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Bourbon Street Distillery 361 Indiana Avenue.

I wanted to come here so I could sit out side. Today was a pleasant and bright day, without the oppressive humidity ,usually associated with a Hoosier July. Pat said we already ate here, pre blog days. I don’t think so.

Even though they have Distillery in their name they don’t distill any alcohol. They do have a decent cold beer selection and some good food. They aren’t heavy with Cajun fare, as the name would imply. They do offer a nice selection of smoked meats, crawfish etouffee,oysters,catfish and a sprinkling of blackened dishes. Pat has been her more than a few times, so he knew the menu pretty well. They did have 2 new offerings. A French Dip and a house smoked brisket sandwich. Their sandwiches come with a small side of slaw and fries or home-made chips. He opted for the Dip, with chips for $8.50. He also tried a cup of Lobster Bisque for $4,25.

Lobster Bisque

Lobster Bisque

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I don’t think the angle of Pat’s picture did the presentation of his French Dip justice. The amount of chips was huge. And they were very well made. They buy them already cut and fry and season them in-house. Good seasoning and great execution.

Blackened Trout with Etouffee and hush puppies

Blackened Trout with Etouffee and hush puppies

The Blackened Trout was a lunch special. It came with etouffee, slaw and garlic toast for $8.50. The puppies were an add on for $1.25. The fish was very good. I found their blackening interesting. Different to what I am used to. But in fairness most of my blackened meals have been made with my own spice blend. Not better or worse, just different. This spice mix was light on the front end and little stronger in the middle and with a nice finish. Not at all excessively hot. It fit well with the fish. The etouffee was good as well. Abundant, which is good because a measly cup of etouffee is just a taste. The slaw was so so, but it did bring a nice texture to the party. One thing I am not happy with is my picture. I should have had the idea of rotating my plate so as to good a good shot of the fish. A blackened piece of fish is beautiful. Dark and glistening with a slight sheen from the oil or butter.

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They also have a list of Po’ Boys. Now that is next on my list a Blackened Catfish Po’ boy. Seriously I can’t think of any reason not to go there. Good food, good pricing and good service and a nice out-door seating area and an upstairs balcony. What more can you ask for.

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6 responses

  1. That’s funny you say that about the trout bc as soon as I saw it, I said, “That’s pretty enough to frame!” I’m salivating (and I just finished eating beef stew, so that’s something). I thought for sure the first pic was egg drop soup. I need glasses, I guess.

    July 30, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    • Oh I wish I had taken a better shot of the fish. It is indeed art. I can’t say for sure about your vision but from what you occasionally write it probably wouldn’t hurt.

      July 30, 2014 at 9:58 pm

  2. What more could I ask for? Maybe a chair next to you.
    This is very dangerous – my habit of reading your blog posts right before dinner–and right before I’ve even thought of what to whip up for dinner. I can tell you one thing, Benson, it will pale in comparison to your delicious display here. But this is a habit I just can’t break. I shall live vicariously through your stomach. šŸ˜›

    August 3, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    • I love food and I hope people read my stuff and realize their love as well. I have a feeling that you are good at anything you put your mind to. Hell if the meal doesn’t work out there is always some single malt. On second thought maybe you should drink it before hand. You know; the Muse and stuff

      August 3, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      • I vote for before, during and after.
        And I can’t believe a restaurant allows themselves to keep the reference of “distillery” in their name without actually distilling anything! I’d be heart broken.
        Still, yum.

        August 3, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      • I know. The whole name thing seems just wrong. I am doing my due diligence regarding Scotch Single Malt whisky. I discovered that I have consumed some before. I just forgot. But when you are mature and travel a lot and drink no one can expect you to remember everything. I am steeling my nerve and saving my shekels to visit the joint with the whisky flights. Pray tell what single malt do you recommend?

        August 3, 2014 at 10:25 pm

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