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Egg Roll #1 Pho #1

Well we headed back to Beech Grove today to visit our favorite range at Beech Grove Firearms. Subsequently we wanted a place close by to eat. Well, since the Grove is not quite the dining destination for Indy our choses were rather limited. This joint was recommended by one of Pat’s neighbors. And it proved to be pretty good.

It’s located in a strip mall close to an Inter-State exchange and surrounded by a plethora of fast food eateries. And judging by the speed at which out food came out Egg Roll fit right in. The interior was bright, and large. And it has the charm of a Wal-Mart. I don’t mean that in a nasty or snarky way I just mean the place is utilitarian and not at very “cozy”.

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You order and pay at a counter, then sit and the staff brings you your food. I ordered an appetizer combo to share for $5.99.

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It consisted of 2 crab Rangoon, 2 wonton, a beef stick ( that’s the kabob looking thing in the center ) an egg roll and 2 chicken wings. The Rangoon was unique in the fact that it wasn’t overloaded with cream cheese and you could actually detect a morsel, that I assume was crab. The wonton wasn’t as flavorful as I expected. They were actually pretty bland. The beef stick was pretty lackluster as well. Three pieces of tasty but tough beef stuck on a stick with 2 tiny pieces of green pepper and carrot. As for the wings, nothing exceptional. Now that leaves the egg roll. It wasn’t that bad, but I have had a lot better.

For my “main” course I got a soft noodle combo dish. That is a big plate of spaghetti, stir fried with beef, pork, shrimp and chicken and veggies all in a sauce of unknown ingredients. This was very tasty. I can’t say the same for the rather run of the mill rice that came with it. This dish, because it was a bigger portion than the lunch specials and it came on a real ceramic plate, not one of paper it cost $7.75.

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They don’t offer menus. The food offerings are posted on the wall behind the order counter. And to the right of the counter is the obligatory pictures of the dishes.

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Probably the coolest thing about this joint is the price of the lunch specials-$4.50. That includes an egg roll and a cup of soup. Pat being ever the frugal shopper ordered a lunch special.

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So my friends. In summation I don’t think you can go too wrong eating here. The food is pretty good and the prices are more than reasonable. I might suggest you try the Pho; and let me know about it. I had wanted to try it but I became a deer in the head lights when it came my time to order. Maybe some other time.                                                                                                              Egg Roll #1 Pho #1 4540 S. Emerson Ave.

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7 responses

  1. I guess you get what you pay for at $4.50. Iced tea is $2.50 here, so I can’t fathom an entire meal for $4.50. I had a kung pao shrimp lunch, and it was $7.85 today, but no rangoon. You will be the authority on rangoons one day. BTW, cashews cost more than peanuts bc they are superior to peanuts, and if they are crushed beyond detection, then that spoils the whole experience.

    November 8, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    • $2.50 for iced tea! Holy Moly; After lunch I had a light draft beer for a buck and a quarter. An expert on crab rangoon ? I dare to dream. You are SO right about cashews vs peanuts. Such a nut switch is insidious and uncool.

      November 9, 2013 at 7:26 am

      • I haven’t paid $1.25 for a can of beer since the 90s. That is not fair.

        November 9, 2013 at 11:41 am

      • I know. Some joints offer 16 oz. cans of PBR for 2 bucks. Now that the hipster class has decided that PBR is cool. I know a sushi place that sells domestic bottles for$ 1 and imports for$2. I must say you look very sporty in your new pic. I think you should keep it around for a while.

        November 9, 2013 at 12:02 pm

  2. Oh man if we could go back in time and I could’ve talked to you before your visit, I would’ve said get the Pho, Vietnamese egg rolls and spring rolls. that’s all you need!! Their Chinese part is just so-so in my opinion. But their Vietnamese is ahhhhmazing!! They have every pho for every palate; chicken, beef, seafood, and for the more adventurous tripe and tendon! If you do return, you must try the pho. There are very few options on the southside that offer pho and this place does it right.

    November 12, 2013 at 9:53 am

    • Cool ! Thanks for the input. I will make it make for sure.

      November 12, 2013 at 9:56 am

  3. Tam

    Just found your blog- love it! I agree with Kel-C – the pho here is the way to go. You’ll eat and eat and it will still be a full bowl. The curry noodles were also very good, as was the pad thai (neither Vietnamese or Chinese but I was glad to see it!)

    February 22, 2014 at 6:29 pm

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