Duos at Eskenazi
Anyone who reads our blog with any degree of regularity has heard of Duos. This is our fourth posting. The first time was when they opened their brick and mortar joint at 29th and Meridian. The second time was when they opened their sandwich line. Featuring,among other things, in-house roasted beef and turkey. The third was when I went there with 2 of my sisters. This trip is to check out their digs at the new Eskenazi Hospital complex.
The hospital is a collection of shiny new buildings facing an immense court-yard that is being covered with a trellis of stainless steel pipes and wires. Eventually the area will be bedecked with green vines and plants. It is in this pastoral setting you’ll find Duos. A shiny steel and glass building looking like a Jetson Diner. I tried to take some pictures but the sun was shining, for a change and the results were like a bird flying over a Nevada solar farm. Overexposed.
Since their space is limited the menu is limited as well. I got a cup of 3 greens soup, a side of orzo salad, chicken salad sandwich, Ginger Beer and of course a lemon bar. The soup was delicious. A medley of collard,mustard and turnip greens in a rich pot liquor that actually cried for corn bread. It came with a solo of a parsley pesto. Tasty by itself but, in my opinion not necessary for the soup. The salad was orzo and vegetables in a vinaigrette. It too was tasty, but for some reason my mind was expecting sesame oil with maybe a touch of soy. I have no idea why. You know that phenomenon when you expect one taste and you get something different. It’s like biting into what you think is a hush puppy and it turns out to be a piece of fried okra. You’re sort of bummed. Not because you don’t like fried okra, it’s just because your mouth was “set” for hush puppy.
The chicken salad was a little on the bland side. It was meaty and plentiful it just didn’t have that distinct “punch” I am accustomed to with Duos. As for the lemon bar it was as terrific as always. No matter how many times I say I’m getting something different I always default to the Lemon Bar