salad. I chose a cup of the homemade Minnestroni soup.

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It was pretty good,not outstanding,but good. They also had a SOD; a chicken gnocchi. In the future I will give the SOD a try. As for the main course it was what you would expect from folks that have made sauce for so many years. While some red sauces are too sweet or too tart. Too thin or too thick. Or too much or too little. This was Goldilocks “Just Right”. The amount was enough to wet the pasta, enough leg to properly coat and just enough sweetness to whet the appetite and not sate it.

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As for the star of the show,the meatball. It was expertly seasoned and nicely formed. It may have had a bit too much compaction for my tastes. But different boats etc. This brings us to the sausage. Now this was a wonderful sausage. A great fennel presence with a touch of crushed red pepper for some heat. I think the sausage stands right up their with any I have eaten

Both of are lunches were about $8 with soup or salad and a basket of homemade bread and butter. They also offer pizza and sandwiches. I think the most expensive lunch item was the Grouper Piccata for $11.95. They do a very brisk lunch business with lots of regulars and I can see why. Cozy surroundings,very good food and charming and friendly service. Worth a visit.

Here is a link to their website

http://www.iariasrestaurant.com/  Since Zomato seems to have fallen down on the job.

 

Iaria's Italian Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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