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Foundry Provisions

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Oh Goodie! Just what Indy needs one more hip coffee-house with pressed sandwiches. Now don’t get me wrong I have nothing against coffee houses it’s just that they all try so hard to be hip. In much the same way coffee joints in the 60′s tried to be psychedelic and in the 50′s more bongo and beatnik. And Panini can be a delightful lunch. You just have to be a tad circumspect about the fillings otherwise you might have a “mushy” sandwich. This particular joint is in an excellent location at the corner of 16th St. and Alabama St. An area that seems to have changed over night from semi hood to more metropolitan. For want of a better word. As far as decor I would call it industrial chic or proletarian casual. They left the concrete floor untouched. Chipping paint and all. They also enjoyed the use of gray corrugatedĀ metal siding and wood. Whoever owns this place put some bucks into it. It was just not my cup of chai. But they obviously are targeting a young crowd, not old farts like me and Pat.

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As far as food options go they offer some breakfast options, including pastries from Circle City Sweets, a local bakery that has a pretty good reputation. They also offer soup from Circle City Soups. As I understand it Sweets and Soups are owned by a husband and wife. And no I have no excuse as to why we have not tried these places before. For lunch they offer 5 pressed sandwiches each with a historic Hoosier name. As far as meat options they have smoked turkey, Mortadella and City Ham. They proudly announce that the ham is from Smoking Goose . A well know local meatery. So from that I guess we can assume the turkey and Mortadella are from the same source. Pat tried a Tarkington. A turkey and provolone sandwich 86 mustard.

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I tried the Harrison. I am a sucker for avocado. One thing Pat and I both noticed, at the first bite was that they stuck romaine in the sandwich and then toasted it. Now I really like wilted lettuce but toasted romaine? Not a big fan. To me it had an odd taste that detracted from the flavor of the ham. They have spinach on the menu I think spinach would be a better choice than romaine. To me the biggest deal was the lack of texture. The only crunch was the bread, which had a nice toast to it. Between the melted Swiss and avocado the overall effect was rather bland and mushy. It needed some prominent texture and some distinctive flavor. But I am not going to go through the entire menu and suggest alternatives. This is not my joint and they did what they did for a reason. Best of luck to them.

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I almost forgot my soup. Gazpacho. It was the best part of lunch. Ironic that they don’t make it here.

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4 responses

  1. The food all looks good, but I can’t get past the earbuds isolating people.

    August 16, 2013 at 6:34 pm

  2. Yeah that Paddy sure can get his Freud on at times. But there was quite a few Apples around and everyone did have earbuds on. Even the two tops weren’t conversing with each other. Weird. But I did like his little play on words with booth and Tarkington. Sometimes the food does take a backseat to the theater around. Especially when the grub is so so.

    August 17, 2013 at 7:16 am

  3. Wayne

    Is there any chance that you could change the color of your font so it can be more easily read? Thanks.

    August 20, 2013 at 9:07 am

    • Sorry; this is the best I can do right now. I would Love to change the color of all the text I even bought an upgrade to do just that. However my particular theme won’t allow that “at this time”.I haven’t found a new theme that works as well.Plus I don’t really want to buy another upgrade. I really hope this helps even a little. Thanks for the input.

      August 20, 2013 at 9:31 am

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