eating indie in indy

9 Irish Brothers 575 Massachusetts Avenue.

Okay. This joint hit Indy this summer. It’s a home-grown “chain”. Which means they started in Lafayette Indiana, expanded to West Lafayette and eventually opened another joint in Indy. They managed to secure a spot at the corner of Boardwalk and Park Place. That is to say they found a very nice location and did it proud.

The place is large and nicely appointed. You can tell they have a good idea as to how to run a business. From what I could read on the reviews the place was not received very well. Pat and Fran went there at opening and had mixed thoughts about food and prices. They have a nice presence on the Net however there are no prices listed. I find that somewhat disconcerting. What I found was a fine little pub with some decent food and competitive prices.

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We ordered the goat cheese fritter appetizer. Little croquettes of breaded goat cheese on a bed of mixed greens with a raspberry vinaigrette. Actually it was not too bad. The slightly sour cheese, bitter greens and a sweet raspberry dressing made for a tasty bite. Cost: $ 8.45.

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Our server, Holleh did an excellent job at service. She was on top of Pat’s onion aversion. She told him that the mashed potatoes had onion in them. Imagine that. He ordered a half order of corn beef and cabbage subbing house chips for the mashed potatoes. Their chips are thick slices of fried potato.



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This is my lunch. It is a new addition to the menu. They call it a Fisherman’s Pie. A take off on a Shepherd’s Pie. It was very interesting. It came out in an 8 or 10 ounce crock. A healthy portion for $7.45. It was a blend of salmon, white fish, shrimp and veggies in a cream sauce. Covered with mashed potatoes and cheese. Well. Your first taste, naturally was tater and cheese. Then you hit the cream sauce. Tasty, but overwhelming. There was no texture in the dish. The salmon was like the white fish. Which was like the shrimp. Or the vegetables. The flavor was all about the  sauce. . I thought it was tasty I just didn’t taste the fish. I probably would not get it again, the way it was prepared. The soda bread rocked.

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Now this joint is noted for its Whisky, Whiskey flights. As well as their Guinness pours.

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Now this is really difficult to read. That is my fault. I still have not learned the proper way to use my scanning wand. Sorry about that. Any one with suggestions; let me know.

I opted for the Lesser Know Great Flight. It had single malt, blended and pot still. All the basic whiskey ( whisky) groups. I though it was great. And a bargain at $14.

I know Shelly. I should have tried the Single Malt Scotch Flight; but I was confused. They were playing the Rover Boys. And I was drinking Guinness. I didn’t have a chance.

But for real. This is a good joint to visit. The food is good, prices are fair and the service is on point. I have to give a shout out to Holleh. Excellent job.

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4 responses

  1. Another success! I love goat cheese but that price is a little steep. Who woulda thunk we’d ever pay $9 for salad but now it’s getting normal. I love being able to take home extra food for another meal at home, like beef on rye. I know people who hate to-go food and just leave it at the table to rot and it drives me nuts! Sorry there was no texture in your pie; it did sound like an interesting idea.

    October 16, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    • As always you are on point. It is incredible that some folks don’t quite get it. I enjoyed the lunch. It was pretty good food. Of course the flight and Guinness worked very well.

      October 16, 2014 at 8:51 pm

  2. Benson, I forgive you.
    And I’m so happy that you went with the lesser knowns! Now, this is strictly a secret between you and me and the rest of your fan base, but I actually have a bottle of Connemera. DO NOT TELL MY FATHER! His taste in whisk(e)y is dreadful and I’ve wasted more breath than I’ve had hot dinners telling him that he has to leave the Irish alone and join me across the water. I only bought it because it was peated and I wanted to see if it made a difference. It does. Peat can cover up a multitude of sins and also just makes me incredibly happy. I want to be buried in a peat bog.
    Okay, enough whisky talk. (Seriously, no offense to the Irish.)
    What a great riff on Shepherd’s pie! I’m going to have to try this, but obviously make a killer seafood chowder to start with.
    The corned beef looked tasty too.
    Actually, today, I was out for lunch with my mom and we ate in a place that I chose simply because “This is exactly where Benson would review, Mom. We have to go here!” I had a turkey panini with apples, brie and plum chutney. Side of slaw. You would have found it worthy, but just barely.
    Cheers my friend! 🙂

    October 18, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    • I am shocked. Absolutely shocked. Well not really.I figured single malt drinkers had to start somewhere. and Irish is as good a starting point as any.
      Yep, their attempt, though noble fell short. You’re right. A good chowder base is mandatory. I think a more brothy base would be better for that purpose. Your sandwich sounds interesting. Turkey seems to be the current protein du jour. It always has had a place in sandwich shops. The club is still an American classic. Most of the time the meat is a variation on deli meat. That noble fowl could be so much more. Of course I would have ordered that in a New York minute. And probably gone around most of the day muttering to myself. Well young lady thanks for stopping by. And thanks for the sage remarks.

      October 18, 2014 at 10:59 pm

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