eating indie in indy

Flat Water Restaurant 832 E. Westfield Blvd.

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I thought I’d open with a shot of Canada Geese, to set the mood. As you can tell we went to eat in Broad Ripple,right on the canal. This property is a prime location and one of the nicest joints to sit outside. After the pizza joint,Bazbeaux, moved to a bigger location a new restaurant took over. I am pretty sure it wasn’t called Flat Water. I can’t remember the name,but they only had a beer and wine license and they had some pretty good food. This incarnation has a full license and is carrying on the practice of selling some good food.

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I mean how could you not enjoy sitting on a deck and watching ducks and geese “frolicking” in the water? Throw in some good eats and a couple of Margaritas for dessert and you have great lunch time.

I didn’t scan the menu,as they have a website. However the menu on the site is not current, Sorry about that.

Their lunch special was a buffalo tenderloin. A breaded tenderloin smothered with hot sauce and topped with blue cheese crumbles. That was $9. Pat decided on the menu tender for the same price. For a $1.50 up charge he got a side of grilled asparagus. Before Pat gives his take on his sandwich I want to add my 2 cents. That breaded tenderloin was the prettiest piece of breaded pork I think I have seen. Also I tried a piece of asparagus and it was great. Tender crisp with a nice light char. Good job.

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In sympathy with our dining companions out in the canal I tried the house smoked salmon sandwich. It was lightly hot smoked. That is to say it was cooked on a grill with wood chips added so the fire cooked it and the light smoke was a tasty hitch hiker. I would have liked it a little less cooked but that wasn’t enough to rate anything less than very good and well made.

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Since it was well crafted I shall engage in a little “nit-picking”. The bread, while good was too much club for the salmon. The spinach and other mixed greens was a nice touch just maybe too abundant. The bacon was a nice addition. Adding both texture and a different level of smokiness. The avocado really got lost. Salmon is pretty assertive and the poor thing got overwhelmed. It did impart a bit of creaminess but maybe something with more cojones might accomplish the job better. But that is just one guy’s opinion. In either event it was an excellent bite and value at $11.

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For the adult beverage part of the review they have a nice selection of draft beers and they feature PBR and Miller High Life cans for $2.50. They also offer Margarita specials on Thursday. Their house version for $ 5 and one featuring El Jimador and Cointreau for 6 bucks. Well I opted for the top shelf. It was as good as it sounds.

So in summation I really don’t think you can go wrong with Flat Water. Good eats, good drinks and a wonderful deck overlooking the canal. Also the service is good as well Thanks Gary we appreciate the job you did.flatwater 012

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4 responses

  1. I’d find it nearly impossible to fully focus on the scrumptious looking and sounding food with such a beautiful view to distract me. Dinner and a show. That’s always a bargain–although oftentimes the show is truly meant to makeup for the fact that the food is awful.
    Maybe the excess bread went to a few grateful geese? I have to share all my meals with my fury faced friends. Plus it’s hard to eat when they stare at you … unblinking. Hope the geese were at least courteous.
    Sounds like a winner though. Cheers, Benson!
    Now I’m hankerin’ tequila. Shhh … don’t let the whisky hear. 😉

    August 10, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    • You are so on point. The scenery was great as well as the grub. The whiskey will be understanding. I think. After all Single malt has a fear of salt. Sorry but on the canal with smoked salmon and Cointreau is a winner. I am just glad that you read my stuff. thanks.

      August 10, 2014 at 4:34 pm

  2. Frolicking fowl=winner, winner, salmon dinner. 🙂 You DO like tenderloin sandwiches. I had a sandwich just today and had to pull out the avocado individually to enjoy it bc it was, as you say, “lost.” Avocado tends to do that. Asparagus looks good. Never had a salmon sandwich. Figured I should just get the entree salmon instead. As long as it’s flaky and not too fishy, I’m good. Don’t you hate it when restaurant websites aren’t current? Ugh! It drives me bonkers. More often than not, they haven’t updated prices. That happened last week again, over $1 increase all around. And when you point it out, they just shrug.

    August 13, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    • You are so right about the menu thing. In this day and age it is just a part of doing business. That is one of the reasons I bought the scanner wand. Of course if I’m to lazy to use it… I like smoked salmon. Especially when it is cold smoked. Low and slow. I am glad more joints are finding uses for avocado in the menus. I just wish they would use it more judiciously.

      August 13, 2014 at 5:48 pm

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