I admit that this post will be unique. Strange and curious even. I hesitated doing it but I thought they serve food, a lot of food to a whole bunch of people. And; their food is complained about more than any joint I can think of.
I’m talking about hospital food. I was scheduled for a minor surgical procedure at Community North Cardiac and Vascular Hospital at 8075 North Shadeland Avenue. I figured that since I would be staying at least overnight and likely eating breakfast,lunch and dinner there I figured I might as well write about it.
My surgery was finished about 10:30 AM. So I was ready for lunch by 11:00.
The chicken noodle soup was okay. It had a whole bunch of noodles, copious chunks of chicken and the obligatory waffle cut carrots. It even had a few peas tossed in for good measure. The broth was rather weak and it had virtually no seasoning. That is the problem with cardiac hospital food. Salt is not an option. In addition they hold the line on carbohydrate consumption.
For my entre I decided to double down on the fowl by ordering chicken salad sandwich on whole wheat.
Actually the chicken salad was pretty tasty. Your standard mayo variety but pretty tasty. The lettuce and tomato were fresh which is always a bonus. After lunch I was moved from a day bed to an actual room in the cardiac ward. It had a window. That way I could see the beautiful day I was missing.
This particular hospital offers daily specials for lunch and dinner. The special is what I had for dinner. Crunchy baked fish with corn. I added a side of mashed potatoes and a roll to balance out the plate.
Again the fish was pretty good. It had a nice and crunchy panko breading with a pretty good fake butter flavor. The corn was your typical canned product. The potatoes were decent as well. I don’t think they were of the flaked instant variety, but I could be mistaken.
Breakfast. They say it is the most important meal of the day. I don’t know about that but I do know that when you are stuck in a hospital breakfast is the marker that reaffirms the start of another day. When the new day is your last day than breakfast takes on a whole different light. As you can see from the picture my breakfast was an omelet with an English muffin. I added diced peppers and cheese. Actually the omelet was nicely done. The peppers were fine diced and probably came from a bag frozen so they didn’t bring much flavor. The cheese was processed so it melted well and gave it more expansion than a natural cheese would. Again it was pretty good.
No breakfast would be complete without fruit. In this case a fruit cup. The melon and strawberries were ripe and naturally sweet. The pineapple was a little bit pithy but all in all it was passable.
I realize nobody is going to go out of their way to get into a hospital just to eat. But since I was there and I had to eat I thought I might as well write about. That’s what I do. But should you have to go to Community North you won’t starve. But rest assured that were I staying more than one night I sure would be expecting my visitors to smuggle in some vittles.